Shading in Architecture and its Relation with Natural Cooling: Learning from Maputo, Mozambique

  • Rui Nogueira Simões
  • Pedro Ressano Garcia


Shaded areas around structures is an effective strategy in reducing direct sunlight inside buildings located in countries with hot climates. In regions of hot humid climate, shade has the effect of reducing the air temperature of the surrounding area and enhancing natural cooling. This is increasingly relevant in times of climate change because buildings are requested to lower CO2 emissions. This chapter aims to give an overview of twentieth century architecture in Mozambique and provide information to architects of the twenty first century that intend to continue this tradition and expand bioclimatic solutions that succeed in lowering the consumption of energy. The focus on Pancho is due to the excellence of his work in the panorama of modern architecture, the diversity of his design merging local traditions and new technologies, and the cultural impact of his work in Maputo, Mozambique.


Shading systems Architecture in Mozambique Cooling ventilation Daylighting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Nogueira Simões
    • 1
  • Pedro Ressano Garcia
    • 1
  1. 1.Lusófona UniversityLisbonPortugal

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