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Havana Metropolis: Challenges and Opportunities

October 11, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Room 9204/05
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Spanish with English translation.

After 60 years of policies focused on developing the country, Havana has accumulated economic, social, environmental, and governance problems. The crises and shocks since the 90s (“the special period”) produced different effects in the capital’s built-environment and society pressing for urgent attention. The list of diverse issues is large — growing social and geographic inequality; demographic stagnation; dynamics related to the growing private sector and the real estate market; tourism; remittances; the recovery of the bay; strained transportation and access to the internet — demand analysis, debate and formulation of new approaches to urban policies for a city nearing its 500th anniversary. The new debates present great challenges but also major opportunities for reimagining and reinventing the Havana metropolis.


Carlos García Pleyán has worked for 30 years as a staff member and researcher in the field of urban planning and land management at Cuba’s in the national office of the Institute of Physical Planning (IPF) and the National Institute of Economic Research (INIE), as well as in various Cuban NGOs (MEPLA and Habitat-Cuba). He was an associate researcher at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (Switzerland). García Pleyáan has published numerous articles in books and magazines and given lectures on regional, urban and community development in universities in Cuba, Europe and Latin America. From 2002 to 2011 he coordinated the local development  program of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Cuba (COSUDE). He has been a professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), as well as the José Antonio Echeverría Technological University of Havana. He is currently a consultant to COSUDE and the Master Plan department of the Office of the City Historian of Havana.


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