Analysis of the Portuguese star-system architects role in the urban transformation of "Modern Luanda" in "African Dubai" since the beginning of the 21st century

Analysis of the Portuguese star-system architects role in the urban transformation of "Modern Luanda" in "African Dubai" since the beginning of the 21st century

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Luanda's modern city of the 1950s and 1960s has been promoted since the beginning of the 21st century as "new Dubai" or "African Dubai", following the symbolic reaffirmation of power in the urban landscape. Today, emblematic architectures compete for the best views, with six and 7-star hotels, luxury flats and offices, priced out of reach; contrast with the modern legacy, outlining the distance between how modern architects have approached urban and housing problems and how today's urban strategies in Luanda are approach.
In Dubai, star architects collaborated on the urban skyline definition with architectures dominated by I-tech technology, luxury and ostentation for the construction of the world's tallest building (828 meters high), the Burj Khalifa (2007) by Adrian Smith ex-collaborator from SOM; or the latest work by Foster and Partners with the Apple Store in the city centre (2017), or Opus building by Zaha Hadid Architects (2019), among so many others.
Luanda has followed the urban, economic and commercial model from the Asian metropolis. Among others, "The luxurious Sky Center changes the face of Luanda," designed by Risco atelier (2013) with a cost of US$135 million. Eduardo Souto Moura or Promontório also designed office towers, housing or equipment for Luanda, integrating the architectural star-system between Portugal and Angola. Projects built, or not, take over the territory, fitting into the skyline and urban life of the city based on promotional videos and three-dimensional images of fantastic architectures.
This paper aims to investigate the preponderance of iconic works in Luanda, proposed by Portuguese architects integrated star-system international. Deepening the projects carried out at the beginning of the XXI century and the urban and social repercussions caused (in the case of built works) or those outlined through the analysis of the projects, combined with local knowledge of Luanda or by interviewing the authors.

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Ines Lima Rodrigues

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2. Starchitecture

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5. Methods and technologies on architectural design and urban planning

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