Forces of Architecture in Havana: Islamic, Baroque, Art Deco, Functionalism

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Oct 172014
 
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Arabic/Islamic influences in Old Havana.

The forces of Spanish Colonial, Arabic, ecletic and art deco are strongly apparent in the architecture of Havana. Interestingly though, the architecture did not evolve from the indigenous population, but rather from the culture of invading nations and what they needed to achieve at a particular time in history. The Spanish invaded and later the Americans dominated politics of the right wing dictatorship of Batista and industry in Cuba.  The outsider forces on arrival in Cuba built forts as a line of defense and, later on, residential and civic buildings in the style of the period of time in which they were constructed.  Architecture was adapted to the new Cuban way of life, raw materials and climate. Wealth had masses to do with the shape and form of  architecture that evolved in Havana. Cuba’s strategic position in the Caribbean was also an influence.  Havana at its highpoint became one of the greatest cities in Latin America. Continue reading »