The Look of Opa-Locka

May 31st, 2013

http://youtu.be/XR8h5-TC-r8 Here's a preview of one of the elements in Learning From Miami's upcoming exhibition, "Opa-Locka: Mirage City" - computer-animated renderings of  historic Opa-Locka buildings. This animated video includes five residential buildings and the spectacular city Bathing Pavillion Read More...

Hampton House: Hip, Historic and Coming Back

May 23rd, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQMZGL7Rms Dr. Martin Luther King stayed at Hampton House. He held press conferences there (the Wolfson Archives has film of them). He swam in the pool. On the night in 1964 when Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston, Ali, Malcolm X and NFL running back Jim Brown all stayed at the Hampton House Read More...

One Herald Plaza’s Long Goodbye

May 23rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_556" align="alignleft" width="300"] The sun sets on One Herald Plaza. Photo: barefootmailman.org .[/caption] The big building on Biscayne Bay housed a newspaper, an important one, and journalists worked there, so it's not surprising that the Herald's withdrawal from its downtown headquarters is better documented than most corporate relocations Read More...

Miami: A Palimpsest with Palms

May 23rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_547" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Miami Arena falls to the wrecker's ball in 2008. Photo: Piusg/Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Pal·imp·sest: 1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible; 2 Read More...

The Essential Question

May 15th, 2013

http://youtu.be/lkoGQJww9VA In this video five South Florida scholars explore Learning From Miami's essential question: "What Is Architecture?" The depth and variety of their responses suggests the fascinating twists and turns that lie ahead as Learning From Miami pursues its inquiry into Miami's architectural history Read More...

The Miami Herald Building’s Alpha & Omega

May 9th, 2013

http://youtu.be/Nea6eIqIhRI Curbed Miami got an insider's tour of the recently-vacated, soon-to-be-demolished Miami Herald Building and recorded the visit with a memorable photo gallery/memento mori. Sean McCaughan has photographed the Herald Building at, or very near, its end; WTVJ's news photogs were on the scene at its very beginning Read More...

Peeling Back Miami’s Layers

May 1st, 2013

Andres Viglucci writes about the archaeological dig now wrapping up in downtown Miami: "In urban archaeology, the backhoe is a time machine: Scrape away a mountain of asphalt, dirt and rock near the river in downtown Miami, and the city’s buried history, centuries of it, suddenly comes to light in a startling reveal Read More...