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Facade Book Launch + Architectural Exhibit Exposing Miami’s Hidden Gems

March 7, 2014 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

| Free


Book launch and architectural exhibit expose beauty of the city’s hidden treasures and celebrates structures still in existence


With the new wave of real estate re-developments currently underway, newer buildings are casting shadows on older architectural gems throughout our “Magic City.”

Join us on March 7, 2014 from 6-9pm at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design for an evening celebrating the launch of “Façade: Historic Downtown Miami in Line Drawings,” a new book giving readers an opportunity to rediscover the old Miami that is still present in today’s downtown. The program will include presentations by author Damir Sinovcic and Arva Moore Parks and a book signing. The book launch compliments the opening of a temporary architectural exhibit at MCAD which will run from March 7 through April 30th, 2014, in conjunction in Dade Heritage Days.

Paying homage to Miami’s history, Façade reveals historic Downtown Miami as a place of architectural wealth and dignity, layered historically and stylish buildings ranging from classical to eclectic to modern.

“Once experienced, both new residents and visitors will understand that there is more to appreciate in Downtown than they ever imagined. As the place were Miami was born is transformed once again, the details of its historic facades remain as reminders of the past and the possibilities of the future in the vibrant, international city of Julia Tuttle’s dreams.” (Foreword- Arva Moore Parks)

The event is sponsored by The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami. It is hosted by Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD), AIA Miami, and Design Book. Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

RSVP is required and the first 100 guests to RSVP will receive a free copy of the FACADE book at the event.


Exhibit Opening & Book Signing
Friday, March 7, 2014
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD)
100 Northeast 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33232

Admission is complimentary

For more information visit, www.designbookpress.com/facade

Damir Sinovcic is an award-winning designer, editor, and author. His books include 100 Florida Architects and Interior Designers, East Coast Modern: Contemporary Residential Architecture and Interiors, and 50 US Architects: Residential + Planning. Sinovcic has a Master of Architecture degree, has taught and lectured at Florida International University and University of Miami schools of architecture. He is the recipient of the 2010 Writing About Architecture Award from the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Arva Moore Parks is a Miami native with a master’s degree in history, has been
researching and writing about South Florida for almost 40 years. She has authored, coauthored, or contributed to more than 20 books and documentaries. Moore Parks is also an indefatigable historic preservationist and many South Florida landmarks have been preserved because of her leadership. Widely honored, she was inducted into the State of Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and received a presidential appointment to the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She is Past-Chair of the City of Miami Planning Advisory Board and recently served as Acting Director and Curator of the new Coral Gables Museum.

The Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is committed to improving the quality of life for businesses, employees, residents, and visitors in downtown Miami. As an independent agency of the City of Miami, the Miami DDA supports business growth, infrastructure improvements, and services for Downtown Miami residents and stakeholders. In addition to its programs and initiatives, the Miami DDA is partnering with the City and other government entities to strengthen Downtown Miami’s position as an international center for commerce, culture, and tourism. Through its DWNTWN campaign, which sponsors programs such as free outdoor concerts and special networking events, the Miami DDA drives consumers young and old to the region with the goal of supporting existing businesses and transforming Downtown Miami into a thriving, 24-7 urban epicenter. The organization is governed by a 15-member board comprised of three public appointees and 12 downtown property owners, residents and/or workers. For more information about the Miami DDA and Downtown Miami, please visit www.MiamiDDA.com.

The American Institute of Architects was created in 1857 by a group of architects in New York City The goal of the first members was to have a place where members could meet for lectures, conventions and meetings. The original 13 have grown to nearly 300 local chapters representing 80,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. AIA members adhere to a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that assures clients, the public and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice. For more information on Miami AIA, please visit http://aiamiami.org/.


March 7, 2014
6:00 am - 9:00 pm


Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD)
100 Northeast 1st Avenue , Miam, FL 33232 United States