A group of Clemson scientists at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center and faculty at the Clemson University’s College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation made a trip to Havana to discuss a possible partnership between the university and Cuba.
Director of the school’s graduate program in historic preservation Carter Hudgins told South Carolina Radio Network say the decades-long trade embargo against Cuba has forced them to rely on more traditional preservation methods. “At the same time, there’s been technological advances in this country that they have been unable to acquire,” Hudgins said.
Hudgins said a small group went to Cuba this past December to do initial research. During the trip, the key players for Clemson met with Cuban experts, public officials and university faculty. They explored the long-term effects of the U.S. trade embargo on the island’s historic architecture and opportunities to engage Clemson faculty and students in new research initiatives.
“We began to explore the opportunities for partnerships that would be mutually beneficial to both Cuba and to historic preservation here in this country,” he said.
As trade and travel restrictions are continuing to ease between the two nations and as foreign investors are already surging onto the island. Clemson faculty are laying plans to return to Cuba later this year to work with local planners, architects and archaeologists to study and launch a pilot project among sugar mills in the Valle de los Ingenios.