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COAST TO COAST - Late Portuguese Infrastructural Development in Continental Africa

Research Group





1) the analysis of the infrastructural process from the mapping of 3 specific typologies of colonial Public Works (PW), which will be addressed in the perspective of its archival, documental and cartographic processing, and of its historiographical description;

2) the identification and critical analysis of the state of these infrastructures (reuse, strengthening or decay), after the 1975 independences.

The research is based on the hypothesis that the colonial territorial infrastructure leave resilient marks in the postcolonial built environment, and that this impact should be analyzed in such a way as to support future actions. The Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino owns an essential part of the document collection concerning the colonial PW of the 19th and 20th centuries. The archival processing, cataloguing and description will be a responsibility of the project, making them available to the scientific community.

After the mapping, recurring to specialized cartography, all the documentation will be gathered, and casestudies will be selected, based on specific criteria (strategic relevance, scale, impact in the built environment). Its detailed and historical description follows, in order to create inventory records in the web platform HPIP of FCG and referencing in the GIS, together with the verification of the conservation state and with the surveying of the postindependence interventions.

Period: 2016 - 2019

Funding Institution: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia | PTDC/CPC-HAT/4533/2014

Coordination: Ana Vaz Milheiro (DINÂMIA'CET-IUL)

External Team: Ana Canas; António José Sequeira Afonso de Deus; Elisiário Miranda; João Manuel Santos Vieira; Jorge Figueira; Juliana Rodrigues; Luis Eugénio da Silva Lage; Maria Portugal; Walter Rossa



Updated: 31/01/2018


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