Beyond Entropy Africa, founded by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera in 2011 and based in Luanda, Angola, is the specific branch of Beyond Entropy that focusses on Africa.
Beyond Entropy is a London-based non-profit limited company practising architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. It is an agency operating in three territories: Europe, Mediterranean and Africa. It is a network operating globally in situations of territorial crisis: from the urban sprawl of the most industrialised parts of the planet to the derelict infrastructures of deserted islands; from the overcrowded urban development of emerging countries to the preserved areas of historical urban centres.
In the three years since its founding, Nascimento and Pansera have argued for a response to urban development that is in keeping with everyday people’s lived realities. Their intelligent and context-sensitive proposals have caught the attention of the Angolan government and the industry at large.
Beyond Entropy Africa was appointed in 2011 by the Minister of Culture of Angola to develop the first pavilion of Angola at the 2012 Architecture Biennial in Venice and since then, it has developed several researches and projects in Angola and internationally: it collaborated with the Universidade Metodista de Angola on specific workshops in Cazenga, one of the largest “musseques” (informal settlements) of Luanda, it has organised a symposium at the European Parliament in Bruxelles in 2011, it curated the Pavilion “Luanda, Encyclopaedic city” at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale, recipient of the Golden Lion for Best National Participation and it developed “Ilha de Sao Jorge,” exhibition held during the 2014 Architecture Biennial in Venice. “Ilha de Sao Jorge” is due to participate in international lectures, debates and symposia in London, Porto and Milan.