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TitleBeira Railway Station: Modern Architecture as an urban catalyst
Author(s)Oliveira, Maria Manuel
KeywordsModern Architecture
Mozambique
Beira Railway Station
Urban catalyst
Issue date2020
Abstract(s)Situated on the Indian Ocean coast, the city of Beira was, throughout the last century, a vital outlet for the inland African British-controlled territories. Inaugurated in 1966, the Beira Central Station was intended as a mark of Portuguese Colonial Africa modernity. After independence in 1975, the building’s significance and importance for the city has persisted until today. In recent decades, however, due to economic decline and natural disasters, both the station and the city have suffered severe deterioration. But the cultural and symbolic significance of the building is also undeniably on the urban scale, and the railway station may become a critical factor in Beira's urban centre regeneration, furthermore performing an important social role. This paper aims to argue the importance of exploring the functional program as well as a participatory process in the rehabilitation methodology, thus reinforcing the potential of an iconic building of the Modern Movement as a catalyst for urban renewal and social cohesion of the city of Beira.
TypeConference paper
DescriptionArtigo aceite para publicação em: 16th International Docomomo Conference, Tokyo 2020 - Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities, 6th to the 15th September 2020
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/65108
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessEmbargoed access (6 Months)
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