The Colonial Architecture in Cabo Verde Islands

Project Title

The Colonial Architecture in Cabo Verde Islands

Research Line

Theory, History and Heritage of Architecture

State of the Art and objectives

This research has the objective of the study of the architecture or architectures in this country not being limited to a strictly architectonic approach.

This is the similar work sequence already published by the Lusofona Editions in 2012 under the title “The Architecture of the Colonial Era of S. Tomé and Príncipe” in which local architecture is treated under the historical and sociological context of colonization, understood as a process complex that throughout history presented different concepts and identities.


It will also analyze the evolution of the local vernacular architecture, entirely focused on the uses and customs of the first inhabitants and constrained to the local building materials and also, what current Cape Verdean architecture supports or may contain from the Portuguese roots.

The research will also analyze the permanent dialogue with other architectures of great Portuguese influence, which colonization and slavery have boosted, such as those of Brazil, Goa, Sao Tome and Principe Islands, Guinean Rivers region as well as Senegal and from other countries, which will also be in our objectives in sequential publications.

Problematic and project development

It will be understood, we judge, from the previous experience already mentioned, the use of the different building materials imported or not, and the solutions and concepts also put into practice during about 500 years in the architecture carried out in the archipelago, with fundamental implications in Afro-Luso-Brazilian Architecture in which study and debate we would like to include some results of this investigation. It is hoped that the result may open the way for further investigations, both by the natives here and there.

This region of Africa was a fundamental piece in the colonization of the American countries and recorded the various passages not only one-way to the new continent, but also of return, of trip, stage of craftsmen for learning of crafts, mainly in the region of S. Salvador da Bahia, with the various experiences that the slaves-settlers experienced, including their own ways of seeing, living and thinking, dialogue through the time and expressed in what they received and what they gave and what the architecture will reflect .

Evaluation and diffusion data

Team (at LEAU)

Team (external to LEAU)


Funding (entities)

Results (achieved or expected)

Edition of one Pedagogic Book

Project Beginning (expected date)

March 2018

Project Conclusion (expected date)

Final December 2018