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Have you ever stopped to examine the New World Symphony logo? Like, have you really taken a moment and looked at it?
To some, it reflects loose sketches of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center campus that houses the symphony. To others, it represents the baton movements of a conductor. And some can easily see the letters N, W and S.
For graphic designer Michael Bierut – the guy behind the New World Symphony logo – his job was to combine everything into a singular visual story.
The result: “We came up with a form where it is indeed one continuous line that renders a ‘N,’ a ‘W,’ and a ‘S’ and returns potentially to the starting point,” he told The Atlantic in a 2011 interview. “It had this symmetry to it that was unexpected and not easily shaken out of three letters that are sort of similar but fundamentally different,” Bierut said.
“Even if you couldn’t read the N, the W or the S, even if you’d never seen the Frank Gehry sketches, you didn’t care about oscillating waves, even if you don’t know what a conductor’s baton was supposed to look like, I think it felt a little bit like music or organic human activity.”
From the gif you see above, Bierut further refined the shapes so people who viewed the logo could quickly get to the N, W and S.
You can check out New World Symphony’s logo and architecture in person when their 31st season kicks off Oct. 20-21. If you are new to the world of classical music (or just want a sneak peek), their website breaks down select pieces into easy-to-digest program notes with audio clips to help prepare you for the experience.
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The Magic maker. Tony Cho is the Miami-born-and-raised developer behind several key developments throughout the 305 – most notably the controversial $1 billion, 17-acre Magic City Innovation District, which is expected to transform a section of Little Haiti into a tech hub (and likely price out many of the area’s longtime Haitian residents). The Real Deal took a look into a day in the life of the mega-developer. Plus, if you want to understand how a a massive development comes to be, look no further than Miami Grid’s exploration of the “Special Area Plan” process. (The Real Deal, Miami Grid)
Tracking the tide. Red tide plagued Florida’s west coast for most of the summer, killing marine life and causing health problems for humans spending time near the water. Now, it’s headed for the east coast. Officials are testing the waters at beaches in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for red tide after toxic algae blooms were found off the coast of Palm Beach, causing breathing problems for folks who went swimming last weekend.The algae bloom was likely carried east by currents. Officials began the testing at four Miami-Dade beaches yesterday and expect results by tomorrow. (Miami Herald)
Put on your stretchy pants. Because Eater has released a list of the best barbecue in the tri-county area, and there are plenty right here in Miami-Dade. (Eater)
Cleaning up their act. Back in 2016, local scientists disclosed that the water pumps keeping Miami Beach streets high and dry during king tides were also pumping human waste into Biscayne Bay. Then Mayor Philip Levine denied it and lashed out at the “sloppy science,” but the city did also make changes to the pump system. Now a water quality expert says that the stormwater system is a-okay. (Re: Miami Beach)
Sweet dreams. If you’ve spent time in Havana, you might have snatched up a sweet treat from Almendares, a bakery founded in 2013. It was an instant success and quickly moved into the more upscale Vedado neighborhood. But, tired of the country’s strict regulations, when the owners started thinking about expanding again, they looked a little further afield – to Miami. You can now find their delicate almond pastries on Bird Road, in a bakery with the same name. (Miami Herald)
🎵Friday: Groove with electronic music artist Omar Souleyman at the Bandshell (North Beach)
🎨Friday: Arts & Drafts is back with artist Brian Butler (Miami Beach)
🌱Saturday: Head to South Florida’s first-ever plant based party (Coconut Grove)
🎭 Catch Microtheater’s latest series of shorts on life in the Tinder era – through Oct. 14 (Downtown)
😱 Get spooked at the House of Horror – through Nov. 3 (Doral)
⛸️ Ladies skate for free at Basement (South Beach)
🍺 Sample some of Concrete Beach’s best limited edition brews (Wynwood)
🇩🇪 Celebrate Oktoberfest – through Sunday (Coral Gables)
🐝 Explore civil rights through the lens of “Lemonade” (Coral Gables)
🎒 Talk education and the election with Donna Shalala, Maria Salazar, and Superintendent Carvalho (Allapattah)
🏝️Remember the islands wrapped in pink? Meet the artist who did that. (Downtown)
😃Talk about why happiness is becoming a global movement (Shenandoah)
💰 Learn how to become an angel investor with Aminta Ventures (Allapattah)
🥁Jam with the world’s best steel bands at Carnival’s Panorama (Broward, but we’re including it, because CARNIVAL!)
😱 Catch a screening of the ultimate horror film, Halloween (North Beach)
🖼️ Tour the ICA and the Design District at First Fridays – free admission! (Design District)
🎇Catch a laser light show at Frost (Downtown)
🥁 Dance to some soca under the sun (Wynwood)
🎸 The Jacuzzi Boys come back to Churchill’s (Little Haiti)
🏳️🌈 Vibe in a place where “inclusion, equality, and sweat reign supreme” (Wynwood)
🥁Get ready to get a little dirty at J’ouvert, Trinidad’s best party (Broward, but we’re including it, because CARNIVAL!)
☀️Tour local homes that have gone solar (Various locations)
🇩🇴Celebrate la Republica Dominicana at Colmado 305 (Wynwood)
🌊March in the Miami #ShitShow for cleaner water (Key Biscyane)
🇨🇺Explore stories of Cuban exile in a documentary film – through Monday (Coral Gables)
🎶Jam with Terrestrial Funk (Wynwood)
🥁Jam out with all the mas bands at the penultimate Carnival celebration, ft. Flo Rida (Broward, but we’re including it, because CARNIVAL!)
🇨🇺Catch a screening of Operation Pedro Pan (Tamiami)
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But if you need a little pick-me-up to get you through Hump Day, we’ve got the perfect, delightful way to break up the week: this three-wheeled ice cream truck serving up recreations of childhood faves like Choco Tacos and Drumsticks. You’re welcome – and tag us if you track ‘em down in Wynwood.
– The New Tropic