Space practices or practical spaces: how urban space is built in Maputo?

Space practices or practical spaces

Contemporary Maputo lives at the rhythm of political, economic and market hazards. From a crisis to another, the city is construct and deconstructs leaving urban and strategic gaps that are filled by pragmatism and necessity. Through the action of State (at the origin), then local authorities (decentralised Executive City Councils and Municipal Councils) or private real estate promoters or populations (informally), urban fabric is built by the chance of circumstances rather then through a global vision. The city is then composed of an ensemble of heterogeneous fragments corresponding to different historical periods. The interpretation of those fragments is consequently unstable as facts and their consequences come rapidly through time and space. A coherent vision can only be brought by a historical urban morphological approach.


Teodoro Cândido VALES, Engineer and PhD in Urbanism/Architecture, is professor at Eduardo Mondlane University and at the High Institute of Science and Technology in Maputo. He conducts his job of teaching and research together with a position of director of Urban Policies at the Ministry of State Administration of Mozambique.


Seminar organized by university training M2 International Cooperation in Urban Planning

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Researchers involved: 

Federica Gatta