AIA + Miami + June = Hot

The AIA held its annual convention in Miami this June, and man was it hot.

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Many jokes were made about who's bright idea it was to make it the second week of June in the subtropics. It was my first trip to South Beach, and the heat was staggering. By 7am it was already in the 80's:

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The convention itself was not as well attended as last year, and had a sleepy feel to it. There were, however, some interesting exhibits on the hall. Trespa:

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Electrolux, not for the appliances but for the tile:

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Boston Valley Terra Cotta:

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Interlam panels:

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Daring the heat, a new parking garage was being completed adjacent to the hall. The detailing of the screens and lighting was quite nice:

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The sunlight on a cloudless day was blinding:

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At the end of Lincoln Road mall-

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-was Herzog & de Mueron's stunning new parking garage/retail structure. The quality of the concrete was beautiful:

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The view from level 6 was great:

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My brush with fame of the architecture type. This year's AIA Gold Medal winner Peter Q. Bohlin at a reception in his honor at Joe's Stone Crab:

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JM