Article by Life Member published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

A new article by Wesam Al Asali, a Life Member of Clare Hall, has been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH).  

The article, drawn from Wesam's PhD, explores how scarcity of materials in Cuba right after the 1959 Revolution takeover led to architectural solutions using local resources to build at mass scale. By tracing previously unknown vaulted buildings across the island, the article highlights that the celebrated National Art Schools in Havana are part of much larger state-sponsored research on using tile vaults for housing, schools and industrial buildings.

Wesam comments:
'Sixty years later, this exceptional period in Cuban architecture offers a lot to learn about design under the current environmental emergency. The article was developed with my PhD supervisor, Dr Michael Ramage. My PhD fieldwork in Cuba in 2018 was funded by Clare Hall’s Boak Student Support Fund, and it was in coordination with my co-author Dr Dania González Couret from Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana (CUJAE).'

You can read the article at

About the author

Wesam Al Asali is a Life Member of Clare Hall, and currently a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies. He is also Director IWlab and co-founder of CERCAA.

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