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Fall 2018-2019
* ART 387 / LAS 387 / ARC 387 (LA)   No Audit


Esther Roseli da Costa Azevedo Meyer

This seminar will focus on the modern architecture and urbanism in Havana, including the old colonial city, Art Deco, the International Style, the footprint of the American presence (from the mob to the sugar mills), buildings from the Cuban Revolution and the Soviet period. How can Cuba's world-class heritage survive the pressures being brought by the continued violence of the embargo, the rising flood damage due to climate change, and the social impacts of gentrification? Given the absence of large-scale industry, what are the social and environmental costs of the tourism industry which constitutes the main livelihood of the island?

Sample reading list:
Leonardo Padura, Havana Fever
Roberto Segre, Mario Coyula and Joseph L. Scarpaci, Havana, Two faces of the Antillean Metropolis
The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts
Alejo Carpentier, The Chase

Reading/Writing assignments:
Active participation in class, short oral presentations, and a final 15-20 page paper. The use of laptop computers is not allowed in class.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23296 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:11 Limit:12