Lisbon Workshop, July 14th - 19th 2014
Contemporary living patterns in mass housing in Europe

Group B: Izabela Grotowicz, Leonie Hagen, Andronikos Kalli, Dede Guclu, Mónica Cardoso, Jan Wyszkowski


  1. Findings upon aging community seem pretty interesting. The demand for attractive area can be the key for the project as mentioned in the presentations. Lack of common space and solutions for the case can bring about new perspectives.

    In the proposal, private vs. public spaces are identified via a very good graphical representation. Green spaces in the sliding cube are innovative ideas where implementations of cubes are described in a clear way. On the other hand; externally, smart solutions with certain impacts on the facades can be next phase of the project with a good consideration on the ratios on the facades. Interesting internal usages in the sliding box scenarios can be presented in order to clarify the concept.

  2. A powerful idea in this proposal is to connect the different spatial dimensions, from private to semi-private and public, to make a spatial continnum. Accordingly, the purpose of the extensions is to project the inner spaces onto the outside. The idea was very well expressed in a drawing shown in the final presentation which unfortunately is not posted.

  3. The site analysis shows a preference towards the integration of common areas as a tool to generate interaction on the floors. This bold intervention can address diversity and problems of special residential conditions where sharing of  space is beneficial. The design methodology is kept clear from the beginning through the whole process of analysis and design.

    The rigorous design methodology has helped in the development of multiple scales of interaction  between the floors, between the apartments and in the micro organization of common area with multipurpose surfaces. The relationship of exterior and interior creates interesting space conditions.

    There has been done thorough investigation of scale and material in sketching which could be applied more clearly on the 3ds and sections

  4. Members of the B-group represent their proposal based on the analysis that shows the lack of space for social activities. They found reserve on typical floors by new adjustment of functional zoning. They devided the floor area of a typical appartment house into three zones . They considered using the central zone of the typical floor in each section /area consecutive to the vertical core/ as a semi-public space. This space can be extended as a transversal exension of the building. This architectural interference to the existing structure could create multifunctional space on each floor and to enrich social contacts. Such spaces can provide a wide range of uses in the future.

  5. The most valuable proposal in the urban scheme added by this group, which caught the issue of the spatial organization of social interactions in Portela. Further development of this scheme could be very usefull for the district and its social interaction and overall atractivity also for younger dwellers.

  6. On this proposal it is remarkable the intention of developing the same idea over the different scales of the intervention; public spaces, semi public and private. The group is offering, through their proposal, the scenario for a new set of social relations on the neighborhood. Taking into account past experiences -as the Robin Hood Gardens of A&P Smithson for instance- it would be good to remember that only through the observation of the real uses of the different spaces, once they are occupied, it would be possible to confirm or refuse their hypothesis.