Soundscape Miami, West8 (Landscape Architecture)
Fifty years ago, New York raised the curtains on Lincoln Center, the performing-arts superblock on Manhattan's Upper West side. The campus has been long maligned as hermetic, and nowhere is this criticism truer than in the placement of Damrosch Park, tucked into the site's remote southwest corner. But there, on a concrete surface framed by the back ends of two imposing music halls, Lincoln Center holds outdoor performances by filling the plaza with rows of folding chairs. Delightful as the programs tend to be, the space itself is barren in the off-season and otherwise quite isolated, making it nearly impossible for anyone to wander casually upon the venue.
Starting this year, though the West8-designed Soundscape at the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy in Miami Beach, is calling all wanderers.