INFLATABLE: Floating Solar-Powered Stage Could Revitalize Miami Marine Stadium

by , 05/17/11

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The Miami Marine Stadium was originally designed by Hilario Candela, built in 1963, and has since been abandoned and vandalized. The annual DawnTown design competition seeks to come up with innovative design solutions for the downtown Miami area and this year’s project was to brainstorm ways to revitalize the stadium into a recognizable city landmark. PinkCloud.DK’s solution had three design goals: 1. It must be easy to set up and move; 2. In order to convince taxpayers, it must be cheap; and 3. It should attract attention and have a unique identity.

INFLATABLE is composed of a large helium filled disk with a 280 ft span, tied down by six anchor cables. The disc is attached to a floating stage that can be placed anywhere in the marina with flexible configurations for a variety of events and performances. The buoyant disc also provides shade for the stage below. Light tubes built into the disc draw diffused natural daylight to the stage below, while LED lights, which are powered by thin film solar photovoltaic panels integrated onto the top of the inflatable disc, provide additional lighting. This low impact stadium setup is powered by the sun and would surely become a major attraction for Miami residents and visitors.

+ PinkCloud.DK

Via ArchDaily

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  1. caeman May 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    These sort of grand projects strike me as sneaky ways of getting money to nefarious developers and corrupt unions, while making it look it is for the public good. Sure, I bet it will look mighty purdy if built, though.

  2. lazyreader May 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Remember the Simpsons movie when the floating stage took the lives of Green Day. Don’t let the stage name fool you, this is just another example of government waste on things similar to convention centers. We see city after city spending millions of dollars on convention centers and since there’s way more convention center space than there are actual conventions, they remain largely unused throughout most of the year. Almost every city has torn down convention centers in favor of new ones in the last 25 years and many cities are considering doing it again. And they haven’t recouped any losses in the money they spent building the first generation. Simply adding bigger windows and solar panels and the like isn’t gonna do much when you have thousands of people driving to convention centers anyway. Cities cover costs for pricey downtown real estate to build convention centers which is why they cost so much. Private sector agencies could have built the same thing elsewhere at a fraction of the cost. City’s should get out of the convention center business and let the private sector handle it the way they used to, same goes for various other stuff, especially stadiums.

  3. jmhoffmeier May 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    At the rate the world is going there is only 15 years max of helium left and with no way of manufacturing it artificially. Need to stop green washing and start thinking sustainable.

  4. caeman May 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    $1M to demolish it, where upon the concrete and other materials can be recycled to be used elsewhere.

    $3M to refurbish it.

    Given the money problems of pretty much every state, it would seem a bad time to be spending money they don’t have. The seating it far too limited to be a major music venue.

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