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South BeachIn the 1930s an architectural revolution came to South Beach bringing Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Nautical Moderne architecture to the Beach. To this day, South Beach remains the world's largest collection of Streamline Moderne Art Deco architecture. Napier, New Zealand another notable Art Deco city, makes an interesting comparison with Miami Beach as it was rebuilt in the Ziggurat Art Deco style after being destroyed by an earthquake in 1931. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Beach [Feb 2006]
The Greystone (1939) - Hohauser
The Greystone (1939) - Hohauser
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The postwar craving for futuristic became evident in Miami Beach, Florida, where during the 1950s and 1960s, a wildly inventive mode of architectural design emerged to satiate the requirements of the prosperous new vacationing middle-class. Resort area architects attempted to realize through their buildings what we of a more cynical age now concede to be science fiction. These architects created a unique futuristic look in Miami Beach that became known as "Miami Modern," or "MiMO," a term coined by Miami Beach resident Randall C. Robinson and interior designer Teri D'Amico.
Prime examples of MiMO architecture include the Fontainebleau, Eden Roc, Seacoast Towers, Deauville, and Di Lido hotels by famed architect Morris Lapidus, and Norman Giller's Carillon Hotel, which was voted Miami Beach's "Hotel of the Year" in 1959. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Modern_Architecture [Feb 2006]
The main traffic artery of Miami Beach is Collins Avenue, known as the Strip, which is also flanked by handsome Art Deco buildings. Among them are: Tiffany's (801 Collins Avenue; by L. Murray Dixon, 1939), the Franklin (860 Collins Avenue; by V. H. Nellenbogen, 1934), Fairmont (1000 Collins Avenue; by L. Murray Dixon, 1939), with a famous cafeG terrace, Essex House (1001 Collins Avenue; by Henry Hohauser, 1938), one of Hohauser's most interesting buildings in the style known as Nautical Modernism, the former Hoffman's Cafeteria (1450 Collins Avenue; by Hohauser, 1939), which became the Club Ovo and China Club, Haddon Hall (1500 Collins Avenue; by L. Murray Dixon, 1941), the St Moritz tower block (1565 Collins Avenue; by Roy F. France, 1939), the Surfcomber apartment block (1717 Collins Avenue; by MacKay and Gibbs, 1948) and Greystone (1926 Collins Avenue; by Hohauser, 1939). Also on Collins Avenue are three of the largest Art Deco hotels, built in the forties, the National, the Delano and the Ritz Plaza. The streamlined structures and architectural detail are designed to recall 20th century means of transport - rockets, submarines, aircraft. --http://www.planetware.com/miami-beach/collins-avenue-us-fl-collins.htm [Feb 2006]
See also: 1939 - Miami - Art Deco
Early recording industry
The Miami recording industry did not begin until the 1970s, beginning with Criteria Studios, which is where such noteworthy recordings as Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and Hotel California by The Eagles were made. Long-time local music entrepeneur Henry Stone and his label, TK Records, created the local indie scene in the 1970s. T. K. Records produced the R&B group KC and the Sunshine Band along with soul singers Betty Wright, George McCrae and Jimmy "Bo" Horne as well as a number of minor soul and disco hits, many influenced by Caribbean music. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Florida [Jan 2006]
Miami Winter Music Conference 2003SoHo Lounge - Revolver Presented by Tribeca Grand Hotel & Flyer Magazine. DJ's: Room 1 - 2 many djs (Soulwax/ Belgium), Trevor Jackson (Playgroup/ Output), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem/ DFA), Erol Alkan (Trash/ London). Room 2 - Adult - live (Ersatz Audio), Miss Kittin (Gigolo Records), Romina Cohn (Gigolo Records), DJ Hell (Gigolo Records), Vitalic - live (Gigolo Records). Room 3 - NagNagNag (London), Justine D (Motherfucker/ NYC). 9:00 PM - 5:00 AM
Miami Sound: Rare Funk & Soul From Miami (2003) - Various Artists
Miami Sound: Rare Funk & Soul From Miami (2003) - Various Artists [Amazon.com]
1. Funkadelic Sound - Little Beaver 2. Cramp Your Style - All The People 3. Funky Cat - James Knight 4. I Get Lifted - George McRae 5. Funky Me - Timmy Thomas 6. Save Me - James Knight 7. 90% Of Me Is You - Gwen McRae 8. I Love The Way You Love - Little Beaver 9. A Woman Will Do No Wrong - Helene Smith 10. Somebody Took My Baby - Joey Gilmore 11. Cadillac Annie - Clarence Reid 12. You Got To Be A Man - Frank Williams 13. Fantasy World - James Knight 14. Don't Make The Good Girls - Della Humphrey 15. Do It To Me One More Time - Joey Gilmore 16. You Got To Be A Man - Helene Smith 17. Spanish Flyer - Frank Williams
Soul Jazz Records new release features rare and classic Funk and Soul from Miami, Florida. These tracks are from 1968-1974 and feature some of the classic tracks from Miami artists Gwen McRae, Timmy Thomas, Little Beaver alongside super-rare tracks from less well known artists such as James Knight and The Butlers, Helene Smith and Clarence Reid (also known as the adult comedy artist Blowfly!). Many of these tracks have been unavailable for over 30 years! The album also includes sleevenotes and original photos.
Tropical Deco : The Architecture and Design of Old Miami Beach (1981) - Laura Cerwinske
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Tropical Deco : The Architecture and Design of Old Miami Beach (1981) - Laura Cerwinske [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Born out of fantasy and speculation, designed for fun and profit, Miami Beach has been, from its inception, a city of mythical composition. Its famed Art Deco District was designated a Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and today the area is basking in a revival of interest and attention. Nevertheless, while fashion photographers and entrepreneurs, artists, developers, restaurateurs and club owners flock to the neighborhood, it is still struggling, after years of deterioration and neglect, to recreate itself out of its own forgotten glamour. Despite a new palette of confectionery colors and the renovation of numerous buildings, the Art Deco District remains in need of urban cultivation, of a reinterpretation that transcends its original resort identity. Author Laura Cerwinske introduces Tropical Deco: The Architecture and Design of Old Miami Beach by discussing both the area's past and its future. Throughout her comprehensive exploration of the most concentrated neighborhood of Art Deco buildings in the world, she details the style's evolution and examines its design.
Tropical Deco: The Architecture and Design of Old Miami Beach treats its readers to a delightful view of a unique adaption of a historic architectural style. For, while Miami Beach's Art Deco architecture derives its stylistic roots from the streamlined and electric visions of the cosmopolitan North, Tropical Deco design is much softer and more temperately seductive. These are buildings whose narrative and evocative nature is at once sophisticated, naive and filled with humor.
About the Author
Laura Cerwinske's commentaries on architecture, interior design, garden design and fine art appear regularly in numerous publications. Her parents met on Miami Beach, and she considers its imagery a part of her creative heritage.
David Kaminsky, also a Miami native, is a freelance architectural photographer. He spent a year photographing the Miami Beach Art Deco District. Product Details
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