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IMG1_Goals: The main goals of the strategy are the promotion of a better conection between the historic center and the university and, the criation of new dinamics promoting the human scale of the historic center.
IMG1_Goals: The main goals of the strategy are the promotion of a better conection between the historic center and the university and, the criation of new dinamics promoting the human scale of the historic center.

IMG2_Strategy: The proposal is based on a diverse cultural program, that translates on a integrated network, wich rescues obsolete buildings, in pause, recycling them and introducing new programs into the city, and it also incorporates existing programs and activities, enhancing its value in the global read of the city.
IMG2_Strategy: The proposal is based on a diverse cultural program, that translates on a integrated network, wich rescues obsolete buildings, in pause, recycling them and introducing new programs into the city, and it also incorporates existing programs and activities, enhancing its value in the global read of the city.

IMG3_Site: At a later stage, the Project focused on a specific action, seeking an intervention through a parasitic strategy in an old obsolete automobile factory, wich constitutes an opportunity and reforming impulse for the city.
IMG3_Site: At a later stage, the Project focused on a specific action, seeking an intervention through a parasitic strategy in an old obsolete automobile factory, wich constitutes an opportunity and reforming impulse for the city.

IMG4_Program: The new program celebrates the creativity and artistic inovation in the music field, through talks, workshops, studios, inovative events and festivals. The program also associates de university radio, promoting the creative and experimental environment that we look for the space and, new conncetions and relations for the city.
IMG4_Program: The new program celebrates the creativity and artistic inovation in the music field, through talks, workshops, studios, inovative events and festivals. The program also associates de university radio, promoting the creative and experimental environment that we look for the space and, new conncetions and relations for the city.

IMG5_Concept: Starting from the factory’s imaginary as a “Motor” composed by a prodution line (Storage, Prodution, Expedition), the project seeks to rescue this memory, reinventing it and adapting it to the new program (Formation, Prodution, Difusion). The proposal introduces a new chimney, wich marks the new entrance and, is the motto of the entire intervention, suggesting a new a boil of activity rescuing the industrial imaginary.
IMG5_Concept: Starting from the factory’s imaginary as a “Motor” composed by a prodution line (Storage, Prodution, Expedition), the project seeks to rescue this memory, reinventing it and adapting it to the new program (Formation, Prodution, Difusion). The proposal introduces a new chimney, wich marks the new entrance and, is the motto of the entire intervention, suggesting a new a boil of activity rescuing the industrial imaginary.

IMG6_Language: the interior space, has a language that seeks to play with the racional and mechanic associated with the factory activity, opposing it to the experimental and informal associated with the new Creative and cultural program. The volumes that host the new program are born from the rigid mesh suggested, clinging ti the new “prodution line” that distributes and unites the entires program.
IMG6_Language: the interior space, has a language that seeks to play with the racional and mechanic associated with the factory activity, opposing it to the experimental and informal associated with the new Creative and cultural program. The volumes that host the new program are born from the rigid mesh suggested, clinging ti the new “prodution line” that distributes and unites the entires program.




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ARQUITECTURA PARASITA
Universidade Lusíada de Vila Nova de Famalicão

Motivated by the conviction that architecture is connected to the history, symbols and meanings of a particular place and, always related to a time and space, this work seeks to validate the possibility of contemporary architecture find its place when acting on full of meaning and symbolism preexisting spaces, that we choose to call places on pause.

We believe that there is a need to look at the pre-existing , from a contemporary point of view of the identity. It’s important that architecture is able to start the formula of it’s own rebirth and to be consistent with it’s own time, allowing the evolution and truth of the intervention through a position that does not manifest itself in a exclusive patrominialist attitude, that only seeks to preserve, but that promotes the idea of taking adavntage of the inheritance received, acting on it in a responsable way.

In these conditions we believe the architectural parasite finds it’s ideal host, appearing as an intervention engine and opening the field to new possibilities and solutions. We propose a positive perspective, considering parasitism as a form of mutualism where both parts benefit from the relationship, emerging as possible response to act, providing a new opportunity to places absent from the current dynamics of the city. The parasitic organism results in flexible structures that feed themselves from the existing infrastructures looking for and alchemy of uses and functions and promoting a positive impact.