Remaking Landscapes. International Design Seminar
Lisbon, July 23rd – August 1st 2013
The gradual process of bringing the City of Lisbon and the Tago River closer to each other, which started with the first interventions of the 90’s, such as the project for the Expo in the Eastern area, has undergone a sensitive acceleration thanks to recent agreements between the Municipality and the Port Authorities for the progressive assignment of the areas distributed along the 19 km of the coastline. This way large areas have been incorporated into the urban fabric and made available for new facilities and strategic services for city life: a new cruise port, cultural centres and foundations, car parks and infrastructural nodes, parks and bicycle lanes. The real bet is however the reconnection of the enormous linear platform of the industrial pier to the fragmented popular neighbourhoods which developed in the hills behind, thanks to its nautical, commercial and productive vocation: the ancient pulsing heart of the Atlantic capital. The requalification of such boundary, represented ideally by Rua da Janqueira, which through its monuments, gardens and public spaces follows the topographical outline of the ancient coastline between the urban centre and the neighbourhood of Belèm in the direction of the ocean, involves an intervention on the revitalization and the connection of a substantial part of the Western part of the historical centre of Lisbon.