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Thematic Lines


2.1 Creativity, culture and territory

This Thematic Line carries out fundamental and applied research on the role of the arts and culture in fostering development, the competitiveness of territories and urban revitalization from both a historic and contemporary perspective. It seeks to understand the territoriality of these activities and creative dynamics, getting a perception of their organization and spatiality and, on the other hand, it strives to shed light on their multiple contributions to various aspects of sustainable development and the resilience of the territories.

Coord: Pedro Costa

2.2 Representations and discourse on architecture and territory

This Thematic Line conducts research focused on discourse and representation in the practice and theory of architecture, primarily on questions related to the copyright and contextual interpretation of architectural work, taking a perspective that crosses the contemporary with the history of architecture and urbanism. This multiple interpretation of the various forms of representation and discourse is understood to be as important as the research line on the change of the territory and contemporary society.

Coord: Paulo Tormenta Pinto

2.3 Ways of Living, Society and Architectural Culture

This Thematic Line develops several sub-lines of research on the issues of architectural culture and history, housing and ways of living. The analysis carried out deals with the architectural production and the sociological presuppositions of architecture, considering the private and public initiatives, understanding local specificities, national and international realms.

Coord: Ana Vaz Milheiro and Sandra Marques Pereira

2.4 Recompositions, urban restructuring and metropolitan change

This Thematic Line focuses on the analysis of the processes and dynamics of territorial and urban change, studying the relations between development, territorial cohesion and the logics of recomposition that affect territories today, with special emphasis on metropolitan areas and the relationship between urban spaces and their hinterlands.

Coord: Teresa Costa Pinto and Mª Assunção Gato

2.5 Territorial governance, spatial planning and socio-spatial intervention

The aim of this Thematic Line is to analyze (and whenever possible to participate in and/or evaluate) the formal and informal public intervention processes of spatial planning, strategic planning, master or specific plans, and to glean further knowledge on the rationale of socio-territorial interventions that result from either public initiative (or financing) or citizens' movements in response to concrete problems. It also strives to tackle questions of regional and local development in light of the endogenous and exogenous dynamics of the territories, examining the respective development strategies in terms of the negotiation of interests of the different (public and private) agents involved and the resulting rationale of regulations and governance.

Coord: José Manuel Henriques and Mª Fátima Ferreiro

2.6 Urban Morphology and Sustainability

This Thematic Line focuses on the analysis of urban morphology and the operational rationale and structuring of territorial metabolisms, as well as the cross-cutting theme of sustainability; this is understood here specifically in its role for urban and rural development and is assumed as a strategic dynamic and transversal factor for the development of the territories of the future.

Coord: Teresa Marat-Mendes


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