Call for Papers
Tampa, October 25- 26, 2013
East-West Dialogues: Modern Architectures in Florida is a two-part symposium designed as a forum to investigate the multiple forms and meanings of mid-century architecture across the State of Florida. The symposium was organized to solicit critical reflections on modern Florida through the lens of the architects who defined it, and to further survey the discourse among them. These architects, and the diversity of their work, have received varying attention as individuals, but little recognition as a group. This symposium is particularly inspired by the architectural legacy of Mark Hampton, a critically acclaimed Florida architect with work spanning the state from Tampa to Miami.
While one purpose of the symposium is to further explore the work of Florida’s modernists on both coasts, East-West Dialogues will also explore the proximities and limits of east-west discourse. In an era of improving communications, Florida architects at mid-century took inspiration from diverse sources: the coastal polarity of US institutions; the cross-influences of modernism among Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas; and the flow of ideas around the tropic belt were all important. The confluence of these variables, positioned through the development of a regionally specific architecture, forged an identity in Florida, where modernity acquired new meanings.
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