Cuba libre, let us hope

(insightcuba.com)

(insightcuba.com)

Other commentators can and will masticate the president’s new Cuba policy, but let me shed a few tears for the Cuba of yesterday known as the Cuba of today that might not last far into the Cuba of tomorrow. Havana is a city stuck in time. If it is liberated by U.S. policy, entrepreneurs will flood in from around the world to, at best, restore but possibly demolish and rebuild over the city’s fabulous fabric, largely untouched since the 1950s. The city’s architecture is almost as famous as its ’50s-era cars. Havana is an auto museum and a building museum cohabiting the streets of the city.

I am perverse in my love for a dessicated architecture. The photos that follow are not “Havana porn” in the same sense of the vaunted “Detroit porn” that has become popular. But it is something like that, perhaps equally if not even more soaked in tears of regret – regret of course for the crimes of Castro past but also the tragedy, perhaps, of Havana future.

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Paseo del Prado. (quad.lib.umich.edu)

Paseo del Prado 1907. (quad.lib.umich.edu)

Havana 1930. (quad.lib.umich.edu)

Havana 1930. (quad.lib.umich.edu)

 

 

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Cuba libre, let us hope

  1. Karen says:

    I do not know the process, but Cuba should be declared a World Heritage site to be able to renovate and protect the incredible architecture that exists. Of course this would require a lot of capital to accomplish, but I am sure its out there…

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  2. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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