Category: architectural

Xico sculptures in Plaza de San Francisco

These days when Habaneros are celebrating the 496th birthday of their city (November 16), sixteen singular sculptures arrived at the San Francisco de Asís Square. They have been inspired by a charismatic dog known as Xoloitzcuintle in Mexico, and it…

Cuba´s Forgotten Art Schools: (Revolution of Forms)

FOUNDING THE SCHOOLS “. . . revolutions have their utopian period, in which their protagonists, committed to the noble duty of transforming their dreams into reality and putting into practice their ideals, believe that the historical goals are much closer…

The Splendor of Cuba

Extract from the book: Republican Era and Modernization The turn of the twentieth century and Cuba’s new independence spawned a push for modernity in domestic architecture, and Europe and especially North America were influential to the world-class Cuban school of…

Havana´s Renaissance

The restoration of Old Havana is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most innovative and exciting projects of urban renaissance. It is all more the remarkable for the context in which it is taking place: Cuba’s ongoing struggle to…

Besieged by Color in Havana

Havana’s colorful architecture is a product of its historical development. Havana of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was a highly colored urban space. Chronicles written by Dutch, English, French and Spanish visitors provide an image of Havana as a city…

Great Houses of Havana (2011)

In his own words: Hermes Mallea The making of Great Houses of Havana was a hugely rewarding experiences that allowed me to draw on my professional experience and my Cuban roots to connect to the island, generating great pride in…

The Republican Era and Modernization

The turn of the twentieth century and Cuba’s new independence spawned a push for modernity in domestic architecture, and Europe and especially North America were influential to the world-class Cuban school of architecture. Within the first decade of the twentieth…

Art Deco in Havana

ART NOUVEAU IN HAVANA Coexisting with the recent neoclassical heritage and with eclecticism, and frequently exhibiting a combination of elements from these trends, approximately from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1920s, a number of buildings, which joined…

The many faces of an extraordinary city: La Habana

One of the great attractions of Havana is that there is not only one, but many Havanas. The most well-known and less run-down is colonial Havana, the city of five plazas—Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza Vieja, Plaza…

Cuba´s Forgotten Art Schools: (Revolution of Forms)

FOUNDING THE SCHOOLS “. . . revolutions have their utopian period, in which their protagonists, committed to the noble duty of transforming their dreams into reality and putting into practice their ideals, believe that the historical goals are much closer…

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