A new waterfront for Vila do Conde – the Polis Program and its technological aspects

A new waterfront for Vila do Conde – the Polis Program and its technological aspects

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In the context of the new development paradigms, concerns about cities have gained visibility especially in the last decades, witnessing a reorganization of the territory and causing changes that lead to the recompositing of urban agglomerations.
In the search for a strategy to address these issues, intervention plans were drafted aiming at continuously complete the cities and transforming them according to the needs of the inhabitants, making them more attractive to new populations and investments.
The Polis Program arouse in this context and thus referred to the political side of the city, its structure and organization. Its interventions were understood as a new stratum, of a determined time and with a characteristic way of thinking, accumulating in the history and future of each of the participating cities. This time, it was not about the shape of the city, but about how that shape contained habitable space. It referred less to the way in which it proposed or planed new areas to be built and more to the construction of spaces that could exist, based on spaces already built. Polis appeared as a motto to “think the way cities live”.
Due to the landscape value and the historical and identity importance, riverside and maritime fronts of some cities constituted elements of reference, with a differentiating character, whose need to value was identified as a structuring line of the Polis Program. In Vila do Conde, the urban and environmental requalification of the coastline was given priority through a series of operations that aimed to reinforce the city's identity.
This paper aims at presenting the impact that the Polis Program had on this city and on its daily life through an essay on the development of the Maritime Front / Vila do Conde Atlantic Park, focusing on the technological aspects of the urban developments. Special attention will be given to several building operations und

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Sara Oliveira

Universidade da Beira Interior

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Sara Oliveira

Universidade da Beira Interior

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5. Methods and technologies on architectural design and urban planning

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3. Terrain vague redevelopments

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