Friday March 23, 2018

Architecture & Urbanism

Design on the Island: A Biennial and an Eco-Competition

The continuing thaw in Cuba-US relations has sparked changes on both sides of the Florida Strait—among them, a re-energized focus on design on the island. Here’s a report on the recent Bienal de Diseño La Habana, and a new competition for island designers (open for submissions now).

Urbanism, Preservation, and Planning Ahead in Habana Vieja

As the 14th Conference on the Management and Administration of Historic Centers wrapped up in Havana, Maya Quiroga caught up with Patricia Rodríguez Alomá, director of the Master Plan for the Comprehensive Revitalization of Old Havana.

On Cuba’s New Unacknowledged Architecture

Acclaimed as a curator and art critic, Nelson Herrera Ysla trained in architecture. In a conversation with Maya Quiroga, originally published in Havana Times, Herrera Ysla reflects on contemporary architecture in Cuba, what’s holding it back, and how it can move forward.

Mario Coyula: “You have to build good, visible projects”

Mario Coyula, an essential figure in Cuban thinking on architecture and urbanism, died one year ago today. On this anniversary, Cuban Art News shares one of his final interviews, conducted by journalist Maya Quiroga for a documentary in progress.

Focus on Miramar: The 2015 Havana Charrette

Reporting on this year’s charrette, Professor Julio César Pérez Hernández discusses the proposals for revitalizing the shoreline and river areas of the Miramar district, including business ventures that would blend well with the area’s residential character.
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