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The Art of Architecture

This Miami-based practice reveals its commitment to the enduring legacy of modernism in a retrospective exhibition.

Photos by Claudio Manzoni Photography

[STRANG], a multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota, Florida, showcased its architectural body of work in [STRANG]: The Art of Architecture, at the Center for Architecture Sarasota from December 19, 2019 through January 23, 2020.

Reflecting the firm’s signature design philosophy of Environmental Modernism, the exhibition presented highlights of its site-specific and climate-driven designs spanning the last 20 years.

Founded in Miami in 1998 by Max Strang, FAIA, [STRANG] has developed a reputation for advancing the principles of environmental modernism, while advocating for better design, better stewardship and a better world.

Indeed, the ability to create stunning architectural designs while maintaining an acute awareness of the surrounding environment firmly defines the firm’s work.

Under the creative direction of Max Strang, this year’s recipient of the prestigious AIA Florida Medal of Honor for Design, the practice is a leading advocate for advancing the timeless concepts set forth by the famed Sarasota School of Architecture.

Strang’s own early exposure to that mid-century modernist movement—he grew up in a home designed by legendary architect and movement founder, Gene Leedy—resulted in a deep respect for structures that are intimately connected to their surroundings while also celebrating a uniquely Floridian version of modernism.

[STRANG]’s distinctive interpretation of the tropical modernism tradition, which infuses works with deeply regional character and identity, was evident throughout the exhibition, as it is in the recently published monograph, ‘Environmental Modernism: The Architecture of [STRANG].’

[STRANG]’s distinguished body of work spans the state of Florida, and includes projects in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and the United Arab Emirates.

STRANG]: The Art of Architecture highlighted thirteen of the firm’s architectural works, ranging from 2002-2018.

On display were architectural models, a “media tower” featuring videos of construction sites, finished photography, rendered animation and firm photography, and satellite mappings that highlighted the diverse environments of Florida and its neighboring islands.

Artworks by Max Strang, including sketches of architectural details and project site plans. “Our goal has always been to create contemporary spaces intimately connected to their surroundings," says Max Strang, FAIA.

“This exhibition is an opportunity for our firm to reflect on the defining principles of 'environmental modernism' and how it has impacted our practice in the last twenty years."

Underpinned by talented individuals who each have their lens focused on a common thread: the enduring intrigue of modernism, the firm’s relationships with its clientele has propelled its success and served to expand the firm to three offices across the state: Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota—the birthplace of Florida modernism.

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