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  A movement to make new structures in Key West's historic district more compatible with older buildings has led to the re-writing of the city's rules.

On Tuesday, the Key West City Commission will consider the new rules for the Historic Architectural Review Commission, which must approve all building in the historic district known as Old Town. HARC reviews everything from the color of paint on window shutters to the design of new buildings.

Florida International University

Floridians have been finding ways to get above high water for thousands of years, going back to the “tree islands” that helped Seminole and Calusa tribes stay dry in the Everglades. But rising seas could soon force wholesale changes in the way our cities and towns operate. At Florida International University, this reality has prompted an inter-disciplinary architecture studio where students are experimenting with designs for climate change.


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  Key West is famous for its collection of old wooden houses, mostly dating to the 19th century. The district known as Old Town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

  But occasionally a new building goes up in the old neighborhoods. Some recent new buildings, and proposed new buildings, have generated a debate about whether new construction in the historic district should blend in with the older buildings or be clearly separate.

Christine Kanstinger

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is being awarded Friday at the New World Center on Miami Beach, a building designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, a past winner of the prize. 

The Pritzker is considered the world's top award for architecture, and the annual prize usually recognizes a living architect. But this year's winner is the German architect Frei Otto, who died in March at age 89. He had been told he'd won the coveted prize.

This is first time the Pritzker Prize is taking place in Miami-Dade County.

The mission of the Coral Gables Museum is multifaceted, with a focus on community as well as art.  Caroline Breder-Watts recently spoke with Executive Director Christine Rupp.

Hear the interview here:

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You can’t just tear down a house in Key West’s Historic District. Even if it’s in pretty bad shape. That’s why people were so surprised when the city -- which normally enforces the preservation rules -- came up with a list of five houses in Old Town that could be torn down.

One of those houses “looks like it’s sitting on limestone piers which are not anchored on anything , so the building’s sitting here unsecured,” says Ron Wampler, the city’s chief building official.

Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation

  Bay Harbor’s East Island has been listed as one of the most endangered historic places in the country.

The island, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of Miami Modern architecture in the nation, joined 10 other endangered sites on a list compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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  A home that provided the backdrop for a 1964 photo shoot with the Beatles is up for demolition, according to a notice placed in the Miami Herald this month. That possibility has some people reminiscing about old times and others whispering "historic preservation."

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Saturday, the MDC Live Arts series will present the live documentary "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller." It's a live doc because director Sam Green will live narrate the presentation while indie-rock band Yo La Tengo will lend its musical notes to the score.

Wilson Sayre

It’s a cool Saturday night and Anthony Rolle pulls his blue Infiniti into the parking lot at Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach, where he’s headed for dinner. He gets out and drops a quarter into the meter in front of his space.

Rolle starts to look a little puzzled. The meter is painted bright yellow with hearts, flowers and cozy-looking houses. This is not a normal parking meter. It's not actually a parking meter at all.

Wilson Sayre

In observation of Homeless Awareness Week, students at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) have created models of possible living solutions for the homeless.

Each student in Eric Hankin’s architecture class designed a small apartment plan that had to include all the necessities of a regular apartment.

On Thursday, the students presented their models to professional architects for judging and feedback. The students were judged based on the creativity, feasibility and presentation of their design. 

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Miami developer Jeff Berkowitz is putting together a proposal to build a sky-scraping observation tower in downtown Miami. The SkyRise Miami tower would stand 1,000 feet tall at the Bayside Marketplace.

courtesy Friends of Miami Marine Stadium

The Miami Marine Stadium has been through several incarnations over the past five decades, and the latest is the subject of a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum.

Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium, opening Oct. 17, traces the building’s distinctive history, from its early days as a speed boat racing venue to today as a giant, graffiti canvas and parkour playground.

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One of Miami's leading theaters was shuttered in 2006, but an effort to revive the Coconut Grove Playhouse has now cleared an important hurdle with the state.

On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet approved a plan from Miami-Dade County and Florida International University to rebuild and reopen the historic Miami theater pending resolution of some outstanding financial debts and claims on the property.

The county's Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring addressed the Cabinet during a meeting at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus.

Marva Hinton

Magnolia North is the new name for an area in Opa-locka, which was formerly dubbed The Triangle and known for drugs and crime. Now city leaders hope Magnolia North will be known for galleries and studios and become the next vibrant arts district in South Florida.