Havana: From the Walled City to a Historic Urban Landscape

  • Pablo Fornet
Part of the Creativity, Heritage and the City book series (CHC, volume 2)


Thirty-five years after its inscription on the World Heritage list, Old Havana is at a crossroads once again. The heritage management process that begun in 1993 reinforced the role of the Office of the City Historian as a leading public institution through a comprehensive plan and financing mechanisms that would ensure overall sustainability. Since then, the Historic Centre has benefitted from a boost in the local economy, and hundreds of buildings have been restored with an eye to retaining the resident population, one of the project’s key premises. During the past 5 years, however, some facts and tendencies both at national and local levels are generating an entirely new dynamic. The current scenario poses a challenge and an opportunity for a city that is recognized for its outstanding heritage values along with accumulated urban problems and also for its longtime practices of heritage preservation. At present, there is a pressing need to define a buffer zone for the WHS that allows a new point of view regarding historic urban landscape of Havana Bay and its environs.


Old Havana World Heritage Heritage preservation Tourism Sustainable development Management plan Historic urban landscape Historic Centre Gentrification Buffer zone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Fornet
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  1. 1.Office of the City HistorianHavanaCuba

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