Architecture

Casas Melhoradas Phase 4

Casas Melhoradas is an applied research project on housing for low income groups in the informal settlements of Maputo, Mozambique with a three-fold focus: 1) developing alternative construction methods to improve the quality and decrease the cost of housing; 2) developing housing typologies that utilize space and infrastructure more economically to initiate a more sustainable […]

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Tana Toilet Blocks Phase 1

School toilets provide the only opportunity for accessing adequate sanitation for many children in impoverished urban areas in Madagascar. Consequently, school toilets play a crucial role for the hygiene conditions among children in such urban areas. However, lack of appropriate design solutions and resources for maintenance of the school toilets decrease the usability and ultimately […]

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Maxaquene Txombene

Maxaquene Txombene is a public space project in an informal settlement in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, utilizing recycled plastic as the primary construction material. The project transformed an old defunct drinking water fountain into a shaded recreational space. The structure was built of beams produced of recycled plastic waste and the concrete blocks used […]

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Casas Melhoradas Phase 2

Casas Melhoradas is an applied research project on housing for low income groups in the informal settlements of Maputo, Mozambique with a three-fold focus: 1) developing alternative construction methods to improve the quality and decrease the cost of housing; 2) developing housing typologies that utilize space and infrastructure more economically to initiate a more sustainable […]

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Mafalala Baraza

Mafalala Baraza is a small-scale public space project in the historical informal settlement Mafalala in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. The project seeks to counter problems with street encroachment caused by lack of enforcement of urban regulation in the neighborhood. Situated in a context characterized by corrugated iron sheet houses dating back to the 1930s, […]

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Casas Melhoradas Phase 3

Casas Melhoradas is an applied research project on housing for low income groups in the informal settlements of Maputo, Mozambique with a three-fold focus: 1) developing alternative construction methods to improve the quality and decrease the cost of housing; 2) developing housing typologies that utilize space and infrastructure more economically to initiate a more sustainable […]

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Belhi Community Center

Belhi Community Center was built in 2017 in Southern Nepal. The project is part of an ongoing effort to create income generating sustainable development, particularly for women. The community center features training facilities and workspaces for textile production utilizing locally produced wool. The building was constructed using locally produced compressed earth blocks, impregnated bamboo and […]

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Tana Toilet Blocks Phase 2

School toilets provide the only opportunity for accessing adequate sanitation for many children in impoverished urban areas in Madagascar. Consequently, school toilets play a crucial role for the hygiene conditions among children in such urban areas. However, lack of appropriate design solutions and resources for maintenance of the school toilets decrease the usability and ultimately […]

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Casas Melhoradas Phase 1

Casas Melhoradas is an applied research project on housing for low income groups in the informal settlements of Maputo, Mozambique with a three-fold focus: 1) developing alternative construction methods to improve the quality and decrease the cost of housing; 2) developing housing typologies that utilize space and infrastructure more economically to initiate a more sustainable […]

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Spatial Planning

Maxaquene D Land Rights Project

The Land Rights in Maputo project seeks to support communities of informal settlements in Maputo, Mozambique in formalizing their land ownership through urban planning, urban interventions, capacity building, and advocacy. The project is carried out in collaboration with Architects without Borders – Denmark, the Mozambican NGO Estamos, and the Maputo-based architectural office Bulande Arquitectos. The […]

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Kyangwali Spatial Planning Project

CAMP+ (Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Project) is a multi-stakeholder innovation project managed by CARE. The project seeks to create the world’s most sustainable refugee settlement in Uganda. The project seeks to pilot new solutions for natural resource management, sustainable cooking, plastic waste recycling, sustainable food production and improved spatial planning. The project collaborates with companies […]

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Beira Affordable Housing Project

Beira Affordable Housing Project was developed in 2017 in collaboration with Reall in relation to their pilot project in Beira for their Mozambican affordable housing program. The project proposes a dense settlement structure, with numerous public spaces, active social zones adjacent to the streets, small plot sizes, and houses that share walls and installations with […]

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Research & Dissemination

PhD-Thesis: Out of Control: On Urban Morphology of Informal Settlements in East Africa

Most of the ongoing extensive urbanization in East Africa is informal and occurs beyond the limits of state control and regulatory systems. The urban majority in the region resides in informal settlements characterized by limited urban planning, construction without formal permits, and lack of formal land titles. Issues with substandard housing, overcrowding, insecure tenure as […]

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Paper: A Fine-Grain Multi-Indicator Analysis of the Urban Form of Five Informal Settlements in East Africa

Few studies have investigated the urban morphology of informal settlements at fine-grain level, limiting effective urban planning and policies targeting such areas. This study presents a high-resolution morphological analysis of five informal settlements located in central areas of major cities in East Africa. The analysis is based on indicators of urban form, statistical comparison, and […]

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Paper: A New Hypothesis on Informal Land Supply, Livelihood, and Urban Form in Sub-Saharan African Cities

In sub-Saharan Africa, the urban majorities are financially excluded from the formal housing markets and reside in informal settlements. Limited knowledge on the development of informal settlements compromises the efficacy of urban planning and policies targeting such areas. This study presents an analysis of informal urban land use in four major cities in East Africa, […]

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Book: Informal Horizons

The majority of the ongoing extensive urbanization of East Africa is informal and occurs beyond the limits of state control and regulatory systems. This development is characterized by lack of urban planning, infrastructure provision, and formal rights to the land. Lack of land rights constitutes a major issue within urban development in East Africa, as […]

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Exhibition: Informal Horizons

The majority of the ongoing extensive urbanization of East Africa is informal and occurs beyond the limits of state control and regulatory systems. This development is characterized by lack of urban planning, infrastructure provision, and formal rights to the land. Lack of land rights constitute a major issue within urban development in East Africa, as […]

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Book: Mafalala Futures

Mafalala Futures is an architectural debate project that seeks to discuss the future development of informal settlements in Maputo, Mozambique and the wider African context. The project outlines three possible future urban development scenarios for the same area in Maputo based on different positions in urban planning discourse. Thereby the project discusses spatial qualities and […]

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Exhibition: Mafalala Futures Part 2

Mafalala Futures is an architectural debate project that seeks to discuss the future development of informal settlements in Maputo, Mozambique and the wider African context. The project outlines three possible future urban development scenarios for the same area in Maputo based on different positions in urban planning discourse. Thereby the project discusses spatial qualities and […]

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Exhibition: Mafalala Futures Part 1

Mafalala Futures is an architectural debate project that seeks to discuss the future development of informal settlements in Maputo, Mozambique and the wider African context. The project outlines three possible future urban development scenarios for the same area in Maputo based on different positions in urban planning discourse. Thereby the project discusses spatial qualities and […]

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Film: Born and Raised in the Ghetto

Born and Raised in the Ghetto is a three-part documentary mini-series about urban life in African slums. Each film portrays a slum neighborhood, focusing on urban characteristics, architecture, culture, everyday life as well as some of the problems that are emblematic of African slums. The films follow a young local man in each location who […]

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Book: Casas Melhoradas: Affordable Housing in Mozambique

Casas Melhoradas is an applied research project on housing for low-income groups in the informal settlements of Maputo, Mozambique with a three-fold focus: 1) Improve the quality and reduce the cost of housing through development of alternative construction methods. 2) Initiate sustainable urban development by curtailing urban sprawl and utilizing space and infrastructure more economically […]

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Book: Interpositions: Architectural Interventions in Mafalala

This publication contains the works of 3rd year architecture students attending KADK – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation – Institute of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape. The students produced the presented material while developing their individual bachelor thesis projects, comprising community center designs in the informal settlement Mafalala, […]

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