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2011

Personal information Date of birth: 13/06/1980 Nationality: Portuguese Architects' No: 13254 Address: Rua Ferreira Borges, No. 183, 5 F, 1350-131 Lisbon Mobile: +351964573922 E-mail: flavio.a.branco@gmail.com

Flávio A. Branco is a Degree Graduate in Architecture and Urban Planning since 2003, by the Architecture Faculty of the Technical University of Lisbon. He took part of an academic exchange, under the Erasmus Programme in 2002 for the duration of a semester at the École d' Architecture et Paysage de Bordeaux. In 2003 he started his professional practice as an intern at Sítios&Formas in Coimbra, where remained for four years participating mainly in the development of Land use planning and Urbanism programmes for the central and northern regions of Portugal. In 2007 he returned to Lisbon to work at Entreplanos Architecture Urbanism and Design, coordinating and developing two Detailed Urban Plans for the Council of Mafra and also participating in design projects of Schools.


presentation / index / urbanism / architecture Urbanism

Architecture

2010. Safeguard Plan of Olhao‟s Historic Centre (competition)

2009. João Meira‟s Elementary and High School – Guimarães

2010. Urban Re-qualification Plan of the Vasco da Gama Avenue, Sines, Portugal (competition)

2008. Velas‟s Elementary and High School – S. Miguel, Azores

2009. Urban Detail Plan of the Faro‟s Beach (competition)

2007. Évora Resort – Plot D4 2008. Urban Re-qualification of Alcácer do Sal Fairgoung (competition) 2007. Évora Resort – Plot E20 2008. Urban Detail Plan of Vila Nova de Mafra

2007. Urban Detail Plan of Venda do Pinheiro

2007. Vila Franca do Campo‟s High School – S. Miguel, Azores

2006. Revision of Fornos de Algodres‟s Master Plan

2006. Coimbra‟s New Interactive Science Centre

2006. Urban re-qualification of Robinson‟s Factory – Portalegre (competition) 2005. Safeguard Plan of Chaves‟s Historic Centre 2005. Urban Detail Plan of Coimbra Street, Lousã

2004. Oliveira de Azeméis‟s Master Plan


2010

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Proposal scheme

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Safeguard Plan of Olhao’s Historic Center Public Competition Location: OlhĂŁo For: Olhaoâ€&#x;s City Council In collaboration with: Entreplanos

The design proposal seeks to create the conditions to endow the historical centre with a set of features that can stimulate and boost the area.

Photomontage

This is an urban area of great heritage value for its aesthetic originality (traditionally referred to as "Cubist" architecture). The intervention in existing buildings is of particular relevance, given the seriousness of problems and pathologies encountered (bad state of conservation, poor sanitation and inadequate infrastructures). The morphological characteristics of the urban grid (originally designed for a smaller scale use by pedestrians) require undertaking special measures to control accessibility, including a new transport policy and mobility.


2010

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Mobility scheme

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Urban re-qualification of Vasco da Gama Avenue Public Competition Location: Sines For: Sinesâ€&#x;s City Council In collaboration with: Entreplanos The design proposal for the rehabilitation and urban requalification of Vasco da Gama Avenue, seeks to have an influence in the experience and comprehension of the city in general. It produces the answer to a problem, resulting of its natural constraints and its development, for an area that is currently disconnected from the urban grid, wasting part of its enormous potential.

Photomontage

With a privileged natural setting and features it is imperative to make this area a part of the city and of its inhabitants, giving it new uses, new urban readings and promoting strong relationships with the urban centre. And also by qualifying it ecologically and granting it with attributes that will enable it to adapt to different urban experiences (festivals, fairs, sports etc.). The connection of the intervention area with its urban surroundings is one of the key points of design proposal. It reinforces and reinterprets existing connections and focuses on developing new routes with full access for the use of disabled people.


2009

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Mobility scheme

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Urban Detail Plan of Faro’s Beach Public competition Location: Faro For: Faro‟s City Coucil In collaboration with: Entreplanos

The Urban Detailed Plan of Faro Beach is part in a strategic plan of broader action. The Coastline Development Plan of Vilamoura - Vila Real de Santo António seeks to establish strategies for a sustainable development of this territory. The design presented seeks to promote the improvement of urban life, tourism offer and all activities related to leisure, by improving infrastructures and establishing a focal point that, for its innovation and quality, allows boosting progress in all economic activities connected to the “Ria Formosa”. It aims for the preservation of the intrinsic local characteristics such as the fishing activities and the social system involved.

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3D simulation

2008

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Urban Re-qualification of Alcácer do Sal Fairground Public competition Location: Alcácer do Sal For: Alcácer do Sal‟s City Council In collaboration with: Entreplanos With the need to rehabilitate the exhibition grounds, this project aims to have an influence on the city itself. The design proposal seeks to have an influence in the city, seeking to integrate an urban area, which as a result of its development and constraints, is currently detached of the urban fabric, wasting the huge potential it possesses.

