“CONFLUENCE: history, geomorphology and landscape on Lisbon waterfront (Algés)”

Year : 2013

Function: Landscape, Urban design.

Site location: Lisbon, Portugal.

Institution : Master’s thesis, Architecture at Universita’ Roma Tre, Rome, Italy.

Nationality: italian

City and date of birth: Rome 01/10/1987

Contacts: giuliapandolfi@hotmail.com

Tutors: Francesco Ghio, João Ferreira Nunes

Brief Description of the project:

My master’s thesis on the Algés Waterfront is part of a vast redevelopment project of Lisbon’s harbor, which is already in a phase of design and first implementation. Tejo’s estuary characterizes Lisbon’s metropolitan area and the harbor is an integral part of the city, which has always maintained strong overseas connections. It is a large territory in continuous transformation and now in need of a radical postindustrial conversion.

The project’s adjacent areas are densely inhabited but poor in terms of public spaces and include some popular monuments. The impervious character of the terrain together with the high tide and the frequently violent rainstorms cause the flooding of the lower areas. This situation requires a coordinated territorial and landscape intervention, as well as the reconsideration of the access roads and the public space.

My thesis examines a portion of territory situated between the hills and a 2km-long waterfront. At the moment it is abandoned, misused and also badly connected to the city, mainly for the presence of a highway and a train line. As with all Lisbon, it is subject to periodical floodings and sea inundations.

My project intends to exploit these critical aspects as a potential, utilizing the hydro-morphology of the terrain to create a system of floodable micro-parks within the reference hydric basin, in order to slow down the water descent into the hilly area. The pivotal aspect of the project is the creation downstream of an vast, wet park that uses the excess waters and functions as a barrier with respect to the high tide. Its borders will follow the historical coastline. This park will constitute the centre of an urban reactivation that includes artificial beaches, sports areas, pedestrian and bicycle paths, restaurants and a marina. Territorial and lanscape interventions will resume connections to the city and open new ones. On the whole, the project significantly changes the profile of the western part of the city.

Author: Giulia Pandolfi