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Saturday, June 16, 2007

5 Books I Love About Florida

I am in Miami, Florida this weekend, so I was inspired for this weeks book list. I hope you find some things here that inspire you.

Addison Mizner, almost single handedly created the concept of Florida. His work on both residential and commercial projects has set the tone for the state that even continues today. This book provides some great images and insights into his philosophy that I think are fascinating. Here is the story of a man, who visited a swamp, and imagined a tropical wonderland.

Long considered the ultimate playground of the rich and famous. Well that continues to this day and they have built some of the greatest homes, all of which are featured here. The houses vary from Italian Villa's to French Chateaus. If you want a book about architecture as fantasy, then this is the book for you.

Miami's South Beach is known for it's amazing collection of art deco gems. This book highlights some of the best examples. It shows some great examples of the flamboyant style of early Miami. The candy cane colors, capture the tropical, resort feeling.

What started as an experiment in "New Urbanism" and has revolutionised the way people look at planned communities. This book highlights some of the beautiful homes that have been created in this community, perched on Florida's gulf coast.

The "New Miami" is a chic cosmopolitan city, full of cutting edge style. This group, Arqitectonica was one of the first to create that break out style. Their work continues to push the envelope and redefine the skyline of this growing city.

1 comment:

The Peak of Chic said...

Looks like new finds for my library!