We are honoured and very thankful to receive the Global Human Settlements Award on Planning and Design as part of the Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Awards. We feel happy to have recognized this important effort to tackle contemporary cities’ issues, such as rapid urbanisation and sustainable development planning.
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Structural Plans for Mozambican Towns awarded in the APA ID International Planning Excellence Awards
We are very happy to share that our project Structural Plans for Mozambican Towns won the Advancing Social Equity Award of the American Planning Association International Planning Excellence Awards. Together with the Liberia Municipal Water Project and the Thompson & Grace Medical City Master Plan in Nigeria, our proposal was considered to be innovative and impactful.
Our colleague Filippo presented the project in a webinar together with the 2020 and 2021 winners with projects from Africa and Latin America.
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On the 24th of January 2019, our dear colleague and Premio Berlino 2018 winner Valentina Travaglino shared her story of working with TSPA for the last 4 months. Presented at the Italian Institute of Culture (Istituto Italiano di Cultura Berlino), she shared her experiences and presented a status update of her work within TSPA.
Premio Berlino has been awarded for the second time to young architects for the excellence in their work. The program allows two Italian architects, who excel in the reuse and urban regeneration of urban spaces, to spend 6 months working within an architecture or urban planning office in Berlin. This program is funded by the Italian Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs.
TSPA feels honored that Valentina chose our office to spend 6 months working and collaborating on certain projects, such as the Impulse.Berlin project and the currently developing project of the three cities (Alto Molúcuè, Gurué and Milange) in Mozambique. During her presentation she shared her time approach and findings on what kind of challenges Mozambique faces and will face in the future and the research she has carried out. The presentations at the Italian Institute were free to the public and we were happy to see that the evening was well attended.
Want to follow Valentina Travaglino and her work at TSPA? Premio Berlino has set a final presentation of the six month period in March 2019, which is also accessible to the public. The final presentation of Valentina’s time at TSPA will be held at the Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, so keep an eye on this website for when the actual date has been set!
Defining a structural plan for a city often is the solution to a resilient and sustainable future, especially in the regions that aim to predict the unpredictable. A structural plan is a framework to guide the development of the area by defining its upcoming demands and identifying key features that will influence the future. As well as defining patterns of land use, open space, and infrastructure.
Together with Mozambican firm Vocação Técnica, TSPA elaborated the structural plan for the city of Sussundenga. A process, also known as Plano Estrutura Urbana Sussundenga (PEUS) was initiated by the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER) of Mozambique and that was based on a participatory approach and sustainable local development.
Rapid demographic growth and urbanization together with limited natural resources were fundamental threats for the city and the main challenges to face with.
Our proposal defines the modalities of urban development by expanding and connecting infrastructure, encouraging the consolidation of the existing settlement, and leading future expansions in limited areas.
See the full project description on our project page.