Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Solimar Building, 1944
Solimar Building, 1944

Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Hotel Habana Riviera, 1957
Hotel Habana Riviera, 1957
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Shark Valley Observation Tower, 1964
Shark Valley Observation Tower, 1964
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Miami Marine Stadium, 1964
Miami Marine Stadium, 1964
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Parque Jose Marti Stadium, 1959-60
Parque Jose Marti Stadium, 1959-60
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center (originally Beth Shalom Temple), 1952
Bertolt Brecht Cultural Center (originally Beth Shalom Temple), 1952
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Miami Dade College, South Campus, Building 3, 1967
Miami Dade College, South Campus, Building 3, 1967
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Nautical Club, 1953
Nautical Club, 1953
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Miami Dade College, North Campus, Building 1, 1960
Miami Dade College, North Campus, Building 1, 1960
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Reynaldo Cue Apartment Building, 1958
Reynaldo Cue Apartment Building, 1958
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Broward County Southern Regional Courthouse, 1977
Broward County Southern Regional Courthouse, 1977
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Mailman Center for Child Development, 1972
Mailman Center for Child Development, 1972
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Miami International Airport, Terminal D, Gate 25 Installation Image
Miami International Airport, Terminal D, Gate 25
Installation Image
Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami - Miami International Airport, Terminal D, Gate 22 Installation Image
Miami International Airport, Terminal D, Gate 22
Installation Image

Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami

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Silvia Ros
Photographer based in Miami, Florida

Concrete architecture in Miami and Havana exudes a poetic beauty that transcends the utilitarian nature of the material. Though distinct in their cultural and historical backgrounds, these cities share a common thread of embracing concrete as a canvas for artistic expression. 
 
In Miami, the sleek and modern skyline tells a story of progress and innovation. Clean lines and geometric precision characterize the concrete structures that pierce the Florida sky. As the sun’s rays dance upon the facades, concrete takes on an ethereal quality, casting intricate shadows that change over time.
 
In Havana, the poetic beauty of concrete architecture takes on a different hue. The city’s Modernist buildings stand as witness to centuries of history and the turmoil of the 20th century. Yet, the decaying facades of Havana’s streets are where the most poignant poetry of concrete emerges. Weathered by time and neglect, the cracks, stains, and peeling paint tell stories of resilience and endurance - a testament to the city’s ability to find beauty even in decay, reflecting the indomitable spirit of its people.
 
The exhibition by Silvia Ros, a Cuban American Miami-based photographer, reminds us that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places—in the cracks and imperfections, in the interplay of light and shadow, and in the enduring spirit of these two vibrant cities. This exhibition is a testament to the resilience of both cities, the enduring power of architecture to inspire and captivate, and its ability to tell stories, evoke emotions, and transcend the boundaries of time and space. 
 
This exhibition is curated and designed by Tim Hossler. 

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Connecting Concrete: Modernist Architecture from Havana to Miami
Copyright Silvia Ros 2024
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Mar 2024
Topics Architectural Photography, Architecture, Concrete, Cuba, Havana, Miami, Modernism, Photography
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