In a world of hypothetical architecture contests and imagined landscapes, one does thrill at the possibility that all these deft exercises in computer rendering might one day be actually built.
It was with great alacrity then that I met urban planning attorney Andrew Frey in Miami when I was down there just a couple weeks back. Frey started and hosts the annual DawnTown Miami competition--one with an actual site, actual criteria, and actually the ear of Miami's planning bigwigs--whose winners were announced earlier this month.
I met Frey at the Rubell Family Collection, just next to the donut wall, and he told me that for such a site-specific competition (with a new downtown Miami brief each year) he is amazed at how many international entrants he gets. This year first, second, and third place went respectively to Australians, Thais, and Russians.