Atelier 1A – Landscape
The Natural Landscape of Veiga de Creixomil
Veiga de Creixomil, Guimarães
ATELIER 1A comprises a single practical exercise divided into stages, with a view to promoting reflection about and the transformation of Veiga de Creixomil. Starting from this nature and agricultural reserve, our efforts will be directed towards assessing the complexity of the place, interpreting the features, the processes, the dynamics and the relational frameworks that define the landscape, so that an approach strategy enabling its latent potential can be established. The exercise has three stages: (1) ANALYSIS – Based on in situ observation and exploration, students must form groups and create a narrative (both critic and selective) that sums up the site’s inherent issues and potential, proposing an idea / concept for intervention. (2) STRATEGY – Exploring the idea should allow students to find / develop the tools required in order to summarise the intervention process, including them in the scope of a strategic project capable of simultaneously establishing a method of operation and a formal commitment with the site, defining the programme(s) scale(s) and time(s) for intervention. This is also the stage when students’ individual roles are set. (3) PROJECT – Based on the strategy, each student will produce a preliminary study focusing on a given scope of intervention, developing tools that allow summarising it. This stage will end with a formal and constructive definition of one or more proposed interventions.