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27 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E on the drawing boards INFILL. IT'S A WORD YOU'LL HEAR more and more in the coming decade, especially as tiny buildings built for an earlier era come down and new ones go up. It refers to new development on either un- used or underutilized land and comes to you from the folks who coined the term "best and highest use." South Florida's eastern neighborhoods, de- veloped for an era of wildly cheap fuel and a cul- ture that was consumed by the automobile, are morphing. It's now all about walkable density with less concern for the car and old-fashioned parking requirements. Some people rejoice that this day has come, others fight it tooth and nail. The fact remains, the day has come, and some designers are rising to the occasion with beautiful designs, like those of architect Luis Revuelta for the Brickell Flatiron, a project a decade in the making due to rise on mostly vacant land. Tropic's senior editor Hilary Lewis reported on the first iteration of a design for this space in the December, 2006 edition of HOME Miami, our earlier publication. At that point, the project was scheduled to be both offices and condominiums, and was designed by Enrique Norten. The prod- uct of site-specific conditions, that earlier design focused on silhouette and aerodynamics. Alas, the Great Recession was about to pounce on South Florida, and the interest in both commercial office space and residential vaporized in a mat- ter of months. Text John T. O'Connor Brickell Flatiron

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