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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This beautifully illustrated book documents the history, preservation, and
present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces.
Interpreting the present in light of the past, eleven renowned architects,
historians, scholars, preservationists, and urban planners in Cuba and the
United States provide a rigorous examination of Havana old and new that
provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities. These authoritative
policy makers and thinkers raise issues of how the most important city in
Spanish colonial America developed and changed over several centuries and the
extent to which it is being restored and preserved today. More than 350
illustrations juxtapose historical colored postcard images of Havana with
recent digital color photographs of the same views. The imagery, based on years
of exhaustive research and investigation, draws from Cathryn Griffith’s
collection of more than 600 postcards of Havana from 1900 to 1930, over 3,000
photographs made there during multiple trips since April 2003, and extensive
interviews with experts in Havana and the United States. 350 color
illustrations and 4 maps