Vista Alegre Neighborhood

Original name

Vista Alegre

Geographic Area

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Reference Project

Urban Survey

Site description

Vista Alegre is a neighborhood on the outskirts of Santiago de Cuba. It is a homogeneous area born from an urban project aimed at experimenting with a garden city model. The urban area collects very important episodes of traditional architecture, among which the Bacardì palace stands out. Luxury residential area, before the revolution, Vista Alegre preserves in its buildings important technological solutions that tell an important moment in the history of Cuba.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement N° 821870 ​

Sandro Parrinello, Flora Morcate Labrada

UNIPV, University of Pavia
UNIFI, University of Florence
Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Construction of Santiago de Cuba

Survey Activities

Sandro Parrinello, Stefano Bertocci, Martina Simonatti, Caterina Giovannoni, Barbara Serraglini, Fabio Virdis, Valentina Censini, Angela Sbragi, Martha Mesa Valenciano, Elsi López Arias, Maria Teresa, Muñoz Castillo, Milene Soto Suárez, Lourdes Rizo Aguilera, Flora Morcate Labrada

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Documentation Methodology

The survey experience of the Vista Alegre department has been structured in stages, from the contact with the place to the description of every detail. The project developed as the research path progressed, from data processing to general investigation through each stage of knowledge of the place. The analysis process that was planned for the department began with a preliminary study during which the context analysis was carried out by creating a reference code to link the identified elements through a digital system.
Subsequently, the environmental analysis was carried out during which graphic drawings (environmental sections) were produced that reproduce the readings relating to the place. A definition of homogeneous areas and the relationships between the parties in the definition of the urban image has also been developed.

A direct survey campaign was then carried out from which the 2D drawings of the road fronts and the modeling of the volumes of the buildings were elaborated for the creation of the general 3D model of the department.
A census of the elements present from which graphics cards were made was also developed. Finally, a digital database has been structured, for the creation of the computerized card and for the transfer of information to the database, useful for G.I.S. processing and the creation of thematic maps.


Sandro Parrinello (2013). Esperienze di documentazione e analisi per la tutela della città caraibica. In: Città e Territorio. Conoscenza, tutela e valorizzazione dei paesaggi culturali. vol. 1, p. 226-231, Debatte, ISBN: 9788862971584, Massa Marittima, Novembre 2012.

Sandro Parrinello (2013). Survey experiences in the barrio de Vista Alegre - Santiago de Cuba. In: Documentation for Conservation and Development. New Heritage Strategy for the Future. vol. 1, p. 640-645, Edifir-Edizioni Firenze, ISBN: 9788879706377, Firenze, 11-15 Settembre 2006.

Parrinello S., Morcate Labrada F. (a cura di) (2008). El reparto de Vista Alegre en Santiago de Cuba. p. 1-304, Firenze:Edifir, ISBN: 9788879704021.

Parrinello Sandro (2007). Survey Experiences in the Barrio de Vista Alegre- Santiago the Cuba. In: AA.VV.. Patrimonio cultural vs. patrimonio natural. Un diálogo necesario. vol. 5, ditorial de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, ISBN: 9788483631409, Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), 9-12 Maggio 2007.

Parrinello Sandro (2006). The boundary of memory between imagination and reality: environmental survey and analysis of the barrio “Vistallegre”, in Santiago the Cuba. In: Bini Marco, bertocci Stefano, Mecca Saverio. Documentation for conservation and development. New heritage strategy for the future. vol. 1, Firenze:Firenze University Press, ISBN: 8884534941, 11-15 Settembre 2006.