This section includes articles published in magazines and journals, book chapters, and unpublished talks.

¿…Y cómo será La Habana?

  • “¿…Y cómo será La Habana? This is the last essay that Mario Coyula wrote. It was published (in Spanish) in Revista Bimestre Cubana de la Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País #40 Enero-Junio del 2014.


1958: Architecture, Sex and Revolution

  • “1958: Architecture, Sex and Revolution” is a chapter in the book Siglo Pasado edited by Norberto Codina in 2003, Editorial Union (UNEAC). Each author was asked to select a year in the 20th century to write about, and Mario chose 1958.  Here’s the version in Spanish and the English translation.

The Bitter Trinquennium and the Dystopian City: Autopsy of a Utopia


  • Mario Coyula wrote the Introduction and three chapters (Plaza de San Francisco, Capitolio Nacional and Parque Central, and Malecón) of the book Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage by Cathryn Griffith. Published by W. W. Norton, New York & London, 2010, the book is available from Amazon.
  • Mario’s Introduction, describing the history of Havana’s growth as a city, is reproduced here with permission of the publisher, along with the Spanish version.

 Understanding Slums: The Case of Havana, Cuba

  • The Case of Havana, Cuba,” by Mario Coyula and Jill Hamberg; published by University College London on a CD and its website, commissioned by the United Nations Human Settlements Progamme (UN Habitat) as part of The Challenge of the Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2003.
  • Understanding Slums: The Case of Havana, Cuba,” same work republished as a working paper by Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).

Para que sirve un monumento?


  • Cuarenta Años Después” (in Spanish) provides a history and analysis of Cuba’s experience with monuments commemorating historical events or figures.


Thinking Far into the Future, But Not Too Much

  • Thinking Far into the Future, But Not Too Much” Mario prepared this presentation for the October 2010 Alternative Initiatives Cuba Conference in London, which explored the impact of Cuba’s political and economic conditions on its architecture and speculated on the future of Cuban architecture and development. He never made the trip to London or delivered the speech because of health problems.

Havana in its architecture

  • Havana in its Architecture” was written for the Time Out Guide to Havana and the Best of Cuba. London: Penguin  Books, 2001.

The Many Times of Havana / Los Muchos Tiempos de La Habana

  •  “The Many Times of Havana”(English version) was an address presented to a gathering of the Toronto Society of Architects on September 13, 2007. It provides an overview of Havana’s history and its impact on the built environment.
  • Los muchos tiempos de La Habana” (Spanish version) Enfoques, 2ª quincena, junio, 2003. 10 pp, Inter Press Service (IPS), La Habana. Republished in Inter Press Service en Cuba (IPS), July 7, 2014.  The essay was also published en Revista Bimestre Cubana # 20, pp 147-160, Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, La Habana, ene-jun 2004, and in Mapping # 93, pp 52-61, ISSN 1.131-9.100, Madrid, abril 2004.


Havana’s colonial architecture is well-known, but in these two short items in English, Mario gives a brief overview of the city’s more modern architecture. He stresses the importance of preserving this heritage and approaches to achieving that end.

Where Havana Meets the Water: Autopsies and Utopias

  • Where Havana Meets the Water: Autopsies and UtopiasThis text is partially based on a paper presented at the international conference “Waterfronts in Post-industrial Cities” at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA October 7-9, 1999. It was later published under the title “La Habana Junto al Agua” by Arquitexto #30, Santo Domingo, 2000; and as “Havana By the Water” by Aquapolis # 1-2, Venice, 2001. It also draws from “Playa Ante el Espejo: Desafío para el XXI” published in Revolución y Cultura #2, Havana, 2001.

Comer de la Ciudad

Mario at Harvard: articles in ReVista and Harvard gazette

The first three articles were written by Mario and published in ReVista, the magazine of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). The last one, from the Harvard Gazette, is based on an interview with Mario the semester he taught at Harvard.

Maestro de Juventudes Award acceptance speech 

  • In 2013 the Hermanos Saiz Association, the leading youth cultural organization in Cuba, awarded Mario its “Maestro de Juventudes” lifetime achievement award, along with seven other leading Cuban intellectuals and cultural figures. According to an article in Juventud Rebelde, “Mario Coyula se le honra por la coherencia de su quehacer como arquitecto y crítico, y por su permanente compromiso en la defensa de la mejor imagen de nuestras ciudades.” Here is Mario’s short acceptance speech.

Poem: Reconocimientos / Acknowledgements

In this 1996 poem, Mario gives thanks to his family, to Cuba, to Havana and others. 



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