AAM- Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Switzerland
Master 2 | 2nd Semester
Prof. Arch. Jonathan Sergison (Sergison Bates Architects)
Assistent: Georg Nickisch
The studio considered how the city of Lisbon can grow and expand by focusing on the area to the south of the Chiado, west of the Baixa and north of the ferry terminal, where the ambivalence between the pragmatic, industrial urban tissue and the water’s edge is clearly expressed.
Historically, Lisbon has witnessed remarkable urban renewal following the destruction wreaked by the natural and man-made disasters. The Baixa district was rebuilt following the catastrophic earthquake of 1755 on the basis of the equalizing logic of a rectangular block grid stitched into the surviving urban fabric. This provided a dense, post-enlightenment urbanism that is tolerant and egalitarian.
In 1988, following the fire that destroyed a large part of the city centre, Álvaro Siza was invited to organize the reconstruction works. He took a radical approach: together with a subtle, at times invisible rebuilding of the urban fabric, he introduced a significant area of retail space and new transport infrastructure.
The studio prioritized the normative (housing and work facilities) for its programmatic investigation, encouraging students to be ambitious, critical and inventive.
Francisco Aires Mateus
Manuel Aires Mateus
Professor in Charge
Members | Panel of Judges
Nicola Baserga, João Luis Carrilho da Graça, Roberto Favaro, Christoph Frank, Franz Graf, Sonja Hildebrand, Fulvio Irace, Jachen Könz, Mario Monotti, João Nunes, Manuel Salgado, Eloisa Vacchini, Martina Voser
Site: Santos, Lisbon, Portugal
Model of the developed buildings
Approaching the building
Ground Floor View