Concurso Europan Portugal
Equipo: Gonzalo Cruz, José Marteleira, Olenka Palomino, Alberto Granizo
Lugar: Barreiro, Portugal
Área: 36.34 km2
Barreiro has been loosing population since 1985. The possibility of regenerate an inmense space that no longer has a function is one of the premises of the intervention. The decline of the heavy industry and the alternative crossings over the tagus river left barreiro with big unused spaces. Like in some cities around the world the option to re naturalize spaces can trigger social improvements and a general benefit for local populations. The intensive use of land to economic purposes is replaced by soft, recreational spaces for tourism and cultural activities.
Barreiro lacks big spaces that define urban boundaries and are capable of creating hierarchies. The lack of function leaves abandoned structures that no longer perform their role. A park always make sense, not just because it is the natural primitive state of the planet but because it helps to balance the urban sterile spaces from the 60´s and 70´s urban interventions. As the population declines in number the city regains its natural limits which were forgotten.
The city adapts to not only the economic situation but also to the demographics and migrations. the future city must incorporate and merge with the river blending the flow of people that leave everyday to work with the ones that stay to enjoy the natural spaces. it is possible to aspire to a more livable city with less contamination and more green spaces. The unused structures can be replaced by parks and plazas.
Barreiro needs a waterfront open to all that defines the limit of the “built” city where people can gather, use their bicycle and go out at the
weekend to go shopping. The activation of this space depends on how easy and soft the river blends with the urban.