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HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR REHABILITATING MAPO OIL DEPOT INTO A CULTURAL PARK

PROAP, in partnership with hANd and Manuel Aires Mateus studios, was awarded an honorable mention to the international competition for rehabilitating Mapo oil deposit into a cultural depot park, promoted by Seoul (Korea) Metropolitan Government.

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“ECLAS” Conference Porto 2014

On the 21st to 23rd of September, ECLAS the “European Council of Landscape Architects” will hold in Porto the 2014 annual Conference, with the theme “Landscape – A Place of Cultivation” , with the support of FCT “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia”, the School of Sciences at the University of Porto, “Taylor & Francis Group” and “Porto Réccua Wines”.

The event will have the participation of the Landscape Architect João Nunes, on a intervention called “Cultivation Art“, in the “Cupertino de Miranda” Foundation, in Avenida da Boavista 4245, on the 23rd, between 08:30 and 10:30 AM.

The program and the participation rules can be consulted HERE

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Il Verde nella Progettazione

The Associazione Slow Food di Cagliari, Sardinia, with the collaboration of the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile Ambientale Architettura di Cagliari, along with the participation of the Comune di Cagliari, will organize an international seminar intituled “I valori del verde e del paesaggio”. It will take place on the 29th and 30th of May, in the Centro Comunale d’Arte e Cultura Il Ghetto in Cagliari.

On the 29th of May, between 15:00 and 18:30, the Landscape Architect João Nunes will speak at a conference intituled “Il Verde nella Progettazione”.

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Il paesaggio come nuova scienza popolare

On the next 30th of May, the “Commissione Cultura dell’Ordine degli Architetti di Lucca”, sponsored by the “Comune di Camaiore” and with the contribution of the Martinelli group and ACQUADOLCE, are organizing a conference with the Landscape Architect João Nunes, intituled Il paesaggio come nuova scienza popolare”.

The event will take place in Lido di Camaiore (LU), Italy, on the sala conferenze Hotel UNA VERSILIA, Via Sergio Bernardini 335/337, from 15:30 to 18:30.

To participate, it is needed a pre-registration to the following e-mail: segreteria@architettilucca.it, with the subject: ADESIONE SEMINARIO 30052014 JOAO NUNES.

More information on the website: http://www.architettilucca.it/notizie/3981.aspx

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Open Class of Landscape Architecture

On the 25th April the University Agostinho de Neto will provide an open class of Landscape Architecture, lectured by Landscape Architect João Ferreira Nunes.

The class will take place on the Engineer University Agostinho Neto, Department of Architecture amphitheater, in Luanda.

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‘Il paesaggio come nuova scienza popolare’

On the 15th of April the Università di Firenze, along with the collaboration of the “Ordine Nazionale e Provinciale degli Architetti Italiani” and the “AIAPP – Associazione Italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio” for central Italy, is organizing the Opening Session Landscape Firenze, for the degree and the 2nd level Master in Landscape Architecture and for the PhD in Architecture researches – curriculum in Landscape Architecture.
The event will take place in the Palazzo Vegni, Zaffagnini classroom, Via San Niccolò 93, in Florence, from 10:30 to 17:30, with interventions by Landscape Architect João Nunes and DIDA Director,professor Saverio Mecca.

“Landscape Design Workshop” Beirute

The Architecture Deppartment of the Libanese American University is organising a course, between the 28th and the 30th of March, called “Landscape Design Workshop”, concerning the importance of the landscape to the graduate students.
With the help of the Landscape Architect João Nunes, he will speak first hand on the conference oppening
The workshop shall have the following schedule:
March 28th at 12:00H – Open lecture
March 28th 14:00H: – The Workshop Starts
March 29th and 30th – Developing of the Workshop

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PROAP book release in Luanda

On the 13th of March, the event and book relase PROAP-Landscape Architecture will take place in Luanda, an initiative of PROAP studio and the Portuguese Institute of Cooperation and Language/ Portuguese Cultural Center in Angola. The event will occur at the Centro Camões in Luanda, Avenida de Portugal, at 6:30 PM.

The launching of the book will be followed by a conference with Landscape Architect João Nunes, Founder and CEO of PROAP, a company settled in Angola since 2007 and will have the presence of several professionals and partner companies.

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The EXPO 98 experience

Within France’s candidacy for the World Fair 2025, the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage Versailles-Marseille hosts between the 10th and the 14th of February , a workshop with the Master 1 students to develop and present their proposals for the chosen site for the EXPO 2025.

The event will have the presence of João Nunes, on the 12th of February, and will speak about the experience of EXPO 98 in Lisbon.

FRACE CANDIDACY TO WORLD FAIR 2025 WEBSITE

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‘Re-imagine Shanghai’s Streetscapes’

On the 16st of January, João Nunes will participate in the conference ‘Re-imagine Shanghai’s Streetscapes’, within the new series of Green Drinks China forums in 2014, with the theme ‘Sustainable Spaces’.

