4 Books Exploring Florida Architecture, Culture + Travel

ART + CULTURE | BY | August 25, 2018

Stories from across the globe come to life via these design-infused publications, sure to be mainstays in any library.

4 Books That Touch On Florida Architecture, Culture + Travel

CUBA THEN: REVISED AND EXPANDED

Ramiro Fernandez

Still mysterious to many, life in Cuba before the revolution, with all its opulence and struggle, is depicted in nearly 300 vintage photographs from the author’s collection, one of the largest assemblages outside the island nation. Illustrating the country’s history are early daguerreotypes and shots of glamorous movie stars, as well as some rarities: a portrait of Fidel Castro as a schoolboy and a snapshot of a bare-chested Che Guevara. Miami-bred writer Richard Blanco, who recited his work at President Obama’s second inauguration, provides the foreword and some poems. monacellipress.com

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4 Books That Touch On Florida Architecture, Culture + Travel

RENE GONZALEZ ARCHITECTS: NOT LOST IN TRANSLATION

Rene Gonzalez et al.

The understated elegance and environmental consciousness of Miami-based firm Rene Gonzalez Architects shines in this survey of 14 residential, commercial and cultural projects throughout Florida. Unparalleled in his ability to distill the essence of place into progressive, responsive, resonant buildings, Gonzalez also contributes his own photos of Miami’s vernacular architecture to the book. A conversation with architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams and essays by writers Beth Dunlop and Caroline Roux round out the volume. monacellipress.com

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4 Books That Touch On Florida Architecture, Culture + Travel

ADDISON MIZNER: THE ARCHITECT WHOSE GENIUS DEFINED PALM BEACH

Stephen Perkins and James Caughman

Addison Mizner, the self-styled architect whose striking Mediterranean-Revival buildings have long marked the island of Palm Beach, gets another look in this colorful tome. Stephen Perkins, a practicing architect, and James Caughman, a cultural historian, illuminate Mizner’s fascinating life. Photographer Craig Kuhner captures the stunning structures that remain on Palm Beach. The pleasing collaboration offers insight into the eye-catching buildings and a glimpse of the world beyond the blueprints. lyonspress.com

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4 Books That Touch On Florida Architecture, Culture + Travel

HUGHESUMBANHOWAR ARCHITECTS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTT HUGHES AND JOHN UMBANHOWAR

Scott Hughes

Architect and author, Scott Hughes brings a unique perspective to the 21 sleek works created by his Florida- and California-based firm and featured in this vibrant monograph. Also included: detailed floor plans, plus photographs of select structures over the years, which offer a comprehensive view of the firm’s past and present. huum21projectsbook.com

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