Walking in-between: Urban interstices on the Lisbon hillside

Walking in-between: Urban interstices on the Lisbon hillside

Submission ID:

117

The contemporary city is subjected to profound processes of transformation that are radically changing its structure, generating within itself and at the borders new types of spaces that are difficult to interpret and define. Among these spaces there are the urban interstices, undeveloped spaces within urban areas, at different scales, where emptiness prevails over fullness and naturalness prevails over built, characterized by the relationship with the surrounding spaces, from which they are divided by unclear boundaries or thresholds. These spaces, even if abandoned, marginal, underused, ambiguous, are urban elements with great resources and with great potential for the city of the future, for the ecological and social function that they already perform or could perform. If in most cases these spaces are generated by urban sprawl and by the absence of a detailed urban plan, in Lisbon they have been generated also for geographical reasons, evidencing the profound relationship that exists between city development and its geography.
With this paper it is intended to present the results of a research focused on urban interstices on the Lisbon hillside, taking as a case study the São Bento neighborhood. The research was conducted according to three main objectives: 1. to recognize the nature of these spaces and the circumstances that have generated them; 2. to characterize the current condition of these spaces according to their limits, surfaces and relations; and 3. to consider their potential in the local urban environment and the possibilities of integration into the Lisbon urban system. Methodologically, the research followed a qualitative single case study. The object - i.e. the urban interstices - was approached in three study phases: 1.the historical analysis; 2. the vertical analysis, considering the urban large scale information; and 3. the horizontal analysis, considering the direct observation in situ.

Corresponding Author

Lorenzo Stefano Iannizzotto

Scuola di Architettura della Università degli studi di Firenze

Author #1:

Lorenzo Stefano Iannizzotto

Scuola di Architettura della Università degli studi di Firenze

Author #2:

Rafael Sousa Santos

Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto

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Preferred Track

3. Terrain vague redevelopments

Second Preferred Track

10. Urban analytics and city design

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