2021 International Conference: 27th World Congress of Architects

Hybrid architecture. Ontologies of the land within Comércio, port of Salvador de Bahia

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Author(s): Cecile Martin

In Brazil, Europeans appropriated the land as an imperialist right. The North-Eastern state of Bahia is the place for multiple alternative relations to this land implemented by the descendants of the nearing 1.5 million slaves who disembarked in the port of Salvador, the state capital: MSTB (homeless movement for land rights), Quilombolas (escaped slaves communities), and in Salvador alone 234 favelas as well as over 1200 Candomblé terreiros (voodoo sites of worship). Following the 1980s economic crisis, Comércio Salvador’s port (UN World Heritage) emptied. While the city dreams of attracting international investments, can this site offer the possibility of revisiting a colonial past, imagining an alternative future – hybrid models and complexe manners of building communities, inhabiting and relating to the land?

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