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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; Updated edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989884
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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John Loomis is the author of, Revolution of Forms: Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools, published by Princeton Architectural Press. This book examines the convergence and collision of architecture, ideology, and culture in 1960s Cuba through the architectural design for the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte. The attention that his book has brought to these works of architecture encouraged the Cuban government to commit to their restoration, and to declare them national monuments in November 2010. In addition, the book has provided the inspiration for a documentary film, Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias, an art installation Utopía Posible at the 2009 Gwangju Biennial by Felipe Dulzaides, and an opera, Revolution of Forms, being developed with Robert Wilson as director.

John Loomis's other writings have appeared in Design Book Review, Casabella, Progressive Architecture, and many other publications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts With Distinction in art history from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He practiced and taught architecture in New York until 1996 when he moved California. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. From 1998 to 2002 he was Chair of Architecture at the California College of Arts and Crafts. In June 2002 he co-chaired in Havana the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) International Conference: "Architecture, Culture and the Challenges of Globalization". In December 2002 he was a member of the California Business Delegation to Cuba. He is currently a professor of design at San José State University.

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I saw a documentary on these buildings on PBS not long ago. My parents fled Cuba in 1960. I have always admired Cuban modernist architecture; so much of it now lay in ruins. This book makes for an interesting read not so much as for the buildings but the saga of how they came to be abandoned only to have interest in them rekindle when Fidel Castro - then still running Cuba - realized he erred by not allowing them to be built and persecuting the architects. A shame more books have not been written on Cuban modernist architecture. Saving many of these homes and other buildings would be impossible now. The reason for the years of neglect was Communist dogma. The vast majority of the famous architects of the pre-Communist era such as Max Borges Jr fled the country when my parents did.
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Perfect example of how a publication can contribute to the renovation of a historic complex, in this case the remarkable art schools of Havanna. The well documented updated edition shows photographs both from before and after renovation.
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We have been trying to find this for a long time after we saw it once at someone elses house.
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I knew very little about these schools when I read this book. The book really explained not only the schools but their importance both then and now. I can't believe that the Cuban government has not had the foresight to take more care of these resources.
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