Second Havana Harbour Charrette - March 2008

Apr 9, 2011

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The Cuban and Norwegian chapters of C.E.U. - Council for European Urbanism

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Conclusions and Notes


1.The second Havana Harbour Charrette was successful in achieving a high quality work and incorporating all the many ideas from the 2007 Charrette and the ones discussed along the first days and later refined along the Charrette.

2. The people of Havana and particularly the Casablanca  authorities and representatives were extremely pleased with the proposals.

3. A great sense of fulfillment was prevalent among the participants as well as pride for the job that was developed by the different teams.

4. A feeling of solidarity and comradely shared work prevailed above any individual manifestation showing that team work is far superior to any individual endeavor.

5. The participants were extremely happy about the results and its contribution to the regeneration of the Havana harbor.

6. The participants believe that the principles applied to the regeneration of the Havana harbor can be applied to the rest of the city.

7. The Cuban and Norway CEU chapters were able to work together reaching common ground about the importance of preserving the values of the city of Havana and at the same time creating both economic and urban values for its future and for its citizens.

8. The concept of the compact city with a waterfront boulevard and an increased green buffer allows for dealing with natural disasters like hurricanes and flooding due to climate change in the near future.

9. The concern about the sanitation of the bay and the rivers is to be considered of the highest priority to eliminate the heavy pollution of the area and give way to the redevelopment project of the area.

Source Materials for this Report

1. “A Master Plan for XXI century Havana,” a comprehensive urban project conceived and developed by Prof. Architect .Julio César Pérez Hernández and his team.

© Julio César Pérez Hernández Ave.. 37 No. 6611 S. A. Baños 32500, La Habana, Cuba

  1. 2.CEU Havana Charrette Website

3. CEU website

4.“Sunken Treasure: Presentation of Group S3 Casablanca team for the Havana Harbour Charrette March 2007,” © Adrian Lee January 12, 2008

5. “II Havana Harbour Charrette - Summary report,” Julio César Pérez Hernández, March 29, 2008

6. “Getting there from here: Perspectives for Cuba’s future,” Loren Witzel, May 16, 2008

  1. 7.Casablanca Masterplan Report.” Peter Baird, May 29, 2008

8. 2007 Havana Harbour Charrette Website

9.  Photographs by Peter Baird, Loren Witzel, Claus Zapffe.

10. All designs and illustrations by the Second Havana Harbour Charrette participants.

11. Other photos and text by report editor.


1. “ Introduction” CEU website.

2. Waterfront Development - “A Masterplan for XXI Century Havana”

3. “Declaration of Havana - CEU Havana Harbour Charrette website

4. Text taken directly from “II Havana Harbour Charrette - summary report.”

5.Text edited from “II Havana Harbour Charrette - summary report” and “Getting there from here, Perspectives for Cuba’s Future.”

6.Text edited from “II Havana Harbour Charrette - summary report.”

7. Text edited from “II Havana Harbour Charrette - summary report” and “Casablanca Masterplan Report.”

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10. The willingness to learn, adapt, exchange statements, a proposed ethic and attitude for all people involved in the partnership to deliver the vision for Havana turns the city into a strong client.

11. The Charrette concluded with the strong belief that this area can become a great asset in Havana’s redevelopment, its gateway and one of the great places in the world.

see note 4 about sources for material on this page

Photo courtesy of Peter Baird

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