As a research topic, the Neighborhood is still an urban object that is part of the history of the city and remains present in its inhabitants' daily life and collective imaginary despite the physical and functional ongoing changes.
The debate on the Neighborhood as a space of close contact, identity and promotion of architecture, of social and cultural practices, has reemerged in the last decades, somewhat in contrast with the dynamics of change typical of contemporary societies in a globalized world. This reemergence seems to be linked to the objective of preserving what the city has that is unique and specific in terms of cultural identity and heritage. To meet this and other objectives along the way, many new local movements, social agents, activities and projects, both public and private, have appeared.
In this context, it seems to make more and more sense to talk about the Neighborhood in the current map of big cities, where - perhaps paradoxically - residence, work, consumption and leisure are many kilometers away and for which transportation is required. Thus, on the one hand, it is important to register and disseminate what is taking place at local level and, on the other, assess the trends and phenomena within a wider theoretical framework in urban studies so as to provide a support for debate and intervention in the contemporary city. Several question arise: is rephrasing the concept of Neighborhood a contemporary urban need? Is the importance and availability of municipal funds for intervention in the Neighborhoods within the city linked to the debate on the reemergence of the Neighborhood? Are these interventions emphasizing local authenticity or recreating glocal (global+local) Neighborhoods?
The set of papers we publish in this issue is the result of a research project that aimed at combining several scientific perspectives on the neighborhood in contemporary Lisbon. Based on pre-existing work and aimed towards an approach that furthers the concept, as well as its several meanings and corresponding spatializations.
estudoprévio editorial line
ESTUDO PRÉVIO (Preliminary Study), it's the semiannual publication of the Centre for Architecture, City and Territory Studies (Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura, Cidade e Território) of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (CEACT/UAL).
With this publication we want to project a new place where it is possible to share knowledge with a simple conversation, with the accuracy of a technical article, with a book launching or with an open debate in the digital community.
The proposal to create another architecture magazine was, since the beginning, a challenge to choose a slightly different path and so we created an editorial line centred on the real conditions that determine an architectural production before any sketch or model or even before we become architects.
The permanent Crisis, the constant Natural Disasters, the development of the City Outskirts will certainly be topics that we would like to deepen in this publication, but also about other topics that affect and influence the Portuguese architecture, for instance the number of Portuguese architects now reaching 20.000, the number of architects at the verge of Unemployment, and on the other hand the growing diversity of New Professions where architects can make a contribution.
We want this publication to make a preliminary study “(ESTUDOPRÉVIO”)on teaching and practical aspects in architecture and extend the debate on the conditions and constraints of our profession, in order to continue to evolve by sharing experiences, opinions and research works. Only then can we build a solid base, open to find solutions to new problems and challenges that the world faces nowadays.
The core of this publication focuses on Interviews and on the open system of Submission of Articles. The Interviews will focus on generating conversations that float among the educational practices, research and professionals of each interviewee, can be read in Portuguese and English, and also can be heard on the web site; the Articles will be done in a call-for-papers system, selected by the editorial board.
In the same project we still have space to promote reading, book launches, and also the classics – books that have become important references for Architecture.
filipa ramalhete + joao caria lopes