Between Two Towers: Drawings of the School of Miami
This elegant publication combines the work of the students and faculty of the school of architecture at the University of Miami with a text by the ... Show synopsis This elegant publication combines the work of the students and faculty of the school of architecture at the University of Miami with a text by the school's distinguished visiting professor, Vincent Scully. The school is known for its spectacular analytical and whimsical drawings of architecture, urban planning, and landscape design. These realistic drawings illustrate the natural and man-made environment, animals and objects, and plans for designing and reinventing built and unbuilt cities. Miami's surrounding environment is apparent in the students' work -- vivid colors echo the spirit of Coral Gables, Key West, and the Everglades. Miami's vital position as the center of the Hispanic world is also evident, as the drawings embrace the cultural richness of the Caribbean Islands, Cuba, and Central and South America in both subject matter and style. Imaginatively designed, "Between Two Towers" features a horizontal, sketchbook-like format and gatefold pages, capturing the incredible detail, complexity, and scale of the original drawings, some reaching ten feet in height and length. The drawings are in a variety of media, including graphite, colored pencil, and ink. Scully's informative and fluid text recounts the school's special history, documents the distinctive teaching presence of such professors as Elizabeth Plater Zyberk and Andres Duany, and fully explains each illustration.