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Urban Participation & Public Art: A study of Community Projects in Havana, Cuba
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this paper it is argued that participation and public art contribute to sustainable community development. This is a study of four Community Projects in Havana made during a two month stay during summer 2009. The study is based on a number of interviews with people involved in the community projects. By using the Cuban culture and participation as a platform for sustainable community development the Community Projects have created a sense of belongingness and identification in each neighbourhood. This in turn has the ability to join the people together in participatory development work. The Community Projects also function as free space since they are one of the few places where Cubans are allowed to make their own initiatives. This has opened up a discussion between the citizens and the authorities which is important for future urban development. The Community Projects also work with public art in a participatory way that has contributed to place identity and public dialogue in Havana.

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sustainable community development, public art, participation, urban, community project, Havana, Cuban culture, public dialogue.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39945OAI: diva2:322107
2010-06-02, 15:27 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-05-31 Created: 2010-06-03 Last updated: 2011-05-31Bibliographically approved

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