Havana Deco (Anglais) Relié – 14 décembre 2007
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But wait, there's more. In fact, there is so much Art Deco in neighborhoods like Vedado, that this is but a sample. And that's just Havana! Take the Autopista in either direction and you will find many Cuban cities have more Art Deco. (Also a smaller amount of beautiful Art Noveau).
Professional quality photos, too. Sharp and highly detailed, with the buildings standing up straight. They sure picked a bland building for the cover though. Why not Edifico Bicardi or the Baro-Lasa house?
Like their nearby neighbors in Miami, the people of Havana eagerly adapted this new architectural language. Art Deco was the architecture of progress from the late 1920's until the early 1950's. One of the pleasures of reading "Havana Deco" is viewing the stark contrast between the numerous decaying Art Deco buildings of Havana and comparing them with their meticiously maintained cousins to the North. Although the building exteriors are in a general state of tropical decline, they nevertheless maintain their elegant Art Deco lines. Having finished this book, one knows that is just a question of time before wealthy Europeans and Cuban Americans purchase and restore these lovely old buildings.
The text in "Havana Deco" was written by two Cuban art historians and is servicable. The large format photos were taken by an Italian architectural photographer and are quite good. All and all, this is a quality book that can be purchased at a reasonable price. Recommended.