29 June 2012

Three Books on Modern Architecture in Florida

On modern architecture in Florida, there are three interesting books I would like to share with you:

3 Books on Modern South Florida Architecture - posted by Tobias Kaiser, modern home specialist
100 Florida Architects and Interior Designers
by Damir Sinovcic and Beth Dunlop (2010). Hardcover, $45.00

100 Florida Architects and Interior Designers presents the work of creative design professionals whose diverse backgrounds and design philosophies are shaping the built environment of the southernmost state in the continental US. The book showcases a vibrant cross-section of work that ranges from single-family homes and museums to luxury resorts and civic buildings. 100 Florida Architects and Interior Designers highlights well established designers alongside emerging professionals. (Source: amazon.com)

Florida Modern: Residential Architecture 1945 - 1970
by Jan Hochstim and Steven Brooke (2005). Hardcover, $26.95

A lovely book with truckloads of information, but in my opinion, the design is maddening. If not for the wealth of information, you will want to throw it through the window. Even a closed louvered one.

Agrees Robin Benson on amazon.com: Jan Hochstim has clearly done a lot of research for this book and it will probably be regarded as the definitive study of the Modern house in Florida. As with many historical architectural studies, it is obviously very visual but unfortunately the presentation of the copy and photos are pretty hopeless. Many of the pages give the impression that amateurs designed them.

Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide featuring Downtown, The Beaches, and Coconut Grove
by Allan T. Shulman, Randall C. Robinson Jr. and James F. Donnelly (2010). Paperback, $25.70

The collaborative work of Allan T. Shulman, Randall C. Robinson Jr., and James F. Donnelly, "Miami Architecture" is a 352-page illustrated guide to the impressive diversity of architecture and landscape design. Covering the distinctive architectural elements and examples, "Miami Architecture" is a superbly organized, deftly presented, and thoroughly 'user friendly' guidebook covering the cities of Miami and Miami Beach with each specific, succinctly descriptive entry cited with its address. A core addition to academic library American Architectural History reference collections, "Miami Architecture" is also specifically recommended as a supplementary tour guide for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Miami's regional architectural history. (Source: Midwest Book Review)

All three books available through amazon.com

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