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The Architects Newspaper: Review> Alternative Practice

by Anne Bird | Dec 07, 2012
Belmont Freeman on the work of emerging Cuban designers on display at Architecture Omi

Skyline Adrift:  Cuban Art and Architecture
Architecture Omi
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY

During times of economic stagnation and underemployment in our field, young architects seek creative outlet in venues alternative to the architectural office, like small-scaled self-built projects, art installations, and paper architecture. In Cuba one might say that this is a chronic condition. Officially, architecture school graduates in Cuba all find, or are assigned, employment in the country’s planned economy, but such work is almost exclusively within government agencies and generally consists of the renovation and maintenance of existing facilities with little room for creative design.

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