A richly illustrated and photographed new book on Cuban modernist architecture by Victor Deupi and Jean-Francois Lejeune, both professors at the University of Miami, is a comprehensive survey of an architectural era, which until now has remained largely hidden from view. For several decades on the cusp of the Cuban Revolution, both before and after the event, modern architecture thrived in Cuba.
There's a new book out about a really incredible mall in Miami. In 'Theater of Shopping,' architecture critic Alastair Gordon traces the history and growth of Bal Harbour Shops, an icon of South Florida which often takes the top spot as the most successful shopping mall in the world per square foot, and the family that created it, the Whitmans.
Recently many of Miami's most notable architecture firms have released big, weighty monographs of their work. One of the weightiest is a book by Alastair Gordon about Arquitectonica, the international architecture firm that was founded in Miami in 1977 and is still headquartered in the city, released in conjunction with the firm's 40th anniversary.
Rene Gonzalez, a masterful architect based in Miami, recently published his first monograph, Not Lost in Translation. The book covers fourteen of his most significant completed projects. Two inserts explore some of Rene's inspirations from Miami, with old photographs taken by the architect alongside essays by that great chronicler of architecture in Miami, Beth Dunlop. One is about Stiltsville, the community on stilts in the middle of Biscayne Bay, and the other explores Little Havana.
Miami-based architect Chad Oppenheim has designed work around the world. Oppenheim's new book portrays his work as minimalist to the extreme. A beach house looks out over a luscious minimalist ocean view to one side and a palm tree-blanketed opening to the other. Both are framed by the building's aperture as boxes of green and blue.
Architect Max Strang recently released a monumental monograph of his work in Florida, and particularly Southern Florida, where he has developed a contemporary architectural style adapted to the local climate. 'Environmental Modernism: the Architecture of [Strang]' is rich with photography, floor plans, and renderings of his work. Although mostly luxurious houses, the book also contains some of his urban planning, high-end condominium buildings, and his pavilion at the Kampong.
Architect Kenneth Treister, whose distinctive subtropical style flourished in Miami during the fabulous heydays of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and even later recently released a book exploring many of his most significant local buildings. These include some fantastic courtyard houses, the sublime Mayfair in the Grove shopping center and hotel, and a building whose current limbo has been covered at length here on the Big Bubble, the Office in the Grove.