the caffè macchiato building

The most recent photos I've been uploading were taken in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. This former Portuguese colony is located in southeastern Africa. The country was plagued by a civil war until 1992, which caused about 1 million victims out of a total population of 15 million. Since then however Mozambique has been able to move forward and it is one of the top 10 countries in terms of GDP growth since 2000. Even so it still ranks low on the human development index and its Gini coefficient has remained too high.

 

The capital city has benefited from the recent growth burst. Many older buildings are being repaired and new ones are under construction in the main avenues of Maputo. Some parts of the city centre display a mellow modernism, which is a blend of international architectural styles with a certain good taste of the tropical bourgeoisie. I was particularly drawn by the buildings designed in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Taken on February 27, 2012