Havana’s Urban Agriculture: Productive Land-scapes within a City’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Feb 12, 2014

The goal of this paper is to share Havana’s innovative urban agricultural interventions: food provisioning solutions that have been tested over the last twenty-five years and could be reproduced in other political and climatic zones.

Almost a dozen distinct types of urban farming approaches are visible in Havana, Cuba; these forms are a direct response to the 1989 food crisis and reflect the flexible modes of self-provisioning that followed. These farm types also expose the context, constraints, and cultural norms unique to Havana’s urban environment, revealing changing attitudes towards urbanism in Havana’s capital city. At the same time, this urban agriculture system can be distilled into a readable organizational taxonomy; a kit of parts approach to food production that could well translate to other parts of the world.

keywords: Havana, Cuba, urban agriculture, post-oil, food security

Carey Clouse (UMass Amherst)
Presented at: 
ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference on Architectural Research (Honolulu, HI)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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