London Architecture Series
This series of talks is in partnership with the London Society of Architects and explores the practice of architecture in and around our community and across our nation. Stay tuned for more details.
3 Thursdays: September 22, October 20 and November 24, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Unfinished Spaces (Documentary)
In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream. Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.
Skinner and Skinner Architects
Brad Skinner graduated from the University of Toronto School of Architecture in 1992, and founded Skinner & Skinner Architects Inc. in 1997. Nature inspires his work and principles of proportion, scale, and compositional balance are explored in each of his designs. His clients' site and program provide the framework for design solutions grounded in a contextual and functional design response. Brad’s growing portfolio of public and private buildings continues to achieve recognition for design excellence at the local, regional and national level.
Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island
This award-winning film documents a bold architecture project on remote Fogo Island, Newfoundland that embraces the excitement of living on the edge in relation to nature and contemporary design.