Activities Plan

The CITAD Activities Plan (AP) for 2018-22 will be developed under its thematic structure, 4 Research Groups (RG), its Research Lines (RL) and its Strategy, Architecture for Development, which include the following themes:

  • Urban Regeneration
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Housing and Heritage
  • Design

The CITAD is composed of 4 Research Groups (RG). Each GI contains Research Lines (RL) according to their themes, in which Research Projects (PI) are integrated. The Activity Plan essentially refers to the following Research Projects (RP) :  

Coordinated by Maria João Soares.

Coordinated by Fernando Hipólito.
Coordinated by Ricardo Zúquete.
Coordinated by Fátima Silva. The valorization of a territory implies a complete knowledge about its built tissue; about its geomorphology, natural structure, as well as about its cultural identity, history, society, biodiversity etc. In summary, its architectural landscape seen as a work in progress result of work planning, built on a natural support. Supported by an experimental methodology capable of promoting a gradual, evaluative approach to different landscape spots, in order to equate the elements that are in the genesis of an identity. The project aims to contribute to a regeneration of the fabric of a national architecture landscape, aiming an reintegrating of these places, based on an interregional network system.
Coordinated by Reaes Pinto.
Coordinated by Fátima Silva. The aim of this research project is to identify and bring together, in a coordinated and operative approach, the already existing knowledge about the Tagus Estuary, and to lay an outlook that places the estuary as the central protagonist of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area territory. The Tagus estuarine landscape is a system that has developed in close interaction with the surrounding territory. It is today essential to protect its identity, as a foundation for its sustainable development. The RP is carried out by a multidisciplinary team in connection with multiple players, such as municipalities and institutions, and envisages the elaboration of an Atlas of the estuary, the creation of a Data Base, a Network and an Observatory, as a result of a recognition process.
Coordinated by Paulo Brito da Silva.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. Based on the work developed over the years by the municipality, it is necessary to develop a set of actions focused on the Historic Centre of Santarém towards its revitalization, intending to deepen and develop actions and programmes of promotion and dynamization of the buildings and its public space.
Coordinated by Cristina Gomes.
Coordinated by Horácio Bonifácio.
Coordinated by Miguel Malheiro. 
Coordinated by Andreia Galvão.
Coordinated by Paulo Maldonado.
Coordinated by Regina de Oliveira Heidrich.
Coordinated by Mário João Alves Chaves.
Coordinated by Leonor Ferrão.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. Study of a modular dwelling, with an evolutive structure, which responds to the needs of a population with few resources, national or from other countries, with a shortage of housing, using low carbon plug-in blocks. The advantages in relation to conventional processes are the reduction of execution times, the saving of laying mortar, the interruption of hygrothermal transmission through the mortar and the reduction of waste at the work fronts, improving environmental performance.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. The demolition of buildings leads to the transport of materials to a landfill, with exhaustion of the use of these materials, resulting in the occupation of space in the territory and the contamination of groundwater levels, of plant and animal species. Because of this, the substitution of the process of demolishing buildings by one of deconstruction and dismantlement is considered of the utmost importance, and it is with this in mind that we have developed the Research Project (RP) "Deconstruction and selective dismantling: EMH", which has as its work base, a small building - RP "Evolutive Modular Housing" (EMH). Deconstruction and selective dismantling, at the end of the life cycle of buildings, aim to recover and obtain the maximum of materials that can be recycled and reused and inserted into a circular economy.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. This Research Project intends, fundamentally, to construct the walls of buildings, namely their outer walls, using a mortar of low environmental impact, based on lime and renewable materials, cork powder, straw or cut hemp, in order to produce a wall with good thermal behaviour. The use of 3D printing and the application of the robotic arm, allow the work in continuous shifts, at greater speed of construction and a reflex economy that leads to the reduction of construction costs.
Coordinated by Maria João Soares. JAPOm sets out to investigate the extent and configuration of the relations between Portugal and Japan in the field of architecture, and in the context of an international framework that is marked by the West (Europe and the USA) and Japan. The results will be shown on a map which will identify the network of inter-relations, made up of a system of nodes and connections between them: the nodes will be persons/notables and/or works; the connections will be the inter-relations that are established between the persons and/or works. These inter-relations, and not so much the persons and/or works individually, are the true objective of the RP. The persons and/or works are of interest to the extent that they sustain the inter-relations and advance the understanding thereof. The map that is proposed will have a published and a digital, three-dimensional and interactive version.
Coordinated by João Couto Duarte and Maria João Soares. The research project "Filmar Álvaro Siza" [FILMs] aims to reflect on the body of work of the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira (b. 1933). This body of work encompasses both planned and executed works (in the fields of architecture, sculpture, design) and the support for the conception of that work (through drawing, writing). The ultimate aim is to deepen the understanding of Álvaro Siza Vieira's creative thought, considering that thought in the whole breadth of its poetic dimension.
Coordinated by Paula Costa Soares. The research project has as its main objective to study the way Portuguese identity is expressed in the artefacts of design – graphic design, industrial design, fashion design – in the 20th Century, from 1933 (signaling the creation of the Secretariado da Propaganda Nacional (SPN)) to 1998 (the year of the EXPO’98 inauguration). The study of these 65 years of Design History in Portugal will not only permit the analysis of the design artefacts produced during that time but will also provide an opportunity to understand which ideology underlies their creation, what influence the technological development and process had in the final objects and what role the designers, design studios and companies had in the re-imagination of Portuguese cultural legacy.
Coordinated by Andreia Galvão.
Coordinated by Ana Moreira da Silva
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. Project developed in partnership with the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria. This project is characterised by the study of prefabricated exterior wall modules made of renewable materials, preferably local, with a low environmental impact.

