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Resurgence of Portela de Sacavém Neighbourhood
[EN] 5th Year The Portela’s Plan (1965), located in the northern outskirts of Lisbon, follows the population’s growth and the demand for better life conditions of the countryside population. The neighbour’s planning is organized according to a functional idea, promoted by the models of the Modern Movement and by the Athens Charter’s concept – housing, work, leisure activities and circulation (of people and goods). This puts all services and shops in a central area of 285x300m. The circulation’s net is formed by a hierarchy of routes that also define the housing cores. Each core has a set of caracterised buildings, following an orthonogal net and placed perpendicular to the main road. The green spaces are put into the remain free spaces. On a first approach it was decided that the pedestrian crosswalks would never intersect with main roads, this would be done by pedestrian bridges. Though, the crosswalks would be traditional walking pathways, using pedestrian crossings on the intersections. This team plan considers an irreparable destrution of all central area of the neighburhood. An urban requalification strategy was put in place. Key components of the plan include access and mobility, equipment and services, public spaces and leisure, housing and population. The idea is to link the boundaries of the neighbourhood with the occupation of the existing empty spaces in the outskirts of Portela, developing areas with public equipment's and creating crossing and walking pathways. These areas will be linked by walking pathways surrounded by service and trade shops on the ground floors of the residential buildings. The first floor of these will be used for offices. Concerning the main roads the group suggested to move the North/South connection to the West frontier of the neighbourhood. Regarding the East/West connection this will be done through a new road on the West side of the neighbourhood, and be linked to the roundabout that gives access to A1 and 2ª Circular. The transport net will be done by the Lisbon underground running in the center of Portela. The main area will be left empty - “urban void” - contrasting with the improvements of the adjacent areas, both in housing and the remain gaps on the outskirts of the neighbourhood. The aim is to transform this city center into a place with small equipment's and services, the existence of promenades, social areas, open air theatre and street exhibitions, outdoor games, and others, providing cultural experiences and animation. The aim is to create day and night lifestyle to attract the population.

Last update: 11/2017 | Gonçalo Filipe da Silva Velhinho

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