Archinect - News 2014-04-17T15:48:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/81702680/restoring-el-capitolio Restoring El Capitolio Nam Henderson 2013-09-13T11:42:00-04:00 >2013-09-13T11:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/ao6knisvi857iuz0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Communist deputies will convene beneath weighty chandeliers and a newly gold-coated dome. They will step through marble-floored halls, lined with giant shining bronze candelabras from Tiffany's..."I believe it will be a jewel of Havana," argues Mr Leal, unfazed by the oddity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Sarah Rainsford reports in from Cuba where Raul Castro wants the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Capitolio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Capitolio Nacional</a>&nbsp;(designed by Ra&uacute;l Otero and Eugenio Rayneri Piedra) to become the new home of the National Assembly.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60706929/plan-for-cuban-landmark-s-rebirth-sparks-debate Plan For Cuban Landmark's Rebirth Sparks Debate Archinect 2012-11-04T13:03:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:22:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yn1xmtm8b2cgmge.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carlos Acosta's plan to inject life into the island's hidebound ballet scene by refurbishing Havana's crumbling dance school and turning it into an international center for culture and dance has ignited controversy for daring to reimagine the original architect's vision. Acosta was visibly frustrated by the flap over what he views as a way to give something back as he prepares to retire from London's Royal Ballet after a celebrated career.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unfinished Spaces premieres tomorrow night on PBS; Archinect talks to the filmmaker</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker Unfinished Spaces premieres tomorrow night on PBS; Archinect talks to the filmmaker Paul Petrunia 2012-10-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-14T15:54:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0l/0l9uuwek6m26tuyu.jpg" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Unfinished Spaces, a film that we've previously&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13882/unfinished-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">covered here on Archinect</a>, is a documentary about the ambitious Cuban National Art School project, conceived, and ultimately killed, by the revolutionary communist Cuban regime.&nbsp;</p> <p> In addition to an <a href="http://www.unfinishedspaces.com/screenings.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhaustive schedule of screenings</a>, it will be televised, for the first time,&nbsp;<a href="http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/VOCES/Unfinished-Spaces.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tomorrow night on PBS (10pm)</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/39624670/what-is-it-about-cuba-s-national-art-schools What Is It About Cuba's National Art Schools? Places Journal 2012-02-28T04:28:00-05:00 >2012-02-28T11:01:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pf/pfyvgnfof2pmak5e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After I mentioned attending a screening of the new documentary film, Unfinished Spaces, about the National Art Schools in Havana, [my dinner companion] burst out: &ldquo;What is it about the Art Schools? Why do foreigners love them so much? There&rsquo;s nothing Cuban about those buildings. They&rsquo;re ridiculous architecture for Havana and I always hated them.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, architect Belmont Freeman reconsiders the National Art Schools in Havana&nbsp;&mdash; the subject of John Loomis's groundbreaking book <em>Revolution of Forms</em>, as well as a new documentary film and an opera, and a cult favorite among architecture buffs. Does the North American obsession with the art schools carry a whiff of latent colonialism, or even racism? Freeman argues that the dramatic saga of the art schools has obscured the larger narrative of post-revolutionary Cuban architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/10759582/unfinished-spaces-film-review Unfinished Spaces: Film Review Paul Petrunia 2011-06-22T00:53:50-04:00 >2011-06-22T00:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v7/v7d9meqcmwgmsg5g.jpg" width="350" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An excellent documentary about a spectacular but unfinished architectural project that strongly reflects the arc of the Cuban experience of the past 60 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Hollywood Reporter reviews <em>Unfinished Spaces</em>, as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10152074/unfinished-spaces-to-premiere-this-weekend-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mentioned here last week</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/10152074/unfinished-spaces-to-premiere-this-weekend-in-los-angeles "Unfinished Spaces" to premiere this weekend in Los Angeles Archinect 2011-06-16T18:23:00-04:00 >2012-10-11T17:35:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1dutqajz4zlohnav.jpg" width="350" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create the world's most beautiful art school on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. But as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A friend in the independent film industry has mentioned that this film is getting rave reviews. It will be premiering this weekend at the Los Angeles Film Festival. View the trailer <a href="http://www.unfinishedspaces.com/trailer.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>UNFINISHED SPACES</strong><br> Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects return forty years later to finish what was considered the world's most spectacular and futuristic art school, but was left to ruin by the country's Revolution.<br><br> In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevaili...</p>