Friday March 23, 2018

Architecture & Urbanism

Julio César Pérez, Part 2: "I feel very proud, very happy when I speak about Havana"

The architect and urban planner wraps up his two-part Cuban Art News interview with a discussion of architecture in Cuba, the problems caused by “architecture of the author”—known in the U.S. as “starchitecture”—and what Americans think of Cuba’s architectural heritage.

Julio César Pérez: “The city must be dreamed, designed and conceived for the future”

In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Pérez discusses the highlights of his current exhibition, the details of his ten-point approach to planning for Havana’s growth and development, and why all architects need to start out by designing houses.

Planned Demolition of Modernist Landmarks Causes Virtual Uprising Among Cuban Intellectuals

Designed by architects Ricardo Galbis and Vicente Llanera, the Hotel Internacional in Varadero first opened its doors in 1950. Nearby, another landmark of modern Cuban architecture, the Cabañas del Sol hotel, was designed by Moenck and Quintana Company. The recent announcement, via email, of the forthcoming demolition of both buildings by the Ministry of Tourism has caused a virtual uprising among intellectuals across the island.

"Making Amends:" Carlos Garaicoa in Tampa

La enmienda que hay en mí (Making Amends), an exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa, opened last night (August 23) at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. On view: “The Crown Jewels,” the cut-paper metropolis “Bend City,” and other recent installations, sculptures, and manipulated photographs.

Cuban Artists Go on View as Art Biennial Debuts in Portugal

“Portugal Arte 10 EDP,” a new, monthlong art biennial debuts July 16 in Lisbon and the surrounding region. In addition to a group exhibition of contemporary Cuban art, the program includes public art installations by Yoan Capote, Ivan Capote, and Duvier Del Dago Fernandez.
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