Occupation scenarios

Clearly urban, this area contains a set of buildings which is structuring for the population's every day life, such as the Market, the Court, the Bullring and the City Park. However, its physical and visual relationship with the agricultural and natural landscape gives a distinctive appearance. In this way, both objective and motivational aspects of the proposal can be defined. Firstly its urban features and the necessity of integration in the urban fabric and on the other hand its relationship with the surrounding landscape, a necessary element increasingly valued for the human condition.


2008 - 2010

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Road hierarchy

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Urban Detail Plan of Vila Nova de Mafra Location: Mafra For: Mafraâ€&#x;s City Council Current SItuation: Final version for publication In collaboration with: Entreplanos

The natural expansion area of the Town of Mafra, whose nearest surroundings, reveals strong signals of urban dynamics and of strong and carefully thought trough urban design. Despite being a low density occupation area, it appears that the urban design environment is a determinant factor for the tracing for the expansion of the built area on the north side of the plateau zone. The proposal is of continuity of the radial-concentric structure existing within the boundaries of the Plan, which is basically an extension of certain lanes in arch.


2007 - 2010

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Green structure plan

Site Plan

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Urban Detail Plan of Venda do Pinheiro Location: Venda do Pinheiro - Mafra For: Mafraâ€&#x;s City Council Current situation: In public inquiry In collaboration with: Entreplanos

The urban pressure which is confirmed in site, mainly associated to well planed accessibility of the area, produced negative practical outcomes, resulting in fragmented urban fabric and obvious shortcomings.

It is important to seize the dynamics installed establishing an effective urban control, which can lead to a prudent manner of changing the landscape, in expressive ways of life resulting from such expansion. The site has an amount of significant expansion area to the rear of the occupation zone which occurred allong the main roads. It is proposed a merger of the various fragments of this territorial unit, based on a central unifying element: A linear green space that accompanies the existing waterline.


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Urban areas plan

Hypsometry plan

2006

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Revision of Fornos de Algodres Master Plan Location: Fornos de Algodres For: Fornos de Algodresâ€&#x;s City Council Current situation: In review In collaboration with:: SĂ­tios&Formas

This revision updates the model of spatial structure of the territorial municipal area. Due to the construction of new roads, Fornos de Algodres has been drawing close to becoming like the main cities of Portugal and Spain. It has, therefore, become viable and necessary to enhance its natural resources and cultural heritage as important factors of development. It is also necessary to reinforce the inter-territorial relations within tourism and other economic activities.

The diverse clusters will be equipped according to the demographic and socio-economic needs of residents, adding it value, focusing on revitalizing the economy of the rural areas on a reciprocal basis, through the establishment of urban-rural partnerships which envisage the strengthening of territorial cohesion.


2006

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Site plan

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Urban Re-qualification of Robinson’s Factory Public competition Location: Portalegre For: Robinson‟s Foundation In collaboration with:: Sítios&Formas

3D simulation

The relocation of the Robinson factory for the Industrial Area of Portalegre releases grounds located in an important area of the city. The site is mostly composed of hangars, warehouses and workshops in addition to the main building, which define the Square Jardim Operário (garden) main elevation. This design proposal is a response to the initiative of the launching of a rehabilitation programme of the former factory premises. It intends to recover its historical connection to the city and to redefine the roles of the different buildings which constituted their premises, using the existing buildings for housing urban equipment of which the city is in need of.


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Site plan

Floors analysis

2005

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Safeguard Plan of Chaves’s Historic Center Location: Chaves, For: ChavesPolis Current situation: Published In collaboration with:: Sítios&Formas

The Safeguard Plan is developed under the form of a detailed plan with the intent to increase the effectiveness of the dispositions regarding the conservation and enhancement of architectural heritage (structure, materials, composition, decorative elements, and colours) and other urban elements of interest:

Existing street

Intervention

a) The urban configuration, the model of the traditional quarter and the reticular road network; b) The relationship of proportion and scale between the public space, the buildings and their backyards; c) The connections between the river and its banks; The urban model offered aims at reducing the use of the car, promoting pedestrian movement and focusing on public transport. This model is based on the concept of proximity between the different centres of attraction of public interest, having as a backdrop the presence of trade and services, predominantly in the Historic Centre of Chaves.


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3D simulation

2005

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Urban Detail Plan of Coimbra Street Location Lousã Fot: Lousã‟s City Council Situação actual: In review In collaboration with:: Sítios&Formas

With 30 acres, this plan consists of the programming of the new expansion area of Lousã. As goals, we seek to enhance the entry into the urban cluster, to create a multifunctional area and to provide infrastructural support. As the grounds are plane, the proposed design follows a reticulated model which fully integrates the existing road structure. And also presents a new Avenue as a primary urban support and a privileged planned grid.


