Miami Beach Cultural District
Walks & Talks

Walks & Talks 2024: Miami Beach Cultural District with West 8

Miami Beach, FL

Join West 8 Creative Director Daniel Vasini and explore the Miami Beach Cultural District including Soundscape Park, Washington Avenue, Collins Canal Park, Convention Center Drive, and Pride Park. 

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Miami Beach Cultural District
Miami Beach Cultural District - Photo by Robin Hill, Courtesy of West 8, 2020

The Miami Beach Convention Center District started in 2009 when West 8 was asked to design the campus of Frank Gehry's New World Symphony Building. Before, the unifying character was the grey, hot tarmac of the parking lots. Today, the entire district is a system of interconnected, welcoming and green urban spaces. Soundscape park is a unique site with one important philanthropic component: Allowing people who can not afford a symphony ticket to experience the area's beauty via top-of-the-line projections onto the building's exterior. This urban oasis reflects the identity of the New World Symphony while tieing back to the legacy and culture of Miami. 

 

Following the success of Soundscape Park, West 8 was asked to join the team to upgrade the entire district around the Convention Center. Together with Fentress Architects, they executed a cohesive masterplan to integrate the creative vision for the district with the function of the convention center, while keeping in mind the importance of streetscapes and connectivity throughout a public space.

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Miami Beach Cultural District
Miami Beach Cultural District - Photo by Robin Hill, Courtesy West 8, 2020

 

About Daniel Vasini and West 8:

Daniel Vasini is the Creative Director of West 8. Vasini leads and collaborates with top-tier multi-disciplinary teams that address complex challenges and envision solutions for the major urban design issues of our time. Daniel specializes in transformative urban waterfront projects, and creates master plans, urban designs, and large-scale landscape architecture interventions. 

West 8 is an urban planning and landscape architecture firm founded by Adriaan Geuze and Paul van Beek in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1987. With offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Philadelphia, PA, the firm has established itself with an international team of 70 architects, urban designers, landscape architects and industrial engineers over the past 35 years.

2.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees, pending approval.

Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:

Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 50% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)

No refunds will be made for cancellations thirteen (13) days prior to event

No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).

Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.