Preserving Miami Modern Architecture

A city built on a sandbar defies reality's boundaries. But Miami Beach has never served the level-headed. America's bohemian tropical playground has capitalized on fantasy since the early 1900s.

Miami Modern or "MiMo" describes an architectural style uninhibited by form or color. It represents residents' pioneering optimism and tourists' insatiable appetite for excess at the end of WWII. After 1945, pre-war Art Deco evolved into a bold expression of victory. Futuristic buildings embodied America's potential.

Years later, MiMo turns eyes toward Miami Beach again. Efforts to revitalize and protect historic properties have been chronicled nationwide, but lasting success hinges on the understanding and respect of longtime residents. This project dissects a familiar landscape to access history's foundations rooted in sand and recorded in stone.