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Prolific Floridian Architect Max Strang Has Released A Second Monograph of His Work

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Architect Max Strang, known for his luxurious subtropical modernist homes, has released the second monograph of his work, this time featuring how many of his designs have been inspired by the Sarasota School of Architecture. In the postwar era, the Sarasota School was an avant-garde architectural testbed in a small town on Florida’s gulf coast that melded the work of pioneering modernist and International Style architects with the realities of Florida’s warm, humid climate. Both the work of the Sarasota School and his own work explores that distinction and dichotomy between aesthetics and climate, celebrating the natural and built environments of Southern Florida. The Big Bubble also covered his first monograph when it was published in 2018. As the back cover of the impressively large book states:

The work of [STRANG] is beautifully explored in this robust monograph which highlights the firm’s site-specific and climate-driven designs. The ability to create stunning architectural designs while maintaining an acute awareness of the surrounding environment has come to define their work. Under the creative direction of Max Strang FAIA, the Miami-based firm continues to advance many of the timeless concepts set forth by the famed Sarasota School of Architecture. Strang’s early exposure to that mid-century modernism movement resulted in a deep respect for structures that are intimately connected to their surroundings as they celebrate the Florida climate.

This second monograph of Strang’s contains a collection of conceptual drawings, text, and professional photography that underscores the ongoing relevance and importance of regional modernist design. It is the architectural responses to site and climate that infuse the specific designs with character and identity, resulting in a uniquely Floridian version of modernism.

Ivanka and Jared’s Place Hits the Market; Check Out The “Garish” Addition to Museum Park

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Feature image of Dogs and Cats Walkway via The Next Miami

An El Portal House With Four Buddhist Stupas Out Back Is On The Market for $1.5 Million

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The cheesy, cheesy, cheesy listing description notwithstanding (“Eat, Pray, Love in El Portal on the Little River,” really?), this four-bedroom house on Miami’s Little River in El Portal, is an interesting little number. Listed at $1.5 million, the house is currently the Open Awareness Buddhist Center, who brought with them four Buddhist stupas that have been plopped in the backyard and are… again, according to the listing… the only Buddhist stupas in the entire State of Florida, a claim that seems highly unlikely considering how important stupas are to Buddhism, but hey, who knows?

The existence of the stupas, which come with the house, bring with them a slew of new questions that the next owner will undoubtedly have, but which the listing description doesn’t exactly answer. Considering how holy stupas are for Buddhists, can they just leave them there when a new, non-Buddhist owner moves in? Can they be un-stuppad, like a church is un-churched or unblessed or whatever when the congregation moves out and the next owner wants to demolish the place, or turn it into a nightclub like the famed Limelight club used to be in New York? Can a new owner get rid of them? Legally they probably can, but how does that work with the religious significance of these things? The Big Bubble is just dying to know!