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Strategy and Objectives

CITAD intends through the Strategic Project for the period 2019-2020, to consolidate the growing scientific production and to materialize its strategic vision of an Interdisciplinary Center of Excellence.

CITAD defined its objectives and chose its strategy for this application.

This Centre proposes a strategy for this application, which is Architecture for Development and has chosen four themes: Urban Regeneration, Sustainable Construction/Energy Efficiency, Housing and Heritage, and Design. 

The goals of this Research Center are: to develop research areas that bring together the fundamental scientific areas of Territory, Architecture, and Design, working with diverse researchers of various origins, universities, municipalities, industries, and companies, with the aim of disseminating findings for the benefit of the academic community and society. 

We live in a time in which Architecture and our cities are increasingly important challenges in a world where sustainability introduces paradigm shifts to the fundamental questions of research. Economic growth based on the consumption of fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gases, global warming and climate change has led to an imbalance between economic growth, protection of the environment and people's quality of life.

These facts, which generate changes in our society and in the very formation of architects and other actors, pose challenges that until now have not been considered at the most basic level, due to the continued careless consumption of natural resources, to the excessive production of waste, and to the planet’s soaring population.  There is a trend toward the concentration of population in the big cities, which are saturated and polluting. 

Today there is a need to guarantee that the architecture contributes to the construction of inclusive city in which their solutions are the result of an incremental advance design model.

The demographic growth, projected for certain parts of the planet, and the need for urgent resolution of the housing needs of these regions, makes timely again, the topic of the use of materials and technology of prefabrication, with the updating of processes and utilization of more sustainable local materials.

In the same context our strategic project ensures that in their research model, to integrate the themes of Sustainable Construction/Energy Efficiency; Heritage; Urban Rehabilitation and innovative factor of intersection and integration in the investigation of the subject area of Design.

The need to articulate the management of natural resources in the face of the development of human activities, with a view to the sustainability of societies, leads to the development of new research themes in which the Environment and Man are reference points of observation and for which this application can be an opportunity for development.

In this context, the Universities and their Research Centers, besides playing a relevant role at the level of knowledge and training, can have a very significant role to the future development contributing with innovating, creative and technological solutions in accordance with the goals established at the recent conference in Paris COP 21, in the scope of reducing global warming, and finding also solutions, in a changing society, for efficient intervention in the areas of cities, new buildings and the rehabilitation of built heritage. 

The CITAD activities plan will be developed within the scope of its thematic structure – 4 Research Groups (RG), its Research lines (LI) and its Strategy, Architecture for Development, which include the following themes:

  • Urban regeneration;
  • Sustainable construction;
  • Housing and heritage;
  • Design.

The objectives are the following:

  • To increase internationalization, namely through integration in international projects and publications in reference scientific journals;
  • Promote the scientific initiation of young students of Masters and PhD students;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary between its different Research Groups and strengthen the Fundamental and Applied Research Projects, as support for innovation actions and in partnerships with other Research Centers and National and foreign Universities. This strategy will promove scientific and technological knowledge and its transfer to the productive fabric;
  • Develop more projects in partnership financed by entities external to the FCT;
  • Reinforce the area of innovation and strategic anticipation of future problems of the society;
  • Increase the dissemination of the results of the scientific activity in the sense that they can be useful to the society.
The scientific activities already achieved by the researchers of this research center include the following: research projects, scientific activities developed in laboratories, publications in books, publications in Portuguese and foreign journals, performances and exhibitions, and advising of Master's theses and Doctoral dissertations.