Projects for the Public - In a tropical Socialism

Students: Fabian Kiepenheuer, Lukas Wolfensberger
Location: Group work in Havana
Date: June, 2007
Type: Research project, student work, public projects

In comparison to other socialist capitals the urban expansion of Havana under the flag of the revolutionary leadership was relatively small. The main reason is the already mentioned policy of a de-central development of the country. However it seems that more attention and funds were given to the public projects, buildings and complexes than to housing. Some examples, such as the Schools of Art, are highest quality architecture and are listed as national heritage.
The most important contribution of the research will be the timeline of differences in architectural and urbanistic production of public buildings, complexes and public space in the different periods that followed the Cuban Revolution. The main question is to ‘frame’ and describe each of these periods, with their economic and political context, international position of Cuba, urban and social policy and resulting urbanism and architecture.

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