• Maysel Castillo García
  • Marién Ríos Díaz


evolution, management model, Historic Center, heritage, culture, Historian´s Office


Havana, Cuba's capital city had its beginnings with the construction of the San Cristobal de la Habana village, which was consolidated from a city with a large urban development from architectural SXVI until today.
The urban structure that will characterize the city is given by a system of square with different uses and functions which will develop the core business of the town, giving polycentric character. During its growth this character always prevailed and remains in the current city allowing the decentralization of functions. The presence of outstanding works of domestic architecture, with large central courtyard mansions and hallway with colorful stained glass, were symbols of economic development. Religious architecture, boomed equally important for the construction of buildings part of the skyline as milestones and the social life. The Church as an institution takes force within society itself to develop health functions, including education, thus exerting ideological control - cultural on different social groups.
Today that village, Old Havana has experienced significant economic, cultural and social product integrated management model implemented. The of Historian´s of the city Office (Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad )and its directorates, has rescued an important part of the tangible and intangible heritage sample of Cuban culture in the oldest part of Havana, the historic center.
The work of the Historians of the city office, with offices established directorates to carry out comprehensive management process, with a comprehensive development strategy developed and self-funded, achieving significant economic development to enhance their traditional components. The integrated management model of the old town, sees culture as main linchpin of development, and the human being the heart of the process. It's a livable historic center, where a high density of occupation, a considerable number of families, thus making the man as principal by and for implementing this model of development. Defines whole relationship between elements social and cultural - together with a diverse cultural tourism and commercial activity.
The social work undertaken in Old Havana has been to highlight the launch of educations programs, public health, and the housing sector and promotes the recognition of the wide range of historical, architectural, urban, and others that make the Historical Center of Old Havana and generally a place with exceptional heritage features.



How to Cite

Castillo García, Maysel, and Marién Ríos Díaz. 2013. “THE OLD HAVANA, A FEARLESS PRESENT”. On the W@terfront, no. 25 (March):37-56.