Constructing the Urban Spaces of Civil Society
This chapter focuses on the functional problem of urban spaces of civil society. Cuba’s capital city required streets, sewers, parks, and buildings commensurate with its progress from anachronistic colony to independent nation. The French Society of Urbanists campaigned for modern urban legislation, administrative standards, traffic systems, and sanitary infrastructure, which are essential elements of the science of urbanism from which the artistry of the urbanist would construe a coherent whole, the plan of the city. Martínez Inclán, the first Professor of the Architecture of Cities, Parks, and Gardens at the University of Havana, proposed a plan showing a network of radial streets superimposed upon the topography of the city. Its central hub was positioned in the area of underdeveloped land southeast of Verdado and equidistant between the old city center and the neighborhoods developing along the coast.
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