Historic Centers


Student must be able to articulate, first phased manner and then combined, the following objectives:
a) master key concepts and urban property needed for the analysis of a historical center, its main features and problems of conservation, in particular with regard to the concepts of urban and urban heritage.
b) acquire an overview of the historical evolution of the Portuguese city, for the informed and critical
interpretation of urban centers, with its insertion into the urban network of larger scale.
c) integrate knowledge acquired in the apprehension of an actual situation of decision-making on a particular
historic area within a consolidated urban core, reflecting the problematic uses of interventions and contemporaries.

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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ANDRADE, Amélia (2001), A construção medieval do território. Lisboa: Livros Horizonte
CHOAY, Françoise (1982/2000), Alegoria do Património. Lisboa, Edições 70.
GAUTHIEZ, Bernard (2003). Espace urbain. Vocabulaire et morphologie. Paris: Monum Editions du Patrimoine.
MATTOSO, José, dir. (2010), Património de Origem Portuguesa no Mundo. Arquitectura e Urbanismo. Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 3 vols
PESSÔA, José e PICCINATO, Giorgio (2007), Atlas dos Centros Históricos do Brasil. Rio de Janeiro, Casa da Palavra.
ROSSA, Walter (1995/2002), «A Cidade Portuguesa», A Urbe e o Traço. Uma Década de Estudos sobre o Urbanismo Português. Coimbra, Almedina, 2002, pp. 193-359.
TOPALOV, Christian; LILLE, Laurent Ciudroy de; DEPAULE, Jean-Charles; MARIN, Brigitte, ed. (2010), L’aventure des mots de la ville à travers le temps, les langues, les sociétés. Paris:
Robert Laffont.

Teaching method

Lectures. Discussion of case studies in the classroom. Study visits.
The lesson will include a theoretical exposition, often complemented by projected images, and a theoretical
and practical component or seminar, which will promote the discussion of contents and bibliographic selection prior distribution, or case studies whose presentation should also be prepared. The presence in the classroom will preferably alternating with conducting study visits, during which focuses on a note and more informal discussion of what is taught, promoting a rapid clarification of doubts and a quicker exchange of ideas.

Evaluation method

The evaluation will be based on individual written work with the maximum length of 15 pages, excluding
bibliography and other appendices; however should be further complemented with the provision oral structured seminar.

Subject matter

First part:
Concepts and urban heritage: from monument to the city
Methods of urban analysis: main operational concepts and applicability selective
Second part:
Former city to city in Contemporary Portugal: a historical approach to the following areas:
- History of Old Town
- History of Medieval City
- History of the Modern City
- History of the Contemporary City
- City History \"Portuguese Overseas\"
Third part:
Some Portuguese case studies: Guimarães: the cradle of nationality the European cultural capital
Evora: the city between South and monumental architecture strtum pluryseculars
Angra do Heroismo: insularity, and disaster reconstruction
Vila Real de Santo António: planning and safeguarding


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