Course code IST14
Course title Public Space as Urban Trigger - Unfolding Lisbon's paradigm
Institution Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisboa
Course address Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
City Lisbon
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Public Space, Built Environment, Service Systems, Urban trigger, LISBON
Language English
Professor responsible Pedro Brandão
Telephone +351 218418347
Participating professors Pedro Brandão, Jorge Silva, Jorge Gonçalves, Ana Brandão (researcher), Ana Ferreira (researcher)
Number of places Minimum: 16, Maximum: 16, Reserved for local students: 0

This course aims at introducing students to the theme of Public Spaces at diverse scales (from micro to macro), in a interdisciplinary matter, focusing issues such as the design of outdoor urban spaces and their systemic relation to landscape, infrastructure, building, communication, at several metropolitan scales and project-use experiences.

Moreover, the course is committed to develop a broad basis debate on issues of social, cultural, environmental, mobility matters with sites visits to recent works, debates and team work (analytical and strategic proposal) as a Public Space forum.  We aim at engaging students from different fields (Architecture, Urban Planning and Urban Design, Landscape, Geography, Social Sciences, and built Environment) with experts in deepening the discussion about public space, its values, meanings, as an urban trigger to change paradigm.

The course emphasis is the understanding of how public space represents and affects the people who live in it, and how it can affect the way space is inhabited / represented through social, environmental and urban design cultural values.
Programme to be followed A one-week studio based programme, focused on the observation, appraisal, analysis handling an assessment tool, and strategic approaches to Lisbon area examples, with comparative references to international contexts. Classes, visits, exercises, debates.
Prerequisites Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape, Geography, Built Environment, Environmental Engineering or Social Sciences students.
Course exam Final teamwork evaluation, individual performance on tool handling.