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Old July 4th, 2005, 12:10 AM   #1
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Lisbon's eastern riverside in Almada goes skyline high.

The Municipality of Almada in Lisbon's metro area has commissioned the practice to devise a masterplan for a 115-hectare site encompassing extensive former dockyards and a part of Almada’s conurbation along a two-kilometre stretch of river frontage. The location is an outstanding topographic feature of the Tagus Estuary, important both in terms of geography, history, economy and environment and the scheme aims to create a new urban centre that helps establish the Tagus Estuary as the focus of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
Originally a fishing village, Almada is now a major residential centre; its shipyard community was active from the 1960s until its decommission in the ‘90s. The historic centre of Lisbon lies to the north of the site across the estuary, while to the south is an extensive nature reserve.
Sustainable development underpins RRP’s approach for the area’s regeneration, combining environmental, social and economic objectives. The team envisages an employment-led mix of uses, leisure and cultural activities while retaining a large allocation of residential use. Densities ranging from 800,000 m² up to 1.5 million m² are planned, depending on the implementation of the proposed Metro link to Lisbon. The masterplan’s initial phase focuses on a transport strategy for the Almada area to reduce dependence on the car. This includes extending the proposed MST (tram), a Metro link from Lisbon, the expansion of an existing ferry terminal, and the creation of a river taxi service - strengthening existing connections with Lisbon and with the eastern Seixal area. The scheme also allows for new vehicular access to unlock the site's potential while using centralised parking and creating pedestrian priority streets.

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Old July 4th, 2005, 12:23 AM   #2
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Well, you don't see much detail in those renders, but I see a slim beauty almost born...
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