'Portico and Patio: Continuity and Change in Cuban Modernist Architecture' was a research project that sought to understand the contextual and ecological approaches taken by a number of Cuban architects in the post-revolutionary period in light of the contemporary environmental crisis and our potential future scarcity of resources.
This was a brief time of great upheaval for the nascent island nation, and one in which the particular (and peculiar) economic and political conditions served to intensify many aspects of the practice of architecture. Ties with the United States and other western nations were severed, and ultimately closer relationships would be forged with Soviet states. These changes impacted trade (crucially affecting the availability of fuel and building materials) and also resulted in new considerations of national identity, of what it meant to be Cuban. Architecture sits at the intersection of these concerns, and so can be seen to have become a visible manifestation of the enormous change taking place within society.
In this lecture, Laura will discuss a number of case study buildings from across the island, and the research process that culminated in an exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in London and the publication of an accompanying catalogue in September 2018.
The lecture will be chaired by Jo Ashbridge, Founder & Director of architecture charity, AzuKo and member of the RIBA Education Development Group.
The event will conclude with an audience Q&A.