BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Department of Art History - ECPv4.8.2//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:Department of Art History X-ORIGINAL-URL: X-WR-CALDESC:Events for Department of Art History BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20191106T173000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20191106T190000 DTSTAMP:20191008T200842 CREATED:20190916T025131Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190916T025131Z SUMMARY:Anna Andrzejewski: "Building Paradise in a Tropical Swamp: Retirement Housing and Communities in South Florida after World War II" DESCRIPTION:This Focus on the Humanities talk explores the intersection of building and development in south Florida and the environmental movement in the second half of the twentieth century. In particular\, it focuses on the Miami-based Deltona Corporation’s efforts to transform Marco Island into a $500 million tropical paradise. Previously a seasonal fishing outpost on Florida’s southern Gulf Coast\, Deltona planned Marco to be a vacation and retirement community focused on a six mile long sandy beach. However much Deltona trilled the island’s “natural charms” to retirees and vacationers nationwide\, Marco had to be radically transformed with canals\, drainage\, and other infrastructure for Deltona’s dream to become a reality. This led to clashes with local residents and environmentalists\, who ultimately thwarted Deltona’s plans to produce a much downscaled community. \nUsing advertisements and Deltona’s private archive\, this lecture showcases a dominant trend in postwar south Florida in which developers simultaneously boasted of the tropical landscape’s natural beauty even as they irrevocably transformed it. In doing so\, it shows how developers attempted to circumvent an increasingly regulatory environment while “building paradise” in the American sunbelt. \n URL: LOCATION:Conrad A. Elvehjem Building\, Room L140\, 800 University Avenue\, Madison\, WI\, 53706\, United States CATEGORIES:Public Lecture ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR