Way back in 1994, the New York Times shed light on a revolution going on in the University of Miami Architecture School, where a couple of brothers, Jorge and Luis Trelles, had started a six-week program of study in Central and South America. Students traveled to Guatemala, Mexico, and Colombia and spent hours re-drawing, and in essense, re-imagining, original colonial structures, in order to understand how Europeans first understood the tropical landscapes they encountered. The overall approach was dubbed by Vincent Scully as "The Miami School."
Some sixteen years later, the Trelles brothers, along with Jorge's wife Mari Teri Cabarrocas Trelles, are still inspired by 16th Century Baroque churches, Magical Realism, and the possibilities inherent in nature, and their body of work as the architecture firm of Trelles Cabarrocas has finally been organized into a beautiful book published by ACAM Editions.
Tonight Luis Trelles will talk about the book and the firm's body of work (which includes an incredible vision of a monument to Martin Luther King, Jr.) at the Wolfsonian Museum on South Beach. If you're into design and architecture, come check out one of the most important visionaries in South Florida.
Thu., May 28, 7 p.m., 2009