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Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools, Updated Edition Princeton Architectural Press
By John A. Loomis
7-1/2 x 11 in; 232 pp; 44 color and 134 b/w images
May 2011 ISBN 9781568989884 ISBN10 1568989881
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Prior to the publication of Revolution of Forms in 1999, few were aware that the most outstanding architectural achievement of the Cuban Revolution, the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art School), stoodneglected just outside Havana. Three architects who aimed to reinvent architecture just as the revolution hoped to reinvent society were commissioned. However, before construction was completed, the school was subjected to an ideological attack that branded it as not in keeping with revolutionary ideals. The organic complex of brick and terra-cotta Catalan-vaulted structures was abandoned, until the original publication of Revolution of Forms brought it to the attention of the world and swayed the Cuban government to commit to its restoration. This updated edition of the classic book adds a new preface, epilogue, and a revised chronology to the first edition's numerous photographs, drawings, and interviews.
John A. Loomis an architect, author, and educator at San José State University. His writings have appeared in Design Book Review, Casabella, and Progressive Architecture, among other publications. Loomis holds a Bachelor of Arts With Distinction in art history from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
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