GLOBALIZING ARCHITECTURE / Flows and Disruptions
April 10-12, 2014, Miami Beach, FL
Host School: Florida International University
Co-chairs: John Stuart, Florida International University & Mabel Wilson, Columbia University
The 102nd ACSA Annual Meeting will primarily be held at the EDEN ROC, designed by Morris Lapidus, on the shores of Miami Beach.
EDEN ROC Miami Beach
4525 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140 USA
Eden Roc is still offering discounted rates to ACSA attendees (post the March 17th cutoff).
Please call the hotel: 305.531.0000 -or- 855.433.3676.
ADDITIONAL AREA HOTELS
Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach
4343 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Holiday Inn Miami Beach – Oceanfront
4333 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Days Inn Miami Beach/Oceanside
4299 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Miami Beach Resort
4833 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
AREA HOSTEL (for student attendees)
The Freehand Miami
2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Mention - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture conference @ Eden Roc
The Architecture History of EDEN ROC
Eden Roc Miami Beach was originally designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus, who also designed the Fontainebleau next door. Lapidus was a virtual newcomer to hotel design, specializing in the design of retail storefronts. His curvy, innovative hotel designs were widely criticized and, though considered daring at the time, later earned the 96 year-old Lapidus national acclaim and numerous speaking engagements in which he always insisted his best revenge on his critics was outliving them.
Lapidus revolutionized store design and merchandising from 1929 to 1949 for stores such as Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. He figured that he could do the same with hotels when a friend approached him with the challenge of designing his first hotel: The Fontainebleau. Though an architect had already proposed a design for the hotel, owners Ben Novack and Harry Mufson were not pleased. They wanted an exciting hotel and after their first meeting with Lapidus, he was commissioned as the associate architect on the Fontainebleau project.
Next door to the north, Mufson bought the Warner Estate, which belonged to one of the Warner Brothers, with a promise to build an even grander property: Eden Roc. Along with this promise came a new enemy, former partner Ben Novack.
Through the years, many industry veterans have attempted to identify Lapidus' style with a particular school of architecture. But Lapidus distinguishes his style from all others. "In my opinion, the Fontainebleau was not French and the Eden Roc was not baroque. It was just my style," said Lapidus. "A style that is simply an expression of my own ideas, not an expression of a particular school of architecture. I developed a style that nobody can name, but which architects around the world are today attempting to copy."
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