Miami is tongue-in-cheek referred to as New York City’s sixth borough and while I’m not exactly personally in favor of that tagline, it fits in so much as that New Yorkers seem to have this love affair with Miami – it’s easy to get to, relatively cheap (not so much any more) and there are dozens of flights a day, so in the cold winter months it’s an easy escape to hit up the beach. You would have to have been living under a rock for the past 15 years to not know the massive changes and incredible build out that has changed the landscape of the City of Miami (and most of South Florida), for better or for worse. It probably comes as no surprise that I’m one of those who much prefer the old, slightly seedier Miami as opposed to the new unrepentant overbuilt shiny white Miami. South Beach in the 90’s was a lot of fun, now it’s more or less a Vegas on the ocean.
Despite my general misgivings, I still enjoy going down to Miami and the Keys for a little rest and relaxation and still love all of the turn of the century, Art Deco and post war modern architecture – easily recognizable, it’s still very South Floridian.
So thus it is, that Brick and Cornice now expands to include Florida. Our first Post is Villa Vizcaya, we’ve also started a good lists of architects and their projects – particularly L Murray Dixon, Henry Hohauser, Pancoast and Swartburg.