Synthesis by Igor Marko
Photos @ Academia Cidadã and participants of the Master Class
The highly challenging urban regeneration case-study was focused on one of Lisbon’s oldest districts – Mouraria.
Lisbon Masterclass #1 – Exploring Mouraria – site analysis, observation and mapping
Paula Marques, councilwoman for Housing of the Municipality of Lisbon, during the Master Class’s opening
Mouraria originated as a 13th century Moorish neighbourhood and remained a marginal downtown area. Nowadays, parts of Mouraria are affected by tourism, others are still deprived with high levels of migrant population and social housing. Cheap property prices and proximity to other tourist destinations (Alfama, Castelo) raise realistic assumptions that Mouraria will face large influx of investment in real estate and tourism infrastructure, resulting in gentrification.
Field trip to historic centre of Lisbon, promoted by Lisbon Sustainable Tourism
Lisboa Masterclass # 2 – Methods and Processes – connecting spatial and social networks
The workshop was organised in a series of dynamic group sessions including mapping, constructing urban narratives, field interviews, character building and role play. We have overlaid physical and social networks that form current qualities of Mouraria which will become fundamental in order to preserve authenticity and develop resilience within this neighborhood. Preserving local qualities and character will offset future challenges Mouraria is facing in light of increased tourism.
Mapping: textures, spaces and sensuality
5 hours = 40 interviews, 40 stories
Lisboa Masterclass # 3 – Presentation – findings and opportunities
The week long masterclass culminated in an afternoon of public presentations in presence of the Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, planning officials, local community members and stakeholders.
The research findings indicate that negotiation of city making is an ongoing process based on:
Defining qualities of the place recognised by the whole spectrum of local community and stakeholders;
A system of monitoring of change and trends based on live data;
A communication platform to enable inclusive engagement;
Inspirational nature of transformation, both physical and psychological.
The Master Class “City Making and Tourism Gentrification” could not have been achieved without the active participation of the following partners: