The inheritance of modern architecture and urban landscape in the "cement city": Maputo, Mozambique
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
The inheritance of modern architecture and urban landscape in the “cement city”: Maputo, Mozambique
The social revolution of the initial period of the independence in Mozambique had to confront the status quo assimilated by generations of the “colonized”. Access to the “cement city” (city built to European standards during the colonial period) required the adoption of a new role by the incoming resident in the new social and political conformation, within the same petrified urban structure conceived by the former colonial regime. This metamorphosis took time and assumed its own material expression, which still requires a better understanding. This paper will examine not only the refashioning of public space precipitated by the process of decolonization, but also the cultural complexities of post-colonial negotiations on colonial built heritage. Such endeavours challenge our perception of post-independence struggles as primarily concerned with the decoloniality of the minds and the construction of cultural repertoires conflicting with those of the former colonizer.