A House in Luanda: Patio and Pavilion / Weaving Architecture

Project Year: 2010

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Inhabiting, the first mark that man made in the world. His very first way of existing. From the uterus to the house, this intrinsically feminine universe that represents the act of inhabiting is a place and inside it all of the forms of being in the world merge together, being father or a son, being before or after. The home in Luanda is a polarizer of the family world in its widest sense. The fundamental relationships of socialization begin and end inside it. Birth, growing up and even death symbolically take place in the home and the understanding of this is tied to the ability to interpret the person from Luanda, the Angolan and even the African. The home today still preserves those ancestral places, which are not limited to walls and roofs. This entity which is so conventional and which is a place of things, emerges from man rather than space. It is something created for "us". For this reason, and so many others, it is fundamental to "us" to be collective, and nothing is more "us" than a piece of the sky..."
Architect Angela Branco Lima Mingas

Geometrical thinking has been active, often interwoven with artistic, artisanal, architectonic, ceremonial, educational, esthetic, musical, religious, social, and symbolic consideration and practices. Development of geometrical thinking starts early in African history. In general, early humans learned to geometrize in the context of their labor activities. The hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa learned to track animals, learned to recognize and interpret spoors. The shape of a spoor makes it possible to evaluate what animal passed by, how long ago, if it was hungry or not, etc. Geometrical shapes intertwine in a [SYSTEM](pattern): creating a complexity through the simplicity of its elements.
+ADD / LED #3 A House in Luanda: Patio and Pavilion / System of 3 / Submittal for Triennal of Lisboa 2010       info