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MCMH in Mozambique

17jun 18h30 [roundtable]

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[chair] Ana Silva Fernandes | DINÂMIA'CET-Iscte; FAUP

Ana Silva Fernandes. Architect and researcher, with postgraduate studies on architectural heritage, and a PhD on policies for improvement of self-produced areas, focusing on African territories. She has been undertaking applied research on urban policies, spatial justice, informality, self-produced settlements, participation and heritage. She is nowadays a postdoctoral researcher on the socio-spatial impacts of the infrastructural network in Mozambique, and on participatory policies for overcoming social asymmetries in its access, in a research hosted by ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon, PT) and FAPF-UEM (Maputo, MZ). She is also an Invited Lecturer at FAUP (Porto, PT), having multiple publications, supervisions and conference participations.

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Alicia Lazzarini | London School of Economics

Some Reflections on Middle Class and Enclave Housing in Mozambique

Alicia Hayashi Lazzarini is a geographical political economist and LSE Fellow in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota, holding Fellowships with the Fulbright Foundation (Mozambique, 2013-2014) and University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study (2016). Dr. Lazzarini’s interdisciplinary research engages geographical and feminist political economy, postcolonial African studies, and critical development, race, and feminist studies, with particular interest in Portuguese speaking Africa. Her in-progress book manuscript, Anxious Capital: Reinvestment and the Production of Postcolonial Place, explores how past layers of agro-industrial investment, racialized, migrant, and gendered land-labor regimes, and uneven rural-urban transformations shape contemporary Southern Africa. Her newest research examines contemporary urban investments; in particular, how East Asian capital flows produce novel – and newly unequal – spatial forms and practices. Before joining LSE, Dr. Lazzarini was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Geography at Bucknell University.  She has published in the Journal of Southern African Studies and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers.  


Jéssica Lage | Universidade Eduardo Mondlane; FAUP

Urban margins, the fusion of two realities: 'Casa Minha, Nosso Bairro' project in Maputo

Jéssica Canotilho Lage is an architect and physical planner, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning at the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. She has a post-graduate degree in Housing Space and Forms of Dwelling, from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, where she is currently doing her PhD in Architecture with the thesis The Formalities of the "Informal": from self-production to self-construction in the peri-urban neighborhoods of Maputo. In recent years, in association with the Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning of the UEM, she has participated in several international seminars and conferences, as well as published chapters and scientific articles in journals and publishers of the specialty, mainly on the themes of community technical assistance and basic habitability in self-produced neighborhoods of Maputo.


Nikolai Brandes | The National Museum of Denmark

Socialist Middle Class Mass Housing Schemes? The Work of the Eastern German Bauakademie in Maputo, 1981-1985

Nikolai Brandes is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Museum of Denmark where is a member of the Middle Class Urbanism research project. Before joining the National Museum, he was a researcher at Technische Universität Braunschweig. Nikolai Brandes studied Political Sciences in Berlin and Coimbra and holds a PhD in Art History from Freie Universität Berlin. His current research interests include late socialist urban planning in Mozambique, the history of the German Democratic Republic’s Bauakademie, and the history of schools of architecture in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Patricia Noormahomed | Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Universidade Wutivi

Middle-class mass housing in late colonial Mozambique: the Matola experience

Patricia Raul Noormahomed is a PhD candidate in Architectural Heritage at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and a lecturer at Universidade Wutivi (UniTiva). Her research focuses on Modern Housing in late colonial Mozambique. She is an Architect and holds a Master's degree in Rehabilitation, Restoration and Integral Management of Built Heritage and Existing Buildings. She has been Visiting Researcher at Habiter, Research Centre of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta (Université Libre de Bruxelles), and at the Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane). She was also a member of the project “Coast to Coast – Late Portuguese Infrastructural Development in Continental Africa”.

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Anna Mazzolini | Politecnico di Milano

New aesthetics of entitlement in Maputo, Mozambique

Anna Mazzolini (PhD in Planning and Public Policies) is an architect, urban planner and policy expert for countries in transition holding a multidisciplinary profile merging research and practice, with more than ten years of fieldwork in Mozambique. She worked as a consultant for national housing and planning policies and on slum upgrading, water and sanitation, participatory planning and land management in various cities of Mozambique with UN-HABITAT, supporting both the Municipalities and the Central Government. Her special focus is on land issues, peripheral areas, and urbanization trends. She held a post-doc position in Denmark, having deepened urban anthropology themes regarding the middle class in Africa. She has also worked as a post-disaster and reconstruction advisor for the IOM. She is part of international and interdisciplinary research networks and she is senior scientific advisor for the Mobility Observatory in Mozambique.  She is currently employed at the Politecnico di Milano at the Department of Urban Studies.

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