Revolution of Forms, updated edition
Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools
Publication date 5/23/2011
7.5 x 11 inches (19.1 x 27.9 cm), Paperback
232 pages, 44 color illustrations, 134 b/w illustrations
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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), stood neglected 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 is an architect, author, and educator at San Jose State University. His writings have appeared in Design Book Review, Casabella, and Progressive Architecture, among others. Loomis holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
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