This beautiful website would not exist if not for the extraordinary talents of graphic designer and artist Connie Hwang of Connie Hwang Design and her creative team including Harmony Ho. There was a moral obligation to provide a bilingual, English/Spanish website, and I hope some day soon we can do the same with the book. Sincere gratitude goes to Francisco De la Calle and Teresa Mabel Estrabao for their diligent translation work.
Thanks to Jennifer Thompson, editorial director at Princeton Architectural Press and Clare Jacobson, formerly of PAP, for launching the second edition. Linda Lee, the editor of the edition, could not have been a better partner with whom to work. Most significantly, special thanks to Kevin Lippert, founder and publisher of PAP. Without his initial vision and steadfast support, this book would not have been published and the art schools would most likely still stand in ruin.
Three people Felipe Dulzaides, Alysa Nahmias, and Charles Koppelman contributed new insightful perspectives to this story, and I have learned much from them all.
The following individuals and organizations contributed greatly to the research and realization of Revolution of Forms. Sadly some of them are no longer with us.
Individuals in Cuba: Tania Bruguera, Mario Coyula Cowley, Felipe Dulzaides, Emilio Escobar Loret de Mola, José Alberto Figueroa, Ever Fonseda, Victor Marin, Rosendo Mesías, José Mosquera, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, Maria Cristina Vives Gutiérrez, and the late Sergio Baroni and Fernando Salinas.
Individuals outside Cuba: Humberto Alonso, Norma Barbacci, David Bigelman, Julia Bloomfield, Jean Carey Bond, Alex Brito, Bonnie Burnham, Guido Canella, Marco Cenzati, Tonino Civitelli, Margaret Crawford, Jerrilynn Dodds, Luly Duke, Alan Feigenberg, John Fernández, Ignacio Fernández, Kurt W. Forster, Anita Fountain, Geoffry Fox, Kenneth Frampton, Graziano Gasparini, Paolo Gasparini, Angela Giral, Luz Maria Gottardi, Hazel Hankin, Hansel Hernández, Mark Horton, Richard Ingersoll, Rosa Lowinger, John King, Narciso Menocal, Adolfo Nodal, José Gelabert-Navia, Marisa Oliver, Elena Porro, Eduardo Luis Rodríguez, Raúl Rodríguez, Nicolás Quintana, Carol McMichael Reese, Thomas Ford Reese, Arthur and Cynthia Rosenzweig, Jane Gregory Rubin, Peter Rowe, Roberto Segre, Gilberto Seguí Diviñó, Jorge Silvetti, Bill Stout, Susana Torre, Paul Turner, Lauretta Vinciarelli, and Ricardo Zurita. No longer with us are the late J. Max Bond, Max Borges Jr., Silverio Bosch, Hugo Consuegra, Wanda Garatti, Manuel Granados, and Richard Solomon
Organizations: The Getty Research Institute, The Graham Foundation for the Arts, Interamericas, The Reed Foundation, Center for Cuban Studies, Fundación Amistad, CyArk, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, World Monuments Fund.
“Revolution of Forms was of enormous importance for my work. While many officials attacked my
architecture, Loomis defended it in front of the world. It made many in Cuba discover that
architecture can be poetry. In fact, the freedom of forms of the buildings influenced several
generations of young artists who studied there. Loomis’ book is an affirmation of Cuban culture
and the highest values of the human spirit.”
“Revolution of Forms might indeed be the beginning of an ‘architectural novel,’ a vivid narrative of how architecture can encapsulate and reveal a moment in history. It is a refreshing book to read or examine, for it unfolds, in words an images, the kind of complexities and passions that underlie any significant architectural enterprise.”
Harvard Design Magazine