Stories written by DAVID Rifkind

A Story Told in Fragments

A Story Told in Fragments

A city as young as Miami Beach isn’t supposed to have many ruins, but some of our region’s most interesting buildings are fragments of structures whose multi-layered history tells a lot about the growth and change of the metropolis. The strange concrete cylinder in Collins Park is a great example. Built as part of the […]

Design Miami 2013

Has it been nine years already? Design Miami, launched by design impresario Craig Robbins in the Design District in 2005, has treated international visitors and local enthusiasts to a provocative menu of exhibitions and events during the annual week of art fairs anchored by Art Basel Miami Beach. Acting as a design-oriented complement to the […]

The Wolfsonian-FIU

The Wolfsonian-FIU

Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., did not set out to invent a new type of museum. He simply began collecting pieces of decorative arts and propaganda as a young man. These are not the more conventional works of art or designed objects that accumulate in the hands of collectors. Micky was always attracted to things that revealed […]

Miami Beach Cinematheque

Miami Beach Cinematheque

The Miami Beach Cinematheque, which opened its new location in the city’s historic City Hall building two years ago, is an architectural gem that is also a model of how adaptive reuse can advance the cause of historic preservation. Dana Keith founded the Cinematheque in 2003 in order to establish a new cultural institution that […]

Excellent On So Many Levels

Excellent On So Many Levels

  1111 Lincoln Road raises the bar impossibly high for architects in South Florida. On numerous levels, this may be the most sophisticated building in the region. And yet it’s just a garage, which means that for most of us practicing in the area, our work won’t even compare favorably to a pile of rented […]

Flash Urbanism at New World Symphony

Flash Urbanism at New World Symphony

Miami Beach SoundScape is the most successful public space built in South Florida since the construction of the adjacent Lincoln Road Mall in the 1960s. Conceived as an anteroom and complement to the New World Symphony’s new concert hall, SoundScape includes an outdoor projection theater that brings indoor performances into the park at the corner […]

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