Havana Urban Design Charrette
The 2012 International Charrette 19 to 25 February 2012 will build on our work from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. International architects and planners are invited to join Cuban experts and local communities for a one-week charrette 19 – 25 February 2012 to develop proposals for the regeneration and development of the waterfront area of Centro Havana.
The charrette will fit both educational and professional purposes and will give participants an introduction to the history of Havana’s cultural heritage through close contact with its traditions, architecture and urbanism. The charrette seeks the participation of individuals who share a respectful attitude to new interventions in historical contexts, and who value the creation of places humans can live in, work in and enjoy.
Charrette website: http://doityourself.no/intbau/?p=327
The following week, February 26- March 3, 2012, we will arrange a study tour of Havana:
"An introduction to the history of the urbanism and architecture of Havana".
You can register for one of the events, or both.
· Elaborate ideas for the development of the waterfront sectors of the district of Centro Habana.
· Promote an integrated vision between the natural condition and the built environment.
· Promote and highlight the importance of the Malecon for the new image of Havana and for social and cultural integration.
· Evaluate the benefits of the transformation of the district of Centro Habana for the future of Havana in economical and urban terms.
· Improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the district of Centro Haban, preserving its Mediterranean image and getting advantage of its privilege site.
· Propose the increase of urban open space, housing and commerce in the area and its impact at city level.
· Turn the current dilapidated image of the district of Centro Habana into a contemporary and joyful one.
· Reshape the urban landscape of an area currently dilapidated and lacking character by increasing the green areas.
· Reinforce the cultural identity of the district of Centro Habana within the city of Havana.
The charrette is designed for architects, planners, art historians, antiquarians, writers, students and anyone with an interest in the history, traditions and culture of Cuba.