Modernizing UM: Marion Manley’s Revisioned College Campus

March 13th, 2014

Thirty-second Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Architects, Saint Petersburg, November 1946. Photo Courtesy: HistoryMiami Marion Manley (1893-1984) has been called “Miami’s first woman architect.” Born and raised in Kansas, Manley attended the University of Kansas before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1914 Read More...

Big Plans for a Monolith of MiMo

July 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fpwjN3y2ptU Everybody in Miami -- and probably most people in South Florida -- know the office tower at 7880 Biscayne Boulevard as "the INS Building," and for good reason. Since the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service moved in in April 1983, the building has been a flash point of protest, intrigue and controversy, as the many strands of Miami's immigrant communities tense and relax Read More...

“Opa-locka: Mirage City” Opening Night

June 28th, 2013

[nggallery id=8] It’s up and open! “Opa-locka: Mirage City,” an exploration of one of South Florida’s most architecturally unusual places, opened on June 27. Learning From Miami was there – here’s what we saw. “Opa-locka: Mirage City” is curated by Jose R. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Architecture at Miami Dade College, and presented in conjunction with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank: Linotype, Cliches and Stereotypes

June 25th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAKE8VzvJZk The Wolfson Archives' movie tour of One Herald Plaza when it was new continues, getting into the nitty-gritty technical details of publishing a newspaper fifty years ago. The new clip in the Archives' playlist, "One Herald Plaza Memory Bank," takes viewers on a whirlwind trip through the lost world of metal type and engraved plates, beginning in the Herald's composing room and photo studio Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank Adds More Memory

June 19th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fAB3WAwGdMI The Wolfson Archives' look at One Herald Plaza when it was new continues with another clip in its YouTube playlist, One Herald Plaza Memory Bank. The new clip, from a film produced by Miami filmmaker Fred Frink, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Women’s Department and the process of preparing news stories for publication Read More...

Dadeland: Fifty-something…And Fabulous!

June 18th, 2013

OK, our headline is a tad overheated, but Curbed Miami's photo gallery of Dadeland's new wing looks plenty sleek and sexy (as shopping malls go). Michael Wayne Cole's photos include one with a glimpse of the mall's original identifying pylon, now painted a suitably tropical blue. http://youtu.be/MblMqMEXXsU If you're into "Then and Now" take a look at this clip of Dadeland's opening day in 1960 Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank

June 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/pPCYcgzBt8c The Miami Herald Building’s end times present a good opportunity to look back on the history of the building, and the Wolfson Archives' YouTube channel has started a new playlist, "One Herald Plaza Memory Bank," featuring clips that document One Herald Plaza's past. Among them: Excerpts from a film produced about 1963 by Miami filmmaker Fred Frink 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...

Video: Of Rubble and Remembrance

April 26th, 2013

http://youtu.be/YlYthnKvOzg Seville's exuberant Giralda -- the bell tower of the city's cathedral, built atop a minaret in the sixteenth century -- has inspired many more recent structures. But beginning in the mid-1920s only Miami could boast three buildings with soaring Giralda-style towers: The Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach, the Miami News Building (now known as Freedom Tower), and the Coral Gables Biltmore Read More...

Preservation: How Sweet It Is!

April 25th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuFbCTmeiIw Cristina Veiga writes about a shift in focus for the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center: Both teams bidding on the project will retain the historic auditorium, now known as The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. The venue, originally known as the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium and known best for its stint as the home of Jackie Gleason's hit CBS variety show in the 1960s, was slated for demolition in one of the competing redevelopment plans Read More...