CELEBRATING THE WATER IN THE CITY
Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Study the water in the city, giving back to Lisbon the experience of the dip in the river
The project "Celebrating the water in the city" is built based on an investigation whose objective was to understand the importance of water as an essential element to the formation of the first urban events and evolution throughout the centuries.
From general to particular, the analysis got closer to the Lisbon case, in which the water had an historically fundamental role, from its foundation to the way it determined its urban growth. The study was divided into 4 theoretical chapters (foundation, infrastructure, uses and perception) whose objective was to create a project action-base, a contemporaneous response to two identified problems: the historic core's desertification, a phenomenon that answers the radial growth of an hotel city that makes impossible the life of an ordinary citizen, and the gradual disappearance of water in urban spaces, whether due to the distance the Tejo river got from the city or the draught we experience in the majority of the elements designed over the centuries that created a rhythm in urban everyday life. The base programme and the intervention site constitute a possible answer to this problem; we propose the construction of a baths and public pools building in the area of the leisure platforms that exists at the back of the Palace that hosts Lisbon's Athenaeum, a space of enormous potential because of its big areas and the great city viewpoints possibilities. The project proposes the construction of a new volume designed in two platforms (exterior and interior) that, conceptually, can be read as an infrastructural building that offers this programme to the public. It also proposes the palace's rehabilitation, giving life to a set of civic programmes to the whole population – existing for 130 years, these had disappeared due to the city centre's abandonment.