DawnTown Announces Open Registration for Spring, 2011 Architecture Competition Print
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 09:34

Designs Sought for a Floating Stage to the Miami Marine Stadium

DawnTown, the annual International architectural competition, announces the launch of its first spring competition. Registration for DawnTown 2011 began on February 2 and is open to the public. Professional or student designers from around the world are invited to participate.

This year’s competition seeks creative architectural ideas for the design of a floating stage to complement the Miami Marine Stadium. The Miami Marine Stadium, located on Virginia Key in Miami just five minutes from downtown, is an internationally recognized icon that is now slated for renovation by the City of Miami and is a key priority of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

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The contest, which is meant as an “ideas” contest, is co-sponsored by Friends of Miami Marine Stadium and the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. “My DawnTown colleagues and I are always on the lookout for opportunities to bring creative and innovative design ideas to the city of Miami.  We are pleased to be co-sponsoring this contest with the AIA and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium”, said Joachim Perez, Executive Director of DawnTown Miami, “A revitalized Miami Marine Stadium-and a floating stage that accompanies it and can be moved to other sections of the City will have a catalytic effect upon Downtown Miami.”

Built in 1963, the 6,566 seat Miami Marine Stadium has played an important role in the City’s cultural history. Originally built for boat racing, it also hosted many concerts, Easter Sunrise Services, TV shows, Rallies, Boxing, Wrestling on a floating stage that was towed directly in front of the Stadium. During performances, the Stadium became an “aquatic theatre in the round” as it was often surrounded by many boats which came for the events. The Miami Marine Stadium was shuttered by the City of Miami after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 (there was no hurricane damage) and has remained closed ever since.

In 2008, a new organization called Friends of Marine Stadium was formed with the assistance of Dade Heritage Trust, Miami Dade County’s foremost historic preservation organization. The Friends group has focused national and international attention on the structure. The Stadium is now considered an architectural gem. It has been designated Historic by the City of Miami and has been given international recognition through inclusion on the 2009 “11 Most Endangered List” of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the 2010 watch list of World Monuments Fund. Even singer Jimmy Buffett, who performed many concerts there, did a public service video endorsing restoration of the Marine Stadium.

DawnTown is very fortunate to have Hilario Candela on the judging panel. Candela designed the Stadium at age 28 and is now a leader in the efforts to restore it almost a half century later. "I look forward to receiving the proposed entries to the competition" said Candela, "This is an opportunity to think outside the box, but with a real project.”

The complete Jury for the DawnTown 2011 Floating Stage design competition will include:

Hilario Candela, original architect of the Miami Marine Stadium
Walter Meyer, Principal of Local Office Landscape Architect
Jorge Hernandez, architect and Co-Founder of Friends of Miami Marine Stadium
Michelle Oka Doner, Internationally recognized artist
Lawrence Scarpa, Principal of Brooks + Scarpa
Frank Sanchis, Director for US Programs of the World Monument Fund

“We are very excited about the Floating Stage Design contest” said Don Worth, Co-Founder of the Friends of Marine Stadium, “This is an ‘ideas’ contest and we are hoping to see some great creative concepts that will foster many different types of events and viewing experiences as possible.” The Friends group is helping to sponsor the contest awards, along with Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
More information on http://dawntown.org/

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 09:50