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The safeguard of the Catambor is to rehabilitate spaces and to revitalize sociocultural values that the studies carried out have concluded to be identitary. However, it is important to reflect deeply on the articulation between these aspects and the socio-spatial dynamics of the urban space where it is inserted in order to highlight the contrast between global and local urbanities as an element of natural and balanced diversity. It presupposes the valorization of the social space and the idealization of a future that is supported in four architectural and urban archetypes that are common in the murseques and that derive from the formal characteristics of the urbanity of Bantu origin. COMMON PRIVATE SPACE – fractal reproduction unit. common private yards where community creates functional codes related to the neighborhood social dynamics. MESH – Connection axes between the common private yards through irregular routes that create human proximity. BORDER / BOUNDARY – township boundary lines with predominant use of land for the proximity equipment, namely trade and services. SCALE – The neighborhood scale and human scale are the main references. Firstly, as an essential territorial unit, the existence of urban reality is the dimensional reference and secondly because man is associated with the historical-social charge that encloses him as well as with the motor that constructs it. The Process of production and social construction of space, the idealization and overvaluation of certain traditions that seek to rely on a past thought to be historical – but which is socially invented and constantly reinvented – can both promote sociocultural dynamism and, indirectly, to Potentiate the risk of the production of segregated urban spaces. We can not invent the past however, we believe that the future of Luanda and consequently of others Angolan cities that suffered the phenomenon of urban implosion, involves the integration of the so-called informal neighborhoods in its urban area as elements of diversity. We believe that the rehabilitation of the public spaces of the musseques such as the Catambor are the key to improving the quality of life of the citizen because it depends on the stability of socialization as well as the possibility of getting the citizen the services necessary for their daily lives. We believe that urban areas such as the Catambor have the right to be part os the city as areas of historical interest and, in particular, as patrimonial areas. As so many cities on the planet that preserve their oldest zones, rehabilitating and revitalizing the physical space, it is our conviction that this can happen in the city of Luanda and in other parts of Angola.
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