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CUBA AND BEYOND SERIES: Report on Greening a Historic Building in Old Havana

November 7 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

REPORT ON GREENING A HISTORIC BUILDING IN OLD HAVANA

PROFESSOR BELMONT FREEMAN, GSAPP

PROFESSOR MICHAEL ADLERSTEIN, GSAPP

COMMENTATORS: THE GSAPP TEAM

US-CUBA COOPERATION ON SUSTAINABLE BUILDING RESTORATION IN OLD HAVANA:

In June 2019 a delegation of two GSAPP faculty members and ten graduate students in architecture, urban planning, and historic preservation spent a week in Havana meeting local professionals, visiting a number of building restoration sites, and participating in a full-day workshop with representatives from the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana and the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Man and Nature, focused on the conversion of a historic building in Old Havana into a new environmental education center. Consistent with the Foundation’s mission, FANJ wishes to make their building renovation a showcase for the best practices of environmental sustainability in historic preservation, and to this end reached out to Columbia for conceptual and technical collaboration. Professors Belmont Freeman and Michael Adlerstein will talk about the FANJ workshop, as well as a broader look at building conservation and new construction in Havana, as the city approaches its 500th Anniversary.                             

Belmont Freeman, FAIA, is founding principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City. Since the founding of his practice in 1986, Mr. Freeman has earned a reputation as an innovative designer, a progressive practitioner and a scholar.  His work is regularly featured in the international design press. Belmont Freeman Architects has built work in North American, Europe and Asia, for a wide variety of public, institutional and private clients. Professor Freeman serves on the board of directors of Storefront for Art & Architecture, of which he was president for ten years. An American of Cuban descent, Belmont Freeman has done extensive research, writing and lecturing on the subject of Cuban architecture, leading multiple tours to Cuba for the Society of Architectural Historians, DOCOMOMO, and other organizations. He holds a BA from Yale College and an M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Michael Adlerstein. In 2007 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Professor Michael Adlerstein as the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN for the Capital Master Plan, the $2 billion renovation of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The major goals of the project were to improve sustainability, enhance security, and to incorporate state of the art technology into the preservation of the iconic historic compound. From advanced planning for staged swing space through construction, and without closing the facility for even a day, the project was completed in 2015, on schedule and within 3% of its original budget. Previously, Mr. Adlerstein served as the Chief Historical Architect for the National Park Service, recognized as the national expert in the field of historic preservation, advising the National Park Service Director and the Secretary of the Interior on historic preservation issues. He participated with the US State Department on international preservation consultancies in Venezuela, Colombia and the Taj Majal in India. During his National Park Service career, Mr. Adlerstein was the Project Director for the restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and managed the planning, design and construction program for the north-east region, including complex partnership projects at Gateway, Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Acadia and Jamestown.  Michael Adlerstein has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Commentators: Members of the GSAPP Technical Group.

Details

Date:
November 7
Time:
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
Phone:
212-854-4643
Website:
ilas.columbia.edu