SAH/SCC Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Please join SAH/SCC at the Santa Monica Public Library (Moore Ruble Yudell, 2006) for a free screening of the documentary film "Unfinished Spaces" (2011) by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
In 1961, three young architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Construction of the radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. As the dream of the revolution waned, construction was abruptly halted and the architects deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later, the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream. This fascinating documentary chronicles the site’s design, decay, and potential rebirth.
Following the screening, SAH/SCC will host a panel discussion with members and Cuba architecture experts, SAH/SCC Advisory Board and Life Members Stephen Harby and Ken Breisch, along with SAH/SCC Member Peter Moruzzi. Harby has led several architectural study tours to Havana. Breisch is SAH National First Vice President and a professor of architectural history at the USC School of Architecture. Moruzzi is the author of Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground (Gibbs Smith, 2008), about which he lectured for SAH/SCC in 2009.
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