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architecture + design Mod Max: Environmental Architecture from Max Strang Text Hilary Lewis Talk abouT environmenTal exTremes; Florida native max strang shuttles between miami and Telluride, Colorado on a monthly basis. in both locales, strang incorporates environmental sensitivity with his beautiful approach to modern architecture. The results show a focused sensitivity to local conditions and a refreshingly contemporary approach to classical modern design, appropriate to both regions. a self-proclaimed "purist" strang proves modern architecture need not be one-size-fits-all. strang heralds from Winter Haven, Florida. Growing up, he had the good fortune to have Gene leedy as a neighbor in sarasota, giving strang firsthand experience with Strang's work shows a focused sensitivity to local conditions and a refreshingly contemporary approach to classical modern design. A self-proclaimed "purist" Strang proves modern architecture need not be one-size-fits-all. a seminal figure of the sarasota school. That iteration of modernism at midcentury on our Gulf Coast continues to inspire a new generation of architects, which truly shows in the work of strang. His education via early exposure to some of the most noted midcentury works designed specifically for Florida was supplemented in interesting ways when strang, early in his career, worked with both the geometrically bold architect Zaha Hadid and the innovative firm shoP. as a student, he received his architectural training at Columbia university. addi- 26 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E Left: The home's southwest fa├žade has all levels looking over the sunken pool and fireplace that anchor the landscaped yard.

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