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LISA DIOGO


ABOUT ME 1 Brief self presentation

CV 4 Brief professional presentation

WHAT IF? A DESIGN STRATEGY 6 BRIDGING URBAN EDGES IN A SECTION OF THE CONTEMPORARY AARHUS Mobility . Social Sustainability . Cycling . Temporary Uses _ MSc04-Urban Design [February-June 2017]

MAPPING GREYSCAPES 9 Contribution article & illustration to the ‘Urban Design Kaleidoscope 2017’ [July-September 2017]

SLOW DOWN 11 Mobility . Transit Spaces . Infrastructures . LRT . Landscape _ MSc02-Urban Design [March-June 2016]

TOURISM IN TRANSFORMATION : From urban chaos to urban resilience in Barcelona 13 Article and illustrations submited to ‘The Urban Transcripts Journal’ [October 2017 & March 2018]

ART INDUSTRY 15 Strategy . Temporary Uses . City Making . Conversion of Buildings _ MSc01-Urban Design [December 2015]

THE ICEBERG 17 Student Housing _ MA10-Architecture [February-June 2011]

OTHER PROJECTS 18 Summary of some of the projects developed in collaboration with B(A)ª arquitectos & URBIMAGEM [2012-2015]


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Design & research oriented within the fields of mobility & transit infrastructures, sustainable urban developments & transformations, strategic planning and participatory design Passionate for creating spaces with & for people, for challenging the traditional use of urban spaces, for exploring the role of urban design, and for imagining future scenarios for our cities

ABOUT ME

Searching for new opportunities to work in a symbiosis between research & design, in a stimulating and knowledge sharing environment within urban transformations, strategic planning and examinations of future scenarios

I am a young Portuguese architect and urban designer passionate for creating spaces with & for people,for challenging the traditional use of urban spaces and for discussing urban developments by exploring future scenarios for our cities. I am both design and researchoriented within mobility, sustainable urban developments and transformations, strategic planning, and collaborative design. After my MA in Architecture, I worked for 2 years and 6 months cooperating in projects such as housing, rehabilitation and change of use of commercial spaces. Being mostly in charge of architectural drawings, materiality studies, and detail drawings has increased the keenness for the dialogue between architecture and its users through materials, textures and details. Seeking to improve my knowledge about the immense world of architecture, I decided to expand my education. Studying Urban Design was a key step in my path. Users’ experience, human and social features, sustainability, as well as architecture’s contribution to our future cities were some of the different projects’ goals. In my international journey, I have been working in teams and individually and I embraced projects with different scales and outcomes like articles, illustrations and design solutions from early stages to final ones. My roles were as much in research as in the design process but also in communicating results. It is in the symbiosis between ‘design – research - knowledge sharing – citizens’ participation’, that my passion in the field stands and it is my professional goal to work within such frame. I believe that meaningful experiences, innovative outcomes, and sustainable solutions can only be created when such concepts are merged. I am a reliable and effective co-worker and at the same time very dynamic and enthusiastic person looking forward to learn and to reach valuable outcomes together with inspiring and more experienced ‘urban minds’ that approach urban problems similarly. As my international path hints, I am a curious person regarding other cultures and I always try to learn from them as much as to express and tell about my own.

At the moment, I am open to embrace new challenges and projects. 2


ELISA DIOGO ARCHITECT & URBAN DESIGNER HAND HAND DRAWN DRAWN HAND HAND DRAWN DRAWN

PASSIONATE FOR CREATING SPACES WITH & FOR PEOPLE

BORN IN Porto, Portugal June 29, 1986

CONTACTS & OTHER INFORMATION Kastetvej 29, 9000 Aalborg, Danmark +45 50 37 23 43 +351 91 825 65 21 elisadiogosilva@gmail.com linkedin.com/in/elisa-diogo B + B1

