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Inside Havana

Inside Havana

Celebrating the relics of Cuba’s revolutionary glory days, this book explores everything from the kinds of interiors seen in Buena Vista Social Club to top-notch luxury hotels and cultural heritage sites. Via a diverse selection of Havana homes, hotels, gathering places, and more, Inside Havana takes you deep into the heart of the city.

Highlights include:

  • traditional time-worn homes bearing the patina of generations of habitation;
  • modernist houses—including one by Richard Neutra—and artists’ homes;
  • Cuba’s best eclectic 20th century mansions;
  • Partagás cigar factory, one of Havana’s oldest and finest;
  • the baroque building Palacio de los Capitanes Generales;
  • the spectacular and futuristic Mario Girona-designed ice cream haven that is Havana’s most popular hangout;
  • the bars Ernest Hemingway frequented, the hotel where he stayed between 1932 and 1939, and the estate near Havana he purchased in 1940, where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea;
  • Mafia casino hotels

An intimate stare into both antique and contemporary buildings that tell the stories of Cuban society, culture and industry.
Inside Cuba

Inside Cuba

Cuba is the Caribbean's largest island, a place known as much for its revolutionary history as for its ebullient and rich culture. Its landscapes marked by sun-drenched tobacco and sugar cane fields, and its cities ripe with music, dancing, and jubilation. Cuba is a favorite tourist destination for travelers from all corners of the world. This book presents a wide selection of Cuban homes, hotels, gathering places, and more, encompassing everything from traditional time-worn dwellings bearing the patina of generations of habitation to art deco buildings, Modernist houses, a cigar factory, a Havana teenage hangout, a home with a Lalique-designed interior, and a hotel where Hemingway once stayed before he decided to buy a farm on the outskirts of Havana. Ranging in style from working class to top-notch luxury, this colorful collection reveals the spirit of Cuban living for all walks of life.
Teaching Architecture

Teaching Architecture. Viseu International Conference on Education, Portugal

We believe that it is the primary task of architects and urbanists to improve quality of life by creating an enduring legacy of beautiful, functional, equitable and healthy environments. To that end, we must prepare students to engage the complex challenges of the 21st century. We reject the fragmentation of specialised education in architecture and urbanism, and we support a more integrated approach.