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Jan262011

Creativity is born out of limitation: This post is not just about a parking garage

I never thought I'd write about a parking garage, but here I am.


Take a look at 1111 Lincoln Road:


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Isn't it beautiful? And it's "just" a parking lot.


I love things that are beautiful, period. But when everyday things are beautiful, just for beauty's sake? That is downright thrilling.


I love that something as pedestrian as a parking lot is one of Miami Beach's hottest wedding venues. (And why not? Look at the views!) 


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Sure, it's the most expensive parking lot in a city of expensive parking lots. It's probably not the cheapest wedding venue. But you know what? Someone took a risk by putting a lot of money to make something spectacular that didn't need to be -- there is never enough parking in Miami Beach, the developer was going to make money regardless of what the parking lot looked like -- and now he's created an Experience. Fabulous!


While I was reading about the project, I was struck by this:



Quirky zoning regulations in the city, which is chronically short on parking, made it profitable to build a large garage — not everyone’s vision of a grand gateway to the retail and restaurant-filled streets that surround the site.



I've been thinking about this lately -- about how creativity is born out of limitation. Some of my best ideas have come out of obstacles. When everything is going smoothly, I can't create. But when something goes wrong, when I am forced to go to plan B -- well, that's when the good stuff happens.


The unexpected, the bumps in the road; they are gifts. 


Does the same thing happen to you?


Reader Comments (7)

I'm so thrilled to have found your blog! I so agree about finding the diamond in the unexpected. That often happens when I look under the bed or in my purse. Or bump into someone I never met but have so much in common with.
Looking forward to your post!
-Alessandra

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLalas Pequenos

Love this post! Love the story. Would love to see this space in person.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLollie

Maybe we can do a girl's trip to Miami? I'm down.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiguelina

Hi Alessandra!

I'm so glad you stopped by! I like that "finding the diamond in the unexpected.:

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiguelina

As an urban planner / blogger, I particularly love this post. Such a great way to share spaces between uses. Wouldn't it be nice if all parking structures looked like this!!!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM @ semiURBAN

Thank you. And yes, I agree! Everything should be as spectacular as possible. Why not?

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiguelina

[...] it’s because I’m the type that finds that boundaries boost my creativity. Maybe it’s because I’m a kid at heart (why should kids have all the themed parties, [...]

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