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Cuba’s Post-Revolution Architecture Offers a Blueprint for How to Build More With Less

By: 
M. Wesam Al Asali

Around the world, there’s a conjoined crisis of climate change and housing shortages ... Construction and buildings account for more than one-quarter of global greenhose gas emissions. Tile vaulting is a technique that flourished in the eastern Mediterranean after the 10th century. It involves constructing arched ceilings made of multiple layers of lightweight terra cotta tiles....In Cuba, From 1960 to 1965, a range of vault experiments and projects took place across the country... Cuba’s vaulted architecture reflects the relationship between necessity and invention, a process that many people mistakenly think of as automatic. It isn’t. It is a relationship based on perseverance, trial and error and, above all, passion.