Laboratory of Urban
Cidália Ferreira da Silva Vincenzo Riso
Interpretation/representation tools – Building a specific outlook
Vale do Cávado, Vila de Prado e Soutelo
This exercise is based on reflection on areas within the diffused Vale do Cávado (Cávado river’s valley) territory. This urban model in this territory differs from the traditional model associated with consolidated cities. It becomes necessary to train the eye to recognise the traces and vestiges present in these territories if we are to discover new ways to intervene. Students are provided with a large sample of the Vale do Ave region. The goal is for the student to create an interpretation conforming a specific outlook; this outlook selects the themes and/or elements that are seen as structural for the territory and resulting landscape due to their recurrent presence all over the sample. The theme behind the key concept will be determined through the selection of a photo that the group feels illustrative of their disquiet in view of the area studied; in addition, they must associate said photo to a recognisable theme and/or element.