Archinect - News 2014-08-28T07:06:36-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98266550/unfinished-spaces-documentary-receives-2014-sah-award-for-film-and-video “Unfinished Spaces” documentary receives 2014 SAH Award for Film and Video Justine Testado 2014-04-18T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9li4bkscb2c4yrlp.jpg" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray continues to gain recognition since its initial release in 2011. In addition to previous grants and awards, the documentary film recently won the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Film and Video at the 2014 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Established in 2013, the annual award is given to the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reflective of its Cuban Revolution setting in 1961, Unfinished Spaces tells the complex tale of Cuba's historic National Art Schools project commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to visionary architects Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi. Construction of the school complex immediately began and artists from all over the country attended the school. But the project was abruptly halted as soon as the Revolution came to fruition.</p><p>Forty years later, the schools continue to operate but have remained unfinished. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finally complete their unrealized dream.</p><p><strong>See the official trailer below.</strong></p><p>Also check out Archinect's previous coverage of <em>Unfinished Spaces</em> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59387816/editor-s-picks-286 Editor's Picks #286 Nam Henderson 2012-10-16T00:11:00-04:00 >2013-12-19T04:58:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x4xogi7dv8y7os2q.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1972948/alex-maymind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alex Maymind</a>&nbsp;highlighted the work of Cornell studio "<strong>Ungers vs. Rowe</strong>"&nbsp;in a piece titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/58887387/archipelagos-ungers-vs-rowe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCHIPELAGOS: Ungers vs. Rowe.</a>&nbsp;Both the studio and feature, articulate "<em>a theoretical argument about two divergent Cornell legacies: one, O.M. Ungers and the other, Colin Rowe as exemplary urban design positions that after some forty years remain still operative in today&rsquo;s context</em>". Mr. Maymind further argues that "<em>Both Ungers and Rowe share an overwhelming concern for the deployment and manipulation of precedent (with all of the baggage the term implies) as the basis for making and conceptualizing form</em>". The studio featured two groups of two students, each assigned either Ungers or Rowe, as source material.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>beautiful work. man, i would have loved this studio</em>"&nbsp;and even <strong>Thayer-D</strong> agreed "<em>Ultimately, the main source of apprehension in dealing with these two figures comes from the fact that they both sought to criticize the status quo, which is still very much alive</em>"</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nk8czfhh95n8a164.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>New...</strong></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/57068140/foster-for-cuban-ballet-school-a-dance-of-what Foster for Cuban Ballet School, A Dance Of What? Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-11T15:57:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T19:40:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1qyti6iv2imsjab.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You have to accept that 50 years have gone by, but the changes should be done by the architect who was in charge. If this architect is no longer able, this is another thing. But the last time I saw Garatti, he was thinking clearly. So there's no reason to put him aside. I don't think it's ethical."</p></em><br /><br /><p> British architect Sir Norman Foster jumps on the opportunity to remodel iconic and unfinished <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Art_Schools_(Cuba)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuban&nbsp;National Art Schools</a>. But one of the the original architects, Roberto Gottardi, is still alive. (via Alexis Navarro)</p> <p> Also see; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Forms-Updated-Edition-Forgotten/dp/1568989881" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revolution of Forms: Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools by John A. Loomis&nbsp;</a></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>