Territorial Planning Techniques and Local Sustainability


At the end of this curricular unit students will have acquired the knowledge, skills and competences that allow them to:

- Understand the relationship between the environmental system, the mobility and transport system and the urban system.

- Understand the various types of environmental and urban externalities associated with various modes of transport.

- Know the fundamentals of sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP''''s).

- Know the fundamentals of the planning and management of pedestrian mobility, cycling, the interfaces of public transport, road network, parking and public space.

- Know how to carry out audits on the quality of footpaths as well as the quality of cycling routes.

- Be able to analyze public transport interfaces in accordance with the Transit, Oriented Development methodology.

- To be able to intervene in the regeneration of mobility and transport systems, aiming to improve their impact on the local and global environment and human health.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João António Muralha Ribeiro Farinha


Weekly - 3

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Without special restrictions


  • Estratégia Nacional para a Mobilidade Ativa 2020-2030; MATE; Portugal; março 2019.
  • Guidance on Conducting Walking Audits – Active Access Project; Intelligent Energy Europe, ECBronwen Thornton -- Walk21; 2013.
  • Guidelines. Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP); EC, DG Mobility and Transport; 2013.
  • Pacote da Mobilidade (IMT) - Estratégia para a Acessibilidade, Mobilidade e Transportes - Referenciais técnicos e metodológicosPortugal, 2011.
  • Reclaiming City Streets for People - Chaos or Quality of Life?; European Commission; s.d.
  • TOD Standard 3.0 - Padrão de Qualidade DOTS (Desenvolvimento Orientado ao Transporte Sustentável); IPTD; Nova York; 2017
  • Transforming Cities with Transit - Transit and Land-Use Integration for Sustainable Urban Development; Cervero, Robert et al; The World Bank; 2013.

Teaching method

The teaching methodology includes the critical reading of scientific articles, discussion in class, presentations by the teacher, accomplishment of exercises for consolidation of materials, researches in the internet, visualization of motivational videos, accompaniment and orientation of the practical works of students and spaces to carry out fieldwork in AM Lisboa. Presentations and discussion of results.

 Assessment of knowledge follows the continuous model. It has 3 components: one individual work (40%), one group work (40%) and the quality of the discussions and exercises performed there (20%).

Evaluation method

Assessment of knowledge follows the continuous model. It has 3 components: one individual work (40%), one group work (40%) and the quality of the discussions and exercises performed there (20%).

Frequency is assessed by performing exercises and attendance in at least 70% of classes

Subject matter

4 Program Components

1. Build Foundations and Quality Views. Concepts of mobility, accessibility, etc. Systemic relations. Externalities and internalization. New paradigms and environmental reasons. Oslo and Amsterdam. EU guidelines on PMUS, national guidelines. Traffic calming. Road hierarchy and parking management.

2. Smooth Mobility. Planning and management of three soft mobility subsystems: pedestrian, cycling and TP interfaces. TOD method.

3. Prototypes. Build prototypes to conduct audits on the quality of the three smooth mobility subsystems.

4. Hands-on. Practical application of prototypes in concrete Lisbon cases and propose improvements.


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