• Critical Neighborhoods: The Architecture of Contested Communities
    Paulo Moreira
    Matthew Barac, Julia King, Elisa Silva, AbdouMaliq Simone, and Ines Weizman
    Park Books, 2022
    Paulo Moreira

Chicala 3D. Courtesy Paulo Moreira. Photo: Prompt Collective

At a time when architectural and urban studies are moving towards seeking to accept and understand informal neighborhoods rather than ignoring or eradicating them, the need for experiments on the ground is becoming increasingly urgent. In recent years, a growing number of architects and spatial practitioners have begun to act on their commitment to the idea that these settlements are here to stay and require selective intervention in order to achieve better living conditions. This publication contributes to the development of new approaches to the subject of informal neighborhoods in the architectural field. It analyses feasible and effective practical actions located in three different continents (Africa, America, and Asia), drawing upon empiric work to contextualize concrete neighborhoods: Chicala (Luanda, Angola), T Camp (Delhi, India), and La Palomera (Caracas, Venezuela). The book is complemented by theoretical contributions acknowledging the deeply intertwined nature of spatial practice, cultural identity and social engagement.

Paulo Moreira is a Porto-based architect and researcher. He gratuated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto (Portugal), having studied also at the Accademia di architettura (Mendrisio, Switzerland). He received his doctorate from London Metropolitan University. Moreira is the co-coordinator of The Chicala Observatory (Agostinho Neto University, Angola) and a post-doctoral fellow in the research project Africa Habitat, coordinated by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, funded by FCT and AKDN. Moreira authored chapters in academic journals and edited independent publications on informal neighborhoods. He participated in La Biennale di Venezia (2014, 2016, 2021), Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2007, 2013), Oslo Architecture Triennale (2016, 2019). He was awarded several grants and prizes, including: Prize for Social Entrepreneurship (London Met, 2009) and Noel Hill Travel Award (American Institute of Architects - UK Chapter, 2009). He was a finalist in the RIBA President’s Award for Research 2019, Cities & Community category.