New York Times: Museum Power Squabble Borders on the Surreal

Photo by Angel Valentin for the NY Times.

By SEAN McCAUGHAN and PATRICIA COHEN. NORTH MIAMI, Fla. — In a somewhat bizarre arrangement, scholars gathered at the Museum of Contemporary Art here this weekend for a symposium led by a man whom city officials view as the museum’s director and who museum officials regard as an impostor. It was scheduled despite objections from the museum’s board, which ultimately gave up its effort to cancel the event inside the museum’s city-owned building. hires Sean McCaughan as Editor of its Miami Luxury Real Estate Blog – the #1 ranking Miami Condos website – hires Sean McCaughan as Editor of its Miami Luxury Real Estate Blog.

Previously the Editor of Curbed and Editor-in-Chief of Gridics, McCaughan brings great talent and experience to the position. He is well-reputed in the Miami real estate community, attracting a wide audience with his brass, unfiltered commentary.

“Sean McCaughan is a talented, well-followed writer. We are extremely happy to have him on board,” says Lucas Lechuga, Owner and Founder of

With this new venture, McCaughan will focus on what he does best – write about all things Miami real estate. That will include architecture, luxury properties, neighborhood events, and more.

“I am looking forward to picking up my pen again, figuratively speaking, on a daily basis and contributing an intelligent, irreverent voice to the Miami real estate and urban dialogue at Miami Condo Investments,” says McCaughan.

I Am Now the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Gridics: Miami Real Estate Data, News & Analytics’


My friends, colleagues, and Miami real estate family,

I would like to announce my new position as Editor in Chief of Gridics, a website for all things real estate, design, architecture, and everything we love that will be launching soon in Miami. It’s going to be a big adventure, with all of you along for the ride. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

My new email address will be and my mobile phone number, (786)390-2625, will remain the same. The new office is at the DuPont Building, at 169 E. Flagler Street, Miami, FL, 33131, Suite 1640. The site will be launching in the coming months, but in the meantime you can check us out at

This means, of course, that I will no longer be the Editor of Curbed Miami, and I have departed my position at Vox Media.


Comment> Miami’s New Urbanist Experiment

Image Courtesy DPZ and City of Miami Planning Department

My latest article at The Architect’s Newspaper is on the Miami 21 zoning code. Here’s a quote:

On February 9, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, the grande dame of New Urbanism, will present Miami 21, the first New Urbanist zoning code to be adopted by a major American city, at the AIA Center for Architecture in New York. Written by Plater-Zyberk, this form-based code was approved by the City of Miami in 2009. Miami has officially been New Urbanist—a theoretical Seaside on steroids—for the last three years. As mapped out by Miami 21, the citywide transformation away from automobiles and air-conditioned bubbles will take decades and will depend on Miami’s traditional boom-and-bust cycle of growth to accomplish this massive undertaking. It is an imperfect experiment with significant obstacles for the city, but there’s little doubt that it will work, and that it already has.

The rest of the article is at The Architect’s Newspaper.