Africa – Visions of the Colonial Urbanization Office

Exhibition in Belem Cultural Centre

The Belem Cultural Centre offers its South Garage in Lisbon as a new place for exhibitions related to architecture. The garage space, adapted to exhibition room, presents ample without barriers - a major container stripped. The exhibition Africa - Visions of Urbanization Colonial Office, presents floating in spatial extent, through an exhibition project of great clarity and economy. Models, drawings and photographs interact with visitors, inviting them to an update of imaginary built in the former Portuguese Africa in the final period of colonization (1944-1974), by the hand of architects and engineers, more or less indifferent to the ideological inclination of this architecture and these "visions".

The cadence of the projects exposed not respect the boundaries of the current five African countries that share the same colonial past with Portugal - Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola and Mozambique. It is preferable maintaining the original number of processes, reproducing, administrative procedures near the rational economistic spirit and operation of the public office where the projects exhibited were produced. It obeys to the sequence of requests that were giving entry into the services of the New State. The exhibition project is constructed based on a matrix ambiguity between the rate of expression of the system architecture and the aesthetic imagery that reinterprets now placing themselves at the disposal of an increasingly reconciled with contemporary colonial past.




Promoter – Cultural Center of Belem

Curator – Ana Vaz Milheiro

Architecture – Paulo Tormenta Pinto

Collaboration – Rosa Maria Bastos, Joana Moreira

Design – Vivóeusébio

3D Simulations – David Martins, Inês Amaro, Jorge Silva, Márcio Bonifácio, Mariana Brandão, Nuno Roque

Consultants – Miguel Villar / BETAR

Project – 2013

Location – Belem, Lisbon

Photos – FG+SG

Home Page Photo – João Carmo Simões