The Elevated Park That Never Got Off The Ground - By Garrick Jones
As the economy peaked several years ago I flew up to Portland Maine to meet with great local designer Mitchell Rasor (MRLD), and City Planning officials. We joined other international developers, and a fleet of consultants and advisors for design presentations and a blistering barrage of heated and hightly publicized Community Review and City Council meetings. Myself, Della Valle Bernheimer, and MRLD had designed one of two proposals before the City for development of the Maine State Pier, a dilapidated deep sea berth pier which protrudes far out into the Portland harbor from a crossroads between a gorgeous and vibrant little downtown and a now quieter but recently rezoned manufacturing district known as the Eastern Waterfront.
Walk The Line, an exceptional way to experience New York City. An elevated green park with a sense of rear window curiosity. High Line Park is open from 7 am to 10 pm year 'round, featuring unique characteristics throughout the four seasons with the natural changing landscape and events. Surrounded by the wildflowers and green foliage, the pathway meanders alongside the buildings, intimate park benches and inviting seating steps providing plenty of resting spots. The cityscape unfolding among the brilliant design structures, integrated seamlessly with the urban setting. A hideaway above the street traffic with amazing views from dusk to dawn, it is equally magical for tourists and residents alike.
By Lloyd Jackson
Number 10 - Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
Built in 1925 to house the offices and printing plant of the Miami Daily News, formerly the Miami Metropolis, the city’s first newspaper founded in 1896 with the help of Henry Flagler. Designed by New York-based architectural firm Schultze and Weaver, which also created the Roney Plaza in Miami Beach, the Biltmore in Coral Gables, and the Breakers in Palm Beach.
Tri-partite scheme features a three-story base embellished by decorative elements made of pinkdyed cast stone and striated with artificial veining. Above a twelve-story tower sits an elaborate two-story cupola. The design, like that of its local brethren, takes inspiration from the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain.
“Why use a 4x4 to hold something up when I could use a V8 engine instead? Especially if that engine is coming out of a landfill somewhere.” Artist Tom Teitge (rhymes with Tai Chi) built his house in Kauai from salvage. There was a garage here once, until Tom stood a forty foot pole up through the roof, then hung his unique beam structure off that central pole.
By Barbara Bowers
|Pavilion and sculpture next to the 75-foot lap pool.|
The curtained pavilion that stretches across the back property line at 727 Poorhouse Lane is Hal Bromm’s and Don Meris’ favorite “at home” spot. Overstuffed sofas, white tablecloths and cushy pillows, a creative hodge-podge of chairs and stools form an instant comfort zone in a mature garden of mostly indigenous plants. But in a gentle breeze, not-so-indigenous papaya and banana leaves flutter, accenting the Zen quality of calm and natural light.