This is the LA ALBORADA newsletter, or one edition of it. It goes out five days a week in simple format.

It is oriented to changing US policy on Cuba, ultimately normalizing relations. It’s bi-lingual, depending on the news available on any given day.

The news are from Cuba as well as from any other source around the world, but normally about what is happening in Cuba and between the US and Cuba; sometimes, about Latin America/Caribbean. News in blue, International Briefs in purple. The blurb on HAVANA MODERN appeared in the Arts and Activities section, in green, which is where we mention relevant books. Casas de Cristal aims to point out that the US, or the EU, is not always a role model.

Washington, DC
Cuban American Alliance

23 sep 14


HAVANA MODERN – 20th-Century Architecture and Interiors

By Michael ConnorsForeword by Ricardo Porro

Principal photography by Néstor Martí

Hardcover / 256 pages / 9 3/8” x 10 ¾” / 210 color photographs / $65 U.S.ISBN: 978-0-8478-4346-6 /

Publication date: October 2014

Caribbean design expert and historian Michael Connors takes readers on an unprecedented tour of some of the most architecturally significant private homes and buildings in HAVANA MODERN: 20th-Century Architecture and Interiors. Spanning the early 1900’s to 1965, this lavish volume offers a thoughtful survey of the modern movement in Cuban architecture, covering Art Nouveau and Art Deco through the flowering of high modernism just before the Revolution.

Gorgeous, full-color photographs showcase the best examples from the artsy Vedado neighborhood and seaside streets of Miramar, to Central Havana and the posh Country Club Park area.

In addition to highlighting homes and spaces which are mostly inaccessible to visitors and have never before been photographed, HAVANA MODERN features some of the city’s most iconic places, such as Cuba’s remarkably futuristic National Schools of Art; the landmark art deco Bacardi building; Casa de Alfred von Schulthess by Richard Neutra; the stylish Habana Riviera Hotel and its original 1957 interiors; the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, designed by McKim, Mead & White, on Havana’s seaside drive, the Malecón; and the world-famous Tropicana cabaret nightclub by architect Max Borges.