City through Time


To identify and understand the main city transformations, the social dynamics,the actors and life experiences from mid-18th century to the end of the 20th century,namely: a)transformations and issues related to morphology, architecture,treatment of public space,eighteenth-century Metropolitanisation,the problems and utopias associated to industrialisation and to the sanitary ideal,the urban project of the Modern Movement and its criticism. b)Change of urban space images and representations and their influence in urban policy and in the urban tissue transformation. c)To discern and understand the presented case studies. d)To know the social groups and interactions. e)To identify and debate the dilemmas concerning city security and order maintenance. f)To comprehend and analyse the «social question» and the variety of responses it generated. g)To apply acquired knowledge and develop critical competences by discussing sources, theoretical texts and by producing a short essay.

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Responsible teacher

Maria Margarida Simão Tavares da Conceição


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Benevolo, Leonardo. (1975) 2015. História da Cidade. São Paulo: Editora Perspectiva.

Bergdoll, Barry. 2000. European Architecture 1750-1890. Oxford: University Press.

Boyer, Marie-Christine. 1994. The City of Collective Memory. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.

Braunfels, Wolfgang. (1976) 1988. Urban Design in Western Europe, Regime and Architecture, 900-1900. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Cacciari, Massimo. (2004-2009) 2010. A cidade. Barcelona: Gustavo Gili.

Calabi, Donatella. 2001. Storia della città. L’età moderna. Venezia: Marsilio Editore.

Choay, Françoise. 1965. L’urbanisme, utopies et réalités. Paris: Seuil.

Fortuna, Carlos, org. 1997. Cidade, cultura e globalização. Oeiras: Celta.

Green, Nicholas. 1990. The Spectacle of Nature. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Harvey, David. 2003. Paris, Capital of Modernity. New York and London: Routledge.

Pinol, Jean-Luc, ed. 2003. Histoire de l’Europe Urbaine, 2 vol.s. Paris: Seuil.

Roncayolo, Marcel e Thierry Paquot, dir. 1992. Villes & Civilization Urbaine XVIII-XX Siècles. Paris: Larousse.

Rossi, Aldo. (1966) 1977. A Arquitectura da Cidade. Lisboa: Edições Cosmos.

Secchi, Bernardo. 2005. La città dell’ventesimo secolo. Venezia: Laterza.

Tostões, Ana e Walter Rossa, coord. 2008. Lisboa 1758: o Plano da Baixa Hoje. Lisboa: CML.

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical teaching. A detailed session schedule will be provided.

Evaluation method

Participation in class discussions (20%) and preparation of an individual essay to be delivered at the end of the semester (80%).

The final work should have a maximum of 12 pages (or approximately 5000 words, excluding bibliography and images), written in 12 font and with a spacing of 1.5.

Participation in the scheduled tutorial sessions is mandatory. The last of these sessions is based on the oral presentation of the work under preparation.

Subject matter

I. The ancient city and historical time

1) Conceptualisation of the ancient city

2) Medieval city: classical heritage and urban expansion

3) Renaissance City: theory and realisation

4) Baroque City: capitals of the Ancient Régime


II. The city and modernity

1) The city and its representations in the Enlightenment period: Pombaline Lisbon.

2) The process of metropolitan expansion: Paris, capital of the 19th century

3) Representations of the industrial and sanitary city: Barcelona and Lisbon

4) From the urban project of the Modern Movement to the recovery of historical forms


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