Coordinated by Paulo Brito da Silva.

Coordinated by Paulo Brito da Silva.
Coordinated by Pedro Ferreira da Silva
Coordinated by Luis Moreira Pinto. The objective of the project is to find the determinants that leads to the positive attitudes of people towards the street or a specific space, like a building or a street. We take into account the shapes, colors and the way how they interact with people. The process consists of 4 steps. In the first step we can scan building, shapes, and after that process, the “Archimood- APP” goes to the next step, and based on processes data from previous stage, the algorithm will analyse it and give the results of the particular happiness/mood level of the place (from the negative aspect, through neutral and positive). In the third step the data will be sending to a digital platform, like “Google maps” and will upload hotspots of street mood, in such a way that everyone can check it later.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. This case study involves the partnership between CITAD and the Centro Lusíada de Investigação em Serviço Social e Intervenção Social (CLISSIS). The partnership between the two research centres, CITAD and CLISSIS aims to create synergies that leverage knowledge resources and experience in the development of processes and application of methodologies that enable the achievement of transdisciplinary research results. The Evolving Single Family Housing in Poiares aims to respond to the difficulties of the current context, in the interior areas of the country, whose desertification is growing slowly, due to the exodus of their populations to other places with better living conditions, by not using their natural resources or by their depletion, without the ability to create its own dynamic, which can attract their populations. It is intended that the realization of this housing unit may allow a growing construction, over time, according to the economc conditions and the growth of the family, within the principles of sustainable construction.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. At a time when in the European space and, in particular, in the national market, rehabilitation is extremely important in terms of the economy and the preservation of historical and heritage identity. The act of rehabilitating in a sustainable way makes the consolidation of this knowledge essential for a contribution of added value from the existing built heritage.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. The aim of this project is to investigate the use of different materials from those used in reinforced concrete architecture and the "new" raw earth architecture in buildings in Portugal, through a case study, thus validating the raw earth architecture in the technical aspects, economic and environmental. This demonstration is based on the analysis of a case study of a one-story single-family house "Casa Olympia" in Vidigueira municipality, Beja district. The aim is to analyze essentially two types of point of view of the construction of its design, its construction and features of your living space, involving relations with aspects specifically acoustic thermal, professional, cost of materials, energy cost, temperature and moisture, disassembly and recycling of materials.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. Circular Economy is an unavoidable concept. Currently, about 40% of global consumption of natural resources, energy, pollution and waste are due to the Construction sector. For this reason, the adoption of materials, products and systems with proven low environmental impact is an essential measure. The main goals of this RP are the following: a) To demonstrate the importance of Circular Construction in the Global Ecological Footprint; b) To develop the ability to identify innovative materials, products and building systems compatible with the concept of Circular Construction; c) To establish general principles of Circular Construction for application in Architecture.
Coordinated by Henrique Fabião. At the beginning of the 20th century, Portugal was faced with a serious problem of a general lack of social housing, mainly in urban areas, not only because the number of houses was insufficient compared to demand, but also because the quality of the houses was poor and precarious. The problem existed and persisted over time without creating the conditions and willingness to solve it in a pragmatic way, looking for solutions, for the means and for the most targeted and disadvantaged. Economic housing cooperatives (CHE`s) were born with the advent of democracy, imposing itself from the outset as a promising solution, but not the only one, presented for its virtues of a participatory and inclusive model, giving way to built sets, organized in neighbourhoods, fostering neighborhoods, spatial continuities, new centralities. An opportunity seized by various agents who, distributed across the public sector and the cooperative sector, launched a project on the ground that in many places contributed to building and consolidating sections of a qualified city: the case of the Matosinhos municipality.
