Academic year



Laboratory of Urban

Curricular year


Vincenzo Riso Ana Lopes

Exercise Title

Interpretation/representation tools – Building a specific outlook

Intervention Location

Varias amostras na freguesia de Vila das Aves, C.M. Santo Tirso

Activity Description

This exercise is based on reflection on areas within the diffused Vale do Ave (Ave 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.

Proximity / Privacy

João Pedro Silva e Ana Rita Pereira

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img01 Image that Catalyzed the theme

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img02 1st Filter: Topographic accident as a catalyst for a greater involvement of the public in the private areas

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img03 2nd Filter: The difference uses that can be seen at the road structure level (breaks, change of pavements, etc.)

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img04 3rd Filter: A greater control of the private areas wen close do the road structure.

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img05 Frontier between public / private, for the analysis of possible barriers, plot scales, street pavements

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img06 Typological confrontation of the built with the different urban layers and how it is modeled or adapted to them

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img07 Approximation of the buildings to the river from the definition to the dissolution of a path

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img08 The transitoriness of the built along the development of the national road

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img09 Section A

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img10 Section B

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img12 Section C

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img11 Section D

ACT-20092010-LU-EXE3-GRUPO_B-img13 Synthesis plant