More information about the event HERE.

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Quartier Kiem Plateau Kirchberg

1ST PRIZE OF THE COMPETITION FOR THE CONCEPTION OF THE PUBLIC SPACE OF QUARTIER KIEM PLATEAU KIRCHBERG, LUXEMBOURG.

PROAP, in a partnership with Amann-Canovas-Maruri Temperaturas Extremas Arquitectos S.L.P. studio, won the competition for the Kiem Quarter, at Luxemburg, promoted by the Fonds d’Urbanisation et d’Aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg.

The proposal is based on the unique valorization of the existing ecosystems, articulating the space with the green urban system and embedding within the project the physical and biological processes that operate in that landscape.

The coexistence of the new built group with the processes and natural elements forces to organize a spatial strategy, formalized by the creation of distinguished centres that are characteristic to the newly proposed character, forming a coherent and fully harmonized space.

The open spaces with both public and private character respond either to the enclosed residential life or, within the space expansion, to the different dynamics of activities.

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FAI SWISS Conference

SPEAKER: João Nunes

TITLE: “Il paesaggio della memoria”.

DATE: 29th November 2013

CITY: Lugano, Switzerland

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João Nunes – Conference at MUSE in Trento

 

Lectio magistralis di João Ferreira Nunes aperta a tutti gli interessati sui temi dell’architettura, dell’urbanistica e del paesaggio. Appuntamento nell’ambito della “Cattedra Libera”

Martedì, 22 ottobre 2013 ore 20:30

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Haifa Cross-Reference

No próximo dia 31 de Outubro, a Conferência Anual da Associação Israelita de Arquitectos Paisagistas irá contar com a participação do Arquitecto Paisagista João Ferreira Nunes, na Session A – Wake Up City!, subordinada ao tema Time and Landscape.

O programa do evento pode ser consultado AQUI.

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LaMIPA Conferences

The Program LaMIPA – CLOSE, CLOSE CLOSER ASSOCIATED PROJECT, seeks to promote Architecture as a Cultural Heritage, by promoting the works of several studios.

On the recently passed 8th of October, PROAP (1st Prize National Landscape Architecture Award 2010) attended the LaMIPA Conferences event, represented by Landscape Architect Carlos Ribas.

The event also featured a documentary promoting PROAP Studio, with the participation of the Landscape Architect João Nunes, which can be watched HERE.

ETAR – LISBOA

How to build the most important waste treatment plant of Lisbon without making it visible? Here is the result…

CAVA DO VIRIATO

The project suggests an intense intervention by means of a unifying element: a path. This element, in its simplicity, allows that a vast, complex site that has a difficult relationship with the city may be easily identified as a whole. Uses and spatial situations are united; equipments which promote the relation of continuity between City and the rural area are defined, as are new leisure areas; and an improvement of Cava do Viriato Monument is also defined.

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Bois de la Bâtie

Uno spazio per giocare! La costruzione di un luogo magico e diversificato, generatore di condizioni migliori per la crescita, l’apprendimento, individuale e collettivo, per la costruzione di una società più amichevole, più umana. La costruzione di uno scenario magico per i nostri giochi d’infanzia, per la nostra crescita, per un avvenire migliore!

La nostra proposta per la riorganizzazione programmatica della grande radura centrale del parco Bois de la Bâtie parte dall’identificazione di una chiara necessità d’introdurre in questo luogo che troviamo e visitiamo oggi, un dispositivo strutturante e organizzatore che permetta di definire e articolare facilmente i diversi programmi richiesti. La proposta deriva quindi dalla conoscenza del luogo, dal supporto e dall’identificazione delle imperfezioni del funzionamento attuale.

Questo dispositivo organizzativo e articolatore è topografico, un insieme apparentemente complesso di forme dolci e armoniose che permettono di definire a partire da un gesto semplice, unico, la localizzazione di diversi programmi, la loro delimitazione, la loro articolazione, in breve la struttura programmatica e infrastrutturale del parco stesso.

Questa topografia consolida un bordo, un territorio di transizione che definisca e chiarifichi le differenti dinamiche inerenti il luogo: aperto/chiuso, esposto/protetto, sole/ombra…

Queste forme sono delle parti di un linguaggio semplice e facilmente comprensibile che permette la costruzione di frasi sufficientemente complesse con lo scopo di definire l’identità specifica dell’individuo e del gruppo inserito nel senso identitario più comprensivo e globale della società.

I programmi sono localizzati strategicamente con lo scopo di permettere il massimo utilizzo di ciascun gruppo, in maniera definita e sicura, in modo indipendente, definendo gli “spazi di gioco” propri alle diverse età, ma disposti tra loro in forma sufficientemente articolata e integrata al fine di promuovere l’deale di individuo, di gruppo e di società.

