Vincente . Macedo . Segura . Pereira

Lisbon Architecture Triennale . Cova da Moura

source: casabellablog . design team: Alexandre Vincente . Maria Macedo . Nuno Segura . Tiago Pereira 
coordinated by Professor Pedro Campos Costa - Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.

Situated on the outskirts of Lisbon, Cova da Moura is characterised by a morphology that is organic in nature, typical of urban agglomerations with vernacular roots. The neighbourhood is a home for everyone, in which the roads are an extension of the dwellings and a space that is common to all of them. Here, roads are more than access routes: they are a stage for social expression, generators of identity, social ties, and a feeling of safety and well-being.
Thus arises the idea of transition associated with the ambivalent character of these urban spaces, which can possibly be compared with some spaces within a house. Transition and an overlapping of practices and identities can be found in each of the spaces.
The decision is to intervene in empty spaces associated with the absence of buildings or resulting merely from points where existing roads meet, coinciding with three structuring elements: property, public facilities, and entrances to the neighbourhood. The intention is to renovate them, characterising them by designing them as spaces with an ambivalent character, reaffirming the ritual meaning of existing practices without diluting their identities.
The design of each space originates from a line that identifies and names it, establishes a boundary, and contains the urban space. It is transformed into portions where people can sit down, play, or where a tree might be planted. It is emptied to receive rainwater or it grows to define levels and contain the terrain. it is defined by a single material associated with one colour: red-coloured concrete.
It acts in two ways. One, financed externally, is the line that creates a unity that serves as a reference and is based on identity. The other is self-built and alludes to the tradition of co-operation as well as the materials found in local buildings – brick, concrete, stone, paving and bitumen.
It is therefore proposed that anyone passing through Cova da Moura will come across these practices, these spaces, and this line.

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