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Ideas for the Future of Havana

Paul Whalen with Michael Jones, Johnny Cruz, & David Rinehart

Last November colleagues and I traveled to Cuba to participate in a day-long design charrette organized by Julio César Pérez of INTBAU Cuba—INTBAU being the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism—and Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz of San Juan, Puerto Rico-based Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón. Given the increased uncertainly about Americans' ability to contribute to the future of Cuba, I feel privileged to have gotten a taste of Havana in just a few days of whirlwind touring and nights spent dipping into local culture. I hope the ideas we came up with there, and then developed further after our return to New York, might attract some interest and perhaps even have some influence as Havana looks to

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Two Architects, One Island

Sargent C. Gardiner

Since the late nineteenth century, architects and designers of national prominence have been designing houses, landscapes, and other structures on Mount Desert Island, attracted by the strikingly beautiful landscape, whose character heavily influenced the work they produced. Two of the most notable of these architects were William Ralph Emerson (1833 – 1917) and Bruce Price (1845 – 1903), who designed a range of forward-looking residential projects that responded to the specific topography and natural context of Mount Desert Island. Although very different, both architects produced designs in what is now known as the Shingle Style, bringing a synthesis of nineteenth century American domestic architectural style

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