Coordinated by Henrique Fabião. The Metropolitan arose, in the city of Porto, with the intent to regenerate the urban fabric of Greater Porto. The scarcity of resources [infrastructures] that would connect the urban center to other peripheral clusters has contributed to implementing the transport in the city. Certain spaces within the city center have degraded and became Urban Empties, places with no function for their time. With the implementation of the Metropolitan in the city, many of these places have been regenerated through the appropriation of this infrastructure. We attempted to deepen the concepts of ‘solid and empty’ in architecture, both at that territory's surface and underground level, through the unfolding method. This theoretical investigation is based upon a discourse — the critical thinking of the architectonical shapes that conceive spaces. We defend that the full and empty concepts, when applied to the unfolding method, can contribute to the regeneration of places, cities, territories without an identity, through the subject of architecture - another possible variable.
Coordinated by Benedita Camacho. Since the late 1970s, systems of pharmaceutical pictograms to support instructions on medication have been developed in many countries and in different cultures in order to surpass the shortcomings for users of exclusively textual information. Our purpose is, first, to study and analyse semiotically the graphical variety and linguistic diversity of the systems of pharmaceutical pictograms developed internationally in the last 40 years, bearing in mind the contexts in which they were developed, in order to assess if and to what degree the graphical variations exhibited in the corpus are culturally relevant; second, to develop a trilingual System of Pharmaceutical Pictograms able to function internationally; third, to consider platforms for industrial applicability of the System.
Coordinated by Benedita Camacho. This work aims to design and develop a physical and digital material library/database of sustainable materials and manufacturing processes that serves as a professional and pedagogical tool. This tool, is intended to be suitable for students, creatives and manufacturers of innovative and sustainable Portuguese materials, in their strategic applications and impact in different sectors of national industry. This project aims to enhance the teaching of Sustainable Design and the development of national products in a more competitive way and with greater added value. In the development of this project, we will analyze existing solutions, formulate new hypotheses or alternative solutions, study the technological means and materials available suitable for the realization of the various hypotheses and, subsequently, evaluate the alternatives.
Coordinated by Patrícia Xavier Diogo. The project aims to address the issue of residential building sustainable rehabilitation, investigating ways to integrate sustainability objectives throughout the process, i.e., to contribute with a set of criteria and constructive solutions that increase the sustainability of the rehabilitation process of residential buildings, within a process that increases its levels of environmental, economic and social sustainability, that is carried out in a holistic way that at all stages measures are taken that contribute to the minimisation of resource consumption, to the maximisation of resource re-use, to the protection of the natural environment, to the creation of a healthy environment and to the development of the quality of the built environment.
Coordinated by Alberto Reaes Pinto. The Research Project entitled "Sustainable Building Rehabilitation" aims to address the issue of residential building sustainable rehabilitation, investigating ways to integrate sustainability objectives throughout the process, i.e., to contribute with a set of criteria and constructive solutions that increase the sustainability of the residential buildings rehabilitation process that increases its levels of environmental, economic and social sustainability, that is carried out in a holistic way that at all stages measures are taken that contribute to the minimisation of resource consumption, to the maximisation of resource re-use, to the protection of the natural environment, to the creation of a healthy environment and to the development of the quality of the built environment.
Coordinated by Maria João Soares. The project deepens and directs in terms of a scientific approach the work initiated by the BANGA group - a collective of young Angolan architects -, in the creation of a collaborative platform between artists and Angolan architects, promoting virtual exhibitions and fostering the interaction between invited architects and artists, having as background the archetype of the "hut". The research aims to constitute a contribution to a debate on contemporary architectural identity in Angola, maintaining the transdisciplinary character of the previous experiences and seeking to reclaim history, understand the location and gain awareness for a more conscientious intervention, taking into account the latest evolution of the Angolan architectural panorama and a reflection on the country's natural resources.
Coordinated by Maria Estela de Sousa Pinto Vieira. The Research Project has the goal to understand and recognize the importance of Fashion as a premise of behavior, cultural values, political events, socio-economic, non-verbal communication, this is the way a society sees the world and expresses its values through the image being that this is our first act of communication.
Coordinated by Sérgio Amorim.