Lisbon Neighborhoods 2012

The project Lisbon Neighbourhoods (Bairros de Lisboa) 2012 started in 2010 and is coordinated by CEACT, which signed three partnerships for its conduction: with e-GEO – Centros de Estudos de Geografia e Planeamento Regional, with SIPA – Sistema de Informação do Património Arquitetónico, which belongs to IHRU – Instituto da Habitação e da Reabilitação Urbana and with the Lisbon Municipality.

Scope of the project

The city of Lisbon has different and differentiating urban scenarios. The concept of neighbourhood is a constant reference as a historical, architectural and social element, which is mentioned in scientific literature, as well as in planning strategies and policies (e.g. The Strategic Charter presented in 2009).

To study and understand it, the neighbourhood must be analysed as a physical space, from an urban and historical perspective, as well as a space that represents social practices, that is lived and represented by its inhabitants and users.

A set of questions arise, which we aim to answer:

  • What neighbourhoods exist today in Lisbon?
  • How do we include them in the history of the city?
  • Can we establish a typology of existing neighbourhoods, which can somehow be useful to the city’s urban planning?
  • What defines a neighborhood for the city’s residents and users?
  • How is the neighbourhood appropriated and represented?

Though there is some work (especially in the field of sociology and architecture and urban planning) on this matter, there is still much study to be developed, as well as some gaps in terms of research that this project might bridge.

  • Further the knowledge of the city of Lisbon.
  • Understand the current link between the urban shapes and social life.
  • Contribute to the urban planning of the city of Lisbon from a plural, inclusive way, able to meet the needs of contemporary society.
  • Defining / collecting historical and urban data on the neighbourhoods of Lisbon.
  • Selection of case studies (Graça, Campo de Ourique, Telheiras, Ajuda, Alvalade and another neighbourhood to be defined at a later data)
  • Collection of data on the architecture of the case studies.
  • Social and cultural description of the case studies.
  • Research and production of original cartography to support the project.

Our project is based on fieldwork and includes observation, photographic record and mapping, surveys and interviews.