Rosemary Beach

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I feel that the place that history will carve for Rosemary is that it put more urbanism in New Urbanism. Rosemary is far closer to the casbah in Tunis or the French Quarter of New Orleans than to an American suburb. And in this regard, from an American perspective, it's new and urban in a profound way.
—from the preface

In this evocative photo essay, renowned photographer, artist, and author Richard Sexton describes and documents the innovative...

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Overview

I feel that the place that history will carve for Rosemary is that it put more urbanism in New Urbanism. Rosemary is far closer to the casbah in Tunis or the French Quarter of New Orleans than to an American suburb. And in this regard, from an American perspective, it's new and urban in a profound way.
—from the preface

In this evocative photo essay, renowned photographer, artist, and author Richard Sexton describes and documents the innovative design of Rosemary Beach, Florida, explaining its success, significance, and uniqueness within the New Urbanism movement.

Designed in 1995 by planning pioneers Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk—the same husband-and-wife team who rose to prominence for their design of Seaside—Rosemary Beach emerged a decade later as a decidedly different community. Denser and more architecturally refined, it evokes the ambiance of a preindustrial city, rather than the small-town atmosphere of its predecessor, taking New Urbanism to a new level.

Located on 107 acres facing the Gulf of Mexico, eight miles east of Seaside, three hundred miles east of New Orleans, and three hundred miles southwest of Atlanta, Rosemary Beach incorporates architectural and urban planning influences from around the world. The pocket parks evoke medieval Prague; the parapet wall on the Coquina Pool exudes the designs of Morocco and Spain; the boardwalks reflect those in Rockport, Maine; and the town hall displays a Dutch Colonial influence.

Three key concepts are integral to Rosemary Beach. The first is the incorporation of the European Colonial architecture of the West Indies, New Orleans, and St. Augustine as the prototypical house design, including façade-length porches, large windows and doorways, and steep roofs. Second, the building of a wooden frame above a masonry base, providing an enclosure for off-street parking as well as a guest unit, is an ingenious design that also makes the houses more private and secure. Third, it was decided that cars should not be a dominant part of the Rosemary Beach streetscape, as they are in Seaside. This aesthetic evolved into the creation of alleyways interspersed between the major streets, providing vehicular access to the rear of the houses.

Sexton's photographs celebrate all aspects of this successfully planned community, showcasing his talent for capturing everything from pedestrians to porches with equal poetry. The book is ideal for anyone from urban planners and architects to lovers of landscape photography, and it is a perfect gift for those fortunate enough to visit or reside there.

Since the mid-1980s Richard Sexton has been a committed author of photographically illustrated books. His approach is descended from the tradition of the photo essay as embodied by the major picture magazines of the mid-twentieth century. He is the author or coauthor/photographer of Gardens of New Orleans: Exquisite Excess, Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana's River Road, Parallel Utopias: The Quest for Community, New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence, and several other books of photography. His studio is based in New Orleans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804036
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 472,814
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sexton is a commercial and fine art photographer and photo educator whose career as an artist spans three decades. His work has been published in local and national architecture and design magazines, and he has published several photography books, including New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence and Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana's River Road. Sexton divides his time between homes in New Orleans and Seaside.

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