Academic Year



Laboratório de Urbanística

Programme Year

Course teacher(s)

Cidália Ferreira da Silva, Vincenzo Riso, Ana Lopes


Interpretation/representation tools – Building a specific outlook

Intervention Location

Silvares, Brito e Ronfe parishes area, Guimarães Municipality, Portugal

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.


Ana Sá, Clara Caldeira, Amandine Antunes and João Peixoto

  • Fotografia catalisadora. Texturas
  • Análise territorial
  • Análise territorial
  • Dimensão / Geometria / Limite
  • Dimensão / Geometria / Limite
  • Matriz
  • Textura em socalco
  • Textura em socalco
  • Textura em loteamento
  • Textura em degraus e vedações
  • Textura em espinha
  • Textura fragmentada e intersticial
  • Textura convergente
  • Textura convergente
  • Testes de representação

300-1Planta síntese. Texturas