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Since 2008, the world has been going through a tough financial crisis, which has subsequently translated into a crisis of values. The big recession, which originated in the United States, has its origins in the real state bubble burst and the resulting financial and mortgage problems.

The competition departs from the socioeconomic context of southern Europe, more precisely from the delicate situation in Portugal. The country is rich in culture, architecture and history but the cuts policies have reduced the call to carry out public construction. It is even understood that despite unfavourable context, it has not been permitted to produce good architecture for the people, as the great school of Portuguese architects has always done.

We propose a unique piece of architecture, which is described as a large container of activities. Public investment is reduced to public equipment and the expense is optimized by hosting as many events and creating as many uses for the building as possible. It is a hall open to the citizens, activating the surrounding public space and articulating good architecture with limited resources.

It’s a container that aims to react to the magazine-cover-like architecture that has been generated, instead relating to the historical context of the place, the socioeconomic conditions and the moral sustainability of the proposal. It is an architecture of values that seeks its referents in history, in vernacular architecture and in the Portuguese masters.

Mais info aqui: http://en.archmedium.com/#
 

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Hallo friends from Portugal

Maybe a topic already exists somewhere but it makes me difficulties to get to the right place.
Probably you already know. International student competition for public space in the downtown of beautiful city of Lisboa just started. More about competition you find here: http://en.archmedium.com The place I mention is highlighted with a line at a satellite photo:



Together with a friend I want to take a part in this competition and make some proposal of new arrangement. Whole description of programme and functionality is included in these few sentences:



Problem is, we are just students and we cannot go to Lisbon to make a research of social needs in the neighborhood. That is why I ask you, SCC members to share with me your knowledge about a place. What people in the neighborhood can need and expect from this small but pretty square. We could make wide variety of functions but what is most important.
I will be thankful for your help.
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Hi GreGorian*, I personally don't know the area very well (only been there a couple of times in my life) but there are a few characteristics that stand out straight away:

- It enjoys a view over the historical neighbourhood of Alfama and the river;
- It is a very touristy area, with an increasing number of short term rental apartments, hotels and hostels;
- It boasts a number of landmarks and monuments;
- The local population still consists mostly of elderly people and low income families, although there is a growing trend among younger professionals and middle class families for buying renovated apartments (or purchasing to renovate) in the area;
- The famous feira da ladra (flea market) takes place nearby twice a week.

You can find more resources and information on the Lisbon city council's website: http://www.cm-lisboa.pt/
And seeing as that car park seems to belong to the Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora you can also request more information here: http://www.patrimoniocultural.pt/pt...ou-em-vias-de-classificacao/geral/view/71213/

Hope this helps and that other forumers with more knowledge will also chip in!
 

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Thank you for this Thread. I hope for some discussion about this place if anybody of members live here. No matter if in english or in Portuguese (I can use translator)

Fern you say that this area is mostly inhabited by poorer part of the society. And this is a result of so called pauperistaion. Middle income class prefer more modern housing in other districts of the city. And now comes reverse or revitalization to district. People want to live there.

As I guess for now it is better to plan services for tourists and new inhabitants. Just because it's difficult to find good function to integrate and activate poor people. Need to think more about it.

Where exactly feira da ladra takes place?
 

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The single most important reason why the area decayed was the landlord-tenant law, which up until recently prevented landlords from adjusting rents for old contracts. In effect, a large proportion of tenants in the historic districts paid very low rents and could not be evicted.

However, the law was changed recently and that has injected new life into these districts. Often times the interiors are demolished to make way for more modern and comfortable apartments.

The feira da ladra takes place here:
https://www.google.pt/maps/place/Fe...4m2!3m1!1s0xd19338a8d9ac64f:0x31b502d96273ec5
You can see the stalls along the streets!
 

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“Urban Platform” Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition




Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium’s Lisbon Open Room competition for their project “Urban Platform”.

One of 67 teams to enter the competition’s “Young Architects” category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of “[providing] a more flexible space” for the city’s urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.



Elevation. Image Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

ARCHmedium’s four-month competition was held between July and October 2014, and invited teams of students and young architects from across the globe to propose “good architecture for the people” of Portugal, who were severely affected by the global financial crisis of 2008. Entries were evaluated against a range of criteria including response to context and local culture, consideration of social and economic factors, and engagement with the overall urban fabric.



Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Described by the jury citation as “a great system that originates from the union of few elements,” Bumjin Kim and Minyoung Kim’s “Urban Platform” rests lightly on the site, evoking the appearance of temporary scaffolding. The young architects’ intention for the intervention to be “invisible from the [sic.] distance” is expressed through a bare aluminum tubular structure that complements its urban surroundings.



Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Functioning as an elevated public plaza, “Urban Platform” incorporates five different “modules” which are easy to build and reconfigure, allowing versatility of function. These five modules are: “steps, stage, void, enclosed space and Miradouro (a Portuguese word denoting an open-sided gallery and vantage point)”. The modules each serve a distinct individual purpose, and can be merged and arranged to give new functionalities. The adaptable structure is designed to conform to a variety of contexts and accommodate a range of uses.

Void spaces and a skeletal structure maximize the site’s 2100m2 footprint by allowing people to experience the space both atop and beneath the elevated platforms.



Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

“…it guarantees a variety of urban spaces,” said the jury, “A flexible architectural bar takes the scale of the place and intervenes appropriately depending on the actual uses and needs.”







Competition: Lisbon Open Room
Award: First Prize
Project Name: Urban Platform
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Design Team: Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim
Area: 172.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim
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Essa zona traseira de S. Vicente de Fora que mostram na imagem, se não estou em erro penso que seja um parque de estacionamento.
Não sei se é privado para servir o funcionamento de todo o edifício, ou se os restantes condutores podem estacionar lá (mas penso que não). Já não passo lá algum tempo, mas quando passava dava-me a impressão daquilo ser demasiado privado...

Quanto ao largo lateral (o maior) penso que não está aberto ao público...
 
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