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An Attempt to Become Modern

Americas Society

May 10, 2018


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In this panel, Professor Iliana Cepero (The New School), independent cultural historian Celeste Olalquiaga, and artist Gustavo Prado will discuss specific incomplete architectural and urbanistic projects in Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba. From the Helicoide in Caracas to the schools in La Habana, the discussion will be focused on interrupted and inconclusive buildings that account for transformations at the political and social level. These examples raise the question of a paradigmatic way of planning in Latin America. As Caetano Veloso says in his song Fora de Orden, “here everything looks like it is still construction and it is already a ruin.”  

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Image: El Helicoide, Caracas. Nelson Garrido, 1990.