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Strategy and Objectives

CITAD intends, through the Strategic Project for the period 2020-2023, to consolidate the increasing scientific production and to materialize its strategic vision of an Interdisciplinary Center of Excellence.

This Centre mantains the strategy of ARCHITECTURE FOR DEVELOPMENT and has elected four themes

  • Urban Regeneration;
  • Sustainable Construction / Energy Efficiency;
  • Housing and Heritage;
  • Design.

The goals of this Research Center are: to develop research fields that bring together the fundamental scientific areas of Territory, Architecture, and Design, working with diverse researchers of various origins and  multiple entities - 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 constitute 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 players, pose challenges that until now have not been considered at the most critical level, due to the continued careless consumption of natural resources, to the excessive production of waste and to the planet’s soaring population.  This is particularly critical given the trend toward the concentration of population in the big cities, saturated and polluted, which underlines the call for a sustainable rehabilitation of built heritage, for its use by future generations, contributing to the construction of an inclusive city.

The projected demographic growth for certain parts of the planet and the need to urgently solve the housing needs of these regions, makes again timely the use of materials and technologies such as prefabrication, updating processes and utilizing more sustainable, local, materials.

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

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

CITADactivities plan will be conducted within the thematic scope of its 4 Research Groups (RG) and their Research lines (RL):

The objectives are the following:

  • To increase internationalization, namely through the integration of foreign researchers from international and national universities in research projects and study publication 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 promote scientific and technological knowledge and its transfer to the productive fabric;
  • Develop research projects in partnerships funded by entities other than FCT;
  • Reinforce the field of innovation and strategic anticipation of society’s future problems;
  • To increase diffusion of scientific activities' results, regarding their usefulness to 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, exhibitions, and guidance of Master's theses and Doctoral dissertations.