Academic Year



Laboratório de Urbanística

Programme Year

Course teacher(s)

Vincenzo Riso, Ana Lopes


Interpretation/representation tools – Building a specific outlook

Intervention Location

Several samples from the parish of Vila das Aves, C.M. Santo Tirso

Activity Description

This exercise is based on reflection on areas within the diffused Vale do Ave (Ave river’s valley) territory. This urban model in this territory differs from the traditional model associated with consolidated cities. It becomes necessary to train the eye to recognise the traces and vestiges present in these territories if we are to discover new ways to intervene.

Students are provided with a large sample of the Vale do Ave region. The goal is for the student to create an interpretation conforming a specific outlook; this outlook selects the themes and/or elements that are seen as structural for the territory and resulting landscape due to their recurrent presence all over the sample.

The theme behind the key concept will be determined through the selection of a photo that the group feels illustrative of their disquiet in view of the area studied; in addition, they must associate said photo to a recognisable theme and/or element.

Proximity / Privacy

João Pedro Silva and Ana Rita Pereira


Image that Catalyzed the theme


1st Filter: Topographic accident as a catalyst for a greater involvement of the public in the private areas



2nd Filter: The difference uses that can be seen at the road structure level (breaks, change of pavements, etc.)



3rd Filter: A greater control of the private areas wen close do the road structure.



Frontier between public / private, for the analysis of possible barriers, plot scales, street pavements



Typological confrontation of the built with the different urban layers and how it is modeled or adapted to them



Approximation of the buildings to the river from the definition to the dissolution of a path



The transitoriness of the built along the development of the national road


Corte A


Section B


Section C


Section D


Synthesis plant