Oslo architecture triennale: Luanda, Isle of Pleasures

Angola’s booming economy has made Luanda a major destination for international migrants, the majority of whom are ‘returning’ from the former colonial power, Portugal. Most end up living in luxurious condominiums, detached from the vibrant city surrounding their homes and workplaces. The Ilha de Luanda and the Mussulo peninsula are beach-lined peninsulas on the Luandan coast, which offer an escape from ‘expatriate’ confinement. Isle of Pleasures examines the places where the city’s residents go to soothe the stresses of everyday life. Traditionally in Luanda, these were places for people from all walks of life and of all social statuses. However, the ongoing urban regeneration of the city is producing increasing urban and social disparity and segregation. Today, with the relentless regeneration of the city and the proliferation of gated developments and security apparatus, Luanda’s pleasure resorts risk becoming yet another gilded cage for ‘expatriate’ and local elites. The Isle of Pleasures is a global phenomenon in ‘world-class’ cities. These are places where the elites can revel in luxury, often in the midst of, yet completely detached from, the local population and its social, economic and political context.

Responding to the theme ‘on residence’ Isle of Pleasures was an installation in collaboration with Portuguese architect Paulo Moreira and Icelandic academic Petur Walforf, and part of the exhibition After Belonging for the The Oslo Architecture Triennale.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/179112925

Press coverage: http://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/oslo-architecture-triennale-2016-explores-architectures-of-belonging

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