Archinect - News 2014-10-23T12:37:05-04:00 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/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>