Remaking landscapes. Lisbon, toward urban mending
International design seminar. Lisbon, 22nd – 31st july 2014
A few issues remain outstanding in order to complete Lisbon’ s ancient Expo project: its liaisons with the surrounding quarters and their connection to the city centre. Extending for 330 ha – a third of which dedicated to a public park – and spanning for 5 kilometres of coast, Parque das Naçoes represents today a urban reality, densely populated and rich in services and facilities, one among the privileged hubs for advanced cultural and leisure activities and therefore a valuable heritage to the whole metropolitan area. Unfortunately the effect induced by its presence has not yet improved the deprived adjoining neighbourhoods of Chelas, Olivais, Moscavide and Encarnaçao, born in the industrialization era and abutting on the ancient productive complex boundaries, where, on reclaimed land, the Expo has been built in 1998. Twenty years after the conception of the project which has changed the face of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon municipality now intends to insert in the agenda of urgent urban political actions one of the implicit argumentation which have sustained its very realization.