October 8, 2021 - 4:00 pm
Chronicles of a Train Forestalled: The Ongoing Havana Subway Project
Architect and urban planner Secundino Fernández focuses on the ups and downs of the numerous attempts to develop a subway system in Havana. The presenter will discuss stumbling blocks throughout the history of the project, what has been accomplished so far, and the efforts by many of the planners, including himself, to implement plans and bring the project to fruition. The presentation concludes with an appraisal of how far the project has progressed (or not) and what limited success has been achieved to date.
Secundino Fernández (MS, Columbia University) is award-winning architect, interior designer and urban planner. He was Professor of Architectural Design at the schools of Architecture at City College and Pratt Institute for fifteen years. His firm has been responsible for a wide variety of architectural interiors and planning projects from new buildings through expansions and renovations and for the interior design of some thirteen million square feet of space for private, corporate and institutional clients and various governmental agencies. Mr. Fernández has won numerous awards and citations, including the First Prize and contract for the Maryland World War II Memorial in Annapolis, Maryland completed in 1997 and the second prize for the Downtown New London Redevelopment Project a year later. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Fernández was Chief Designer & Planning Coordinator for Gruen Associates with responsibilities of major international projects such as Fountainebleu Park West, Miami, Florida; Beirut II, Lebanon; and Union Centre, a redevelopment of the Canadian National railway yards in Toronto, Canada.
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