Angola - TRY Modular System - A concept for informal settlements in Luanda using innovative arrangement of modular houses


Dean MacGregor, a graduate from the University Lusíada in Lisbon, develops a concept for an improved structure of the informal settlements in Angola’s capital Luanda. The concept is based on the idea of modular houses with a triangular shape, which are arranged in such a way, that local communities have better living conditions, social attributes and cultural features.



  • Improvement of the structure of informal settlements (slums) in Luanda, Angola
  • Creation of a system that delivers local communities of Luanda with more social attributes and cultural features 
  • Fostering organizational control in Angola’s urban planning process



Since the foundation of Luanda, there never existed a previous formal city plan and Luanda developed spontaneously in adaptation to the topography, resulting in an organic radiocentric city structure. As a consequence big informal settlements emerged, the so called musseques, which are characterized by poor living conditions and poverty.


TRY Modular System entails the intelligent arrangement of triangular shaped modular houses. It allows local communities in Luanda to expand their urban fabric according to their needs, improves their living conditions and favors social attributes and cultural attributes. Through the triangular shape of the houses and a special formulating of its interior layout distribution, residents can have a blind facade and a private courtyard when combined with neighboring house. There exist various intelligent solutions appropriate for different family aggregations due to the variety of module combinations. The concept was developed by Dean MacGregor.


Improved living conditions, social attributes and cultural attributes can be implemented for the inhabitants of the slums in Luanda by the concept. The organizational control in the urban planning process can be increased and thus a solid base for further future demands regarding health, education, local commerce etc. can be created.

This project was highlighted in the Young Architects in Africa competition (YAA) organized by Architecture-Studio in 2014. It was showcased in the CA'ASI during the 2014 Architecture Biennale of Venice.