Integrated Researcher (without Phd)

Ricardo Venâncio Lopes

research interests

Urban studies, architecture and creative culture

Short Bio

Ricardo Venâncio Lopes (Portugal, 1989) is architect, photographer and researcher. Lopes is currently developing a PhD in Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories. In the field of architecture, he has been developing projects with different logics and characteristics in Portugal, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Brazil. As photographer, Lopes has been travelling around the world, always looking for different “stories” behind the camera lenses. As researcher, he is author of many publications, presentations and artistic interventions in the field of urban studies, architecture and creative culture. 

research project

Through the analyses of ephemeral artistic and architectonic interventions developed in metropolitan area of Lisbon, London and São Paulo, this project pretends to propose political guide lines for Lisbon Metropolitan Area. And, understand the importance of creative dynamics to the urban vitality in peripheral contexts. A trans-disciplinary analysis of morphological, social and political characteristics produced by civil society, artists, architects and urban planners allow new territories interpretations and new strategies to urban planning. Thinking the city through micro-scale projects, in detriment of the flagship projects, this project tries to interrogate the right to the city ant the way the society should be mobilized in its construction.

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The work it is articulated with centre activity, inserted in “creativity, culture and territory” line. Follow the current of studies that potentiate the territorial analyses through processes of co-creation of knowledge and investigation-action methodologies. Allow a strong articulation between the scientific knowledge and civil society.

“Urban design, public space and the dynamics of creative milieus: a photographic approach to Bairro Alto (Lisboa), Gracia (Barcelona) and Vila Madalena (São Paulo)” - Artigo apresentado em AESOP 2012, Ancara, Turquia; Artigo em The Journal Urban Design, Inglaterra. Artigo em co-autoria com Pedro Costa

Main publications

“Intervenções artísticas efémeras e apropriação de espaço público em contextos urbanos informais: análise de cinco “bairros criativos”: Bairro Alto e Cais do Sodré, Gràcia, Vila Madalena, Brick Lane e Kreuzberg SO36“ - Artigo apresentado em ISCTE 2012, Lisboa, Portugal - Tese de Mestrado em Arquitectura

“Urban design, public space and creative milieus: an international comparative approach to informal dynamics in cultural districts” - Artigo apresentado em AESOP 2013, Dublin, Irlanda; Artigo publicado na Revista CIDADES, Portugal. Artigo em co-autoria com Pedro Costa

“Artistic intervention in public sphere, conflict and urban informality: an international comparative approach to informal dynamics in cultural districts” - Artigo apresentado em RC21 2013, Berlim, Alemanha. Artigo em co-autoria com Pedro Costa

“Is street art institutionalizable? Challenges to an alternative urban policy in Lisbon” - Artigo apresentado em AAG 2012, Nova Iorque, EUA; Artigo em publicação na Revista Metropoles, França. Artigo em co-autoria com Pedro Costa

Main projects

FLÂNEUR – New Urban Perspectives, financiado por Creative Europe Culture (03/15-03/17)

CREATCITY - A governance culture for the creative city: urban vitality and international networks, financiado pela FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) (2007-2010) (PTDC/AUR/65885/2006)

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