This website is a unique data resource on urban change in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It provides a range of detailed research on the peri-urban areas of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, drawing mostly from a recent international, multi-disciplinary research programme (2009-12), which incorporated previous research (1990 and 2000), and as such has a longitudinal aspect.

African Urban Dreams TRAILER from Scottish Documentary Institute on Vimeo.

The research programme ‘Home Space in African Cities’, was funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research, under the management of Prof. Jorgen Eskemose Andersen of the School of Architecture, Copenhagen.

The programme was based on a conception and research design by Prof. Paul Jenkins of the School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University / Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh.

It was implemented in partnership between the above institutions (led by Professors Andersen and Jenkins) and the Centre of African Studies at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE) - represented by Dr. Ana Bénard da Costa - as well as the Centro de Estudos de Desenvolvimento de Habitat (CEDH) in the Faculdade de Arquitectura e Planificação Física (FAPF), Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique - represented by Prof. Julio Carrilho, Prof. Luis Lage and Dr. Carlos Trinidade.

The image below shows a classic ventoinha house from the casy study. Click on the image to open in the Home Space gallery.

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