Saturday, January 8, 2011

An Architectural Treasure: Miami’s Art Deco District

by Alexandra Davin

Last week, the 2010 American Institute of Architects, or AIA, National Convention was hosted in Miami, FL. Thousands migrated to the eclectic city for the nation’s largest annual gathering of design professionals. These visitors not only experienced the Southern Florida heat, but were also engulfed in a world of decorative arts—Miami boasts one of the world’s best kept Art Deco regions. Could there be a more perfect meeting place for thousands of architecture-lovers?
Personally, Miami’s Art Deco District elicits embarrassment in my mind, though my feelings are in no way due to the region itself. This humiliation stems from an experience of total tourism. A few years ago, my family took a cruise departing from the Port of Miami and it happened that we had four hours of down time before we could board the ship. My interior designer and “lover of all things architecture” mother created her perfect plan to fill the layover—a walking tour of the Art Deco region. 

Miami Art Deco District, image by bollilaurent

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Codifying New Urbanism

New Urbanism, Smart Growth, & Andres Duany: A Critique From Suburbia

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