Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

A new age of cooperation: Cuba, from Restoration to sustainability

Saturday, October 14
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

REDI is a cooperation and training project based on the MoU between the Italian Ministry for Economic Development and the OHcH, approved by the MINCEX.
The restoration, the interior design and the high efficiency technological systems studied for the building situated in Calle de San Ignacio, La Habana Vieja, are the result of the cooperation of a team of Italian and Cuban professionals coordinated by Assorestauro and Federlegnoarredo by the Italian Side and the OHcH by the Cuban side.

Starting from the construction site, the project is intended to showcase the Italian methodologies on the architectural restoration design, the peculiar materials and technologies developed for Cultural Heritages, involving the local professionals.
The entire building is the fusion of different methodologies and languages: the restoration of the surfaces has been carried out entirely by the Cuban Team of The OHcH while the functional design, the technological, domotico and lighting system together with furniture and hardware has been designed by the Italian team. The whole design has been double checked by the Italian and Cuban partners and it has been submitted to the innovative systems of sustainability protocol by the Green Building Council Italia focused on the on the Architectural Heritage.

All the process has been based on the transfer and sharing of competences through a series of 10 thematic workshops following the whole process of restoration, from the analyses, laser scanner survey techniques, detailed implementation design, structural reinforcement and energy efficiency, developed by theoretic and practical session on the ongoing restoration site. Therefore, the Italian contribution to the project has been focused on new materials, technologies and the improvement of environmental sustainability standards, with the aim of focusing the interest of Cuban professionals on the application of modern approaches, such as: photovoltaic system covering more than the 50% of energy requirements, modulation air-conditioning units creating an indoor controlled microclimate, Led-based lighting system outcoming from an illuminating engineering study.

The building is intended to be the headquarter for a three-year programme of exchange and training mainly focused on the sectors of restoration and Interior design. It will also involve connected exhibitions, events and will offer a wide panorama on the Italian marketplace. Furthermore it is intended to host all the Italian companies which have decided to enter the Cuban market. The concept is based on the idea of creating a ground floor, disclosed by a wide reception area, opened to the public with an exhibition area, a library, an audio-visual library, a kitchen showroom opened for Food events. The upper floor is designed to be a more private space, hosting the conference room, a co-working area open to the Italian professionals and companies, a private meeting room and the central office.

Learning Objectives:

Ailyn Posada Beltrán

Division of Architecture and Engineering. Restaura Enterprise, Historian´s Office of Havana City

Chief Division
Division of Architecture and Engineering. Restaura Enterprise, Historian´s Office of Havana City, Cuba Street Nº316, Habana Vieja
Architect, Instituto Superior Politécnico José A. Echeverría, year of graduation: 2000.
Nov. 2001 – May. 2011 Department of Patrimonial Architecture, Historian´s Office of Havana City, Architect designer for building restorations.
May. 2011 – Dec. 2012 Department of Patrimonial Architecture, Historian´s Office of Havana City, Chief of the Architect’s Department.
Jan. 2013 – Jan. 2015 Department of Patrimonial Architecture, Historian´s Office of Havana City, Chief of the Design Workshop “Habana Colonial”.
Jan. 2015 – Today Restaura Enterprise. Division of Architecture and Engineerings. Chief of Division.


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Alessandro Zanini

Arheologist, President

Since 1999 member of Scientific Comitee of ElEn and since 2004 Conservation technologies division manager
1984 Bachelor in Classic Letters, PhD and Post PhD in Archaeology
Since 1999 Ordinary Member of the “Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria”, Since 2001 Member of AIAR, Since 2006 Revisor Member of the Istituto Italiano di Preistori e Protostoria, Since 2009 advisor of Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, since 2009 advisor of Assorestauro, since 2011 Vicepresident of Assorestauro, since 2013 President of Assorestauro

PUBLICATIONS: 70 publications on archaeologic topics, 11 publications on conservation topics

LECTURES: Since 2002 contract professor of Prehistory and Protohistory at the University of Palermo.


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Jennifer Iredale

Bio – Jennifer Iredale, MSc Historic Preservation, CAHP
Jennifer Iredale has over 35 years’ experience in the field of heritage conservation in Canada and has been instrumental in leading provincial and national heritage initiatives on youth engagement, education, environmental sustainability, and heritage tourism. Previously Director of the Heritage Branch for the Province of BC, she is currently in private practicel with her work focussing on research and writing projects. Jennifer has been recognized through several awards, most recently receiving the BC Museums Association award for’ Outstanding Achievement’.


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