ART DECO TOURS
South Beach possesses the largest collection of art deco buildings of any neighborhood in North America. For a full appreciation of this elegant Jazz Age school of design, accented in the Miami vernacular of pastel-hued and neon-emblazoned facades, take a guided walking tour offered by the Art Deco Welcome Center (305-531-3484), located at Tenth Street and Ocean Drive.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
An impressive roster of internationally acclaimed architects have projects currently in the works in Miami. Among them are Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Enrique Norten and the team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. What’s more, by year’s end Cesar Pelli’s $461 million Carnival Center for the Performing Arts is due to open. The complex will feature a towering lobby, a 2,400-seat opera house, a concert hall that holds 2,200 and a small theater, all connected by a foot bridge over Biscayne Boulevard.