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND 2016 . ACADEMIC RESEARCH INTERNSHIP . AALBORG UNIVERSITY The research topic was 'Urban Mobilities' One of the main task was to write a conference paper ‘Mapping Unknown Knowns - Sensitizing mobilities designers to mobile and lived experiences in physical infrastructures’ and present it at C-MUS Conference ‘Material Mobilities’ in November 2016. Kickoff, structuring, development and suggestion of forthcoming work of an urban projects' archive on mobilities design. 2012-15 . ARCHITECT . B(A)ª - BALTHAZAR AROSO ARQUITECTOS & URBIMAGEM Two years and a half of experience in the development and collaboration of projects such as housing, housing rehabilitation and change of use of commercial spaces. The main tasks were mostly architectural drawings both 2D & 3D, detailed and construction architectural drawings, drawings' supervision, site visits/follow up at construction site as well as materiality studies and research. Participation on the development of a light steel frame system developed at B(A)ª for URBIMAGEM. More information can be found on my linkedin profile.

SOFTWARE 2D ArchiCAD 3D ArchiCAD 2D AutoCAD 3D AutoCAD Artlantis Photoshop Illustrator Indesign Windows OS Mac OS

LANGUAGES Portuguese [native] English Spanish Danish [currently learning]

ORGANIZATIONAL & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES 2008-2010 Member of Architecture Students Association_PRO-ARQ at Lusíada University [Porto, Portugal]. 2000-2004 Member of Rotary International_Matosinhos Interact Club [Matosinhos, Portugal].

PERSONAL INTERESTS Photography Music Books Travel Swim Cook Spend time with family & friends

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND 2015-17 . MSC URBAN DESIGN . AALBORG UNIVERSITY, DENMARK In this masters programme, subjects such as water management, landscape design, mobilities design, sustainable and social integrated urban contexts, performative design and smart cities were in focus. My main academic interests are connected to infrastructure and mobilities design, city making and social integrated urban fabrics which are present in my masters thesis entitled “What if? A design strategy bridging urban edges in a section of the contemporary Aarhus.” . agdaps.dk/URBANEDGES_MASTERTHESIS/index.html 2004-12 . BA + MA ARCHITECTURE . LUSÍADA UNIVERSITY, PORTUGAL 2010-11 . MA ARCHITECTURE . BRNO UNIVERSITY OF THECHNOLOGY, CZECH REPUBLIC Among many types of projects such as housing, hospitals, schools, social housing and urban interventions, the aim was to develop concepts, study the morphological, physical and social surroundings (or any other relevant paramater), and develop a project until its construction details. In 2010/2011 at Brno University of Technology subjects such as conversion and adaption of buildings as well as both elderly and student housing were the main focus. Social housing and urbanism as one of my main interests ended up being explored in my master thesis entitled “The fragmented city. Social neighborhoods and Condominiums in Porto.” . http://repositorio.ulusiada.pt/handle/11067/293

SKILLS & COMPETENCES

PUBLICATIONS LIST

PROFESSIONAL Research & design-oriented Urban transformations & Mobilities Design Architectural & Urban design Accountable Motivated Organized

Tourism in transformation: From an urban hectic environment to urban resilience in Barcelona. The Urban Transcripts Journal. [online].

PERSONAL & SOCIAL Enthusiastic Outgoing Dynamic Curious Open-minded

2018. [IN PRESS]

‘Gentritourism‘ as a phenomenon and the subculture of visitors emerged from it. The Urban Transcripts Journal. [online]. 2018. [IN PRESS]

Mapping greyscapes. In: Lanng, D. & Lange, I.,ed. 2017. Urban Design Kaleidoscope 2017. Aalborg: AAU press. pp.21-22. 2017.

Mapping Unknown Knowns - Sensitizing mobilities designers to mobile and lived experiences in physical infrastructures. In: C-MUS, Material Mobilities. Aalborg, Denmark. 2016. [IN PRESS] 4


WHAT IF?

A DESIGN STRATEGY BRIDGING URBAN EDGES IN A SECTION OF THE CONTEMPORARY AARHUS AARHUS . DENMARK The modernistic development Gellerup in the western part of Aarhus has since its foundation been accompanied by social problems. The area has slowly become an enclosed island disconnected from the surrounding urban fabric. But what if there are ‘no problems’ in the area? What if the issues are caused bye lack of awareness? What if it is a result of physical and mental edges in the city? Current regeneration of Gellerup is focusing on the embedded potentials transforming the area into a vibrant urban life, but in its strong local focus, it has a tendency to lose sight of the wider urban context. This project develops a design strategy bridging the edges that disconnect Gellerup from the larger context. The project examines a section of the contemporary Aarhus including Aarhus C, Åbyhøj and Gellerup. It is a strategy strongly inspired by the architectural power to brand that works with three concepts of time; permanent interventions, temporary installations and events. The edges are bridged by introducing a permanent path for pedestrians and cyclists running through Åbyhøj, temporary installations in Aarhus C branding the qualities of Gellerup, and events along the section adding experiences and creating identities.

Playful Playful

A FOUR-PHASED STRATEGY

Art Social Art

1.Gellerup’s Strengths Social

Art Playful1.Gellerup’s Social Art Playful Social 1.Gellerup’s

In order to brand, playful, social and artistic qualities of Gellerup are studied, examined, ‘grabbed’.

Strengths Strengths

1.Gellerup’s Strengths

These qualities are reinterpreted and superimposed in Aarhus C in order to create an awareness of what is happening in Gellerup by working as a teaser of what is yet to come. A temporary path is introduced in Aarhus C pointing towards the opening of the permanent path running through Åbyhøj.

2.Interventions, events and a temporary path 2.Interventions, events and a temporary path 2.Interventions, events and a temporary path 2.Interventions, events and a temporary path

A permanent path inaugurates at the same time as the opening of Blok B4 creating a strong physical connection along the section. Shortterm interventions along the section aim to generate meaningful experiences catalyzing the process of awareness, slowly fading the existing mental edges.

3.Permanent path and opening of the ’Blok4’ 3.Permanent path and opening of the ’Blok4’ 3.Permanent path and opening of the ’Blok4’ 3.Permanent path and opening of the ’Blok4’

The catalyst leaves when edges are bridged.

4.The path 4.The path 4.The path 4.The path C. A. Thyregods Vej

Strong visible elements create a clear understanding of the path. The project has chosen to work with the colour yellow to create a resilient identity that colours the surface of the bike path to higher the safety of the cyclists. Furthermore, the yellow surface aims to emphasize social meetings spots between the different existing cultures and to activate existing functions.

The Park

Gellerup Gellerup

Åbyhøj

Aarhus C

Åbyhøj

Aarhus C

One way -> Gellerup Gellerup

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Gellerup

Åbyhøj Åbyhøj

Aarhus CC Aarhus

Åbyhøj

Aarhus C

0.Section

The Cemetery

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Fenrisvej Århus statsgymnasium Basketball Bike pitstop

The Bridge Street intersection

Globus1 Blok B4

Art installation Herb garden

<-cars->

The Allotments Klokkervej

The School & Carit Etlars Vej Gammelgårdsskolen Skater park Playground Running track ‘Plug and play’ Food Bazar

The path . The nodes, the turns, their materiality and concepts

One way ->

The Plaza Kvickly/parking Plug-in activity Plug-in Bazar Bus stop Recycling

Connection to path

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IN ADDITION TO THE STRATEGY, TWO SPACES WERE DESIGNED IN MORE DETAIL TO INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBILITIES OF THIS PROJECT IN URBAN TERMS...

THE PLAZA Connection Parking

The Plaza

The space

Kvickly is an ordinary grocery store defined by an anonymous architecture over decorated by advertisement signs. It is one of the largest public areas in Åbyhøj playing a central role in the daily routines of its residents and Gellerup residents. The space has a large exposure as it is placed directly to the busy Silkeborgvej, the main vein connecting Gellerup and Aarhus C, thus having great potentials yet to be explored. The project claims the space to a public domain – a plaza. It examines what would happen if the parking lot was a meeting spot. The concept is to work the area in layers that are added to enphasize certain activities, or functions.

The dune

The Flows

The food bazar

The functions

OK OK

FOOD

Bus

Comercial signs

CULTURE

BAZAR KVICKLY

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[KVICKLY SUPERMARKET]

T H E P A T H

Bus

The design interprets the bazar and the social characteristics of Gellerup into the context of Kvickly’s parking lot. It is a spatial reorganisation creating the opportunity for people to meet and experience a cultural variety. Kvickly Bazar is a flexible structure allowing food trucks and Kvickly’s vegetables market to plug-in their products. A food truck selling fish already occupies the area several times a week, and by introducing the plug-in bazar, the grocery shopping at Kvickly can be supplemented with exotic spices, creating a multi-cultural shopping experience thus, providing an unique platform for cultural exchanges. Through meaningful experiences, certain misconceptions towards Gellerup tend to diminish ‘breaking down’ less tangible edges of the urban fabric. Through architecture, branding becomes interactive and creates an opportunity for a metting spot in a less traditional space of the city that offers what other metting areas of the city do not have.

View from Silkeborgvej [Aarhus - Gellerup direction]

Site plan . The Plaza


[GAMMELGÅRDSSKOLEN]

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THE SCHOOL

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Gammelgårdsskolen is the local public school having pupils from both Åbyhøj and Gellerup. It is therefore, a space of daily social exchanges between cultures. The project opens up the school towards the street making it an active actor in the urban life. It uses the falling terrain to make a skater park that can be used both during the school day and after. The skater park is surrounded with seating stairs making it a social space for children and teenagers to meet, skate, observe and talk. The yellow colour is used to create a playful surface, moreover, it creates an awareness that the space is for the vulnerable road users and the cars have to follow their pace. Following the same concept as Kvickly, the place introduces space for food truck to plug-in and sell food during lunch break presenting the children to different cultures.

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WHAT IF... A

THE STREET HOLDS THE GREATEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PARTY

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Site plan . The school & The residential street

THE RESIDENTIAL STREET

[C. A. THYREGODS VEJ]

C. A. Thyregods Vej is a common residential street in a Danish suburb inhabited by economically strong families, where the land plots are divided with fences. However, the street does not reflect the life happening behind these. The street itself is empty with boring sidewalks and parking along the side. It does not create opportunities for socializing. The project claims the street back to its original function as a social meeting platform between humans in movement. It works with two layers: the daily mobile space and the social events. The first one is frictionless for the cyclists, creating in the meanwhile friction for the cars offering a safer space for the most vulnerable road users. The street offers what the backyard does not offer, a long hard surface affording to play with bikes, roller skates and skateboards.

The school atmosphere with the plug-in trucks on a school day

The street on an event day

The new character of the street affords social events such as neighbourhood parties, play days etc. to create experiences that enhance the identity of the area and generate a greater social life.

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for more information on this project: http://agdaps.dk/URBANEDGES_MASTERTHESIS/index.html


MAPPING GREYSCAPES

Aarhus comprises different intensities, deficits, temporalities, people, and moments that play a role in urban daily life. However, none of the temporary activities, the resilient cultural intensity, the development of certain areas, the lack of knowledge, and misconceptions toward other areas are represented, in the ordinary mapping of urban structures. Through an inventive superimposition of representation techniques, such as letterings, drawings, photographs, words, and symbols (and perhaps many others), the lived environment of Aarhus is suggested.” (Silva, 2017:21) The illustration explores mapping, a common technique among architects and urban designers, with the insights of interpreting the urban fabric as the result of the vibrant and mutable dialogue between people and the physical settings through time (Spirn, 1988). Thus, it becomes an explorative surface illustrating the urban fabric as a living scenario and not as the perpetual settings of human life. This illustration is part of an article that emerges from a study trip mapping assignment and the conference paper ‘Mapping Unknown Knowns – Sensitizing mobilities designers to mobile and lived experiences in physical infrastructures’ by Elisa Silva, Ditte Lanng & Simon Wind, presented at C-MUS 2016 Conference – Material Mobilities. The interpretation of Aarhus city is inspired on interviews carried out within the scope of my Urban Design master thesis ‘What if? A design strategy bridging urban edges in a section of the contemporary Aarhus’, by Elisa, Louise & Maria (AAU, 2017). Full article in: Mapping Greyscapes. In: Lanng, D. & Lange, I.,ed. 2017. Urban Design Kaleidoscope 2017. Aalborg: AAU press. pp.21-22. Link: https://issuu.com/elisadiogo/docs/mapping_greyscapes

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MAPPING MORE THAN GREYSCAPES - mapping less-material existences of Aarhusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; urban lived environment

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SLOW DOWN Concept development section

VESTBYEN TRAIN STATION AALBORG . DENMARK Vestbyen Station is a node of many mobile situations however, it is not designed for their needs. Daily routes are taking more time on people’s life so they should not be taken for granted, they should be explored and challenged. With this insights in mind, the project aims to offer an experience to these ordinary daily moments both while on the move or waiting for a transportation mode. Vestbyen Station will enjoy a better integration with the surroundings, serve their needs and will be ‘the entrance’ to the nearby future developments. Resembling the landscape of Scandinavian nature, the site will be greener and lusher than the ordinary urban station establishing a connection with the surrounding green areas. The vision is to give the travellers an extraordinary experience through their senses and different affordances, and by this creating a slower pace in the urban fabric.

[B]

LANDSCAPE OF MOBILE AFFORDANCES LANDSCAPE OF AFFORDANCES

MOBILE SITUATION A B

[A]

SLOW DOWN

[C]

VESTBYEN STATION

Slow down is experiencing, touching, feeling, interacting, tasting, smelling while moving.

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The design merges landscape and mobility offering experiences that are not normally seen in a place like Vestbyen Station. Through that experience, it is desired that users embrace the site not only as a transit space, but as an area with its own life and identity. The concept aims on getting people to slow down. A bicycle ride should be enjoyed, a daily route to school should be an experience and waiting for the train should be playful. It is through a landscape that the physical settings gain shape affording diverse situations, facilitating daily practices, and improving interactions. Through a landscape of affordances becomes effortless to grab a coffee, park a bike, seat and enjoy the sun, interact with other passers-by or find an alternative route crossing the pleasing smells and lovely colours of this Scandinavian inspired landscape urban station. Routes and connections as the greater feature of the area, give to flows major priority. Therefore, existing and necessary flows ‘shape’ the landscape drawing the access to different modes of transport as establishes the connection between them.


[A] THE TRAIN PLATFORM The landscape grows from the bottom grabbing the train platform creating a link between both levels. Once it gets to the waiting area, is interrupted by a concrete structure that affords seating. In this area, emerges the opportunity to interact while waiting. Benches with games 25,92,100,20 on the surfaces that can only be played with the presence of another user might strengthen the possibility of interaction. Implementing two benches close enough to one another can also instigate interaction by ‘pointing out’ each others presence. Once more, the social realm comes forward.

[A]

[B] THE NEW TUNNEL The tunnel is crossing diagonally the train platform creating a new flow in the site that connects directly the new car parking in the west side of the platform with the east side. This flow will be used by people heading Kvickly supermarket, the language school, the new parking or by those who just look for a faster connection to the west side of the platform. The tunnel will see its walls made of corten-steel become illuminated during night time through some holes, thus affording guidance, safeness and playfulness due to the material’s texture and the lights, improving the experience while on the move.

[C] THE CAFÉ

[ADDED COMMERCIAL SPACE]

This moment is placed in a central location regarding the intervention site and is expected to bring some life to the area. Due to its connection to a function, it becomes a recreational and a longer staying area, thus it provides different atmospheres: A clean concrete surface enriched by outdoor furniture allowing a pleasant stay while enjoying a long coffee in a more urban atmosphere, while slightly above emerges a ‘secret garden’. This latest presents the area with a smaller scale space that has an intimate and cosy feeling. The space affords different activites while waiting for the train offer a possibility of longer stays bringing life to the site.

[B]

[C]

The peculiar atmosphere offered by the distinctive Scandinavian landscape

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TOURISM IN TRANSFORMATION FROM URBAN CHAOS TO URBAN RESILIENCE IN BARCELONA

Congested traffic infrastructures, overcrowded public spaces, schedules that avert groups of tourists’ from entering in order to keep the space functioning, property speculation, paid entrances into public parks to avoid a too high number of visitors, restless nights for city dwellers, unfriendly social environment between visitors and residents, endless queues that ruin the essence of spaces, excessive erosion of cultural heritage. These are only a few of the consequences of mass tourism.

Are schedule restrictions the most effective solution to overcrowded spaces? Should the urban fabric be treated like an amusement park serving tourism necessities? Are barriers the answer to this type of urban occurrences? It is urgent to sketch, experiment and formulate solutions for the future of our cities.”

The article highlights the attractive and touristic city of Barcelona to sustain and illustrate how damaging can mass tourism be. ‘Alternative tourism’ is a possible response to mass tourism and so, steps taken so far to mediate the situation are analysed and brought forth. From public platforms that arbitrate all stakeholders’ interests along with citizen’s concerns, to citizens’ love for their city by carrying out by their own hands alternative accommodations that vision to diminish the environmental footprint of each visitor are the kick-start to dig for possible alternatives for our future cities. Urban designers, planners and architects, as some of the people that better know their cities and among the ones responsible for it must participate actively of such discussions. This article has been submitted to ‘The Urban Transcripts Journal’ and it has been approved. Status: in press.

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THE OVERCROWDED CITY - A collage of excerpts of two different illustrations of the article intending to picture the crowded city, the atmosphere experienced by tourists and residents, the lack of visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; awareness about the city and its public space caused by certain over-branded elements of the city.

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Site plan . 1/2000

1. Non-place

2. Flow creation

3. Scaffold phase

4. Plug-in phase

5. Cinema & Greenhouse

6. Art Centre

ART INDUSTRY

TEMPORARY ART CENTRE . HOLSTEBRO . DENMARK

MOSTLY PRESENT IN THE DESIGN & THINKING PROCESS, 3D, PLANS AND BUILDING A RELEVANT THEORY DISCUSSION.

The Slaughter house, once an important piece of the ‘puzzle’ that generated history and employment to the city of Holstebro, is now under a process of transformation, re-adaptation to the new needs of the city. It can be stated to be in a transition zone between the city centre and the University College (VIA) Campus and simultaneously in a transition period between being a city cultural mark to a new area of development of the city. According to Sennet (2006), transition zones are usually of great potential regarding the creation of new democratic spaces, in other words, are of great potential for co-creation, for development of new identities and for being the meeting platform between citizens and stakeholders.

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In this under development context, the ArtIndustry project emerges as a catalyst for an old industrial building, where Art arises as the key element and connector between the existing functions, new functions and the players of the area. The idea goes by looking at the site as the main structure that aggregates multiple architecture elements. Those elements, besides being temporary and movable, connect to the main structure. The project uses Art as the ‘plug-in’ where exhibition boxes are plugged-in on a main structure, similarlly to the capsules in the Plug-in City. These capsules are interpreted as devices that can be moved and pluged-in in other areas of the site and of the city.

The ‘Temporary Art Centre’ is not only a work in progress as it ends-up being a teaser of what is yet to come


The building has an “under construction” or “work in progress” character acquired by the use of scaffolds, containers and polycarbonate boxes. Through its materiality, provides a closer and sensorial connection between it and the users, also known as haptic architecture or somaaesthetic experience defined and obtained by body’s motion and body’s contact with materiality (Pallasmaa, 2005). The scaffolds are the main structure, like the bones in a human body while containers represent the static functions of the intervention - entrance, reception/ information point and caffe area - somehow like the organs in the human body. As for the polycarbonate boxes, those are the most similar to a body’s skin, they represent what it shanges from person to person. These boxes are where exhibitions are held offering a small and cosy space protected from the surroundings where people can relate with the art works.

Timeline of the strategy

STRATEGY

Axonometry of the ‘Temporary Art Centre’

With Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture 2017, the underdeveloped area of the Slaughter house will host an intervention that will open doors to the future planned Art Centre. In a 20 years perspective, the temporary Art Centre will emerge in the exact year of 2017. The strategy starts with a small intervention consisting in a bus stop made out of scaffolds and polycarbonate that will draw attention towards the site and its future transformations. Following, another element is introduced, the container. During this time other smaller interventions aiming a bigger connection to the city life, will also take place. Between 2017 and 2020 - the expected time for the planned Art Centre - the temporary intervention will function as a catalyst for the area. After 2020 until 2025, the art boxes, the plug-in elements of the project, will start to be spread in the surroundings in order to maintain a tight link between both interventions. In the five years between 2025 and 2030, it is expected that the plug-in element (art boxes) will be plugged-out and spread in other areas of the property in order to boost the public space and to contribute to its development. From 2030 onwards, those same boxes will be spread through the city in order to preserve a memory of the ArtIndustry intervention contributing to a more cultural city while creating an unique identity.

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Site plan . 1/2000

1. THE ICEBERG

2. BREAKING POINTS

1. THE SHAPE

1. THE BUILDING

A mass emerges filling up the big existing void in order to solidify the city block.

The big mass, resembling an iceberg, breaks into smaller masses to incorporate functions.

The mass becomes less compact and starts to gain different shapes due to the breaking points.

The mass is now composed by five separated pieces whose shapes still resemble an iceberg.

THE ICEBERG

STUDENT HOUSING . BRNO . CZECH REPUBLIC INDIVIDUAL PROJECT - ALL ELEMENTS AND PHASES WERE EXECUTED BY ME.

When designing the project, some issues were considered regarding the structure of the city. It’s a river front quite consolidated, with the exception of the operation area, a corner without identity, which are usually quite relevant spaces that define roads and are often landmarks in cities. These reasons led to an imposing intervention that occupies the entire block to close it, like a stone, like an iceberg. The simple iceberg was broken into pieces in order to create as many facades as possible but always as part of a single element, as if we reunite them, they would become one block only. The project is developed in the three front buildings where the two

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hindquarters are for later intervention to be areas that support the university and the residence. All social and administrative spaces are located on the ground floor with a more public nature and the upper floors are dedicated to the rooms and apartments. These were designed to be for two people and apartments for four or five people. The desired image for the project is the compactness and coldness given by the concrete with openings that appear random, however, are based on the same measure which is divided into parts to create the apertures. The aim of the project is to give cohesion to the site, and as an iceberg, be impactful, exceptional, monumental, large and cohesive.

‘The Iceberg’ student housing consolidates and marks the corner of the block offering a stronger identity and a visual reference to the area.


OTHER PROJECTS

B(A)ª ARQUITECTOS & URBIMAGEM . PORTO . PORTUGAL Between 2012 and 2014 at B(A)ª-Balthazar Aroso, arquitectos, while doing a curricular internship and the admission internship to the Association of Portuguese Architects, I had the opportunity to work in different phases of architecture such as surveys, urban analysis, follow the conceptual development of some projects, execution project, follow-up at site construction and materiality studies. It was an enriching experience concerning the different stages of a project. The main areas in focus were housing, housing rehabilitation and expansion and also the change of use of commercial spaces. I had also the chance to participate in a public competition for urban requalification in Sardinia. From 2014 to 2015 I worked at URBIMAGEM, which is a part of B(A)ª group, where I was working with space organization, construction architecture, architectural drawings (plans, sections, 3D, detailed contruction drawings), measurements and budgets, materials and both applying and creating light steel frame systems (LSF B(A)ª system) in both national and international projects. Both experiences in B(A)ª group provide me a transversal architectural knowledge on different stages of an architecture project. Some of the projects are posted on their websites, and other are still being developed and were not yet published.

Urban requalification . Sardinia, Italy [competition]

Housing rehabilitation . Porto, Portugal.

Housing . Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. 18


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Architecture & Urban Design Portfolio  

Small assortment of works (projects, illustrations, small research) within the field of architecture and urban design.

Architecture & Urban Design Portfolio  

Small assortment of works (projects, illustrations, small research) within the field of architecture and urban design.

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