Havana Studio: Historic Preservation and Urban Strategy

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Havana Studio

Spring 2020

Taught By: Anthony Tung

Section: A

CRN: 7239

Credits: 3

This studio course will focus on the analysis of threats to Havana's heritage in the wider context of building an urban strategy. Cuba and particularly the metropolitan area of Havana are experiencing rapid change, including economic liberalization, arrival of new technologies, and global flows including tourism. Meanwhile, the cityscape of Havana has come to wide attention among architects, historians, and urban preservationists for several reasons. Firstly, it has been somewhat frozen in time since the Cuban Revolution of 1959 and has not been affected by such common urban practices as cutting highways through existing neighborhoods, or leveling deteriorated communities for the construction of out-of-scale large modern housing blocks. This has generally left intact a rich 400-year old architectural legacy reflecting the wealth accumulated while Havana was the principal embarkation point for the Treasure Fleets of Colonial Spain and later as one of the world's major sources of raw sugar. Nevertheless, the frozen cityscape has come to be an environment of severe physical hardship for the occupants of gravely degenerating structures (at least 500 buildings collapse each year) amid widely failing infrastructure. Such slum-like conditions pock-mark the cityscape. Will a wave of much-needed economic revitalization bring with it the destruction of this singular environment? Or can Havana develop policies that support concurrently its economic growth, social justice, and the conservation of its heritage? Students will learn and apply techniques to assess urban heritage and key elements such as infrastructure, spatial form, and local and neighborhood management. This course will be offered within the Cities and Social Justice concentration of the GPIA and will include visiting specialists on specific aspects of these challenges. The course will include a workshop in Havana in March 2020.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:45pm 11/14/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020