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Paradigm City: Luanda

DESIGN INDABA   in 
September 16, 2014

For architecture agency Beyond Entropy Africa, Luanda is a kind of muse inspiring bold, creative solutions to regional urban problems.

For an architecture group whose work is conceptual rather than built, Beyond Entropy Africa is causing some surprisingly significant ripples. Based in Luanda, Angola, the agency makes bold proposals based on in-depth research into the city’s urban fabric – in particular, its “musseques” (informal settlements) – and argues for a response to urban development that is in keeping with everyday people’s lived realities.

Beyond Entropy Africa was founded by Angolan architect Paula Nascimento and her Italian colleague, Stefano Rabolli Pansera, in 2011. It is the African arm of the larger network of Beyond Entropy, whose interests stretch across the globe to areas of territorial crisis – “from the urban sprawl of the most industrialised parts of the planet to the derelict infrastructures of deserted islands; from the overcrowded urban development of emerging countries to the preserved areas of historical urban centres”.

In the three years since its founding, Beyond Entropy Africa’s intelligent and context-sensitive proposals have caught the attention of the Angolan government and the industry at large.

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