Final Proposals for Lincoln Road Redesign Unveiled Today

The bosquet and water feature are replaced with a design that opens up the center axis. A linear, reflective water feature cascades over a low runway wall.
The bosquet and water feature are replaced with a design that opens up the center axis. A linear, reflective water feature cascades over a low runway wall.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Miami Beach's Lincoln Road has undergone a lot of changes in its relatively short history. Originally envisioned by Carl Fisher as an automobile-friendly "Fifth Avenue of the South," the strip was converted into America's second pedestrian mall in the '50s under the eye of famed Miami architect Morris Lapidus.

By the late '70s, the place fell into disrepair and became known for its shady characters and boarded-up store windows. Starting in the late '80s, it reemerged as something of an artsy and boho hotspot lined with galleries and eccentric places like jazz clubs, apothecaries, and crystal shops, but its slow creep since then toward a fancy outdoor version of a suburban shopping mall has been completed in the past few years. It now features tenants like H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21. 

Miami Beach officials believe a new era for Lincoln Road necessitates a refurbished design, so they've hired James Corner Field Operation — the hot landscape architecture firm of the moment thanks to its work on New York City's High Line Park — to give the shopping strip an update. 

Residents have previously gotten a peek of what the architects were up to, but today their final proposals will be unveiled. 

The main focus is to revitalize Lincoln Lane and Lincoln Lane South, which, at the moment, are more or less glorified alleyways that run parallel to the north and south of Lincoln Road proper. The public can drop by Miami Beach City Hall beginning at 6 p.m. today to get a glimpse of the plans. 

Those new plans include widened bike lanes, expanded sidewalks that can accommodate café dining, and more trees. 

You'll have to wait until tonight to view those renderings, but the firm did provide new images of its tweaked but previously seen plans for the main strip. 

Current: 

Morris Lapidus folly at the 500 block today, obscured by a sickly palm bosquet. The obscured folly used to host mannequins and fashion displays.EXPAND
Morris Lapidus folly at the 500 block today, obscured by a sickly palm bosquet. The obscured folly used to host mannequins and fashion displays.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Proposed:

The bosquet and water feature are replaced with a design that opens up the center axis. A linear, reflective water feature cascades over a low runway wall.
The bosquet and water feature are replaced with a design that opens up the center axis. A linear, reflective water feature cascades over a low runway wall.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Current: 

Morris Lapidus folly at the 700 block today.EXPAND
Morris Lapidus folly at the 700 block today.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Proposed: 

Morris Lapidus folly on the 700 block frames proposed outdoor gallery with rotating art pieces.EXPAND
Morris Lapidus folly on the 700 block frames proposed outdoor gallery with rotating art pieces.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Current: 

Existing oolite water feature at 800 block.EXPAND
Existing oolite water feature at 800 block.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Proposed:

Two narrow paths and sitting walls are carved out of the existing planter to create public seating around the water feature.
Two narrow paths and sitting walls are carved out of the existing planter to create public seating around the water feature.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Current: 

Euclid Circle was originally a planted garden bed. In the 1990s, it was converted to a habitable artificial lawn.EXPAND
Euclid Circle was originally a planted garden bed. In the 1990s, it was converted to a habitable artificial lawn.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Proposed: 

The reconfigured Euclid Oval celebrates its prior success as a social gathering space and play area by framing the center with public seating and opening it to the adjacent bandshell.
The reconfigured Euclid Oval celebrates its prior success as a social gathering space and play area by framing the center with public seating and opening it to the adjacent bandshell.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Current: 

Euclid Circle was originally a planted garden bed. In the 1990s, it was converted to a habitable artificial lawn.EXPAND
Euclid Circle was originally a planted garden bed. In the 1990s, it was converted to a habitable artificial lawn.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

Proposed: 

A reconfigured Euclid Circle honors its original intent as a garden on the western side and expands its suitability as a social space in dialogue with the adjacent bandshell on the eastern side.EXPAND
A reconfigured Euclid Circle honors its original intent as a garden on the western side and expands its suitability as a social space in dialogue with the adjacent bandshell on the eastern side.
Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations

The idea is to honor the original Lapidus flourishes while opening up the street more. The plan also notably seems to take some cues from the extension of the pedestrian mall to the 1100 block a few years ago, a project that was undertaken by Raymond Jungles and Herzog & de Meuron. 

Of course, whatever Corner presents today won't necessarily be final. The plans will be open to public comment and must still pass muster with the city commission and historic preservation board. 


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