Contemporary Angola: Technology and Identity in 4 Projects


 Lubango Center / PROMONTORIO. Image© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Lubango Center / PROMONTORIO. Image© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Angola, like many African countries, is experiencing a process of rapid urbanization. For the most part, these changes are happening under little to no regulation, filling cities with spaces that lack the infrastructure to provide a basic quality of life for residents. However, in spite of this unregulated development, it’s worth noting the quality of contemporary architecture being produced in the second-largest Portuguese-speaking country, where projects draw inspiration from the strong local identity and blend with modern materials and technology.

In this article, we highlight 4 current projects in Angola. While it is a small sample, not only from the capital city of Luanda, but from smaller cities as well, it showcases the richness of Angola’s local architecture–an art form that deserves worldwide recognition.

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