Arsht Center Green Room Society 2013/14 Season Kick-off Event

GRS Season Kick-Off FINAL

WHO: The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s Green Room Society (GRS). GRS is a group of social influencers who serve as ambassadors and philanthropic supporters for the Arsht Center and who are engaged as active leaders in Miami’s arts community.
WHAT: The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Green Room Society (GRS) is launching its 2013-14 season with a VIP rooftop event hosted alongside Haute Living Magazine. 100 percent of the funds raised by GRS support the Arsht Center’s free educational programming and community events.
The GRS kick-off event at FIFTY Ultra Lounge Miami will feature a poolside performance by synchronized swimming group Verso Performance and sounds by DJ Danny Stern and DJ Corey Chase.  Enjoy light bites by FIFTY Ultra Lounge and complimentary cocktails provided by SX Liquors.
WHERE: FIFTY Ultra Lounge at Viceroy Miami
435 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 7:00-10:00 pm

RSVP: Required




DWNTWN Art Days September 20-22


Looks like it’s going to be a pretty cool event, DecoBike will be there so you can check out all the art on two wheels.  Here’s some more information I received about the event…

After a successful inaugural year, the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) is working once again in tandem with a variety of arts and cultural institutions to highlight the area’s cultural renaissance through its second annual DWNTWN Art Days Event. The Miami DDA, through Creative Curator Claire Breukel and the Cultural Advisory Group, is partnering with virtually every major art and culture institution in Downtown Miami for a three-day celebration that will incorporate numerous free events and exhibitions for the community to enjoy.

 The events will take place around all of Downtown with one central informational hub at Grand Central Park at Miami Worldcenter where attendees can pick up a full list of activities and begin their tour of Art Days events.

This year, Car2Go and BeachedMiami are partnering with DWNTWN Art Days to host tours around Downtown Miami venues and the exhibitions. Car2Go will host a tour by vehicle for quick and easy access to Art Days events. BeachedMiami along with Deco Bike will be providing bicycles and arranging bike tours of temporary Art Days art projects as well as permanent Downtown artworks.

Artist Thom Wheeler is also conducting a series of walking tours around some of Downtown Miami’s most exciting artist studios and exhibition spaces. Wheeler will give visitors an insider look in to the work of artists at the DWNTWN Art House at Miami Worldcenter, the Artisan Lounge, and to individual studio spaces.

In addition to the tours, the Miami Trolley will make stops at several key Art Days venues in Downtown. The Trolley route will be published on the Art Days website closer to the event.

The following events are taking place during DWNTWN Art Days:

  • ·         Miami Children’s Museum: “Now Read This” Stories through Drama and Design, September 20-22 from 10am-6pm.
  • ·         PAMM: “Discussing the Architecture of the Perez Art Museum Miami presented by AIA and PAMM”, Friday, September 20 at 6pm
  • ·         Freedom Tower: “Activate: MDCulture”, Friday, September 20 from 6-9pm.
  • ·         McCormick Place: “2nd Annual Art Days Fair @ McCormick Place”, Friday, September 20 from 6pm-12am.
  • ·         Dimensions Variable: “Psychogeography Opening Reception”, Friday, September 20 from 6-10pm.
  • ·         Wine by the Bay: “September’s Storm” – A California Wine Tasting and Cultural Event, September 20-21 at 7pm.
  • ·         The Vagabond: “DWNTWN Art Days I – Launch Party” Friday, September 20 at 10 pm.
  • ·         PAMM: “PAMM Family Art Making”, Saturday, September 21 from 12-3pm.
  • ·         Around Downtown: “Beached Miami DWNTWN Art Days Bike Tour”, September 21-22, limited space.
  • ·         Bayfront Park:  “National Redbull Flugtag”, Saturday, September 21 from 12-5pm.
  • ·         CIFO: “Water-Balloon Kickball, Round Two / Cannonball vs. CIFO”, Saturday, September 21 from 1-4pm.
  • ·         Olympic Theater at the Gusman Center: “Miami Lyric Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana and Suor Angelica”, Saturday, September 21
  • ·         The Vagabond: “DWNTWN Art Days II – After-Party”, Saturday, September 21 at 10pm.

This year, Art Days debuts the Fringe, a series of temporary public artworks around Downtown curated by guest curator Amanda Sanfilippo. Six projects have been selected from a call to artists that received 55 national proposals. These public artworks or ‘site activations’ aim to insight public interaction in a variety of Downtown venues including Grand Central Park, DRB bar, the Christ Fellowship Church as well as 600 Brickell’s fountain.

