A little more than a decade ago, few condo developers in Miami would consider investing more than necessary in architecture, preferring to pack in more units at a lower price. Following the crash of 2008, as the city firmly established itself as an international art and design destination and developers needed to justify higher pre-construction deposits to avert another real estate bubble, that all changed.
Big names like Zaha Hadid, Bjarke Ingels, Herzog & de Meuron, and Foster + Partners were splashed across glamorous new projects, with prices to match. And they sold well. The era of the starchitect had begun, with Miami as its epicenter. [Read more at the Miami Herald]