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Spring 2016-2017
ART 466 / ARC 466 / URB 466 / LAS 466 (LA)   No Audit

The Havana Lessons: City, Architecture and Society

Esther Roseli da Costa Azevedo Meyer
Eduardo L. Rodriguez Fernandez

This course will explore how different components of Cuban society and geography (including culture, economics, population, climate) shaped the city of Havana and conditioned its evolution, as shown in the architecture and urbanism produced from Colonial times to present day. Issues such as identity, tradition, modernity, context, integration of the arts, migrations, architectural practice, the impact of political upheavals, heritage preservation, current challenges and opportunities, and the future of the city, will be presented and discussed in order to interpret and reveal the essence of the many "Havanas" that compose the city nowadays.

Sample reading list:
Riobó, Carlos, ed., Cuban Intersections of Literary and Urban Spaces
Rodriguez, Eduardo Luis, The Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925-1965
Hyde, Timothy, Constitutional Modernism
Birkenmaier, Anke and Esther Whitfield, eds., Havana Beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings After 1989
Carpentier, Alejo, The Chase
Segre, Roberto, Mario Coyula and Joseph L. Scarpaci, Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis

Reading/Writing assignments:
80-100 pages a week. Active participation in class. Oral presentations in class, and a final paper due on dean's date.

Requirements/Grading:
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Other information:
For department majors satisfies the Group 3 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40909 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   McCormick Hall   362   Enrolled:14 Limit:12 Closed