On March 31st the Task Force Webinar was organised to allow Advisory Board members and project participants to learn and discuss how the events in the Lisbon Lab are unfolding. Planned originally as a Task Force site visit, the webinar was organised following the travel restrictions in the Covid epidemic crisis.
The webinar was used to bring up the most urgent issues, and focus on the upcoming difficulties, especially considering the growing economic and social problems caused by the epidemic. The webinar was an opening event, paving the way for future, more specific discussions.
At the bottom of this page are slides and Q & A session notes.
Miguel Brito gave a good overview of the project or Lisbon Lab within OH, the general concept became much clearer but there still some more questions to be answered in greater detail. The following are some notes and observations about what was covered during the webinar:
The general urban fabric of the neighborhood, Marvila Velha, is old and working class with a strong living memory that sustains a strong identity to the place.
The area was originally inhabited by aristocrats and later it became an industrial compound. Gradually abandoned since the 20th century, many warehouses and factories were left to deteriorate.
Almost all the housing in the neighborhood around are social or cooperative housing with little public spaces shared between them. It also doesn't help that the area is poorly connected by pubic transport. The neighborhoods within the area resemble islands disconnected from the city. While at the beginning of the 19th century there was a strong pull for residents especially coming to do industrial work, currently the area is dying demographically.
However, in the past five years the neighborhood has become an area for creative and trendy industries.
- Marvila Library
- Palácio Marquês de Abrantes
- Hub Criativo Beato - innovation center for creative and technological companies that encourage entrepreneurship
PROJECTS IN THE AREA
Through the BipZip programme, the municipality launched a call for small resident led interventions to open space for participatory methods and rethink reuse.
One such project was Desenhar Redes em Marvila where residents were able to introduce proposals and execute their own ideas for reuse with a grant from the municipality.
LISBON CHL STRATEGY
- Use the Palácio Marquês de Abrantes as an anchor to support sustainable, urban, economic, social, and environmental local development.
- use the site as an anchor to support community resilience.
- Part of the Marques de Abrantes Palace (MAP) will be turned into affordable housing. 2 scenario’s for that, one based on mixed approach (public/private) or just public led.
They also aim to develop methods within the area for co-creation and collective decision making with a strong co-governance model.
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION
These are the following topics that we'd like to explore after the meeting
- Housing - the municipality is planning to have affordable homes in the area
- neighborhood and business development: how can you change the neighborhood, which has been physically cut off ( we talked a lot about the transportation questions). There are other municipal-led developments in the area - so this is just a piece of the puzzle. It has general lessons for industrial sites and their current life - the entire area has been a center of 19th century industrialisation
- heritage use - we had no time to really touch upon this issue, but the site is a former aristocratic building
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