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

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

“When I received this commission, I thought there had not been a good expression of revolution in architecture,” Porro said in a 2011 interview with The Atlantic. “I wanted to create in that school the expression of revolution. What I felt at that moment was an emotional explosion.” Read the full New York Times obituary, here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89" 30 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/583077/ricardo-porro-architect-of-cuba-s-national-art-schools-dies-at-89/> ISSN 0719-8884

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