WATER ON WATER
Universidade de Lisboa -
Faculdade de Arquitectura
This essay proposes to launch a platform for critical thinking about the increasing degradation of Lisbon’s riverfront and the divorce who has long settled between the city and Tagus river.
After the construction of the industrial harbour in the end of the XIX century, Lisbon’s relationship with the river, until then so close, was dramatically shaken. It is imperative to reflect about the spaces created from this separation, seeing them as places of opportunity, that once brought to the city’s domain, can become true urban regeneration instruments.
The intervention exercise focus symbolically in Santo’s Valley and “Water over Water” takes its shape through the practical development of a contemporary proposal which claims its place as a mark in the riverside facade, introducing as well, an relational architecture. Thus, it begins the study of water as a main element to the creation of public space and cities development, exploring the potencial of this element in architecture.
An area between the railway line and the river, apart from a compact city, that results from the alienation of the coast line to the settlement of port infrastructures and the posterior enlargement of those same structures. Although its privileged location, it was left abandoned because of the decay of port activities, transforming this place in a everlasting expectant place. Ergo, the first intention was to transform this place in a big informal square - a public space, that enhances the relationship between the city and the river, and it’s people - a a public and multivalent equipment that offers us a chance to relate body-to-body with the river.