(Self)Organization and urban form: combining different morphological approaches in the study of Maputo

David Leite Viana (2015). ‘(Auto)Organização e Forma Urbana: Combinando Diferentes Abordagens Morfológicas na Análise de Maputo Relatório de Pós-Doutoramento.’  [(Self)Organization And Urban Form: Combining Different Morphological Approaches In The Study Of Maputo, Post-Doctoral Report]

This report describes the definition and application of the methodology designated as Trac(k)ing: tracing by tracking – a kinetic approach, into the analysis of the capital of Mozambique. Maputo reveals diverse types of urban forms – from orthogonal layouts to sell-organized geometrically irregular structures – with complex configurations of streets, plots and intricate buildings aggregations. The research has three main goals: i) to define a new combinatory methodology of morphological approaches, based on qualitative and quantitative methods in order to analyze urban forms set by top-down planning strategies and bottom-up urban processes; ii) to apply the resulting methodology on the study of Maputo, taking into account the (in)formal condition of its urban space; and, finally, iii) to systemize, in critical and interpretative terms, the sort of relations that are set between urban structure, building patterns and urban activities into a new and augmented cartography of Maputo. In order to recognize the coexistence of normative physical planning and empirical urban self-organization processes in cities like Maputo, one ought to understand the individual and the communitarian multiplicity and the specificity of micro-strategies that results in renewed ways of urban space production – so that it will be possible to frame urban processes that will increase into the urban dynamic-form Spaces of Integrated Dynamics (SID) and Axis of Connected Fluxes (ACF).

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Publication Type Post-doctoral report
Publisher University of Porto
Year 2015
Author(s) David Leite Viana
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2 Responses to “(Self)Organization and urban form: combining different morphological approaches in the study of Maputo”

  1. Cristina

    Excellent work! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Novella Chernich

    I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!


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