May 27, 2006

Miami Beach Memories

Book Review

MEMOIRS OF A BEACH

Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden, Lives Seen Through the Prism of Family and Place
Michele Oka Doner and Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.
Introduction by Alastair Gordon
288 pages, over 450 images
$95

Miami Beach is a product of the 20th century. Back in 1918, scrub covered the land adjacent to Indian Creek, an image that is today hard to fathom, but is nonetheless documented in a beautiful new book produced by two prominent figures whose roots are thoroughly local. Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden, Lives Seen Through the Prism of Family and Place is a feast of sepia-tone photographs, drawings and documents that tell the tale of Miami Beach's rise from such raw landscape to a sophisticated environment filled with the titans of business, entertainment and politics, all in less than a half-century.

May 1, 2006

Spain at MoMA

Book Review
ON-SITE: New Architecture in Spain
Terence Riley
The Museum of Modern Art
280 pages; 514 illustrations (313 in color)

The final show launched by Terence Riley at The Museum of Modern Art before he departs for his new duties as Director of the Miami Art Museum is an exciting, large-scale exhibition of new Spanish architecture. This exhibition presents architectural projects recently built or planned for the Iberian Peninsula (not a full multi-century architectural history) which is appropriate since so many notable projects are now underway.