31. The Thesis

This blog was created to follow the fieldwork of my Ph.D project in Ilha de Mozambique. On the 27th of November 2014 the thesis was defended and accepted unanimously by a jury composed of Antoni Folkers, Ellen Braae and Niels Grønbæk at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK). Jørgen Eskemose Andersen led the proceedings with special guest Júlio Carrilho from Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo. Printed copies of the thesis can now be found in relevant libraries, some copies yet to be sent and received in Northern Mozambique. Here is an online overview presentation on the thesis and below some photographs from the proceedings. (Thank you Sandra Gonon for photographs.) Some of the fieldwork material will be part of an exhibition at KADK starting next week.

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30. Fitness Studio Macuti Town


 As I am finally wrapping up my thesis, I will make a small post of just this image, which was taken on a walk with Jamal to the southern tip of Ilha de Moçambique an early morning in August 2013. I have been looking at spots where young men meet and hang out, and Jamal took me to the fitness studio where he used to train when he was still living in Ilha. You pay 5 meticais a week or 1 met a day and can train as much as you want. The place has a number of dedicated customers, who find working out a good way to spend time while finding regular jobs is very difficult. 


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29. Hotel Chuabo, Quelimane

web_DSC_0664After my epiphany in Beira, where I had to admit my love for 1960s architecture, I heard rumours that there was a hotel in Quelimane which had been perfectly preserved all the way through the civil war without being closed or renovated since the opening in 1966. Thus I decided to spend a night in the hotel in order to see whether this meant entering an other-space pocket of timelessness from carefully carried out total design, like in Beira. Continue reading

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28. À propos the Grande Hotel, Beira


The world outside Mozambique may not be completely aware of the great architectural treasures from the 1960s in Beira, but one building is gaining increasing fame in architectural circles and ‘the development set’ alike, as a very special phenomena: The Grande Hotel. Here are some reflections which have been passing through my mind when following the growing number of publications about the settlement by documentarists of different media and more recently in architectural theory and ways of thinking about cities in ‘the Global South’. Continue reading

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27. CFM Beira


If you secretly harbour only a tiny miniscule fetishist of 1960s architecture, Mozambique will give it so much stimulus that it cannot resist any more and will have to come out of the closet sooner or later. In my case, I have considered myself a moderate case until now. That is – until I entered the train station in Beira on a short visit passing through, one of those special experiences entering a space you knew would be special, but could not quite predict how would be in reality. My architectural heart felt that deep warmth which comes from the sensation of real art, when everything makes sense and the world is whole if only for a moment and you have to write a blog post to celebrate. Continue reading

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26. Eid-ul-fitri

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25. Looking for Huts in Palaces

The macutiblog was in Lisbon this summer, looking for macuti houses. That is – I have been looking for documentation about vernacular and popular housing as part of the detective work searching for the quite recent history of urban development in the southern part of Ilha.  Continue reading

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