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The inclusion of the neighborhood of Vedado on the World Monuments Fund’s Watch List of endangered places is a timely opportunity to tie the awareness, restoration, and revitalization of this vital part of Havana to the growth of community, creativity, and economic development in Cuba.

Client

Fundacion Amistad

  • Luly Duke
  • Stephen Johnson
Vedado was the first major urban neighborhood in Cuba to be built on a defined urban plan, and is recognized for its beauty and urban grace. Known locally as the “capital of the capital,” Vedado is a cultural, educational, commercial, and government center with a wealth of important destinations for Havana residents as well as numerous buildings of architectural significance. Sadly, much of the neighborhood’s historic fabric continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. In 2016, Vedado was added to the World Monuments Fund’s Watch List of endangered places. This designation offers the opportunity to tie the awareness, restoration, and revitalization of this vital part of Havana to the growth of community, creativity, and economic development in Cuba.Ennead Lab began collaborations with Fundacion Amistad in 2016 to raise awareness of this neighborhood’s rich history and to create a collaborative methodology for envisioning Vedado’s future, bringing Cuban and American professionals, local citizens, entrepreneurs, and cultural interests together.

Ennead Lab leads Vedado Symposium

Ennead Lab’s team traveled to Havana to lead an Ideas Symposium for the Vedado neighborhood.  This meeting brought together a diverse group of Cuban professionals, architects, professors, and creatives with a selection of members from the American Institute of Architects Large Firm Round Table. During the symposium, Ennead Lab shared its initial mapping exercises of the neighborhood, and joined with Stephen Johnson, Vice President of Fundacion Amistad, to lead the room in a candid and constructive conversation about the opportunities and challenges facing Vedado.  This symposium was the first of a series of ongoing dialogues, through which this project will research opportunities, and share ideas that leverage Cuban and international resources to shape a vision and approach to revitalization and restoration that is effective, sustainable, and achievable.