Arquitectonica-Designed Expansion Of Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial Proposed

An expansion of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial is in the works, according to reMiamiBeach.

Arquitectonica’s Ray Fort is overseeing design of the new building, which features a series of circular forms.

The new 7,000 square foot building would house an interactive exhibit where visitors could ask questions and receive answers from pre-recorded interviews with survivors, using advanced technology.

The one-story building would also have a reception area, two exhibition spaces, and a flex classroom.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation would operate the new exhibit in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation.

Plans for the new building are still in the conceptual phase. The design would need city approval, as would a lease extension for the property.

 

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Anonymous
3 months ago

Never forget

Anonymous
3 months ago

The tax dollars spent while infrastructure in the city is crumbling.

Azarius
3 months ago

Like they adding more multi use space. Need more of this downtown.

BDub
3 months ago

I saw the interactive question/answer technology on 60 Minutes, it’s amazing.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Good

EJS
3 months ago

Great use of the space. I always thought the monument (statue?) needed better interpretation. A perfect sight for a museum of this kind. But hey,why not go bigger! Add a few more floors.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami Beach winning!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Fantastic

Anonymous
3 months ago

Fantastic

Playedthegame
3 months ago

It’s minimalism is appreciated and doesn’t compete with the monument. Material selection will be key so it ages gracefully.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Coral rock facing? But they didn’t have that in Europe. Maybe stark Brutalism would work better.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I figured they will give it a facelift soon

Anonymous
3 months ago

On the one hand I enjoy how detached the current memorial is, you have to really sort of search for the entrance and if you have never been once you enter the main sculpture garden the initial shock is very interesting, it is a very experiential piece and the way one moves through the space is very disorienting and unsettling which I think adds to the narrative and power of this piece.

This project, while very nice, does a good job of connecting it to the nearby gardens and activating that whole block, giving it more cohesion, urbanistically. I think it will lend itself to more people making the effort to experience the memorial and provide a place for functions and programming. Its a nice project but I think it somewhat waters down a very powerful experience. That being said I don’t think most people care about being confronted by this kind of art so bring on the gift shops!

John nyc
3 months ago

Why is this here in Miami ? Or in America ? The Holocaust happened in Europe. Where’s the memorial for the native Americans ? And the African slaves that were brought here to America in chains ? Where are the monuments to the natives who’s lands were taken away from them ? More BS. Never forget that it happened in Europe not in America.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I wish the walls at the main circular building had more weight or texture, it look too light and uninteresting, look much better the aerial view which most human can’t enjoy

Anonymous
3 months ago

how about a jewish architect…..

Anonymous
3 months ago

couldn’t they find someone to design it that actually cares of the subject matter?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Naaa….it does not work ….it strips to much from existing elements and not very impressive re-duo

Anonymous
3 months ago

How come we dont have memorials for the great chinese famine? or the armenian genocide?

But we only have the holocaust memorial in every city, and in America of all places?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Any group is encouraged and entitled to do their own memorial. Raise funds, buy the land and build the memorial. Who is holding them? Thank God America has opened its doors to all people and we have had the freedom to do so. Try to build something like this in Saudi Arabia or Iran.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Opened its doors to people from places where you can’t build this kind of stuff, claiming to flee muh oppression while whining about Columbus statues.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yep, America.. where in 1939, a A boat carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution is turned away after appeals to the United States and Canada for entry are denied,

Anonymous
3 months ago

If you don’t like it… you can always move or run for office and change policy. We turn away women and children at our boarders daily even today. Tired of the never ending complaining.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Nah.. I don’t feel like running for anything.. not after spending ten years of my life in the United States Army, where five years of it was in service over in Germany.

How about you?

Anonymous
3 months ago

There’s a large Jewish community in Miami Beach, why do you think the Holocaust Memorial matters to them? Think before you speak…

Anonymous
3 months ago

It amazes me that someone found a way to complain about this.

Anonymous
3 months ago

It amazes me that someone found a way to complain about this.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Is this the classic “why don’t we have a ‘white history’ month?” or “why don’t we have a ‘straight pride’ rally?” haha

Assuming however you are sincere in your question, there are a handful of armenian genocide memorials in the United States, mostly in places with a larger Armenian community. The ‘Chinese Famine’ does not fall under the same category as a purposeful genocide it was more of an accidental effect of bad policy, which probably would fall under a memorial for the victims of communism or something like that. To that end there is in fact a memorial to ‘Irish Hunger’ in battery park New York city that memorializes the Irish Potato Famine again, a major port of entry for that community. It is also important to note that the Holocaust is not strictly a jewish concern but a human concern, it has transcended that group as a great cautionary tale, which I think explains why you see so many of those memorials despite of course the importance of the Jewish community to Miami Beach.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Thank you for such an intelligent and informed reply.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Mao killed 80 million people, and you’re telling me it was an oopsie? Please, like Holodomor, it was straight from the Marxist playbook to control agriculture over the guise of the collective, even if it includes killing them.

Even the “good” China under Chiang Kai-shek was brutal, and did far worse than the British or Japanese ever did to China, and the successor government in Taiwan realizes that. Yet, the same government on the mainland that killed 80 million people with the perpetrator’s portrait on a city gate, invaded Tibet and is ethnically cleansing Uyghurstan, is increasingly militaristic and causing border conflicts with just about all its neighbors, and deliberately allowed a pandemic to infect the world because everyone was waking up about it after brutally undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy… Is totally different? Never again, amirite?

Anonymous
3 months ago

China killed 80 million people on accident. Sure, Jan.

Anonymous
3 months ago

This⬆️⬆️

Anonymous
3 months ago

I guess because the Jewish community invest more efforts to have their spaces to remember? Dont forget this area of Miami Beach has a heavy jewish population and it makes sense the location and the importance of this project.