Copperbridge Foundation Brings Cuban Artists to Miami Stages

Geo Darder gets down with the culture in Cuba.
Here in Miami, more than in any other city in America, an encounter with Cuban culture is akin to a return to the roots. No matter whether it's dance or art, music or theater, it's the heritage itself that seems to matter most, with the artistic and entertainment elements often affirming a personal connection.

That may seem like a broad-based generalization, but given Miami's population and its sizeable Cuban quotient, there's no denying its accuracy. It's especially true in the case of Geo Darder, the founder and artistic director of the Copperbridge Foundation, an artistic initiative he and a group of partners launched four years ago as a means of facilitating the exhibition and interpretation of artistic works from the Caribbean, Africa, North and South America, and Cuba in particular.

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Pavilion MMM Will Transform Miami's Cultural Plaza Into a Giant Swingset This Summer

Categories: Art, Design

The Dawntown Miami design competition has produced plenty of unique theoretical projects: a giant helium balloon at the Miami Marine Stadium, for instance. This June, one of those ideas will come to fruition: Pavilion MMM, a temporary installation made of swinging garage sale chairs, canvas shades, and construction scaffolding that'll take over the plaza at the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza.

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Cool Spaces! Architecture Series Premieres Tonight on WLRN

Courtesy of Stephen Chung, Cool Spaces!
Seattle Public Library, Seattle by OM/REX
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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FIU RoboCop Helping Disabled Officers Get Back in the Field

Categories: Design, Technology

In two years, Miami might be home to the first on-duty robocops.

For the past 18 months, FIU's Discovery Lab has developed and built a functional, mobile. and interactive robot specially designed to help disabled officers and veterans return to the field. With a budget of just $20,000, TeleBot is groundbreaking for its affordability -- plus, who ever built a working robot in just 18 months?

Recently profiled by Fox News and the Discovery Channel, Telebot is becoming something of a national celebrity, but we're proud to say it's Miami students who got him there.

See also: Listen: How the New RoboCop Compares to the 1987 Version

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Design to Collide: PechaKucha Miami Hosts Rapid Fire Presentations

Categories: Art, Culture, Design

Courtesy of Carl Hildebrand
PechaKucha. It's not a Pokémon or an obscure ingredient in your mother's spice rack. It's a concise, effective means of presentation⎯20 slides, set to 20 seconds each. One straight shot -- pay attention, or miss out.

PechaKucha (pronounced pe-che-kuh-cha in Japanese) is "kind of like speed networking, it's for professional presentations," Carl Hildebrand, public programs manager at the Wolfsonian and head of Miami's PechaKucha chapter, said of the unique exhibition format.

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Architects Propose Saving the Miami Marine Stadium With a Giant Helium Balloon

PinkCloud's Project Inflatable.
Miami's a city where old and new meet in unique and often surprising ways, especially when it comes to its architecture. So PinkCloud's idea to revitalize the Miami Marine Stadium, an architectural treasure now covered in graffiti, is perhaps the most fitting proposal for returning the venue to life.

It's futuristic. It's eye-catching. And oh yeah, it's essentially a giant helium balloon.

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- Miami Marine Stadium: A Revival of Magic, Concrete, and Spray Paint
- Parkour Athletes Flip to Save the Miami Marine Stadium (Video)

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IKEA Breaks Ground in Miami-Dade, Moves Opening Up to Summer 2014

Categories: Design

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Ikea's Sunrise location.
For years now, Miami enthusiasts of Allen wrenches, horse-flavored meatballs, and cheap, Swedish furniture had to shlep all the way into Broward County to satisfy their cravings at the IKEA location in Sunrise.

But soon, those Liatorps, Bjurstas, and Fabrikörs will be no farther from your home than a drive down the Dolphin Expressway. IKEA's coming to Miami, y'all -- and sooner than we originally thought.

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- IKEA Is Coming to Miami-Dade: Let the Swedish Takeover Commence

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Miami Art Museum Bike Art Crawl: Seeing South Beach, From Art Deco to Herzog & de Meuron

The James Royal Palm
Miami Beach is beautiful. With its long, sandy shoreline, lovely climate, and amazing confluence of world cultures, the Beach has gone from a sleepy seaside resort to a world-class city. And in the short history of that process, it has also become one of the most distinctive and fascinating architectural cityscapes on the planet.

Exploring this unique cityscape was the idea behind Saturday's Miami Art Museum Bike Crawl, a four-mile jaunt around South Beach's historic Art Deco District that began and ended at the newly renovated James Royal Palm.

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- The Ten Best Skyscrapers in Miami
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The Ten Best Skyscrapers in Miami

Miami is a flourishing, young city, barely a century old and fluid in its rhythms, its culture, and its image. That image has evolved year by year with the rising and falling of skyscrapers all across the county, as we continue to find ourselves wandering about fascinating new pieces of architecture that pierce upward along our flat horizon. And while one of the most significant periods of that architectural evolution took place in the '80s, in the wake of Miami's cocaine renaissance, the ill-fated boom era of our economy that came to a grinding halt in 2007 saw a flurry of activity in the form of mega-cranes and legions of construction companies pushing our skyline higher.

Soon, that skyline will have itself a new occupant in the exciting form of Zaha Hadid's first skyscraper on this side of the planet. As Miami's architectural landscape prepares for yet another change, we're taking an affectionate look at the wonderful buildings we know and love around town. From downtown Miami to the northern throes of the Beach, here are the ten most exquisite heights in our expanding jungle of glass-and-steel behemoths.

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- Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum Tower Will Make the Rest of Downtown Look, Like, So Ten Years Ago
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From Picasso to Koons, See Rare Jewelry as Art at the Bass Museum

Salvador Dalí, Cuillére avec montre-peigne (spoon with comb), 1957

We've heard of clothing as art, shoes as art, and hair as art. So it's not a far stretch to expect jewelry to be art, too. Thanks to Diane Venet, this is now a reality that we can all gawk at at the Bass Museum of Art.

The curator got her start collecting when she first met her husband, sculptor Bernar Venet, in 1985. "He gave me a barre of silver that he twisted around my two fingers as an engagement ring," she notes. "This ring remains among my very favorites!"

The following Christmas and birthday, he gave her some pieces made by some of his close friends that were also artists. "The subject interested me so much that I started to learn and research about which artists had been challenged in the past, and who would be interested in doing a piece now," she continues. "I met other collectors, dealers, gallerists, and as the seed was planted in the soil, I went on [collecting] alone."

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- Temporary Contemporary: The Bass Museum Redefines Street Art

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