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

Studio Work

The different teams started to work intensely at the Hotel Conde de Villanueva, in Old Havana in order to present the first ideas the next day. Several people chose to come back to the site for extra appreciation and for taking pictures. A complete set of scale plans and aerial pictures was provided.

Team members

Old Havana Sector Team:

John Pilling, Marion Bledsoe, Terri Sweeney, Loren Witzel, Marién Ríos, Alexis de la Cruz, María Uriarte, and Guillermo Fuentes.

Regla Sector Team:

Alex Ginard, Oriam Morales, Nick Archer, Michael Porter, and Milvia Céspedes

Casablanca Sector Team:

Adrian Lee, José Baganha, Enrique Pedrero, Peter Baird, Juan Carlos Toledo, Joel Estévez, Audun Engh,

Santiago Delgado, and Héctor Gómez.

After the initial presentation, all parties agreed to refine what was done after some recommendations and critiques from the audience. 

Julio César Pérez had specific advice for each team.  He encouraged the Casablanca team to devise compact rebuilding and the creation of a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood centre in Casablanca that may be incorporated into a larger complex building that serve individual neighbourhoods or a group of districts. He asked for a more detailed Master Plan that seeks a Mediterranean low density approach with buildings interspersed within the vegetation, deals organically with topography.  He also insisted in the need for clearing the lower platform to allow views to the sea and to Old Havana.  He requested the creation of a set of guidelines and regulations. He also insisted on the need of identifying self funding for a Pilot plan to prototype and develop a program for development in which a street of model units would be initially built.

In this regard Audun Engh said that a good plan helps make things easier and he called for a Casablanca model for local development while Enrique Pedrero and Adrian Lee said that an outside funding source should be identified for the Pilot Plan center, develop information resources and set a program based on sustainable principles, international collaboration and community development.

Julio César Pérez asked the Old Havana and Atarés team to provide street sections according to the Transect theory and study density very carefully and also called for refining some of the drawings for the Saturday presentation.

For the Regla - Refinery team, Julio César Pérez asked for clarifications in the presentation, including establishing a more defined color coded scheme between the existing and the new. He encouraged the team to think about the implications of keeping the streets in the Brownfields of the refinery area. He also asked them to consider the edge of the cliff and the need to provide a green buffer to reduce noise and gases coming from the high speed artery of Vía Blanca.

Julio César Pérez asked all the teams to consider the relationship among the territories they dealt with, the transition to be established and the visual and physical boundaries.

  Process - Part 2


In Casablanca

While two of the teams worked intensely for the interim presentation, the Casablanca team met with the Mayor, the Head of Planning and other representatives of the community of Casablanca in the morning and also held a public meeting in the afternoon.  Spanish entrepreneur and Social Housing Manager Enrique Pedrero reported back to the whole Charrette the following day on some of the discussion of those meetings.  He emphasized the importance of evaluating current methods and local strategies. He started by acknowledging the high level of Cuban and foreign participants and by making a strong critique of the current Spanish model for social housing and his hope for seeking a new model based on the virgin land of Casablanca that is yet to be developed. He identified a sustainable development concept to apply locally given the absence of land speculation currently. The new model should include economic activities and social services combined with residential and tourist development so that finances come out from the investments in hotels. In this regard he emphasized the need for outside funding. The model should learn and be based on the experience of join ventures that have worked in the country in the past. He insisted on the elaboration of a partial plan done locally that can be submitted to the right authorities for approval. This plan could be approximately for 300 units, sport facilities, a school, a kindergarten and further infrastructure facilities for later urban development.

Interim Presentation

Prof. Arch. Julio César Pérez Hernandez introduced the morning presentation of the preliminary ideas and results by the teams at the venue of the Charrette.

The work was discussed by the audience and enriched by the critics, comments and suggestions, so the first public presentation took place in an orderly manner and several criteria about the work were exchanged along the morning. The presentations were conducted in both languages English and Spanish.

Final Presentation

The final presentation took place after hanging on the walls all drawings and documents that were produced showing a big increase not only in the amount of work but above all in the refinement and quality of it compared to the previous presentation and even to last year’s Charrette.

The presentation started with an introduction of the participants to the attendees from Casablanca and a summary of the whole process and then each team’s presentations followed.

Process - Part 1process.html
Design Studies & Recommendationsrecommendations-1.html
Conclusions & Notesconclusions.html
Study AreasAreas.html
Conclusions & Notesconclusions.html
Next Pagerecommendations-1.html
Background & PurposeBackground.html
Planning GoalsGoals.html
Design Studies & Recommendationsrecommendations-1.html

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Photo by Claus Zapffe

Photo by Claus Zapffe

Photo by Claus Zapffe

Photo by Claus Zapffe