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As Lincoln Road turns 50 years\, ArtCenter/South Florida \, pillar of the illustrious pedestrian walkway\, presents A Que st for Emotion and Motion in Architecture - a retrospective of arc hitect Morris Lapidus’ historic photographs\, works and designs.  K nown as the man behind Miami Beach’s dramatic revival in the Golden years\ , in addition to turning the once two-way traffic street into Lincoln Road as it is today\, his signature projects include Fontainebleau\, Eden Roc and the Dilido hotel (now Ritz-Carlton South Beach).< /p>\n

 

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When an economic turn in the late 1950s demanded a new vision for the retail industry\, community activist Hal Hertz enliste d Lapidus to reshape Lincoln Road in 1958.  By 1960\, a pedestrian mall wa s unveiled\, defining Lincoln Road as a space for interaction\, drama\, ex hibitionism and flair. His last architectural project was the renov ation of the Colony Theater in 1983\, yet he participated\, pro-bono\, in the Revitalization of South Beach in 1988 with Stanley Levine\, Ben Wood a nd Ellie Sneiderman.  Lapidus would return to Lincoln Road time and time a gain\, eventually stating "Why be exotic in private?"

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Ac cording to the The New York Times\, “No American architect in the 20th century embraced more flamboyantly the flagrantly commerci al aspect of design than did Morris Lapidus.”  Whereas his panache was cri tiqued throughout his career\, the New York native’s work eventually gaine d new appreciation by contemporary and postmodernist creators.  His acute sense of drama purposefully focused on the way people interact and their s ense of being\, making them proverbial actors within his elaborate project s.  For Lapidus\, all life was a stage and architecture was a performance. Having left behind little theory\, this exhibit is the first time his private quest will be shared publicly.

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A Quest for Emotion and Motion in Architecture will coincide with the A merican Institute of Architecture's annual Conference.  Curated by arc hitect/author\, Deborah Desilets\, last associate of Morris Lapidus\; and ArtCenter/South Florida's Director of Exhibitions\, Jacquenette Arnette. DTEND:20100718 DTSTAMP:20141023T175848 DTSTART:20100521 GEO:25.790084;-80.13682 LOCATION:Art Center / South Florida\,800 Lincoln Road \nMiami Beach\, FL 33 139 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:A Quest for Emotion and Motion in Architecture \, Morris Lapidus UID:106353 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20100522T210000 DTSTAMP:20141023T175848 DTSTART:20100522T190000 GEO:25.790084;-80.13682 LOCATION:Art Center / South Florida\,800 Lincoln Road \nMiami Beach\, FL 33 139 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:A Quest for Emotion and Motion in Architecture \, Morris Lapidus UID:107921 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR