Archinect - News 2015-11-26T18:18:47-05:00 Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-04T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the historic lifting of the Cuban embargo creating an instant rush to visit the long-cloistered island nation, a rush for rediscovery will bring all manner of Cuban art, culture and design to the fore. While it's not always acknowledged as such, Cuban architecture, especially modernist buildings, showcase an eclectic and exciting blend of styles, from the Spanish and Art Deco buildings that preceded them to the modern and Brutalist influences that came during the postwar period.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Cuban architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Havana's overlooked Art Deco architecture</a></li></ul> Adaptive reuse + "curb appeal", equal historic buildings, reinvented Nam Henderson 2014-08-10T23:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T08:06:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;People are more comfortable...with something that feels authentic." - Toby Moskovits, president of Heritage Equity Partners</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this summer, C. J. Hughes took note of a trend in NYC real-estate, the conversion of unusual buildings into apartments and condos. But, it isn't only your typical post-industrial loft, the conversions include;&nbsp;phone company buildings (like 140 West Street&nbsp;designed by Ralph Walker, a prominent Art Deco architect), parking garages,&nbsp;religious buildings,&nbsp;movie theaters and even government/public buildings.</p> Havana's overlooked Art Deco architecture Nam Henderson 2013-03-25T10:19:00-04:00 >2013-03-25T13:05:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These landmarks are not as grand as the Chrysler Building in New York, and there is no Art Deco district like Miami Beach&rsquo;s, but fans say there is an unusual wealth and diversity of stock, much of which has remained standing &mdash; if poorly maintained &mdash; through 50 years of Communist rule.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Some 250 Cuban and foreign connoisseurs met last week in Havana for the start of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Congress on Art Deco</a>&nbsp;which runs until March 27th.&nbsp;Victoria Burnett interviewed a number of the organizers and participants and spoke to them about challenges facing the owners of Art Deco homes who struggle to find the money or building materials for proper maintenance.</p>