So Today The City of Miami might decide on the future of Midtown, that is, the Walmart that everybody has been talking about. A Walmart has never been known to revitalize a neighborhood. A library has. Recently a library in Texas gathered a lot of buzz. It is the largest single story library in the country, and why? Because the McAllen Public Library is a repurposed abandoned Walmart. The building has won several awards and it really is a beauty to look at, especially when you picture the dullness that inhabited it before.
Wouldn’t it be great to turn our future Walmart into a library before it even is a Walmart? Definitely a crazy and unrealistic dream right now, but here are some of the coolest libraries around the world. Just something to look at instead of thinking about Walmart.
Besides the usual Miami nightlife offerings, this weekend three events stand out. Check these out:
Sometimes the most exciting projects come from the most unlikely collaborations. After meeting in Art Basel Miami, Pharrell Williams and Chad Oppenheim were itching to find something to work on together. Pharrell Williams is known for his trend-setting music and fashion, while Chad Oppenheim is known for his innovative and sustainable architecture. Finally, they figured out a way to combine there passions. Oppenheim has designed the Pharrell Williams Resource Center, which will be built in William’s hometown, Virginia Beach. The 30,000 sq.ft. center is meant to serve as an escape and haven for kids to learn and dream.
Willams has said, “I believe the architecture of a building says a lot about its soul and I wanted a building for the center that makes a statement to the world and the kids – something that will stand as a monument of optimism, and felt Chad was the only architect that could capture that.” We couldn’t agree more. Oppenheim has shown his unique vision in buildings all around Miami, like these:
A true combination of love, art and business. We cannot wait to see how this collaboration turns out. The building is set to break ground in 2013.
Read the full article at Inhabitat.