Architecture Sarasota Announces 2022 MOD Weekend

The ninth annual festival, which runs Nov. 10-13, celebrates "tropical modernism" and looks at how natural elements shape design then and now.

By Kim Doleatto October 26, 2022

Exterior of the Revere Quality House on Siesta Key

The Revere Quality House on Siesta Key was designed by Sarasota School of Architecture greats Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell.

Image: Kim Doleatto

Architecture Sarasota’s ninth annual MOD Weekend, which kicks off Nov. 10, will celebrate "tropical modernism," a style led by the need to adapt to natural elements like light, heat and humidity that often informed the Sarasota School style of architecture that emerged in and around Sarasota during the post-war years of 1941-1966. (For a quick look at the style in action, click here.)

The Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners, led by visionary Phillip Hiss, embodied this regional modern ethos. This year's MOD Weekend will explore examples of tropical modernism applications in Sarasota and from around the globe through a variety of tours, talks and social events.

The festivities kick off Friday with Siesta Key kayak tours with remarks by Carl Abbott by day and an opening party at The Ringling's historic waterfront Ca’ d’Zan in the evening. 

Saturday morning brings a Healy Guest House and Revere Quality House trolley tour and yoga under the umbrella at the Umbrella House, followed by an afternoon Lido Shores walking tour and a reception and book signing by award-winning architect Max Strang in the evening. A tropical modern symposium, exploring topics from Africa to Asia to our own Gulf Coast of Florida, along with tours, will continue on Sunday. 

The ninth annual MOD Weekend takes place Nov. 10-13, 2022. For tickets and view the full program, click here.

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