20-Acre Government Center In Downtown Miami Could Be Redeveloped, Including Removal Of Philip Johnson-Designed Plaza

Miami-Dade county is studying the possibility of redeveloping the 20-acres known as Government Center in downtown Miami, according to Miami Today.

The potential development could include residential, commercial, office, hotel and restaurant space in a pedestrian friendly design.

County commissioners voted earlier this month to direct the county mayor to prepare a report on the plan, with commissioner Eileen Higgins sponsoring the resolution. Completion is expected by December.

One possibility is asking a private developer to oversee a master plan for the entire district.

Demolition or a rebuild of the fortress-like Philip Johnson-designed plaza at Miami-Dade’s cultural center is also a possibility, Higgins said.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Phillip Johnson’s building is one of the most ill-conceived urban projects in Miami. It is an imposed and invented post-modern architectural style totally foreign to South Florida, which also shows an ignorance of local climate. The raised barren paved plaza has been a challenge to use from day one. Urbanistically the whole complex cant be more antisocial, creating a fortress like skin which is both physically and conceptually impenetrable. KNOCK IT DOWN!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is what happens when an architectural style is copied and forced to fit into a totally foreign place. As much as I like the Mediterranean look, it has nothing to do with Miami. So many styles that are native to the area are being ignored for the incongruous and ubiquitous pseudo Mediterranean theme.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks for saying it the way I’ve always thought about it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You are too weak to say anything for yourself. It is also because you are wrong.

Anonymous
2 years ago

My my, aren’t we the brave an strong one.

Anonymous
2 years ago

yeah i’ve always wondered what’s up with the mediterrean look here? how about the portofino in Sobe? that huge eyesore. how does this stuff that doesn’t fit get built? so much of Miami looks like epcot. so silly.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Would you prefer designs that resemble palm trees and sea shells?

Miami
2 years ago

Uhhhh yea?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Kitch. Typical modernist BS.

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2 years ago

I want a building shaped like a colada!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The “latins” love it. It harkens back to the Spanish colonial origin

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mediterranean has nothing to do with Miami? Let me guess, you’re an architectural elitist who thinks a giant glass and concrete box with giant windows requiring air-conditioning to run nonstop and a leaky flat roof is “Miami.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

Last time I checked Miami is not in the mediterranean.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami’s weather and environment is like that of the Mediterranean. Therefore glass boxes in Miami are the worst idea possible.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How come it works for Coral Gables?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Because Coral Gables was always intended to be but in my honest and humble opinion it’s reached saturation mode. C’mon, even true Mediterranean cities have variety and twists that make them interesting and inviting.

Miami
2 years ago

Who said it works in Coral Gables? It’s tacky pseudo Mediterranean. The stereo type of Miami lives there. FAKE.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Shush! I think it looks cute!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

A lot of it doesn’t.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Uninformed modernist architects designing in the classical style is what are producing the atrocities currently being built in Coral Gables.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I dont know how much you know about architecture but coral gables is NOT modernist in the slightest

Anonymous
2 years ago

Originally Coral Gables was conceived as a series of architectural villages each with a unique style of which “Mediterranean” was only one. It’s incorrect to assume that is the only style used there

Anonymous
2 years ago

Turn it into a prison and make the central plaza isolation quarter

Anonymous
2 years ago

like in the Hand Mainen

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Why can’t it be turned into a school or something? Don’t they usually like privacy?

Anonymous
2 years ago

how do you really feel?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nothing to do with the fact that downtown Miami has sucked ballz for the past 20 years

Anonymous
2 years ago

Try 40 years.

Modernism has not solved anything.
2 years ago

You’re an idiot. How can the glass boxes being built now qualify as appropriate for the hot sunny environment of Miami? They can’t. Expansive glazing belongs elsewhere. You fail to understand history. Dense mass of concrete and stone insulate a building interior from the heat. Thus Philip Johnson’s building materials. You also fail to understand Miami’s history. the plaza was built in a time when Downtown Miami was a dangerous place, to the point that a fortification with controlled entry points was necessary. Miami should save the little history it has, instead of doing what modernists have been doing since 1945 and destroying everything in the name of progress. I’m sorry you are so uninformed.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The place does look like a bunker and hinders pedestrian traffic definitely time for a change so many possibilities in this area!

Anonymous
2 years ago

OMG I hope you run for mayor.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Better hire Arquitectonica for another bunker that hinders pedestrian traffic, as in a parking garage, topped with glass boxes!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Heck, I was always under the assumption that this is a monastery.

