Contemporary Mozambique: 4 Projects that Respond to Present Challenges


Compact Housing in the Informal Settlements of Maputo / Casas Melhoradas. Image © Johan Mottelson

Compact Housing in the Informal Settlements of Maputo / Casas Melhoradas. Image © Johan Mottelson

After centuries of Portuguese colonization and recent conquest of independence, Mozambique has undergone a difficult period with new challenges, such as the combat against poverty, the infrastructure deficit, and uncontrolled urban expansion. On the architecture field, it is possible to notice the impact of these challenges on the evolution of the Mozambican projects. Some examples are: the prediction of the need to expand the building in the future, the adoption of climate control passive measures and the utilization of vernacular constructive techniques adapted to the local context (as a way to minimize energy consumption in the different phases of building construction and its respective costs).

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