Miami Beach’s Flamingo Hotel: A President, a Pachyderm, and a Publicity Hound: Photograph Albums From the Wolfsonian Library Collection

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It was New Jersey nursery owners and farm machinery suppliers, John Stiles Collins (1837-1928) and his son-in-law Thomas J. Pancoast who first began to clear the mosquito-infested mangrove swamp covering much of the desolate barrier island within sight of the burgeoning town of mainland Miami. But in beginning this transformation, Collins and Pancoast aimed to transform the wilderness into a garden of sorts, an agriculturally productive farming community. It was left to automobile aficionado and promoter, Carl G. Fisher (1874-1939) to envision and create a very different future for the island of Miami Beach—a playground for the rich and famous.


Having made a fortune in the automobile business, Fisher had promoted the first trans-continental highway, and then used his considerable influence to promote the Dixie Highway from Indiana in the North and ending in Miami Beach in the South. Snubbed as “nouveau riche” by the wealthy elites that wintered in…

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Sebastian Errazuriz: Step back and look again

Genius! Genius! Genius! What an inspiring talk!

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No siempre dar un paso atrás es retroceder.

Sebastian Errázuriz es un gran artista Chileno -un poco incomprendido en su propio país- que juega entre la delgada linea del diseño y el arte. Por ahora nos trae esta charla TEDx donde nos permite reflexionar sobre la mirada y la perspectiva que debemos tomar sobre nuestros proyectos y vida (dar un paso atrás). Otro mensaje interesante es que quizás hoy rechazen nuestras ideas pero hay que trabajar y seguir adelante porque nunca se sabe cuando esas ideas rechazadas comienzan a ser aceptadas.

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Alfredo Jaar: An Artist for Chile and Beyond

The latest issue of Paula has an interview with the artist Alfredo Jaar. I was delighted to stumble upon this article, especially since I only picked up Paula to get me through the take-off portion of my flight. As the video above demonstrates, Jaar is an arresting speaker and last year in Santiago I had the pleasure of hearing him talk about his project for Chile’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Continue reading