400% City

Strolling through the former "Capital of the New World", the "Las Vegas of the Caribbean", the center of Latin revolution and the current interstitial space, resembles the visit to a panopticon of ideology, dramatically visualizing Havana’s contrasted history.

Today, the place appears to be 4 cities in one: 100% historical, 100% capitalist, 100% communist and 100% contemporary.

The goal of this research is to understand the capital of one of the last communist countries in the world, its historical and current functioning as well as the inhabitants' formal and informal way of living.

The information has been accumulated in collaboration with Ciudad City from Bilbao (Spain), responsible for the technical coordination in the price-winning (Philippe Rotthier European Prize of Architecture) reconstruction that was organized by the Office of the Historian of Havana City. It documents the progress of renovation work on the main squares' buildings, which are contrasted by the collapsing buildings in side roads. It proposes future possibilities for the city to grow and to become a main tourism landmark on a global scale.

The research was presented in the exhibition series EW/NS 03 at the centre for architecture Arc en Reve in Bordeaux, France.


Team: A Foundation (Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude) with CiudadCity and the Office of the Historian of Havana City

Scope: Research

Location: Havana, Cuba

Status: Completed

Year: 2004