Conserving Mid-Century Modernism: The Cuban Experience

Docomomo Chicago Lecture Series
May 16, 2016
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm


S.R. Crown Hall, IIT College of Architecture, 3360 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616


Over the past two decades, the Cuban government has focused increased attention on the conservation and restoration of the island's historic architecture. Early restoration initiatives focused primarily on buildings of the Colonial period, but Cuban architects and preservation activists are now becoming increasingly vocal about the need to conserve buildings from the more recent past. Architect Wilfredo Rodriguez Ramos will address the state of conservation of modernist architecture in Cuba today and give some insight into the potential impact of normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States on these efforts.      Wilfredo Rodriguez Ramos is an architect and project director at EPIA ONCE in Camagüey, Cuba.  He is the president and founder of DOCOMOMO Camagüey, Cuba and the executive secretary and founder of the Art Deco Society of Camagüey. He is a member of the Provincial Commission of Monuments and Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Development of Monumental and Environmental Sculpture in Camagüey.