Building in the Caribbean, Latin America & the Tropical World

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The University of Miami is uniquely situated at the crossroads of North and Latin America, and its sub-tropical climate connects it to the realities of building in the Caribbean. SoA faculty have expertise in building and urban history, codes, and design in Latin America and the Caribbean. Countries that faculty have particular expertise in include Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Guatemala, and Colombia.  

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  • Books

    Chao, Sonia, “Under the Sun: Sustainable Traditions & Innovations in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism”, Coral Gables, FL, Center for Urban and Community Design, University of Miami, School of Architecture, 2012.             

    Chao, Sonia. “Havana 500: Five Hundred Years of Evolving Urban Form and Codes, Forthcoming.”

    Chao, Sonia. Genard, Jackie. “Ayiti: Akayè Rapo Vizyon- Devlope Tradisyon Dirab ak Kreyasyon nan Achitekti ak Technik pou Devlopman nan Rejyon, Vil, ak tout ti Bouk nan zon Akayè a” 2016.

    Shulman, Allan. “Bacardi Limited, Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity”, New York, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2016.

    Chao, Sonia, “Stupid is as Stupid Does.” Meditaciones sobre la Condición Urbana –Problemática del Nuevo Urbanismo. Havana. Ediciones Union. 2006.

    Shulman, Allan. “The Tropical Home in Florida: Minimalism, Modernity and Sustainability.” Under the Sun: Traditions and Innovations in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism in the Sub-Tropics. Chao, Sonia. Coral Gables. University of Miami Center for Urban and Community Development. 2015.

    Shulman, Allan. “Foreword.”Subtropical Sustainable: A Context Sensitive Design approach to Redevelopment in Broward County. Abbate, Anthony. Fort Lauderdale. Broward Community Design Collaborative at Florida Atlantic University. 2008. 

  • Articles

    Chao, Sonia. “Architecture Under the Sun: The Regionalist Dialogue between Florida and Cuba.” Symposium: Under the Sun- Sustainable Innovations & Traditions. University of Miami School of Architecture. Coral Gables, FL.   

    Chao, Sonia. “Havana: The Evolution of Its Urban Codes & Form.” Symposium: Havana: The Caribbean City; University of Miami School of Architecture.       

    Chao, Sonia. Havana: The Evolution of Its Urban Codes & Form. 2006.

    Chao, Sonia. 2015. “Haiti: Developing Sustainable Traditions & Innovations in Architecture and Urbanism for the Region, Towns, and the Rural Villages of Akayè (Arcahaie).”

    Fett, Steven; Correa, Jaime. “Success From the Bottom Up: Lessons Learned in Haiti's Archaie Region.” 104th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings: Shaping New Knowledges.

    Le Jeune, Jean-François. 2021. “Water, New Towns, and Interior Colonization: The Experience of Spain, 1939-1971.” Trasporti & Cultura. No. 59.                                                 

    Sauter, Florian. 2011. “Angelo Bucci (SPBR) – Building the Americas.” Digital Architectural Papers. 5.                                

    Shulman, Allan. 2014. “Hormigon y Transparencia: Bacardi en las Americas = Concrete and Transparency: Bacardi in the Americas.” SUMMA+. November. 138.              

    Shulman, Allan. 2013. “Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity Modern Magazine.” November.

    Shulman, Allan T. 2021. “A Safe and Accessible Tropics: the  Screened  Patio  in Midcentury  Florida.” Avermeate. Entangled  Narratives  of  Disease, Discomfort,  Development  and  Disaster: Reconsidering  Tropical  Architecture and Urbanism.             

    Shulman, Allan. 2009. “Shaping Miami: thoughts on the impact of architecture.” Florida Caribbean architect. 38. 39.

  • Artwork, Exhibitions, and Other Projects

    Chao, Sonia. “Havana 500: Five Hundred Years of Evolving Urban Form and Codes.” 2020.

    Chao, Sonia. “Habana: La Ciudad Caribeña: Evolucion de sus Codigos y Forma Urbana.” Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 2008.                                                                       

    Chao, Sonia. “Tracing Parallel Lives Between Cuban and Cuban American Architects and Artists.” Coral Gables, FL. 2001.

    Chao, Sonia. “Regulaciones Urbanisticas de la Ciudad de La Habana.” Havana, Cuba. 2004.

    Chao, Sonia. “Havana Initiative Project.” 2002.