Luanda Roads Revitalization

Luanda, Angola

Award of Merit

OWNER AND LEAD DESIGN FIRM: Jaime Lerner Arquitectos Associados

LEAD CONTRACTOR: Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção


MEP ENGINEER: COBA – Consultores Para Obras e Barragens e Planeamento S.A.

Almost 20 years after a destructive civil war, the capital of Angola still suffers from obsolete and degraded infrastructure. This project repaired and modernized 20 parks, nine avenues, 15 streets and accompanying infrastructure, directly benefiting 150,000 inhabitants in the city of Luanda. 

The project included plans for a solid waste collection, recommendations to improve traffic flow and environmental education campaigns. Technicians from Brazil, together with their local counterparts, trained 240 new traffic police agents with the aim of reducing traffic restrictions and disorganized traffic stops. 

Faced with a shortage of both skilled workers and materials, the project team searched globally, hiring workers from Brazil, Portugal and Peru. Imported Portuguese cobblestone was joined with local stone to create handcrafted black and gray mosaic sidewalks. 

No plan of the existing underground energy, water and telecom infrastructure was available. As a result, the project team partnered with local utility firms to identify problem areas and minimize disruptions. 

The project was completed both on time and at budget.