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

Área de Silvares, Brito e Ronfe, no concelho de Guimarães

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.


Fernando Ferreira, Daniel Duarte Pereira, Daniel Macedo and Sara Ferreira


Photography that catalyzed the theme: Transmutations


Área de estudo antes da construção da autoestrada A11 (Braga-Guimarães)

Study of the case study area before the construction of the A11 highway (Braga-Guimarães)

Área de estudo após a construção da autoestrada A11 (Braga-Guimarães)

Study of the case study area after the construction of the A11 highway (Braga-Guimarães)


Transmutações na Veiga de Creixomil, Guimarães

Transmutation at Veiga de Creixomil

Transmutation at Nó de Silvares


Transmutações no vale do Rio Ave

Transmutation at the Ave River

Transmutações no vale do Rio Ave. Cortes antes e depois

Transmutation at the Ave River. Before and After sections


Transmutações na área florestal. Cortes

Transmutation at the forest area. Sections