Archinect - News 2017-01-21T03:52:50-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149986054/editor-s-picks-461 Editor's Picks #461 Nam Henderson 2017-01-12T12:08:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T21:33:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6ao9e45poftbfoc7.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982626/michael-rotondi-opens-up-about-the-faith-propelling-his-life-and-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a>, a man of deeply-held spiritual convictions, about his spiritual practice and how it affects his architectural and educational practices.</p><p>To wit;</p><p>"<em>What you learn from the Buddhists, the Tibetan Buddhists in particular, is that you work on yourself first and foremost because the&nbsp;</em><em>healthier you are the healthier you are going to make everybody in your sphere of influence&hellip;.Most importantly for me, architecture is a pretext for the relationships that you can begin to construct and develop over time. Life is one architecture in my world...I see my role as an architect and the role that architecture has in the world is much different.</em>"</p><p>Some readers (<strong>Tim W</strong>) cautioned "<em>mentoring of students in muddy thinking early on</em>"&nbsp;questioning the practical utility of "<em>pseudoscience, spiritual mash-ups</em>". Most others, saw (at least) some value in an "<em>open mind</em>"&nbsp;or at least "<em>model agnosticism</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wv/wvs5akmad9qgv61b.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> shared his thoughts on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149983483/no-particular-place-to-go-cuba-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a visit to Cuba</a>. The trip inclu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968388/the-architecture-of-cuba-s-revolutionary-and-endangered-national-art-schools The architecture of Cuba's revolutionary (and endangered) National Art Schools Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-13T17:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T18:39:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jm/jmwv03806wdwugl9.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by three architects, one Cuban and two Italian, the new schools were constructed in flamboyant, sinuous forms deliberately reflecting the local landscape. Built in brick and terracotta as a pragmatic response to the US embargo of imported steel, ... these were a confident repudiation of Western-style International Modernism. But of the five original schools in the complex, only two were completed, as the deepening relationship with the USSR prompted disdain for such exotic forms</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><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></li><li><a title="How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942220/how-havana-tries-to-come-out-of-its-crumbling-shell-without-betraying-cuba-s-revolutionary-roots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots</a></li><li><a title="Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a title="The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a title="Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117191853/ricardo-porro-cuban-national-art-school-architect-dies-at-89" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/117191853/ricardo-porro-cuban-national-art-school-architect-dies-at-89 Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89 Alexander Walter 2014-12-30T13:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T21:58:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/66/660c4371df38c7f927d64ce7067e236f.jpg" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ricardo Porro, an architect who gave lyrical expression to a hopeful young Cuban revolution in the early 1960s before he himself fell victim to its ideological hardening, died on Thursday in Paris, where he had spent nearly half a century in exile. He was 89. His death was confirmed by friends and associates, including John Loomis, the author of &ldquo;Revolution of Forms: Cuba&rsquo;s Forgotten Art Schools.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqygjqf62thlfu08.jpg"></p><p><em>School of Modern Dance, by Ricardo Porro</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09usm36fo4fp86h1.jpg"></p><p><em>School of Plastic Arts, by&nbsp;Ricardo Porro</em></p><p>To learn more about the&nbsp;Cuban National Art School project and the related documentary<em>&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</a></em>, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/179037/cuban-national-art-schools" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</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/650x/6y/6yn1xmtm8b2cgmge.jpg" width="650" height="340" 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/650x/0l/0l9uuwek6m26tuyu.jpg" width="650" height="677" 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/650x/o1/o1qyti6iv2imsjab.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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>