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Spring 2016-2017
HUM 597 / MOD 575 / ARC 597 / LAS 597 / SPA 505   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Humanistic Perspectives on History and Society - Havana: Architecture, Urbanism, and Literature in Transition

Beatriz Colomina
Rubén Gallo

This seminar explores modern architecture and urbanism in Cuba, including the full kaleidoscope of historical, political, and cultural effects before and after the 1959 Revolution. Using the North-South relationship as the basic matrix, individual sessions will explore the spatial dimensions of a wide range of issues ranging from revolution, utopia, cold war, prefabrication, tropical modernism, ruins, preservation, disease, sexuality, violence, resistance, etc. Through a series of case studies - sites, buildings, urban projects - we think of Cuba as a laboratory of modern architecture under the influence of multiple norths and souths.

Sample reading list:
Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Three Trapped Tigers
Eduardo Luis Rodríguez, Havana Guide
Annabel Jane Wharton, Building the Cold War
John A. Loomis, Cuban Forgotten Art Schools, Revolution of Forms
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Death of a Bureaucrat
Che Guevara, The New Man

Requirements/Grading:
Design Project - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Admission will be based on an interview after the first class, if enrollment exceeds 12 students..

Other information:
Course will include a research trip to Havana during Spring Break.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40723 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:15 Limit:12 Closed