Theories of the City and Territory


This Curricular Unit´s major objective is to establish a diversified view of thought about the city in the basis of contributions of various disciplines who have been examining the urban phenomenon , and simultaneously to ponder on some of the major contemporary themes in the approach of the urban. Through a multidisciplinary perspective, it is intended to consider the chief urban growth and transformation dynamics that nowadays systematise the new urban and social outlines of the cities.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Nuno Henrique Pires Soares


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Total - 168

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Teaching method

The teaching methodology consists in the combination of expository sessions and discussion of programmatic content with sessions of presentations and debate of case studies about the multiplicity of city and territory issues and theories. In the latter, student involvement and active participation are to be expected in the discussion of issues and selected debates, with the teacher´s mediation.

Evaluation method

Evaluation method - Performance and participation assessment of students in sessions of presentations and debate of specific issues(30%), Production of a paper about one of the issues to be found in the modules that organise the syllabus.(70%)

Subject matter

The programme is organised around the following modules: 1. Geography and the city. - Space:rigidity and change - Lisbon, the city and the metropolitan area: A spatial narrative - Urban System. Portugal, the Iberian Peninsula and Europe. 2. Architecture and urban space. - City and architecture: the look of the architect. - Traditional city, contemporary city. Identification of the characteristics of the contemporary city; compact urbanization, urban sprawl, center and periphery, urban density and urban sprawl. 3. The social and spatial inequality: social and urban segregation - The genesis of the concept of segregation in urban studies - The segregative processes and its spatial effects:residential mobility and \"context effects\" - The processes of segregation in the post-Fordist city: the new urban economies and socio-economic structure of cities; Housing and social and urban segregation, socio-territorial impacts: polarization, fragmentation and urban inequality


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