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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects presents vision for Arsht Center neighborhood in Miami

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects presents vision for Arsht Center neighborhood in Miami

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects presents vision for Arsht Center neighborhood in Miami

Miami, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2012)—Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects unveiled preliminary concepts of a master plan for Miami’s emerging Arsht Center neighborhood Wednesday, revealing a vision of the area as a vibrant, thriving urban destination. 

The Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, a non-profit organization created to foster development around the Arsht Center, commissioned the firm to develop a master plan for the neighborhood last year. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects also designed the performing arts center which opened in 2006. Encompassing the Sanford and Delores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, and the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, the 500,000-square-foot center is one of the country’s largest performing arts centers. The Arsht Center is an anchor of the Omni district, the entertainment and media center of downtown Miami, and is credited with sparking new investment there.

Cesar Pelli, senior principal, and Mitchell Hirsch, principal, presented the firm’s findings. As a livable community, they noted, the neighborhood should contain a mix of uses: education, cultural, housing, entertainment, recreation, civic and retail centers with sufficient public transportation and parking. A full master plan, to be presented in a later phase, will encourage connectivity, balance building and population densities, and ensure a dynamic mix of urban uses surrounded by supporting landmarks.

“These are critical precepts necessary to allow the Arsht Center neighborhood to evolve and flourish into a great community,” Pelli said.

John Richard, CEO of the Arsht Center noted that encouraging development in the neighborhood is an extension of the performing arts center’s mission.

“The Arsht Center was created to serve as a catalyst from the very seed of its planting as a cultural destination in the Omni district,” Richard said. “Billions of new development investments in the area over the past decade signal the fulfillment of the Center’s mission as the economic engine in the district.” 

The plan connects the Arsht neighborhood with Overtown, Wynwood, Downtown, the Biscayne Corridor and the Museum complex to the waterfront by a chain of parks and public open spaces.

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