Four architecture students recently won the second prize in a Slum Improvement Design Competition during the VII Architectural Forum in Luanda from 3rd to 7th October 2013, organised by the Lusiada University of Angola.
The forum, titled "Slums", aimed at sharing ideas, knowledge and experiences in tackling issues related to inner-city slums. The objective was to make architects understand slums as a multidimensional urban form, so that their interventions will not lead to alienate slums identity but to respect the morphological difference of slums as a factor of urban diversity. Furthermore, to make architects identify architectural and urban models which are essential for the identity of the slums.
The key word system approach, which guided the 24-hour design competition, enhanced student's creativity and amplified the dynamic created by students observations and identification problems on the ground. Students enriched their academic experience and learned that architecture and urbanism could be used as intervention tools in interpreting geo-anthropological slums and ensure a process of sustainable improvement of spaces in the urban landscape of most cities. Eight universities from Angola, Namibia and South Africa took part in the competition.
*Originally published on 15 October 2013