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Constitutional ModernismArchitecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959$
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Timothy Hyde

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678105

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678105.001.0001

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The Prospect of cubanidad

The Prospect of cubanidad

Figural Forms and the Palacio de las Palmas

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Constitutional Modernism

Timothy Hyde

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the design for the Palacio de las Palmas (Palace of the Palms). This new presidential palace was to accommodate all of the components of the executive branch, including the offices of the presidential ministry, facilities for the press, formal reception halls, and the private residence of the president and his family. The compulsion to construct a representation of cubanidad produced a representational crisis in both the political and aesthetic registers of the project. The architecture not only symbolizes nationhood and citizenship but contributes to the production of civic behavior.

Keywords:   Palacio de las Palmas, presidential palace, executive branch, nationhood, citizenship, civic behavior, civic society

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