Below are selected examples of my journalism writing.
Vizcaya, the early 20th century winter home of Chicago industrialist James Deering was almost from its earliest inception destined to be far more than just a big house in Coconut Grove, despite Deering’s desire for a comfortable and pleasant place to spend the winters and entertain relatives in his retirement. As soon as Deering met Vizcaya’s chief designer, or ‘creative director’ as he is also known, Paul Chalfin, the estate became a great gestamkunstverk, or total work of art.
A Hike Down in Villa Vizcaya’s Mysterious Jungle Moat—The Big Bubble
Around Miami, substantial new condo buildings by Pritzker Prize-winning-architects are on the rise, each going through similar processes of construction to ensure these often technically complex, creative towers are executed according to the designers’ original vision. One Thousand Museum, by Zaha Hadid, Park Grove by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, and Herzog & de Meuron’sJade Signature, under construction in Miami boast mockups of facades, balconies, and exoskeletons.
In the annals of urban planning and landscape design, the original ‘Emerald Necklace’ is a string of interconnected parks in Boston designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted that link the old Boston Common with Franklin Park, looping around the city. Rickenbacker Park, a new linear park proposed by architect Bernard Zyscovich also known as ‘Plan Z,’ could similarly string together a chain of existing parks and green space along the Rickenbacker Causeway, creating an emerald necklace for Miami that would be South Florida’s own version of Olmsted’s great design.
Visualizing urban development patterns by age can reveal a lot about the evolution of a city, historically and up to the present day. To state the obvious, historic preservation is a very hot topic in Miami right now. Miami’s most historic neighborhoods are not coincidentally many of its most popular, presenting a need for preservation, a public desire to preserve what makes those neighborhoods special to begin with, and inherent challenges to that preservation. Cities are also built in very different ways than they were in the past. Greater Miami is, of course, no exception to this rule, although development happens a little differently everywhere. By using data from the Miami-Dade Property appraiser, Gridics has mapped urban development across the entire county by decade constructed in shades of blue, allowing patterns of growth to be seen in the data. To interact with the maps yourself, go to the Property Records map view, and turn on the ‘Age of Property by Dacede’ layer in the upper right corner.
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.
Museum Power Squabble Borders on the Surreal—The New York Times
The Lapidus Touch—The Architect’s Newspaper
Babylon Apartments in Miami, One of Arquitectonica’s First Designs, is at Risk—The Architect’s Newspaper
Eight Years On, How Has Miami’s Form-Based Code Primed the City for Unprecedented Growth—The Architect’s Newspaper
An Iconic Miami Villa-Turned-Museum Prepares for a Major Expansion to Reclaim Its Former Glory—The Architect’s Newspaper
Miami’s New Urbanist Experiment—The Architect’s Newspaper
Miami on the Make: Adjaye, Fuller, and Foster—The Architect’s Newspaper
Postmodernism Post-Denial—The Architect’s Newspaper
To Bimini & Back Part One: To Bimini, by Flying Boat—Curbed Miami