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Editorial / Diane D. Greer 2012 will be a year of celebration for AIA Florida. It is a celebration of the Association’s first 100 years. It is a celebration of the dedication of its leaders to improving the practice of architecture and keeping the lines of communication open among all of its members. And, as part of the Association’s celebration of 100 years of architectural innovation and design leadership, a program titled “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.” has been created. In March, a survey will be released to the public so that it can vote on a list of buildings that Florida’s architects have deemed important. The results will be announced in April during Architecture Month. For the past century, the Florida Association has honored its premier designers, its leaders, its educators and its architecture—built and unbuilt—through a vigorous program of awards, recognition and publishing. This year, Florida/Caribbean Architect will examine buildings that are reflective of a style, a movement or an ideology that has had an impact on the state and beyond. The subject of this issue is regionalism, which is being examined through the work of Paul Rudolph, Guy Peterson, FAIA, and Clemens Bruns Schaub, AIA. The latter two architects were both recipients of the 2011 FA/AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture. In his Yale lectures, Rudolph often stated that he felt there was too much use of forms that are merely based on what is fashionable without regard for the underlying fundamental concepts behind the originals or their vernacular derivations. But, he also stated: “True regionalism comes principally through form.” To that I would add, form used appropriately. Steep-roofed saltboxes, lovely though they may be, will never be appropriate in Florida. Paul Rudolph and his partner, Ralph Twitchell, were the first to gain recognition for a “Florida style,” but what came to be known as the Sarasota School of Architecture included the work of many great Florida architects, including Jack West, Victor Lundy, Tim Siebert, Gene Leedy, Carl Abbott, Frank Folsom Smith, Bert Brosmith and many more. In 1957, the Yale School of Architecture published one of Paul Rudolph’s essays titled “Regionalism in Architecture.” This is an excerpt: “We have gone through a period when it seemed justifiable to contort buildings into disorganized volumes in order to take advantage of something called ‘climate control.’ We constantly see the most disorganized designs defended on these grounds. One must take advantage of whatever the climate has to offer without losing all sense of form. ‘Climate control’ is not regionalism.” He goes on to say: “My work in Florida has centered on developing some of its regional characteristics; however, the work actually executed seldom represents my true intentions. So far it has been limited to freestanding residences, an interesting but limited field. Use of locally available materials, such as lime block and cypress, have produced an effect which some might term regional. True regionalism, however, comes principally through form.” We’ve all been taught that form follows function. But how a building functions in Florida’s semi-tropical environment is critically important. So is it form or function that makes a building regional? Or both? When teaching a course titled “The History of Florida Architecture,” I always found defining “regionalism” in this state a tricky thing. Florida is unique in that the north and south have little in common, geographically and climatically. Added to that is the longest coastline of any state, an ethnically diverse population and a history that left us with everything from Addison Mizner’s work in South Florida, Frank Lloyd Wright’s collegiate campus mid-state, the colonial buildings in St. Augustine, Ybor City and the usual period infill—Victorian/Classical—everywhere, plus Modernism and the inevitable post-Modernism. Philosophically, the regionalism discussion could go on forever as technology—and the climate—continue to change. As Rudolph himself wrote, “Climate control is not regionalism.” I invite your comments. 6 AIA Florida 104 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 850.222.7590 www.aiafl.org Vicki L. Long, CAE, Hon, AIA FL Executive Vice President vlong@aiafla.org Becky Wilson Director of Administration bwilson@aiafla.org Eileen Johnson, CMP, Hon. Assoc. AIA Director of Professional Development ejohnson@aiafla.org Erika Branchcomb Director of Communications and Public Relations ebranchcomb@aiafla.org Lisa O’Donnell Education and Outreach Manager lodonnell@aiafla.org Kelly Ferguson Member Services and Database Analyst kferguson@aiafla.org Dawn Jimenez Receptionist and Staff Assistant djimenez@aiafla.org Diane D. Greer Editor Florida/Caribbean Architect magazine dgreer@fsu.edu @AIAFlorida Like AIA Florida on Facebook Join the AIA Florida group www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafl http://www.a.org http://www.a.org http://www.a.org http://www.a.org http://www.a.org http://www.a.org http://www.a.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2012

Editorial / Diane D. Greer
President’s Message / Peter W. Jones, AIA
In Detail
Brunnstrom Residence
Revere House
Finding Monumentality
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2012