The inaugural exhibition of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, featured projects by architects Coop Himmelb(l)au, Eric Owen Moss, Morphosis/Thom Mayne, Carme Pinos, Lebbeus Woods, and C.P.P.N. A conference hosted by the MAK Vienna and the MAK Center in the winter of 1994/95 was attended by the participating architects to define the role of architecture in urban renewal for the city of Old Havana. Discussions explored the possibilities and social applications of constructed space as the primary and central purpose of architecture, rather than an architecture that relies on the unlimited and seductive possibilities of new technologies and material abundance. The projects and interventions planned by the architects for Havana’s urban structure were based on the existing city structure, and each design made use of the existing architecture.
Related Events/Publications: The Havana Project: Architecture Again, April 15, 1996. A Discussion at the El Rey Theater featuring Wolf Prix, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna/Los Angeles; Thom Mayne, Morphosis, Los Angeles; Eric Owen Moss, Culver City, CA; Carme Pinós, Barcelona; Lebbeus Woods, New York; and C.P.P.N., Vienna. An exhibition catalogue with transcripts from the discussions and project proposals is available through the MAK Center bookstore.
The Havana Project, Architecture Again Coop Himmelb(l)au and Wolf D. Prix, model
The Havana Project, Architecture Again Eric Owen Moss, computer drawing
The Havana Project, Architecture Again Eric Owen Moss, model