Cuban Modernism: Architecture, Design, and Identity
Victor Deupi and Jean-Francois Lejeune
Berlin: Birkhäuser, 2020
The history of postwar modern Cuban architecture has received special attention in Cuba, Latin America, and increasingly in the United States. This book focuses on the Modernist generation of architects active from 1940-1975, and extols the national and international importance of their architecture and urban works. Seen comprehensively, the projects embody the challenges that the architectural avant-garde faced to combine Cuban identity and traditions with the tenets of international modernism, in a country that was late to embrace modernity, increasingly under American influence, and on the verge of revolutionary changes. Moreover, and for the first time, Cuban Modernism aims at bringing together, not only the urban and architectural oeuvre that the Modernist generation built and imagined on the island, but also the most important works they produced in exile abroad. Thee complete book will bring to light the transnational and transcultural impact of mid-twentieth century Cuban architecture around the world.