Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Maputo - Documenting the Baixa

Maputo - Documenting the Baixa


Down town Maputo, known as the Baixa, is the oldest part of this city in decay. Colonised by the Portuguese  in the early part of the 18th century, the city was at one stage planned to be the new capital of Portugal before the war of Independence. 

This complex layering of history and site was the site of a University of Pretoria research study in July 2010.



The research project had 20 students from the University of Pretoria documenting the historical buildings of the Baixa area using a contemporary technique known as the 'Quick Scan'. This method is a fast tracked survey technique to quickly assess the economical and historic nature of an area to communicate to governmental powers possible solutions to maintaining the historical fabric of heritage areas while planning an economical strategy around it.






The first few days were spent getting to know the area as tourists before the real mapping began.






 




 


The Market


The market was our first experience of the historical nature of Maputo being actively and sustainably used and made viable.



 





The Monument to the Great War, erected as a memorial to the Portuguese that died during World War I.

 


The Maputo Rail Station










The Netherlands Embassy

We were fortunate to get a chance to visit the Dutch Embassy during trip. Here we were joined by a wild haired passenger known as Antoni Faulkers.




 


  








 




 


 


 










Procurando Pancho...

No Architectural trip to Maputo would be complete without a good deal of Pancho Guedes visitiation. 










Smiling Lion













 


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This entry serves more as a photo journal of the architectural elements of the trip, and is soon to be updated with the analytical findings from the group.