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How New Laws Are Allowing Architecture to Flourish in Cuba

09:30 - 19 September, 2015
How New Laws Are Allowing Architecture to Flourish in Cuba, Conceptual artist Wilfredo Prieto's kitchen. He designed the kitchen himself and had it made by local craftspeople. Image Courtesy of Hannah Berkeley Cohen via Curbed
Conceptual artist Wilfredo Prieto's kitchen. He designed the kitchen himself and had it made by local craftspeople. Image Courtesy of Hannah Berkeley Cohen via Curbed

For decades, Cuba's communist economic system has essentially outlawed all forms of private architectural work. In 2011 though, wide-ranging economic reforms brought a challenge to this status quo. In this article, originally published on Curbed as "In Cuba, Architecture and Design Blossom Under New Laws," Julia Cooke explores how these laws to bring about a more flexible economic system are allowing a different kind of architecture to emerge.

Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village

04:15 - 31 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village, Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer
Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer

For this week's edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the Monocle team take a trip to the near-complete Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, plus take a look at the history of the US Embassy in Havanna. The latest edition of The Urbanist explores etiquette and politeness in the metropolis, examining the unspoken rules of conduct that make our cities tick and delve into the psychology of 'urban etiquette'.

Harrison & Abramovitz's U.S. Embassy Reopens in Havana

16:00 - 20 July, 2015
Harrison & Abramovitz's U.S. Embassy Reopens in Havana, Completed in 1953, the U.S. Embassy in Havana was a defining project of midcentury American modernism
Completed in 1953, the U.S. Embassy in Havana was a defining project of midcentury American modernism

For the first time in over a half-century, the United States reopened its official diplomatic embassy in Havana earlier today, shining an international spotlight on Harrison and Abramovitz's modernist shoreline classic. Historically maligned by many Cubans as an embodiment of American arrogance and imperialism, the building has played a pronounced symbolic role in the escalation - and now the easement - of political animosities between the two countries.

Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89

00:00 - 30 December, 2014
Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89, School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com
School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com

Ricardo Porro, the leading architect behind Cuba’s National Art Schools - one of the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution - has died of heart failure in Paris at the age of 89. After spending nearly a half a century in exile, Porro lived long enough to see his two arts schools reemerged on the world stage as “crown jewels of modern Cuban architecture.” 

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