Call for Abstracts: Docomomo US National Symposium in Miami

The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals.

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You are invited to join the Docomomo US National Symposium in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida, from May 29 to June 1, 2024. The event, titled Streams of Modernity: Postwar to Postmodern, is a collaborative effort between Docomomo US and the Docomomo US/Florida chapter. The University of Miami School of Architecture, situated on its Coral Gables Campus, will serve as the host for this symposium, providing an opportunity to explore one of the nation’s most extensive collections of midcentury and Postmodern architecture.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due by Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 11:59pm. Please read the instructions carefully before submitting, and reach out to with any questions.

Submission Guidelines and Instructions

Miami is a city whose location, diversity, and vibrant growth have historically made it an ideal destination for international travel, business, culture, and leisure. The region became an escape for post-World War II middle America, shaped largely by the desire for leisure and entertainment. Over the past decades, Miami has become a laboratory to explore new urban patterns, building types, evolving aesthetics, and emerging environmental consciousness. The symposium seeks to promote a broader understanding of the accomplishments of postwar to Postmodern architecture and culture, both nationally and in regional contexts such as South Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America. 

Thematic Goals

  • Promote a broader understanding of the accomplishments of postwar to Postmodern architecture and culture in designing and building Modern American cities, including Caribbean and Latin American cities.
  • Consider the effects of climate change and urban growth on existing landscapes and cities and the future of coastal communities across the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
  • Explore the roles of photography, design, and art, in the creation and representation of Modern architecture.
  • Celebrate the preservation of Miami and Florida’s vast collection of Modern sites, especially in light of current development pressures.

The organizers encourage submissions that take a holistic approach to Modern resources and consider the social context, technical merits, aesthetics, and settings when evaluating them. Abstracts should include how the subject contributes to the broader discussion of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts involved in the process of preservation, conservation, renovation or transformation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement are invited to submit abstracts that investigate Streams of Modernity: Postwar to Postmodern.

More information

Detailed information regarding the Symposium and the Call for Abstracts can be found on the event website.