— Experience a beautiful collection of large-scale Caribbean town plans, developed while Rafael Fornes taught at the University of Miami School of Architecture.
The compositional layouts draw from historic sources, including the Vatican Museum’s Gallery of Maps, pre-WWII American town plans and Giambatista Nolli’s legendary 18th century plan of Rome. Local and ecological references are also highlighted on the maps, as elements of folklore and geography are woven into the compositions, providing a more complete and colorful understanding of the cultural identity of each town or city.

FEBRUARY 16 – 27, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
University of Miami School of Architecture
Korach Gallery, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center

Rafael Fornés is a Cuban-American architect and artist with architecture degrees from the Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echevarría in Havana, Cuba, and Budapesti Müszaki Egyetem in Hungary.
He practiced at Dirección Provincial de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales, both in Havana; the Budapest Föváros Városépítési Tervezö Budapest, in Hungary, and, more recently, at Duany & Plater-Zyberk & Co., in Miami.

Fornés taught courses at the University of Miami School of Architecture, including Studies of Havana, Rome program graduate courses, and Open City Studio in Russia, in collaboration with the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. He was honored with the UM SoA Faculty Award for part-time faculty in 2006, before becoming a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame.


Fotos: © Mildred Perez.


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