1st Edition

Towards a Metropolitan Public Space Network Lessons, Projects and Prospects from Lisbon

    304 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the hypothesis that public space – if conceptualized, imagined, and shaped at the metropolitan scale, through innovative territorial design approaches – offers the possibility to interconnect and integrate various systems in search for synergic responses to emerging societal challenges that impact large, urbanised landscapes.

    The book offers a multidimensional and multi-geographic framework to discuss the role of public space on contemporary metropolitan territories, as part of MetroPublicNet - Building the foundations of a Metropolitan Public Space Network to support the robust, low-carbon and cohesive city: Projects, lessons, and prospects in Lisbon research project. The reader will find a critical and overarching perspective on the conceptual, methodological, and empirical lenses that unfolded throughout the research process, namely a systematised decoding of the public space projects, policies, and rationales that shaped the recent transformation of Lisbon Metropolitan Area. With a diverse range of authors actively engaged in academic research and professorship, in design practice, and in policy-oriented roles, the book concludes with the outlining of forward-looking guidelines, policy recommendations, and design experimentations. 

    This book will be of interest to researchers and students of architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture and geography.

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    List of contributors



    By the editors

    1. Public space as network

    Ana Beja da Costa and João Rafael Santos

    2. Public space as an urban policy agenda? Policies, funding, and soft planning in Lisbon Metropolitan Area

    Cristina Cavaco, Luis Sanchez Carvalho and João Rafael Santos

    VIEWPOINT I. On Metropolitan Landscapes: a conversation with João Nunes

    João Nunes, with João Rafael Santos and Ana Beja da Costa

    Part I. Atlas of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area Public Spaces

    4. Scales, methods, and representations

    João Rafael Santos, Ana Beja da Costa, Marina Carreiras, David Vale and Cristina Delgado Henriques

    5. [Scale #1] The metropolitan scale

    João Rafael Santos, Marina Carreiras and Ana Beja da Costa

    6. [Scale #2] 24 Case Studies

    João Rafael Santos, Ariana Marques da Silva, Tomás G.P. Nunes, José Duarte, Ana Beja da Costa, João Silva Leite and Maria Manuela da Fonte

    7. [Scale #3] The intermediate scale. A territorial sample

    João Rafael Santos, José Duarte and Ana Beja da Costa

    8. Territorial ecologies of public space in Lisbon metropolis

    João Rafael Santos

    VIEWPOINT II. The Atlas of four landscapes. Thick Landscape as socio-ecological medium

    Paola Viganò

    Part II. Systemic Perspectives

    10. How land meets water in river edge urban regeneration projects: building the perspective of a City of the Tagus Estuary

    Caterina Anastasia

    11. Designing for Water in Metropolitan Landscapes

    Maria Matos Silva

    12. Updating Roads to Streets. Transforming the in-between space to build public space

    João Silva Leite

    13. Public space and residential spaces: the construction of urbanity in the suburban space - proximity, integration and cohesion

    Filipa Serpa, Maria Manuela da Fonte and Ariana Marques da Silva

    14. Do light and heavy objects fall at the same speed?

    The complex construction of Lisbon's metropolitan leisure and retail patterns

    Alessia Allegri and Pedro Bento

    15. Public Space and Food Production

    Leonel Fadigas

    VIEWPOINT III. Metropolitan streets as spaces in transformation through project logics of efficiency

    Carles Llop

    Part III. Beyond Lisbon

    17. Diffuse urbanisation and public space network: inquiring on the scales and shapes of landscape structuring in the Porto Metropolitan Area

    Sara Sucena and Rodrigo Coelho

    18. The multifaceted construction of Barcelona’s metropolitan public space

    Pedro Bento and Miquel Martí Casanovas

    19. From Brussels Metropolis to the National Park as eco-urban figure.

    Studies on the Senne and the Sonian

    Wim Wambecq and Bruno De Meulder

    20. Metropolitan Park Constellations of Ecological Systems: Lessons from Ho Chi Minh City

    Kelly Shannon

    VIEWPOINT IV. Urban cosmopolitanism and public spaces

    João Seixas

    Part IV. Designing the metropolis with public space

    22. A Territorial Design Toolbox for Metropolitan Public Space

    João Rafael Santos, Ana Beja da Costa and Maria Matos Silva

    23. Manifesto for a Resilient, Cohesive, and Cosmopolitan Metropolis

    João Rafael Santos, on behalf of the MetroPublicNet Team



    João Rafael Santos is an Architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Lisbon School of Architecture, Universidade de Lisboa. As the coordinator of URBinLAB research group, his interests include urban and territorial design with a focus on the relationship of infrastructure with public space, especially in the scope of metropolitan territories. Santos is the Principal Investigator of the FCT funded research project ‘MetroPublicNet: A Metropolitan Public Space Network to support the robust, low-carbon and cohesive city’. He received the Metrópoles Ciência Prize in 2016, for his research on Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

    Maria Matos Silva is an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at the School of Agriculture, Universidade de Lisboa (2022-). She graduated in Landscape Architecture (Universidade de Lisboa, 2007) and has a master’s (2010) and PhD degree (2016) from University of Barcelona, where she focused on Urban and Public Space Design. Since 2016, she has been an Integrated Researcher at CIAUD. Currently, Maria is the Co-Principal Investigator of the FCT funded research project MetroPublicNet.

    Ana Beja da Costa is a Landscape Architect with a PhD in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology from the School of Agriculture, Universidade de Lisboa (2020). She is currently a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the MetroPublicNet research project, at the Lisbon School of Architecture. She has continuously practiced as a Landscape Architect in Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal, and participated in research projects on landscape design and ecology applied to human settlements, in Timor-Leste, India, Ghana and Mozambique.