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LAS ARBOLEDAS, A NEW TOWN IN CUBA


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...The workplace could be anything, a school, a factory, radio station,...

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The workers might be secretaries, teachers, truck drivers, writers, architects, etc....

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This gave us the extraordinary, and for us desirable, situation of having the ultimate occupants of the community present doing the construction, in daily contact with the site, the architects and planners.

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We wanted both the users and the construction workers intimately involved with the creation of the community, its design, its construction and implementation.  We explained to all of them our belief that a community of 20,000 people cannot be fully designed by a few designers.  It will be better done with many minds and many eyes focused on it.

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We also wanted the architects involved with the construction.  As a consequence, we built temporary  offices and located the design team on site.  All the architects participated at some point in the construction, doing hands on work. ...

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This meant that they had a much more intimate understanding of the lines they were drawing on paper.  Over time it transformed the work of the young architects who worked on this project.  It also transformed the relationship between the architects and the construction workers. ...  

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Each became much more influential on the other.

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The architects listened to the suggestions of the construction workers (we had regular meetings with the full construction crew, administrators, architects and planners).

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The construction workers had much more interest in and respect for the suggestions (shown in plans) of the design team.

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 Note the craftsmanship in the brick and block.

 
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