Havana (after)life: Touring the entropics
Risteen, Nicholas Moore
Master of Architecture
While Havana's status as the 'Pearl of the Caribbean' dissipated in 1959, Cuba and its capital survived the subsequent 30 years as a relatively prosperous Caribbean nation under communist control. Soviet communism's dissolution in 1989 left Cuba's international and economic support structure in tatters. Extreme rationing returned, imports and exports fell, and life as usual came to a grinding halt. To save its economy and future, Cuba turned back its clock to a former source of international attention: tourism. But what form can tourism take in this remaining communist stronghold? How can Havana embrace a new economic engine without decimating its most enticing features and avoid turning itself into a Caribbean tourist ghetto? As the fragility of Castro's hold on the island becomes ever more apparent, how will the changing power structure of Cuba's government affect relations on the world stage? When greenbacks enter red cities, what happens next?
Architecture; Recreation; Urban planning; Regional planning