Academic Year



Laboratório de Urbanística

Programme Year

Course teacher(s)

Daniel Duarte Pereira, Vincenzo Riso


Interpretation/representation tools – Building a specific outlook

Intervention Location

The Guimarães-Ronfe axis (EN 206), between Silvares and Serzedelo

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.


João Pedro Amaro, José Brandão, Cristina Pinto e Ana Almeida


Synthesis plant with the identification of the “spines”


Processo de trabalho: Relação da estrutura parcelar com a rede hidrográfica

Work process: Relation of the parcel structure with the hydrographic network


Mother Spine



Fragmented spine



Forest spine