For the most up to date information please visit

WHEN:           Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22
WHERE:         DWNTWN Art Days Information Hub
                         Grand Central Park at Miami Worldcenter
                         700 N. Miami Ave
                                 Miami, FL 33136

Tomorrow: Haute Living to Host Real Estate Summit With Jorge Perez, Ugo Colombo and Edgardo Defortuna






Via Haute Living


Haute Living will host a ground-breaking Real Estate Summit tomorrow, Tuesday September 10th, with a series of two round table discussions with Miami’s biggest developers and brokers. The panelist list reads like a who’s who of Haute Living’s Haute 100 with Edgardo Defortuna, Ugo Colombo, Gil Dezer, Don Peebles, The Jills, Dora Puig and more. They will discuss key topics on Miami’s red-hot real estate market such as the most important selling points for property today, the future of mega developments, which famous names bring the best return, luxury condo size trends, marketing to international target markets and how to improve Miami’s green space.

The round tables will be moderated by Seth Gordon, and Jorge Perez will attend to collect a very special lifetime achievement award. The event takes place at the W South Beach; registration fee is $195 and includes both a continental breakfast and seated lunch for attendees. RSVP to

Douglas Elliman Names Jay Philip Parker CEO of Florida Brokerage


Douglas Elliman Real Estate announced today that Jay Phillip Parker, a prominent Florida attorney and real estate entrepreneur, has been named CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage. With a strong background in lending, financing, and title insurance, Mr. Parker is the founding partner of Clear Title Group LLC, a partner in the Law Firm Beloff Parker Jacobs, PLC,  and Managing Partner of Titan Capital, a direct lender with offices in Miami, New York, and Connecticut.

Ms. Grout, who helped to lead Elliman’s foray into South Florida as President  & CEO of the Florida Brokerage for more than three years, will continue to be part of the Douglas Elliman family through her new position at the firm’s parent company, New Valley LLC.

With approximately 250 agents and a presence from Miami to Palm Beach, Douglas Elliman’s Florida Brokerage facilitated a number of high-end and record-setting transactions including Miami-Dade’s most expensive single family home sale in history – the $47 Million estate at Indian Creek, the largest condo bulk buy at the prestigious St. Regis Bal Harbour ($26.4M), and a 27-unit bulk buy at Midtown Miami ($11.4M). The brokerage also represents exclusive sales and marketing teams for prominent new developments including Allan Faena’s Faena House, Ian Schrager’s The Residences at the Miami Beach Edition, and the Disney family fund’s Palau Sunset Harbor.

About Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Douglas Elliman Real Estate is New York’s largest residential brokerage, with over 70 offices in New York CityLong Islandthe Hamptons ,Westchester/Putnam, and South Florida  and more than 4,000 real estate agents and a network of national and international affiliates. They are strategic partners with London-based Knight Frank LLP for residential business in all of their New York markets. Douglas Elliman ranked in the top four of all real estate companies in the nation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The company also controls a portfolio of real estate and homeowner services, including Manhattan’s largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as DE Title and DE Capital Mortgage.

Miami Small Urban Buildings: Course, Book (Free!), Exhibit, Bus Tour, Presentation…

Source: Townhouse Center

Source: Townhouse Center

This comes to us via Andrew Frey, Executive Director, the Townhouse Center (via Knight Blog)

Jason Chandler, a licensed architect and an associate professor at Florida International University, writes about a joint studio course with the not-for-profit Townhouse Center that is supported by Knight Foundation.

Miami has built to the sky and horizon with towers and subdivisions but lacks neighborhoods of a middle scale. In other cities—like Boston’s North End or New York’s West Village—those places are often the most vibrant. To help Miami start developing such neighborhoods, Knight Foundation funded an architecture studio course at the Florida International University School of Architectureabout the neighborhood building block: small, adaptable buildings.

This spring semester, students visited and documented small urban buildings in downtown Miami and Savannah, Ga. Then each student designed a new, small, adaptable prototype for Miami. The effort produced more than 100 designs, which have been curated into a book, “Infill Housing.”

The course and book were produced in collaboration with Townhouse Center, a not-for-profit that promotes urban neighborhood development.

“‘Infill Housing’ is an easy-to-follow roadmap of how Miami can draw from the past to develop the small, adaptable buildings that add up to great middle-scale neighborhoods,” said Andrew Frey, Townhouse Center’s executive director.

During the visits to downtown Miami and Savannah, students experienced how small-scale infill buildings create resilient urban environments. The Savannah visit took students far out of the studio, to places and buildings that they had never seen before. Immersing students in cities so that they can experience buildings in person is critical to architecture education. It teaches students to “see” architecture and to appreciate its scale, materials, use and context.

“Infill Housing” was published after two months of culling, editing and formatting. It begins with student drawings of their inspiration—the small urban buildings in Miami and Savannah—and continues with their new designs, interspersed with photos of the students at work in Miami and Savannah. It provides a clear vision of what the students produced and experienced and is available in paperback or as a free e-book.”

Chandler and Frey will present the book at a LAB Miami book talk on Oct 10 at 7 p.m.  The students’ work will be exhibited at BFI in Miami from Nov. 1-17.  Chandler and Frey will lead one of BFI’s Weird Miami bus tours on Nov. 10, taking riders through exemplary—but sometimes overlooked—Miami urban neighborhoods. To register please click here: