Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sara Colombo Discusses Nest Casa

Sara Colombo, wife of Ugo Colombo, was recently interviewed by the Miami Herald for her eye for interior design, which can be seen in the items she hand-selects for her store, Nest Casa.  Sara Colombo credits her past modeling career and the experience of international traveling for her unique style. “I’m not an interior designer, it’s not what I’m trained to do,” Sara Colombo said. “What I like to do is hunt for objects and things you can’t find anywhere else.” Sara Colombo handpicks Nest’s unique collection from Italy, France, Belgium and other faraway places.” She goes on to give some quick tips for creating a beautiful home including embracing color, using art for blank wall space, and the importance of living things, such as plants, in the household.

For more on Sara Colombo and her style tastes, check out the Miami Herald.

Developers Revisit Plans for Miami Beach Convention Center

A third public meeting was held recently were Portman CMC showed off their newly revised plans based on input from the community during past meetings.

“Portman CMC, led by developer Jack Portman, is also working with Cirque du Soliel, and has indicated plans to bring the art-inspired circus act to South Beach. Renderings provided to Local 10 include a raised hotel with green space below.”

The Miami Beach commission is expected to make a selection this Summer.

Read the full article about the Revamped Miami Beach Convention Center Plans

Miami Convention Center Plans for a Public Square

The Real Deal recently reported on Portman CMC’s plan to include a public courtyard into the Miami Beach Convention Center revamp. Portman CMC has created plans to redevelop 52 acres in Miami which includes Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, city hall, and a hotel.

“Each firm will present a master plan on June 5 at the City Commission meeting, after which the commission will choose a developer, according to the City of Miami’s website.”

Read the full article on The Real Deal

Botanical Garden Expansion recently posted an article about the overhaul of the botanical garden in the Miami Beach Convention Center. Two firms, South Beach ACE and Portman CMC, agree that the expansion of the botanical garden is vital. Thereporter Christopher Cameron mentions, “Yesterday, the developers presented their proposals for the renovation to the city commission and both plans emphasized the garden as a ‘unique amenity’ that will draw visitors.”

Find out more about the Botanical Garden Expansion on the

Battle for the Miami Beach Convention Center

Two bidders are competing for the multi-million dollar Miami Beach Convention Center project. They have presented their plans to the public recently during a hearing. The presentations offered more information on what they plan to do but neither offered much on how traffic will be impacted. An article on stated, “The Portman CMC team has hired David Plummer & Associates, a Coral Gables company, to analyze traffic issues in connection with its plan.”

Find out more about the Two Competitors’ Plans on the Globest website.

Architects Go Head To Head

Curbed recently posted an article on how two architects are battling it out with updated plans for the Miami Beach Convention Center. The first architect, Bjarke Ingels, plans for a more colorful and energetic design. Whereas his competition, Rem Koolhaas, has a more futuristic and eclectic look. You’ll be able to take a look at some of the images they provided.

You can read more about the Updated Convention Center Plans on the Miami section of Curbed.