Polo
2 years ago

It looks like one!

Anonymous
2 years ago

… yes where the monks are making beer

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey, they got a picture of my green Lambo in this article.

Interested
2 years ago

One of PJ’s biggest miss and that barren plaza with no shade is like an oven. He obviously never lived here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes please, I really don’t blame Phillip Johnson, he had no clue about Miami, weather, demographics or how people had abandoned downtown. I blame the folks who picked him as the architect and whoever picked this design for this area.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No one abandoned downtown, the place was full of cheap electronic merchandise and clothing stores along with a few hole-in-the-wall restaurants thrown in. Just a tacky and boring place place to be at period. But all that’s changing now.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not if Moshe Mana can help it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes
It’s changing, at a turtle pace. Since you so well remember the good old days when downtown was active. You’ll probably see the next active cycle from your assisted living facility window if your arthritis permits you to hold onto your walker.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’ll only mean I’ve gotten older.. do you know if you’ll live long enough to get that way?

Anonymous
2 years ago

When it was built, it had to be a fortification, because downtown was (is) a S-hole.

Polo
2 years ago

I never understood how a famous architect like Philip Johnson designed such a fortress like plaza.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Add a signature park!

Anonymous
2 years ago

make it a CVS

Anonymous
2 years ago

A pocket park the size of a parking space!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Some of you people think of the same ole boring sh*t.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You need to travel more

Anonymous
2 years ago

Been to more places in this world that you can only dream of. Almost every time there’s an article in TNM somebody mentions “park” or “drugstore” or some other unimaginative and boring BS like that.

You need to read the comments on this site more.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Almost every world class city has at least one signature infill park. Miami has none. Sad.

Anonymous
2 years ago

parks are a waste of taxpayer money!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Parks are empty. Parks work in cities surrounded by density. The only parks popular in Miami are the parking lots.

Anonymous
2 years ago

MiamiDade has Miami Beach.. the only park tourist come here to see is the Everglades National Park.

And what makes you think Miami is world class?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yahey! Bust them streets! Make that cash! Ffff those residents!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Will, the city do a master plan study on Mana properties to see what he can do with them?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Big difference.. this place is city owned.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Look at all those people in the picture trying to get by each other on those narrow sidewalks.

– The Committee for Wider Sidewalks

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree with everyone’s critiques, however, I am old enough (62) to remember what this area looked like before Government Center was built and this is a vast improvement. Until maybe half a dozen years ago there were tables with umbrellas on the plaza and lots of people would have their lunch there or just hang out. A lot of the people that were hanging out were the homeless so the powers that be removed all the tables and seating and left a vast wasteland.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It looks like a fort ready to repel a moorish invasion.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I always thought this was a historical building.

Anonymous
2 years ago

*hysterical

Anonymous
2 years ago

LMAO… historical? in Miami? the city isn’t that old. Can’t stop laughing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Define “old” and “historic.” What are you, one of those “unless it’s a 500-year-old European cathedral, despite 75% of which is a post-WWII bombing reconstruction, it’s not historic” kind of people?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The next hurricane will do that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The sidewalk trees have finally started to mature a bit so it must be time to rip them out

Anonymous
2 years ago

That would be amazing! This building sure is fugly.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I hope they make it into a proper street level plaza like in Europe

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully they have tapped into Melo for the redevelopment anything else won’t happen for another 50 years.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agree wholeheartedly with you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree the Post Modern Pollo Tropical Fortress building must go. However, it should be replaced by an new iconic piece of Architecture, which puts Melo automatically out of the picture.

Anonymous
2 years ago

here comes Melo fan club…

Anonymous
2 years ago

And here’s the Melo haters who don’t mind waiting forever for something to get done.

Anonymous
2 years ago

NO! We don’t want another prime location ruined for generations to come. Maybe that super tall that brightline lied about building.

Anonymous
2 years ago

that’s in the next phase… we will see if it is built.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, what?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree. We’ll all be in ALFs by then.
This area is way to big and spread out and most people live in sprawlbia who never set foot downtown

Anonymous
2 years ago

I see nothing wrong with the look in general…you all are just being a herd…one says something the rest quickly follow cosigning…a herd of turds.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You must be kin to the architect?

Anonymous
2 years ago

waste of money

Anonymous
2 years ago

Are you a developer?