The proposal takes into consideration the profiles of the possible inhabitants, but we do not the proposed spaces -which aimed at fostering community living within a block- would satisfy their demands and expectations. The link beween actual needs -identified through interviews, sociological studies- and the architectural proposal is missing in the information provided. The architectural proposal is based on the creation of reinforcing the communal character of the circulation spaces, extending them from the staircase to the external corridor that gives access to the housing. These communal spaces are also connected vertically, giving rise to a space which would become the "center" of the refurbished building. This is a very powerful concept which would require some drastic transformation in the structural skeleton but it is nevertheless feasible, from a constructive point of view.
The site analysis in relation to sociological studies and statistics regarding characteristics of inhabitants shows in general the understanding of sociodemographic tendencies by the students and has led to a realistic approach of design methodology. The categorization of residents is generic and further connection to proposal would reinforce the team's posisition. Portella blocks analysis is holistic investigating various parameters. Some of the interventions (like on the edge of the balconies) might not be structurally feasible but the space condition they create generates differentiation and interaction between the various families. Nevertheless such interaction might not be desirable in all instances of the private exterior space of each flat (balcony) thus privacy could be controlled with other means.Rich presentation with clear plans and sections as tools of representation.
The proposal seems to test how flexible the existing building is, in order to accommodate new ways of occupation or new internal lay-outs. This test is implemented in an appropriate way, by making clear distinctions in between fixed elements and two different grades of flexibility on the internal walls, as John Habraken or Jeremy Till already established. At the same time, the group offers new possibilities of interactions between the inhabitants of the building by facilitating generous common spaces. All together creates a good set of intentions. Nevertheless the implementation of those ideas seems to be too forced in some aspects - the external circulation, the connection in between different units, etc.-