Sept 20 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Randolph Henning will be discussing and signing his book The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami’s Maverick Modernist on September 20th at 6:30 p.m., at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and on September 21st at 8:00 p.m., at Books & Books, Coral Gables.
Alfred Browning Parker was one of the twentieth century’s most renowned and honored Florida-based architects. A principal leader of the “Coconut Grove School” of tropical organic architecture, his influence has been felt throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Attaining an almost rock star-like status in his home city of Miami, Parker was publicly praised by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Parker’s work and philosophy has had an ecological and environmental basis since the early 1940s. He began expressing an interest in alternative fossil fuels and renewable energy sources in the 1970s, far ahead of the current trends in green and energy-conscious architecture. He continually placed an emphasis on using local materials and was increasingly praised for his early exploration in environmentally friendly design.
Randolph Henning’s overview of the life work of this modernist master features sixty-nine of the more than five hundred residential and commercial structures Parker created between 1942 and 2001. The descriptions are accompanied by nearly 400 color photographs, more than a third of which are vintage images from renowned photographer Ezra Stoller. Henning also provides a biographical narrative, excerpts from Parker’s own writings, a full bibliography, and a complete list of Parker’s works.
Randolph Henning is currently a practicing architect in Lewisville, North Carolina, and author of two other books – At Taliesin: Newspaper Columns by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship, 1934-1937 (Southern Illinois University Press, 1992) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin: Illustrated by Vintage Postcards (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011). Henning grew up in Pompano Beach, attended the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and, prior to moving to North Carolina, he was an architect with the Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale.
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