advisors | Mary-Lou Arscott, Art Lubetz, Dana Cupkova location | Havana, Cuba duration | 1 year
The 1959 Cuban revolution was the original catalyst that resulted in the collectivist attitude that exists all over Cuban society today. The totalitarian government, through their seeming negligence, have made this collective spirit a necessity for the people's lively hood. Without it, access to food, transportation, and basic amenities would be unattainable.
What the government is attempting to do today is institutionalize Cuba, replacing this plural intrapublic with a singular establishment. The process would remove a system which the people have become dependent on.
This thesis poses itself as a seed. A way of designing the landscape of Havana that recognizes change and evolution as an integrative part both physically and experientially, embracing intrapublic as a necessity.
The design of the intrapublic occurs at a variety of scales. It understands the effects of a single person and a collective at house, plaza, and city scales in order to integrate and expand on existing resource, economic, and social networks.
The proposal aims to capture the interest and imagination of its users by defining an engaging and memorable architectural experience. This will in turn encourage users who will further strengthen the intrapublic network, leading to a clearer understanding of the network as a whole. The result will be an empowered Cuban citizen.