Preserving the Magic and Poetry of Havana

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Reception 5:30 p.m., Lecture 6:30 p.m.

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Havana, a Caribbean Metropolis with a European influence, was spared the damage of the global urban renewal and over development of the second half of the 20th century. The city’s harmonious juxtaposition of different architectural styles displays an impressive collection of fine buildings and places from Renaissance fortresses, Moorish style mansions, Baroque palaces and Neoclassical temples. The stories attached to every building are a living proof of the intangible values of Cuba’s culture.

Join us for a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the main hall; the lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom.

Professor Julio Cesar Perez is a practicing Cuban Architect, Urban planner and Urban Designer, Professor and Author of the books Inside Havana (2011) and Inside Cuba (2004), both published by Taschen Editions. Prof. Perez became the one and only Cuban Loeb Fellow in history at the Harvard University Graduate School during 2001-2002 in Advanced Urban and Environmental Studies and he received his degree from the School of Architecture of Havana, Cuba in 1982, where he has was an Adjunct Professor from 1998 to 2006. His work includes the design and building of private homes and public buildings and the master planning of new communities and neighborhoods that have earned him several awards. He is the founding Chair of the Cuban Chapter of the Council for European Urbanism (C.E.U.) and I.N.T.B.A.U. (International Network for Traditional Construction, Architecture and Urbanism), and a member of I.N.T.B.A.U, C.E.U., the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, and of the Union of Architects and Engineers of Cuba. He was selected the 2012-2013 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.

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