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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:21 AM
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by Diana Budds last modified Sep 01, 2011

by Diana Budds Following the revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro stood on the grounds of a country club known to be the stomping grounds of the rich and decreed that in place of its golf course, a school dedicated to the arts be built. In a new documentary called Unfinished Spaces, directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray explore one of the great architectural gestures of the Cuban Revolution: a marked commitment to foster and nurture a generation of creatives and give them an outlet to hone their craft. Yes, the film is interesting from a historical perspective—it's also one of the most engrossing architecture documentaries I've seen both in of the personal stories of the individual architects as well as the structures they designed. Moreover, it shows a bygone interest in a civic investment in the artistic education of a nation, an interest that should be rekindled and not relegated to history books.




 

 

Unfinished Spaces Ballet exterior square

by Diana Budds

Following the revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro stood on the grounds of a country club known to be the stomping grounds of the rich and decreed that in place of its golf course, a school dedicated to the arts be built. In a new documentary called Unfinished Spaces, directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray explore one of the great architectural gestures of the Cuban Revolution: a marked commitment to foster and nurture a generation of creatives and give them an outlet to hone their craft. Yes, the film is interesting from a historical perspective—it's also one of the most engrossing architecture documentaries I've seen both in of the personal stories of the individual architects as well as the structures they designed. Moreover, it shows a bygone interest in a civic investment in the artistic education of a nation, an interest that should be rekindled and not relegated to history books.



 

 

 
 
 

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