A Miami mirage?

samy mansour
Tuesday 03 Jun 2008

PALMOASIS, A project initially designed as a concept, could have created enough media interest to become a reality.

The proposal expands on the Venetian themed vision of Biscayne Bay established by the early founders of Miami Beach through understanding the agglomeration of artificial islands and the attempt to recreate the urban condition of Venice.

Given that Miami is lacking any significant public open space one might perceive this recreation to be an inherent contradiction.The project rethinks the Venetian themed vision and proposes a public recreational space which is site specific and establishes an open space typology for Miami - a waterfront urban condition. A single palm tree on a base is a direct representation of any generic island.

Palmoasis consists of 4000 such islands arranged on a 30' grid, connecting to Julia Tuttle Causeway and DiLido Island via pedestrian bridges.

Overlaid within the grid of palms are suggested flexible program zones for uses such as concerts, picnics, movies, bbq, swimming pools and contemplation.

Between the palms narrow canals, navigable by canoes or other small vessels, ensure the park remains undisturbed by the machine and may remain a quiet haven for both the natural and the man-made.

Changes in the tides reinforce a temporal experience as varying water levels would be registered onto the plinths of the individual islands.

N C office have calculated that the project contains 4,000 palms and we estimate between $4,000 - $5,000 per palm = $20,000,000...The project was not meant to be built, but its success in the local media, and its interest outside of Miami, might spark enough desire in local politicians and developers to make PALMOASIS a reality.

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