The death of starchitecture has been greatly exaggerated, if events in Miami this week are any indication. As Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, and a dozen other art fairs open, Herzog & de Meuron's Perez Art Museum Miami (the recently renamed Miami Art Museum) is nearing completion—Jacques Herzog will be in town to give tours—and sites are being readied for a parking garage by Zaha Hadid and an OMA-designed hotel tower on Collins Avenue. OMA principal Rem Koolhaas is compared, improbably, to Baron Haussmann, the Emperor Hadrian, and Carmen Miranda on billboards promoting the project.
At the same time, the very convention center where the Art Basel fair is being held may soon be a construction site. With corruption investigations ended, the city will now decide whether to proceed with plans to enlarge the facility. After an evaluation committee ranked designs by Koolhaas and his former protégé Bjarke Ingels second and first, respectively, Ingels himself referred to the impending run-off as "oedipal." Meanwhile, Herzog & de Meuron and Ingels' firm, BIG, have Miami condo projects in the works.