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Boavista, Lisboa

Part 2 Project 2013
Charlotte Walker
Jonathan Paul
Melissa Kong
Christopher Ansell
University of Bath Bath UK
The city of Lisbon formed as a result of an unusual topography and a prime location on the tidal estuary of the River Tagus. Shaped by a major earthquake in 1755, the city consists of distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own pattern and grain. Every face is adorned by tiles whether it’s the limestone pavements, ‘azujelos’ on the walls or terracotta on the roofs. Boavista, a forgotten district on the edge of the historic city and situated between Santos and Barrio Alto, straddles the palimpsest coastline. It is a microcosm of many of the issues that are facing the wider city of Lisbon: an under-populated district, which is disconnected from the Tagus and susceptible to flooding.

The proposals seek to:
- Create a mixed used district, encouraging the movement of population back into the city from the suburbs
- Reconnect the city to the river through an animated waterfront
- Protect the city against future inundation via a sculptural flood defence

The approach applies a gradient of scales of intervention across the district, from large alone the waterfront, where the scale of space allows it, to small within the tightly knit historic city. These interventions, and zones within the district, are interconnected through a network of traversable links and view corridors.

Charlotte Walker
Jonathan Paul
Melissa Kong
Christopher Ansell

Tutor(s)



Mr Alex Wright
2013
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