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Monday, July 9, 2012
Restoration of Camagüey's Cultural Diversity Center Excelled
Camagüey, Jul 9.- Head of the National Association of Architects and Construction Engineers of Cuba (UNAICC), Antonio Caparó Marichal, unveiled in the Cultural Diversity Center of Camaguey's City Historian's Office (OHCC) the Gold Medal plaque that acnowledges the restoration of this building, located in the portion of the city awarded with UNESCO's World Heritage condition four years ago.
The work done, conducted by M.Sc. and architect Yaxely González Carmenates and M.Sc. engineer Yaíma Conejero Hidalgo, received a prize in the 8th National Architecture Workshop in 2011, held in Guantanamo.
UNAICC National Headquarters' architect Gerardo Ramírez Mojena highlighted that this award, set by the Institute of Architects back in 1940, was given to Workers' Mother and Child Hospital, the Medical Surgery Center and the Tropicana Cabaret, all pinpointed in Havana; Matanzas' Fausto Theater, and, exceptionally Cubanacan's National Art School, also in Cuba's capital city and Camagüey's Cultural Diversity Center, due to the relevant architectural value of these buildings.
On July 7th 2008, the inclusion of Camagüey's Urban City Center in the World Heritage List was passed during the 32nd Meeting of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, held in Quebec, Canada. This site was officially proclaimed on February 2009, during the festivities for the 495th anniversary of the foundation of the former village of Santa Maria del Puerto del Príncipe.
The experts explained that "Camagüey's historic center is a unique and outstanding architectural urban type in Latin America, characterized by its irregular urban layout that forms an unusual system of squares and other small squares, winding streets, alleys and a series of blocks and plots. Religious buildings closely related to the main squares are also important in this urban landscape. Monumental and domestic architecture make up a homogenous fabric in the city where we can find architectural expressions projecting different periods within the village's evolution".
Built in the early 20th century, the Cultural Diversity Center was also praised with the National Restoration Prize granted by the National Cultural Heritage Council, given the comprehensive quality of investment and execution of the work.
Then, the UNAICC awarded this building with the special prize for the restoration of the built heritage, and the Cuban section of the International Committee on Monuments provided it with an accolade for adjusting to the principles of the orgnization.
The program on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the declaration of Camaguey city as World Heritage, included the making of a mural on Republica Street, between San Esteban and Santa Rita, hosted by the Provincal Council of Visual Arts and the OHCC's Fidelio Ponce de León Gallery.
During the national meeting on Professional Development that wrapped up in Camaguey over the weekend, architect and engineer César G. Rodríguez of the UNAICC Headquarters, announced that the National Workshop on Modern Movement will take place in this Cuban province from September 7-9, which will be attended by both expert and novice architects and engineers from all over the country. (With information and pictures taken from Adelante Weekly).
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