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Unfinished Spaces - Film Screening and Roundtable Discussion

October 12, 2012

To celebrate Archtober, the month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City, the Cooper Union is hosting a film screening of the documentary “Unfinished Spaces,” which explores the incomplete modernist buildings of Cuba's National Art Schools. n 1961, three young, visionary 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 their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were 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.



A roundtable discussion with Diana Agrest, Pablo Castro, “Unfinished Spaces” co-creators Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias, and moderated by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa will explore the impact of architecture on revolution and the role of revolution in shaping architectural expression.

Friday October 12, 6:30-9:30

The Great Hall, Foundation Building
Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th Street
Free event, open to the public
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Top: Modern Dance Building; Bottom: Plastic Arts Building, Cuba National Arts Schools. Courtesy Ajna Films

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