Category Archives: Recreation & Entertainment

A New Profile at the End of the St. Pete Pier

The inverted pyramid which has been the signature icon of St. Petersburg Florida’s waterfront, is being replaced. The new structure terminating the redeveloped pier echoes the program of the former, with dining and observation areas. But enclosed pool areas, improved … Continue reading

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Imagineers Share the Disney Springs Storyline

Walt Disney World in Florida has been busy Expanding and re-branding their Downtown Disney retail and restaurant district, which provides a focal point to the WDW hotel experiences. Hotel guests can take a bus or water taxi from their resort hotel to … Continue reading

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Daytona Speedway Renovations Head to the Finish

Upgraded Concourses and 40 escalators will improve circulation at the famous Daytona International Speedway, which will host the Rolex 24 on January 30th. The new exterior cladding of the viewing stands is a combination of solid and perforated metal panels … Continue reading

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Winter Park YMCA Plans New Wellness Center

North Carolina-based Duda Paine Architects is the design firm and Orlando-based Jack Jennings & Sons is the general contractor. The new wellness center will provide additional facilities and fitness programs for the 25-year-old Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center … Continue reading

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Cruise Ship Ports Need to Cultivate Luring First Impressions

Cruise passengers are pampered on their voyages, and are often disappointed on arrival at an island port, especially when it is their first time, if the port area is dilapidated and seedy. Theme Parks here in Orlando hide all construction … Continue reading

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Hotel Proposed for Dr. Phillips PAC Front Lawn

A team of developers has submitted a plan for an eight-story boutique hotel, in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The development team includes Stuart Newmark, who is president of the nearby Aloft Orlando hotel and formerly … Continue reading

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Frei Otto Wins 2015 Pritzker Prize

The 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize, was announced yesterday, two weeks before the scheduled date, after the recipient, Frei Otto, died at the age of 89. He is best known for his iconic and groundbreaking roof canopies designed for the 1972 … Continue reading

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Rooftop Pools

Creating a pool on the roof of a building takes special consideration. The pools are typically built inside a waterproof tray or box designed by the structural engineer, and connected with a drain to protect the occupants below from leaks … Continue reading

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Zero Gravity Resort Proposed for Kissimmee

If you enjoy the X-Games you will want to visit this new proposed resort for Kissimmee. A whole resort themed around x-game style activities, which will also host pro and amateur X-Game competitions. The proposed 250-room resort hotel will include a  rooftop pool … Continue reading

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Reimagining Residential Cruise Vessels as Independent Nations

In Hugh Darley’s blog over the holidays, he describes a future world with ocean vessels as independent countries and other container vessels as duty/tax free ports for acquiring supplies operated by Target or Wal-Mart. That future may be closer than we think. … Continue reading

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