Cool Spaces! Architecture Series Premieres Tonight on WLRN

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Consider the space you're occupying as you read this. It exists because someone you've probably never thought about envisioned and created it. So, go home tonight and instead of watching some of the crap that passes for late night TV, catch the public television premiere of Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture and find out what goes into making the buildings we pop in and out of daily.

Tonight at 10 on WLRN, Cool Spaces! will debut its first hour-long episode in a series profiling North America's most innovative and provocative public architecture. Each episode tackles a central theme and examines "three very different cities, buildings, architects, and very different designs," according to host and project creator Stephen Chung. Originally an architect and educator, Chung only stepped in front of the camera as a means of introducing the world to quality architecture and its importance after the recession hit the industry and his practice hard.

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Zadok Gallery Showcasing Sublime Wordly Exhibits through April

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Zadok Gallery has begun previewing two new exhibitions from very different parts of the world. The space is clearly attempting to go big with this latest showing. The gallery, which carries a variety of pieces ranging from optical illusions made of rainbow strings to robots being projected upon, has branched out into really using its space.

See also: Locust Projects' Latest Exhibition Explores the Many Identities of the Everglades, Opens Saturday

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Locust Projects' Latest Exhibition Explores the Many Identities of the Everglades, Opens Saturday

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Fabricated wood by Felice Grodin
There's more to the Everglades than monstrous bugs, swampy terrain, and toothy alligators. Opening Saturday, March 8, Locust Projects presents new works by Miami-based artists Christy Gast and Felice Grodin, whose study of landscapes and spaces yield intricately-fashioned installations.

Gast's exhibit, "Inholdings," contains two works: A full-scale textile replica of a Nike Hercules missile and a single-channel video entitled War Drums (Nuclear Clock). "Inholdings" shifts the focus between natural, cultural, and desired histories by appropriating craft traditions to document a place.

"An inholding is kind of a bureaucratic term for [privately] held land that's surrounded by public land, which figures a lot into my projects," said Gast during an artist talk held Thursday. "I'm really interested in enigmatic landscapes where there's a history of conflict."

See Also: Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: March's Best Gallery Shows

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Miami Marine Stadium Renovation Moving Forward, Invites Famed Graffiti Artist Stinkfish

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All photos by Travis Cohen
Miami has her fair share of graffiti haunts and paint-saturated penits where local and traveling bombers alike have decorated streets for decades. Few are as iconic, though, as Miami Marine Stadium.

Declared structurally unsound after the widespread devastation of hurricane Andrew, the abandoned stadium has been "off-limits" for nearly a quarter of a century. But graffiti loves a challenge, and "off-limits" means "perfect hangout" for fence hoppers, midnight drinkers, restless youth, skaters, and most obviously, taggers.

Now, the stadium is on its way to a new life thanks to the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. The group plans to renovate and reopen the venue, and that's expensive -- $30 million expensive.

One of their first prospective means of fundraising is to sell a series of pieces by renowned and respected graffiti artists, both foreign and domestic. The first of these was recently completed by Bogotá artist Stinkfish, and we got a chance to watch as he did his thing on a perfectly sunny albeit windy day on the Biscayne Bay.

See also: Miami Marine Stadium Restoration Plans Approved

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Coconut Grove Playhouse Narrowly Escaped Sale by State, Now Under Miami-Dade County Lease

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After years of uncertainty, blame-throwing, and political maneuvering, one of the most dramatic real estate stories in recent Miami history has entered its conclusion. The Coconut Grove Playhouse narrowly escaped being sold by the state of Florida to the highest bidder this week when Miami-Dade officials, with just hours to spare, delivered documents to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, proving that they'd settled the property's debts at last.

See also: Miami-Dade County Commission Resolves to Save the Coconut Grove Playhouse

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The Temple House, South Beach's Largest Home, Can Be Yours for a Cool $17 Million

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Images via thetemplehouse.com
Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen the inside of the largest home on South Beach. It was the filming site of One Direction's "Best Song Ever" music video. It was the photo shoot location for a Kardashian Christmas card. And it's hosted dozens of private events -- upscale weddings and corporate shindigs for the likes of Microsoft, Nike, and Sony.

Now, the Temple House, at 1415 Euclid Ave., is on the market -- for a cool $17 million.

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PAMM Opens Today, and It's More Beautiful Than You Imagined

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All Photos by Travis Cohen
Two thousand words is too many for a Wednesday morning, but too few to do the new Pérez Art Museum Miami justice. So we'll put it simply: the new Herzog and De Meuron (HDM) edifice on museum island is, no exaggeration, exquisite.

Naturally, in this story, we'll be describing the space in more detail than that. But it's important for you to understand from the get-go that this complex is fucking amazing. Miami has not had such a significant injection of vivaciousness and cultural voracity in architectural form since the Downtown skyline began to soar with cocaine christened towers of glass and steel and light in the 1980s, or perhaps even the Art Deco resuscitation of our bedraggled city after the hurricane of September 1926. HDM have given birth to a new nerve center for communal convalescence, a ganglion where Miami's 5.4 million human synapses can fire at will beside the beauty of Biscayne Bay.

See also: Perez Museum Opens For Art Basel: Has Miami Art Sold Out?

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Inside Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum Tower: Trippy Ceiling Art

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Photos by Robin Hill.
From the outside, Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum condo may look like a sleek, futuristic tower with a Spider-Man-esque exoskeleton.

On the inside, however, the design is less tough insect, and more swirly Alice in Wonderland.

This weekend, New Times received renderings previewing the inside of Hadid's downtown project, featuring the starchitect's own art installation on the ceilings.

See also: Zaha Hadid Skyscraper to Replace Downtown BP Station (Photos)

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"Concrete Paradise": The Past, Present, and Future of Miami Marine Stadium

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A young Hilario Candela stands with the Miami Marine Stadium during construction
Tonight marks the grand opening of the Coral Gables Museum's new exhibition, "Concrete Paradise: The Miami Marine Stadium," which takes viewers through the history of the stadium, from its inception to the prospective renderings of its future renovations. The exhibition seamlessly interweaves the what curator Rosa Lowinger described as "the first third of the stadium's life," leaving you with an invigorated sense of hope and excitement for what will come in the next two-thirds of its history.

There's a good deal to be learned from this exhibit. For instance, the stadium isn't technically called Miami Marine Stadium - officially, it was dedicated as the Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe Stadium, named after the dedicated public benefactor who, among other notable accomplishments, founded the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and deeded the land over for the construction of the stadium. For the next three months, the Coral Gables Museum will effectively be removing Miami Marine Stadium from strictly existing as the dank shell of its former self and giving the public an opportunity to see it in all its seasons.

See also: Miami Marine Stadium: A Revival of Magic, Concrete, and Spray Paint

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Vagabond Motel to Open During Art Basel, Host Exhibits

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Of the retro-looking motels that line the strip of Biscayne Boulevard between 54th and 79th Streets, the Vagabond Motel is the most impressive. Or, rather, it was; in recent years, the property was better known for its graffiti'd up walls than for being, as Curbed Miami described it, "the most iconic of Biscayne Boulevard's triply midcentury modern hotels."

But if developer Avra Jain has her way, the Vagabond will be restored to its former glory soon -- before the end of 2013, in fact. According to Miami Urbanist, the Vagabond plans to open during Art Basel, hosting exhibits in its guestrooms before officially opening them to rent in 2014.

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