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Olivier, Laura LU (2017) In La Havana Nueva - The Collaborative Courtyard AAHM10 20171
Department of Architecture and the Built Environment
Abstract
Purpose:

A stagnant Cuban economy, state owned and operated businesses, as well as a general public desire for change to happen in the country, present themselves as a matter that should be addressed.
The opening up of the private economic sector within a communist regime proves as an interesting topic, and allows for an architectural interpretation to be made.

Assignment:

Given the economic and political situation in Cuba, change seems to be inevitable - even if this will be a slow and gradual process. The question of where and how small businesses will be able to establish themselves therefore needs to be addressed. This degree project tries to answer this question by proposing a new building typology for small businesses that... (More)
Purpose:

A stagnant Cuban economy, state owned and operated businesses, as well as a general public desire for change to happen in the country, present themselves as a matter that should be addressed.
The opening up of the private economic sector within a communist regime proves as an interesting topic, and allows for an architectural interpretation to be made.

Assignment:

Given the economic and political situation in Cuba, change seems to be inevitable - even if this will be a slow and gradual process. The question of where and how small businesses will be able to establish themselves therefore needs to be addressed. This degree project tries to answer this question by proposing a new building typology for small businesses that holds a multi-layered programme.
The building can be seen as a pilot-project for further likewise developments to happen in Cuba and will act as a tool to mitigate the current economic stalemate. In order to pay tribute to its context, certain existing architectural elements will be chosen and re-interpreted in order to fit the new building proposal. These elements include the colonnade, the façade, plazas, patios and balconies.

Method:

A comprehensive background of Cuba is made, outlining both its political and economic history, as well as the present situation.
Interviews with local entrepreneurs are made and already existing business ventures are looked into, that will offer a better understanding of the present business climate. By gaining fundamental knowledge, a clearer outline for a business-orientated building can be formulated.
A site analysis that outlines the existing infrastructure around the building plot is then conducted. The existing architecture is analyzed and documented, important buildings in the vicinity, the site’s context, as well as the main street-network are highlighted and examined. Following the site analysis, investigations into the existing city block and buildings are made, by dissecting the façade into its various architectural elements. The importance of retaining various architectural elements is then decided upon.
Additionally, previous projects of buildings with similar programs will be looked into and will help to understand successful layouts of business-orientated buildings.
All findings will then be drawn together and will ultimately influence and inform the building’s design proposal. (Less)
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author
Olivier, Laura LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
The Collaborative Courtyard
course
AAHM10 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Havana Small Businesses Cuba
publication/series
La Havana Nueva - The Collaborative Courtyard
language
English
id
8912598
date added to LUP
2017-12-11 14:51:01
date last changed
2017-12-11 14:51:01
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  abstract     = {Purpose:

A stagnant Cuban economy, state owned and operated businesses, as well as a general public desire for change to happen in the country, present themselves as a matter that should be addressed.
The opening up of the private economic sector within a communist regime proves as an interesting topic, and allows for an architectural interpretation to be made.

Assignment:

Given the economic and political situation in Cuba, change seems to be inevitable - even if this will be a slow and gradual process. The question of where and how small businesses will be able to establish themselves therefore needs to be addressed. This degree project tries to answer this question by proposing a new building typology for small businesses that holds a multi-layered programme.
The building can be seen as a pilot-project for further likewise developments to happen in Cuba and will act as a tool to mitigate the current economic stalemate. In order to pay tribute to its context, certain existing architectural elements will be chosen and re-interpreted in order to fit the new building proposal. These elements include the colonnade, the façade, plazas, patios and balconies.

Method:

A comprehensive background of Cuba is made, outlining both its political and economic history, as well as the present situation.
Interviews with local entrepreneurs are made and already existing business ventures are looked into, that will offer a better understanding of the present business climate. By gaining fundamental knowledge, a clearer outline for a business-orientated building can be formulated.
A site analysis that outlines the existing infrastructure around the building plot is then conducted. The existing architecture is analyzed and documented, important buildings in the vicinity, the site’s context, as well as the main street-network are highlighted and examined. Following the site analysis, investigations into the existing city block and buildings are made, by dissecting the façade into its various architectural elements. The importance of retaining various architectural elements is then decided upon.
Additionally, previous projects of buildings with similar programs will be looked into and will help to understand successful layouts of business-orientated buildings.
All findings will then be drawn together and will ultimately influence and inform the building’s design proposal.},
  author       = {Olivier, Laura},
  keyword      = {Havana Small Businesses Cuba},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {La Havana Nueva - The Collaborative Courtyard},
  title        = {La Havana Nueva},
  year         = {2017},
}