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Scaffolding and a City in Section: An Introduction to La Habana

By Danielle S. Willkens, 2015 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
December 5, 2016


Hanava-Vieja

It is an understatement to say that it is an interesting time to be in Cuba. As an architectural designer and historian studying the impact of tourism, Havana has been a complex, and at times confounding, classroom. In just the last thirty days, the length of a traditional tourist visa, record numbers of Americans have toured the capital, the first commercial flights from the United States landed in Havana since the two nations restored diplomatic relations after fifty-five years of silence, and the Cuban news stations extensively covered both an election that may impact renewed dialogues and the death of Fidel Castro (Figures 1 and 2).
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