Conference on Cuban Architecture
Saturday, May 15, 2010, 8:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
The Cooper Union, New York
A conference on Cuban architecture will be held Saturday, 15 May 15 at the Cooper Union in New York on the occasion of the Ninth Annual Congress of the Cuban Cultural Center of New York.
The symposium, which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m., is titled ‘Cuban Architecture: A Historical Legacy’, draws leading architects who have practiced in Cuba and historians of Cuban architecture to explore the development of a Cuban architectural identity, its present conditions, trends and directions.
The event consists of two sessions of panel presentations and a roundtable discussion. The first session focuses on the development of architecture and urbanism from colonization to the Revolution of 1959. The second session addresses the ideas and practices in Cuba since the Revolution, including the contributions of Cuban architects abroad. The round-table discussion will focus on emerging trends and future visions.
The keynote speaker is award-winning Cuban architect Nicolás Quintana, who now teaches at the Florida International University School of Architecture. Ricardo Porro, who designed National Art Schools in Havana, will deliver the closing remarks. A resident of Paris, he teaches the history of art and architecture in Paris, Lille and Strasbourg.
The English-language event is open to the public. Tickets cost $100 if purchased in advance or $125 at the door. Student tickets are available for free on the day of the conference. Seven continuing education credits will be provided to AIA members who attend the full-day conference.
The event organizers are the Cuban Cultural Center of New York and the Society of Cuban-American Engineers and Architects with the sponsorship of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art , the Municipal Art Society, the Architectural League of New York, and the Global Dialogues Committee of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects.