No, no, no, no, no. Zaha is not building a new cathedral in Haiti so don’t let the title of this post confuse you. Our friends at Archinect have posted not one, but TWO stories relating to Miami today, both originally reported by the Miami Herald.
The first comes from the international competition to create a new cathedral in Port-au-Prince. Although not in Miami, the competition organizers and jurors met here to go over all the entries in a 2 day jury. Such prominent Miamians involved in the jury were Dean Elizabeth Plater Zyberk of the University of Miami School of Architecture, and the Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski. Money still needs to be raised for this project, to the tune of $40 million (the Herald reports that it costs $300,000 alone just to remove the ruins on the site!). Hopefully, the competition will generate enough buzz and support to help fund the project. For more information on the project click here to read the Miami Herald’s article.
The second talks about Zaha Hadid and how she will be adding her own stamp to the series of high rises fronting Biscayne Boulevard, commonly referred to as “The Biscayne Wall”. The announcement comes after the shut down of one of the last gas stations in Downtown Miami, where Hadid will be placing her building. This new addition to the Wall will front notable Starchitect projects such as The Perez Art Museum of Miami (Herzog deMeuron), The Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Grimshaw Architects), The American Airlines Arena (Arquitectonica), and it’s neighbor Ten Museum Park (Chad Oppenheim). Welcome to the neighborhood Zaha Hadid. For more information on this development click here to read the Miami Herald’s article.