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Press Coverage in World Architecture News

posted Jul 22, 2009, 4:58 PM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Jul 22, 2009, 5:03 PM ]

The 2009 Havana Harbour Charrette has been covered in the online magazine World Architecture News. (Please note that the picture presented with the article is the individual work of one participant, and not generally representative of the Charrette results.)

CNN: Ease Cuba travel restrictions? Some Americans hope so

posted Feb 26, 2009, 10:19 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Feb 26, 2009, 10:25 AM ]

Read the complete article at:

"Many travelers and travel industry professionals hope the Obama administration will soon loosen Cuba travel rules. During the campaign for the White House, President Obama promised to lift travel restrictions on Cuban Americans trying to visit family."

"In 2007, about 45,200 Americans -- including Cuban Americans -- legally obtained a license or approval from the U.S. government to enter Cuba by air..."

"Along with Cuban Americans, journalists, church volunteers, athletes and students are among the few non-Cuban Americans who can apply for applications to visit Cuba. "Travel isn't banned," explains Richard Champley, a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Travel and Tourism and Industries, "You just have to get permission."

Prof. Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez to Europe in September

posted Aug 11, 2008, 2:51 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Feb 26, 2009, 10:15 AM ]

Prof. Julio Cesar traveled to Europe 11. - 24. September. He presented the results of our last two Charettes in Havanna at the 3rd International C.E.U. Conference - Climate Change and Urban Design in Oslo, Norway, as well as at varoius other venues across Europe.

2008 Havana Harbour Charrette report and website

posted Aug 11, 2008, 2:42 AM by Claus Zapffe

John Pilling has created an excellent report on the 2008 Havana Harbour Charrette:
John Pilling has also created a great website displaying the results of the 2008 Charrette:
Also have a look at his work from last year, the 2007 Havana Harbour Charrette website

Culture will Make the Difference in Cuba as Tourist Destination.

posted May 15, 2008, 1:29 PM by Claus Zapffe

HAVANA, Cuba, May 6 (acn)
"Culture can and should be the distinctive element that our country offers visitors," said Cuban Deputy Minister of Tourism Maria Elena Lopez on Monday evening at a press conference before the opening of the Cuba 2008 International Tourism Fair.
The 28th Tourism Fair opened with a performance by the Cuban National Ballet at the Grand Theater and on Tuesday moves to the El Morro Fortress overlooking the Havana Bay, reported Granma newspaper.
This year's focus is on the integration of culture and tourism. "This is a strategic and decisive combination, positioning Cuba as a tourist destination with abundant possibilities that differentiate it [from other markets]," said Lopez.
The link between culture and tourism was planned as the promotional theme of the fair before recent debates at the Seventh Congress of the National Association of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC) brought the issue to the fore.
During this congress, held in Havana in April, numerous criticisms and dissatisfactions were voiced on the way Cuban culture is being implemented within tourism and agreements were adopted to promote a joint effort among tourism entities, cultural institutions and UNEAC to come up with solutions.
Cuban Deputy Minister of Culture Ruben del Valle was also present at the press conference and spoke about the commitment of artists, writers and musicians with the development of tourism. "In addition to the sun and beaches, we can also show off our solid cultural values," said del Valle.
To support this effort, a new guide to Cuban culture for tour operators and travel agencies will be presented on Tuesday.
Cuban News Agency

2009 events announced

posted May 14, 2008, 10:40 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated May 14, 2008, 8:19 PM ]

The organising parties have decided for three events in 2009:
  • A one week tour of three Cuban cities, Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad:
    22 - 28 March 2009
  • A one week charrette in Old Havana and the neighboring town of Casablanca:
    29 March - 4 April 2009
  • A one week tour of three Cuban cities, Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad:
    5 - 11 April 2009

The project now also features a new website that allows for dynamic editing and uploading. Check out some of the new features: Photo Gallery, Calendar, News Stories, Documents Section

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