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Oktoberfest Comes to Wynwood This Weekend

floridafest_steinThe fall season for beer lovers only means one thing – and no, we’re not talking about pumpkin beer. It’s the celebration of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest Volksfest or beer festival. Held annually in Germany, it’s a 16- to 18-day festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. In Miami however, we have Blocktoberfest hosted by Concrete Beach Brewery.

This year, the third annual celebration is back with stein hosting competitions, pretzel eating games, bratwursts, beer, and lots more so strap on your lederhosen and head over to Wynwood this Saturday for some fun!

Oktoberfest-style celebrations will take place from 1 to 7 PM at the Social Hall on Saturday, September 23 where guests can get a taste of Floridafest, the German-inspired brew with a hint of tropical influence.

Floridafest is the supreme South Florida beer to savor this fall – ideally under a palm tree as you attempt to shade yourself from the blaring sun – we are in Miami after all. The lager features subtle undertones of toasted coconut, with notes of toffee and vanilla that round out this smooth, medium-bodied beer.

The limited release beer is currently available on draft at select South Florida bars and restaurants, but 16 oz. four-pack cans will be exclusively available for purchase at the Blocktoberfest celebration starting this Saturday.

The event will feature live performances by Monster Sound Pro, delicious bratwursts by Babe Froman Fine Sausages, and more. Concrete Beach will donate $1 from every Floridafest beer sold during the event to Feeding South Florida, up to a maximum of $1,000. For more information on Feeding South Florida visit feedingsouthflorida.com – the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida.

To find where Floridafest is available, visit the beer finder.


MCAD Creates Design & Policy Strategies to Build Healthier Communities

dsc01415The Miami Center for Architecture & Design is making Miami-Dade County a healthier place to live, work and play by working with city leaders to adopt and implement Active Design Miami, a set of policy and design strategies for creating healthier streets, open spaces and buildings. The initiative is meant to change the way public and private spaces are designed by going beyond looking at the efficiency of a space, but rather taking into account the way they affect the health of the individuals who interact with them.

Miami-Dade County faces a number of challenges that can benefit from use of Active Design strategies. With two-thirds of Miami-Dade County’s 2.6 million residents overweight or obese, Active Design Miami comes at a perfect time. Its goal is to tackle the County’s rising obesity and chronic disease rates, and high rates of depression and other mental health issues affecting our communities.

As of today, Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Pinecrest, Surfside, South Miami and Key Biscayne have formally adopted Active Design Miami, and several other cities are also nearing adoption. The strategies are not one-size fits all, so cities can select the most appropriate ones for their needs. MCAD is currently working with the County and the six cities to implement the strategies that address the health needs of their respective city. In addition, Active Design Miami puts on several meetings and events that encourage healthy living. MCAD will continue working with the county and municipalities to implement these strategies.

Stantec Hosts Inaugural Miami Chapter of the Academy of Architecture for Health

eduardo_egeaThis week, Stantec Miami held the inaugural meeting for the Miami chapter of the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH). Healthcare design professionals and architects alike attended the event that kicked-off with a happy hour and included presenters Tatiana Guimares, past president of the national AAH, and Eduardo Egea, chair of the AAH Miami chapter.

The Academy’s mission is to improve both the quality of healthcare design and the design of healthy communities by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating design practitioners and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of architecture; and affiliating and advocating with others that share these priorities.

Eduardo Egea recently joined Stantec as the healthcare principal for the company’s Miami office and organized the event themed ‘Moving Upstream – An Introduction to Healthcare Facilities Planning.’ Egea directed the presentation toward architects, who are historically “downstream” from key pre-design planning decisions and who he believes must react to the parameters established for the design process to follow.

Through Egea’s new position, he has helped the firm further expand its healthcare strategy and design capabilities in Florida, the Gulf Region, and beyond. Egea and his team are currently working on several renovation and expansion projects at Aventura Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Palms West Hospital, and Plantation General.

 

Bloommiami Launches Little River Creative Collective

Last week, our client Bloommiami celebrated the Little River neighborhood’s transformation into Miami’s latest creative hub with the first installment of the Little River Creative Collective, a platform for local innovators to promote their work and present ideas, facilitating growth through collaboration and commerce.

The theme of the night was ‘Creative Rides’, which focused on highlighting a few local creative minds who are helping the neighborhood maintain its edge, while fostering growth through collaboration. The Little River artisans featured in this month’s collective specialize in cool rides ranging from custom bicycles, longboards, and innovative surfboards all locally crafted in Miami.

Rudy Marquez of Loco Cycles, Carlos Reyes of C-Shapes Fine Custom Surfboards, and Marlon Ammann of Holz Longboard Co. were the stars of the first Little River Creative Collective.

Located in the Little River district themselves, Bloommiami is particularly invested in the community. They are are passionate about the community’s continual transformation into a unique creative hub, all the while protecting its culture and heritage. In addition to it’s retail-focused designs, Bloommiami is working to build a network of united individuals through the Little River Creative Collective that focuses on the responsible growth of Miami’s diverse community through themed events relevant to featured creatives.

For it’s first event, Bloommiami designed a nature-inspired cocktail bar which featured  signature mojitos and daiquiris sponsored by Bacardi.

Be sure to keep up with Oberhausen on all social platforms for more news on Bloommiami and details on its next event!

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OBR Gains Brodson Construction as New Client

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Oberhausen Marketing & PR is proud to announce it is now working with Brodson Construction, a national contractor based in South Florida with a track record of successful projects from Miami to Los Angeles.

Established in 1989 by Barry Brodsky and his father Stanley, Brodson is well known in the market for its high-end commercial, restaurant, retail and residential projects in South Florida’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Brodson’s discerning clientele value the firm’s personalized service and meticulous attention to detail.

Over the years, Brodson Construction has retained clients such as The Bal Harbour Shops-Whitman Family Development, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Harry Winston, and Starr Restaurant Group. Brodson is also a luxury homebuilder developing and constructing waterfront masterpieces designed by world-renowned architects.

This month, one of Brodson’s recently completed residential projects was recognized in Design Milk, a popular web outlet dedicated to art, architecture and design. The luxury home features various unique design elements including a 200-foot winding bridge and a swimmable lagoon.

Stantec Architecture Firm Helps Miami’s Towers Soar

UntitledIn 2005,  architects Jon and Rachel Cardello moved to Miami from Boston to open ADD Inc’s Miami office.   Last year, ADD Inc merged its business with Canadian-based mega-firm Stantec,  giving the Miami office global reach.  Now they oversee a team of 117 people designing some of Miami’s tallest new towers, as well as projects in Orlando, Dallas and the Bahamas.  Read the full story from the Miami Herald here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article49410165.html

 

FIU Celebrates City of Miami Beach’s 100th Anniversary

MBUSAs part of an expansive partnership with the city that began last year, FIU is hosting numerous events in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Miami Beach.

Though the celebration runs all year, the major centennial events will be held March 22-26, including a performance by the FIU Symphony and Concert Choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on March 25.

According to John Stuart, associate dean of cultural and community engagement in the College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) and executive director of the Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS), FIU has had a significant presence on Miami Beach for years ­­­­­– so partnering with the city was a natural fit.

Beyond the centennial events, projects included in FIU’s partnership with the city range from sea level rise and transportation to dual enrollment and new courses at MBUS.

Located in the iconic 420 Lincoln Road building, FIU’s MBUS has worked with city leaders for months to help plan FIU’s collaboration with the centennial. In addition to MBUS, the Wolfsonian-FIU and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will play a part in the festivities.

Oberhausen Marketing & PR (OBR) is not only a business of Miami Beach, but is also a vested party in the future of the community. South Beach local Josh Oberhausen, President of OBR and member of the Board of CARTA, is passionate about seeing these projects through to fruition.

Click here for more information:

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Amicon Construction: Building the New Miami Design District

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The Miami Design District is undergoing a complete renaissance that will bring together some of the world’s most upscale retailers. Construction teams are working at a rapid pace seven days a week and by 2016, the district is expected to include over 120 luxury brand stores, some of which, will be the first Miami location.

One local construction firm is at the forefront of the Miami Design District’s transformation, Amicon Construction.

Amicon, a leading boutique construction firm in South Florida that specializes in upscale commercial interiors, is currently working on several exciting new projects in the Miami Design District – including Brown Jordan, an iconic leisure furniture brand, Miu Miu, part of the Prada Group, Chrome Hearts, a luxury lifestyle brand, Jason of Beverly Hills, celebrity jewelers and a new retail space on 3711 N.E. 2nd Avenue.

These retailers specifically chose Amicon because of its understanding of the neighborhood, relationships, and local resources that help them save time and money.

For more information on Amicon Construction visit www.amicon.us

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Wynwood Central Artist Collective

The Wynwood Central Artist Collective was commissioned to celebrate and show appreciation for the talented artists who have helped make Wynwood an internationally recognized arts center.  Developed and managed by Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations (OBR) and produced and curated by prolific and esteemed street artist Daniel Fila, a.k.a. KRAVE, and Yuval Ofir of Yo Miami, the exhibit showcased the works of nine prominent local street artists on the fencing of the Wynwood Central construction site during Art Basel 2013.

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Chat Chow TV Video Podcast Expands to the West Coast

Chat Chow TV, an award-winning, mouth-watering video podcast that began in South Florida, expands to the West Coast featuring new weekly webisodes showcasing food personalities in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Foodies can visit Chat Chow TV and see Samuel Marcelino Samson, Manager and Fish Monger of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Fish Market; and Jean-luc Kayigire, owner of Muka Underground Wine and Dessert Lounge; and Ian Garrone, Owner of Far West Fungi organic mushrooms, both of San Francisco.

Launched in Miami on April 2011, ChatChowTV™ is a mouth-watering video podcast that goes behind the scenes with celebrated chefs, owner and mixologists. Chat Chow TV’s creator and executive producer is Cuban-born, Miami –raised Gio Gutierrez, who also serves as Tinsley Advertising’s Director of Interactive Media. Chat Chow TV is a 2011 Telly Bronze Award Webisode winner and a W3 Silver Award Podcast winner.  Foodies can tune in to Chat Chow TV by visiting chatchow.tvFacebook.com/chatchowtv and twitter.com/chatchowtv.