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2009 Havana Harbour Charrette, Havana, Cuba

Wednesday 03 Jun 2009

Strategy for Havana

Council for European Urbanism 
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2009 Havana Harbour Charrette attracts international architectural delegation 

Thirty architects, landscape architects, planners, and designers from around the world recently came together for the third Havana Harbour Charrette.

The charrette was organized by the Cuban and Norwegian Chapters of the Council for European Urbanism, and it was conducted with the support of both Cuban and International organisations and was led by Cuban architect Julio César Pérez Hernández, author of Taschen's "Inside Cuba" as well as "A Master Plan for XXI Century Havana."

The purpose of this, and the previous two charrettes, was to bring together members of both the international and Cuban design community to propose strategies for implementing the concepts of "A Master Plan for XXI Century Havana."

The charrette's focus was the waterfront revitalization portions of the masterplan. The harbour was historically the economic engine of Havana’s economy but like many ports has been hit by its inability to handle large container shipping.

Pérez Hernández commenting on this year's results, said: "Again, as with the master plan, the three international charrettes held in 2007, 2008 and 2009 have provided a long term vision and a comprehensive planning strategy for the area for the first time in history.

“The transformation of the current derelict industrial character of the harbour and its conversion into a modern recreational, commercial and sport harbour, provides the city with a magnificent opportunity to create new economic and urban values, a new image and a safe environment.

Roger Zogolovitch, representing the UK-based Academy of Urbanism that was attending the charrette for the first time said: “The charrette was provocative, exciting and a highly creative intervention with contributors drawn from all over the world.

The next Havana Harbour Charrette is being planned for late March, 2010. For additional information, visit the websites at www.cuba.moderno.no, or www.johnpilling.net/Havana_Harbour_Charrette.

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