Another design museum in Miami: The new Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) opened its inaugural exhibit “Drawn from Miami” last week. The show examines the city through architectural design that has shaped the city’s urban identity. An open call drew in 350 design submissions—mostly hand drawings—of which, 105 were selected for the exhibit. In 2011, the Miami chapter of the AIA initiated a proposal for the city’s first architecture museum and in 2012, the chapter reserved a spot in downtown Miami’s historic Post Office building. [MCAD]
New York City installs new street lights on 125th St. [ Matt Chaban] In other museum news: A growing public demand for culture has caused a rapid increase of museum-building in China, or what director of Columbia University’s China Megacities Lab Jeffery Johnson calls “museumification.” “We’ve seen museum-building booms elsewhere, but nothing of this sustained magnitude and pace,” says Johnson. [ The Economist]
This is a roving underwater base station designed by “sea architect” Jacques Rougerie. Welp, nothing beats that for frontier design. There’s a Kickstarter campaign for those inclined to join Rougerie under the sea. [ National Geographic]
Detroit architect Harold Varner dies at age 78. His firm, Sims Varner and Associates, designed the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. [ The Washington Post]
This isn’t the only rebranding in the architecture world. Austin’s largest and oldest firm Page Southerland Page will now simply be Page and another old Austin firm, Bury + Partners, is rebranding its name to Bury. [ Austin Business Journal]
The owners of the Oakland basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, are part of one of at least three potential investment groups interested in buying the A’s and building a new $500 million ballpark in Oakland. [ East Bay Express]
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