Archinect - News 2015-11-29T11:00:25-05:00 John Portman's Inadvertent Dystopian Fortresses Julia Ingalls 2015-04-08T16:54:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:38:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;[Directors are] projecting a future by imagining how it would look in ruins,&rdquo; said Michael Hays, a professor of architectural theory at Harvard. &ldquo;All the flesh has been removed and you just see the architectural bones. I&rsquo;ve always thought Portman&rsquo;s buildings would make very beautiful ruins, because the essence of them is so powerful and so direct.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this larger piece about how Atlanta has become a favored setting for dystopian cinema, Harvard professor Michael Hays shares an unusual perspective on the work of John Portman as cinematic harbinger of doom.&nbsp;</p> BIG & Design Partners Propose Miami Beach Square as Massive Convention Center Redevelopment Alexander Walter 2013-05-14T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-18T18:12:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG together with West 8, Fentress Architects, John Portman &amp; Associates (JPA), Revuelta Architecture International and developers Portman-CMC have unveiled the urban planning proposal Miami Beach Square, the centerpiece of a 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center District development. Portman-CMC is one of two development teams currently in the race for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center Competition</a></p> John Portman, Symphonic Architect Archinect 2011-10-20T01:41:57-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now 86 and still running his Atlanta-based firm, John Portman &amp; Associates, the architect is the focus of a new documentary, &ldquo;John Portman: A Life of Building,&rdquo; which premieres tomorrow at the Architecture &amp; Design Film Festival in Manhattan. Mr. Portman recently spoke with a reporter about his career.</p></em><br /><br /><p> And for more information about the film go to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p>