Social events for the Charrette were a welcome session sponsored by CEU Norway, a cocktail reception by the British Ambassador, and a dinner hosted by the Norwegian Embassy Chargé d’Affairs

Old Havana proposals reinforced ongoing work and ideas.  The power station of Tallapiedra is a potential “New Tate.”  The elevated link from the National Railroad Station to the Atarés fortress could be a park. A relocated Metrobus terminal could calm the Central and Fraternity Parks.  A Woonerf district on Cárdenas Street can extend the Prado in tune with the same concept and specific proposal for extending the Prado along the Capitolio till reaching the Fuente de la India monument coming from the Master Plan for XXI Century Havana, and giving continuity to this.

The Casablanca team met with local representatives of the government, the Catholic Church, the youth and other institutions.  They identified a sustainable development concept to apply locally given the absence of land speculation.  The model should learn and be based on the experience of join ventures that have worked in the country in the past.

Casablanca’s designs weave existing with new and call for the revitalization of the rail lines, creation of sports facilities in the existing ample green areas and development of regulations that take into account the existing landmarks. It includes new parks and squares as a natural gateway and new housing respectful of the existing topographic condition in a way that the buildings fit into the landscape without producing visual disruption, a condition analyzed and thought of during the 2007 Charrette..

The charrette’s organizers and participants concluded that redevelopment of Havana Harbour can create a great asset, Havana’s gateway and one of the great places in the world.

Charrette Organizers

Julio César Pérez

Audun Engh

Claus Zapffe

Website Editor

John Pilling

Charrette Participants

Nick Archer

José Baganha

Peter Baird

Marion Bledsoe

Milvia Céspedes

Alexis de la Cruz

Santiago Delgado

Audun Engh

Joel Estévez

Guillermo Fuentes

Alex Ginard

Héctor Gómez

Adrian Lee

Oriam Morales

Enrique Pedrero

Julio César Pérez Hernandez

John Pilling

Michael Porter

Marién Rios

Terri Sweeney

Juan Carlos Toledo

Maria Uriarte

Loren Witzel

Claus Zapffe

The iconic importance of Havana Harbour and the need for a vision for its future embodying the principles of European Urbanism are the inspirations for CEU’s charrettes in Havana.

Participants from Europe (England, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain), the United States of America, and Cuba conducted The CEU’s Second Havana Harbour Charrette from the 9th to the 15th of March, 2008.  It was conducted according to the schedule submitted by Julio César Pérez and agreed in advance by CEU and CEU Norway .

Second Havana Harbour Charrette

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Conducted from the 9th to the 15th of March, 2008

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Special Thanks

From Casablanca:

Luis Amado, Mayor

Irania Padilla, Deputy Mayor

Barbara Suarez, Head of Housing

Arturo Rague Valdez, Council of Veterans of the Revolution

Sheila Guanche Perez, Youth Club Teacher

Yanira Piusirro, Teacher

Niurka, Youth Club Director

Orestes del Castillo, Office of the Historian of Old Havana and the Heritage, Community & Environment NGO

Omar Felipe Mauri, Head, Havana Chapter of UNEAC

Jan Tore Holvik, Chargé d’Affairs, Norwegian Embassy in Havana

John Dew, British Ambassador to Cuba

Jenny White, Secretary of Science and Culture, British Council in Havana

Lolky Ferrer Professor Architect

Orlando Inclán

Niklas G. Kaste

Atarés has potential as a new residential district, combined with green and cultural issues.  Improving pedestrian relationships and separating traffic by  completing the main road (Primer Anillo del Puerto) can create the waterfront spine from Atarés to Regla as it was stated in the 2007 Charrette.

Regla & Refinery proposals advocated for conserving the existing, small scale and expanding similar street patterns into the refinery area as it was planned during the 2007 Charrette.  An axis from the entrance to Regla Vía Blanca - one of Havanás most important roads - to the harbour that maximizes local topography and natural conditions could allow for ocean views.  Also derived from this, a suggestion was made about the possibility of considering Vía Blanca in the lay out of the subway system that is another main concept of the Masterplan.

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