Opening Thursday, September 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING: A Groundbreaking Exhibition

Join EXILE Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design to celebrate the opening of LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING, a groundbreaking exhibition that seeks to bridge the understanding between Downtown Miami architecture, accessibility, and independent publishing, specifically addressing visual impairments.

This collaborative project between EXILE Books, MCAD, and Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, is believed to be the first architectural exhibit designed to address accessibility for persons with visual impairments.

The exhibit will transform Downtown Miami buildings into a living, multimedia tableau via four components. Inside, tactile relief works of Downtown Miami architecture will frame the MCAD gallery walls. Also within the space, large-scale, 3D models of selected buildings created by students from FIU’s College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) at Miami Beach Urban Studios will be obscured to every sense except touch.

MCAD’s exterior will house the project’s central component: an outdoor, public art installation featuring audio recordings in which community members share captivating stories about these historic downtown structures, accompanied by a large art piece inviting passersby to “LISTEN” on MCAD’s front steps. EXILE Editions has published a Braille artist’s book featuring these local narratives and tactile reliefs to commemorate the exhibition, available onsite at EXILE’s bookstore alongside a range of titles specifically addressing architecture and the experience of persons with visual impairments.

Throughout the next few months, we’ll be activating LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING in all sorts of ways that explore sense of place. Don’t miss:

Thursday, September 3rd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 8th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrating 85 Years Through Tactile Art, Music, and Other Programs
by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Saturday, September 12th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Orientation & Mobility Tours for Downtown Art Days
by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Thursday, September 24th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
CARTA In Resonance: MBUS, Models, and Music by FLEA

Thursday, October 1st, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Songs of the City, Songs in the Dark by IlluminArts

Saturday, October 3rd, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Building Voice: A Talk by Architect Christopher Downey

Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Accessibility Talk: Advocacy & Community Awareness
R. David New in conversation with curator Sara Darling

The exhibition, mobility tours, and braille artist book are made possible with the support of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Support for EXILE Books is made possible through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Printing and consulting for the project generously provided by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Tactile illustrations offered by John De Salvo and Judith McBrien as featured in the Norton’s Pocket Guide To Miami Architecture. Programming partners include Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Ability Explosion, Florida International University's College for Architecture + the Arts, and IlluminArts. Additional sponsorship provided by Thomas Printworks and SFCA isaw + Subtropics.

Listen to the audio tracks here.