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Planning proposal

Hypsometry scheme

2004

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Oliveira de Azeméis’s Master Plan Location: Oliveira de Azeméis For: Oliveira de Azeméis„sCity Council Current situatuin: Published In collaboration with:: Sítios&Formas

The drafting of Oliveira de Azeméis „s Master Plan had as key issues the importance of networks, of public space and of public facilities as functional elements and symbolic languages which identify a given period of the life of the city with its needs and the response to such needs. With 695 hectares of intervention area, this plan aims to consolidate the city as a central driving force of unity in the district. It is translated into ratios, an idealized volumetric scenario of the city. It consists of a decrease in the density of the built environment as one travels from the city centre to the periphery. To this end, the boundaries of several of several areas, of predominantly residential use, of the city (neighbourhoods) were grouped according to some of their common features, with reference to the work of Kevin Lynch.


2009

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Building photos

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João Meira’s Elementary and High School Construction stage Location: Guimarães For: Guimarães‟s City Council Current situation: Built In collaboration with: Entreplanos

The concept which led to the building's design was based on the principle of distributing the functional areas of more public and social character and the school management areas on the ground floor and the positioning the classrooms on the upper floor. To this premise was associated the condition of which it was mandatory to keep Block C (an existing building) in the new functional structure of the School. The new design proposal for the school is based on the construction of two new volumes of different in shapes and plan configuration. This mimetism will be claimed and highlighted in terms of treatment of the facade.


2008

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Model photos

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Velas’s Elementary and High School Construction stage Location: Velas – S. Jorge Island, Azores For: Regional Government Current situation: Under construction In collaboration with: Entreplanos De acordo com o caderno de encargos e atendendo ao mau estado de conservação dos edifícios existentes, a sua demolição é condição na elaboração da proposta apresentada. O conceito que orientou a concepção da Escola, prende-se com a necessidade de criar, atendendo a diversidade da faixa etária dos alunos e o vasto e ambicioso programa preliminar definido para a escola, zonas perfeitamente diferenciadas ao nível dos grupos funcionais da escola, recreios cobertos e descobertos e parque desportivo. Assim, assume-se claramente a sectorização espacial dos níveis de ensino do pré-escolar, 1º ciclo, relativamente aos do 2º,3º Ciclos e Secundário.

Alçado Planta da cobertura

Optou-se por construir o edifício parcialmente com três pisos (cércea permitida pelo PDM de Velas), libertando desta forma área de recreio suficiente para albergar o programa preliminar para ocupação de espaços exteriores.


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3D simulation

2007

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Évora Resort –Plot D4 Competition Location: Évora For: Évora Resort In collaboration with: Entreplanos

We propose to build two-bedroom row houses on two levels, with private garden and swimming pool. Elevation

We seek a certain indefinition of limits between the lots and the golf course green, allowing unrestricted views overlooking waterfront.


2007

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3D simulation

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Évora Resort – Plot E20 Competition Location: Évora For: Évora Resort In collaboration with: Entreplanos

The organic shaped block volume varies between 1 and 2 levels, allowing views of the surrounding landscape and its inner courtyard. This space is intended to be the "meeting point" of the neighbourhood.

Elevation

We propose to create a semi-private "buffer zone" in front of all ground floors (which have their living rooms facing the courtyard), made of green areas, decks and swimming pool. We sought to diversify the housing typologies ranging from flats with private patios to duplex apartments.


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3D simulation

2007

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Vila Franca do Campo’s High School Construction stage Location:Vila Franca do Campo, S. Miguel - Azores For: Regional Government Current situation: Built In collaboration with:: Sítios&Formas

The EBS of Vila Franca do Campo, is located on a land of 22000 m². Building photo

The school configures a rectangular enclosure with grea ter development in the north-south direction and showing a slight incline towards the south. This is a fragmented composition, with canopies and ou tdoor spaces which seek to qualify the new school in its functional and plastic aspects. The placement of the various buildings as well as the landscaping take into account the need to phase the construction works, maintaining the operation, although it may be conditioning to the school activities.


2006

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Building photo

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Coimbra’s New Interactive Science Center Construction stage Location: Coimbra For: Coimbra‟s Interactive Science Center Current situation: Built In collaboration with:: Sítios&Formas

3D simulation

The project fits with the broad objective set by Polis Programme for the Detailed Plan prepared for the site the urban regeneration of the waterfront of the Mondego River - and, more specifically, with the aim of expanding of the network of public buildings. The shape designed consists of two bodies, based on a square, joined by a gallery. It meets the maximum area of placement envisaged in the Plan of Detail (2 x 470m2), the maximum height (6m) and floor height (21m). The polygon is oriented according to elements of the urban structure, outlined by the surroundings.


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