Illustrated Lecture - '¡CUBA! Modern Architecture and Preservation'
The Caribbean island of Cuba was a dynamic showcase for some of the most influential modern architecture of the 20th century. The 1959 Cuban revolution halted this trajectory but also prevented the influence of late 20th century development that negatively transformed cities in other parts of the world. As Cuba continues to emerge as a cultural tourism destination, preserving its unique modern heritage is now the focus of many Cuban and international preservationists.
Speaker Rosa Lowinger, principal and senior conservator of Rosa Lowinger and Associates, was born in Cuba, left in 1962 and has been going back to Cuba regularly since 1992, primarily in her role as an art and architecture conservator. She is a noted expert on Cuban Modernism, a dynamic lecturer and author of "Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub," chronicling one of the most important mid-century modernist buildings in the Caribbean.
This lecture is part of the Heritage Conservation Lecture Series sponsored by the National Park Service Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit in collaboration with the UA Heritage Conservation Graduate Certificate Program, College of Architecture + Landscape Architecture.