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Maputopia

Maputo is close to being an architectural and urban utopia. Maputo as Utopia. MAPUTOPIA celebrates Maputo’s wonderful architectural qualities through a mapping exercise of its past, present and its possible future: another 125 years of architectural pride.

 

Maputo, and in particular the ‘Baixa’, is currently subject to many changes, mostly due to booming economic development which challenge the built heritage of the city. This rapid development provokes a reaction to protect these buildings and urban landscape.

 

Students and tutors of the Architecture Schools of Maputo, Pretoria (South Africa) and Delft (The Netherlands) have jointly researched and redesigned parts of the ‘Baixa de Maputo’. This pioneering international academic exchange was a true success:  The individual projects submitted by the students are of high quality and the level of mutual learning has been tremendous.

 

Dino and Humberto, Maputo born artists, have built numerous models of iconic and typical cityscapes and buildings of Maputo. Their models, carefully collected by the Dutch biologist Bernard Groosjohan, celebrate Maputo’s architecture of the past and the present. 

CategorY

Education, Exhibition

Period

2010 - 2012

AAmatters team

Belinda van Buiten

Antoni Folkers

Rachel Jenkins

Partners
/Collaborators

Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Eduardo Mondlane University – Maputo

Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria

Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft

Royal Embassy of the Kindom of the Netherlands - Maputo

Relevant links

Maputopia blog

Maputopia facebook page

tags

#heritage #past #present #future #urban planning #architecture #art #cityscapes