Designing the Good Life: Norman M. Giller and the Development of Miami Modernism

Designing the Good Life: Norman M. Giller and the Development of Miami Modernism

by Sarah Giller Nelson, Norman M. Giller
     
 

Miami Modernism, or MiMo, is the exotic brand of mid-century architecture ubiquitous in the world-famous city. Designing the Good Life is a personal account of the post-World War II movement that shaped a city and defined an era. This captivating story offers a unique look at the architecture of Norman M. Giller, one of the early godfathers of MiMo.

 

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Miami Modernism, or MiMo, is the exotic brand of mid-century architecture ubiquitous in the world-famous city. Designing the Good Life is a personal account of the post-World War II movement that shaped a city and defined an era. This captivating story offers a unique look at the architecture of Norman M. Giller, one of the early godfathers of MiMo.

 

Giller made an indelible mark on the urban landscape with architecturally progressive structures ideally suited to their surroundings. Discussing technologies, materials, and the key elements of MiMo, Giller offers an insider's view. He delves into Miami's architectural history to examine some of his most iconic structures, including the Ocean Palm Motel, the Carillon Hotel, the North Shore Band Shell, the Diplomat Hotel and Country Club, and the Giller Building. Each project is lavishly illustrated with vintage images from the architect's exclusive collection and contemporary photographs by Miami photographer Robin Hill.

 

The only book to chronicle the movement’s evolution from the perspective of one of its most distinguished exponents, Designing the Good Life reveals how Giller's vision helped to define Florida architecture since World War II.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813030715
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
First
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Norman M. Giller, FAIA, has designed over 10,000 structures during his 60-year career. He has served as chairman of the Florida State Board of Architecture and president of the American Institute of Architects, South Florida Chapter. Art and architectural historian Sarah Giller Nelson is the assistant curator for contemporary art at the Spertus Museum in Chicago.

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