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Havana Harbor and Waterfront Planning Meetings

The report of the second Havana Harbor waterfront planning meeting held in 2008 is FULL of great photos and diagrams of the Habana Vieja, Atares, Regla and Casablanca areas and the website of Boston architect John Pilling goes into detail about the attendees, discussions and conclusions regarding the waterfront design project of Havana harbor. 

Photos of the Havana waterfront design team

The third Havana Harbour Charette held in March 2009, featured a talk by Havana city historian Eusebio Leal, a tour Havana harbor and waterfront areas along with many working sessions in studios discussing the design and master plan for Havana's waterfront.

Participating Cuban Experts

  • Dr. Professor Architect Orestes del Castillo - ONG Old Havana
  • Professor, Architect and Urban Planner Julio César
  • Pérez Hernández - Member of UNEAC and author of A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana
  • Professor, Architect and Urban Planner Esteban Martínez, Member of UNEAC
  • Architect Juan Carlos Toledo, National Physical Planning Institute
  • Architect Alexis de la Cruz, EPROB

Event Organizers

  • Prof. Julio César Pérez Hernández
  • John H. Pilling
  • Audun Engh
  • M.Arch Claus Zapffe

Supporting Cuban Organizations

  • Office of the Historian of the City of Havana
  • C.E.U. Cuban Chapter - Council for European Urbanism
  • UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba) Design and Environmental design Section
  • UNAICC (National Union of Architects and Engineers of Cuba)
  • Group for Integral Development of the City of Havana
  • National Physical Planning Institute
  • Faculty of Architecture of Havana / CUJAE
  • Fundación El Hombre y la Naturaleza
  • Instituto Nacionald e Geofisica y Astronomia
  • Government of Casablanca
  • International Supporting Organizations
  • C.E.U. Norwegian Chapter - Council for European Urbanism
  • ESUA - European School of Urbanism and Architecture
  • Moderno AS - architecture and design
  • INTBAU Scandinavia - International Network for Building, Architecture and Urbanism
  • Folkeuniversitetet Fjellregionen - Norwegian Association for Adult Learning
  • Stiftelsen Byens Fornyelse - Foundation for Urban Renewal
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy on Cuba

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