Questo insieme definisce prima di tutto la delimitazione della grande radura centrale, con una eccellente localizzazione ed esposizione, e che al momento attuale si presenta in modo indefinito. Si definisce così un bordo. Questo bordo delimita da un lato la radura, definisce le diverse forme di permanenza, zone più o meno esposte, zone all’ombra, zone equipaggiate con dei banchi; e dall’altro lato, tra la radura e la foresta, definisce i diversi programmi di gioco e di svago.

I programmi si concentrano quindi su uno spazio compartimentato tra la radura e la foresta.
La topografia è dolce, per giocare. Rivestita da un tappeto erboso di grande capacità di carico e di facile manutenzione. Nella zona dei giochi le forme topografiche sono ricoperte dal caucciù. Il dispositivo è altamente scenografico, invita al gioco.
Alla base di questa topografia sono tagliati dei cerchi perfetti dove si collocano le diverse attrezzature di gioco e le zone d’acqua.
Lo spazio di gioco proposto protetto dal movimento topografico vuole essere molto più che un insieme di giochi, infatti è esso stesso un oggetto di interazione costante. Composto da colori, superfici e forme che risvegliano i sensi di tutti i bambini, indifferentemente dalle loro capacità fisiche, si tratta di uno spazio che richiama tutti e non impone ostacoli. L’utilizzo di una pavimentazione continuo come supporto permette una mobilità attraverso l’intero spazio. I settori di sicurezza dei giochi prendono la forma di cerchi perfetti che li accolgono e ammortizzano le cadute con materiali morbidi (trucioli di legno, caucciù, sabbia) alcuni dei quali si trasformano in cassette di sabbia per giocare. Le differenze d’età sono rispettate e la naturale divisione dello spazio permette la formazione di raggruppamenti. Altalene, strutture d’equilibrio e per arrampicarsi si combinano con il supporto interattivo che li circonda, le topografie ovali in caucciù e anche gli scivoli che si presentano come dei tubi inseriti nelle sculture verdi, completano le attività, senza dimenticare il potenziale ricreativo che il prato e le dune possono offrire. Dei piccoli animali in legno ricavati dagli scarti degli alberi da abbattere animano le radure per i più piccoli.

L’insieme delle piccole piscine occupa lo spazio precedente, ma esso viene ora inquadrato dal nuovo gioco della topografia, prendendo la forma di bolle circolari, in cemento, di bassa profondità, che non superano mai i 20 cm, per la sicurezza dei bambini. La suddivisione in diversi cerchi permette di moltiplicare i giochi, alcuni sono solo delle cinte con piccole fontane d’acqua, altri giocano con la pressione e il movimento, si suggerisce che possa anche prendere forma da uno scivolo, e che siano di supporto all’insieme interattivo dei canali di trasporto dell’acqua, dove l’acqua viene spinta dai bambini.
Lo sviluppo duraturo delle soluzioni integra questo spazio con l’ambiente circostante, per quello che riguarda la scelta di materiali naturali e del loro giusto riutilizzo, l’uso della morfologia come sistema di raccolta, conduzione e infiltrazione dell’acqua. Ugualmente il sistema di riciclaggio e di filtraggio dell’acqua delle piscine permette un utilizzo sostenibile di queste attrezzature ludiche.

Il trattamento della vegetazione è ugualmente un elemento importante del progetto. Esclusi gli alberi in stato fitosanitario inferiore, per la liberazione di parte dello spazio spazio e per la ricerca del sole attorno al Padiglione, questo abbattimento è compensato dal nuovo rimboschimento lungo il bordo della radura, che occupa gli avvallamenti delle topografie, esponendo così al sole le facce rivolte a sud, rispettando l’insieme delle specie esistenti e introducendone altre, adatte al luogo, ma che conservano il fogliame, ravvivando lo scenario invernale.

Strategies for water management. A global irrigation model

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This study focuses on the physical component of irrigation water management in regions here its scarcity is intensified by recent urban centre development, seeking not only the definition of strategies for major savings in consumption, but rather their inclusion in landscape principles for more sustainable urban design solutions.

The (re)establishment of a close relation between water management and planting techniques (perpetuated in vernacular irrigation techniques) is quintessential. Therefore, a global model of irrigation water management is being developed, with a mathematical reasoning of evaluation and validation, based on local climatic data and on the confrontation between principles and practices of irrigation and their follow-up to the stage of getting the results.

Strategic plant selection; extensive, low-density, hydro-zone grouped planting; microclimatic and topographic modelling; further infiltration and water harvesting areas; induction of hydric stress; localized irrigation and soil improvement are some of the landscape principles and practices applied.

Early conclusions from field experiences developed in Lisbon, Portugal, point to the possibility of higher achievements in water irrigation efficiency in the Mediterranean and, possibly, in arid regions worldwide.

Those performances include water supplies below evapotranspiration and even below annual local precipitation rates.

When integrating these and other sustainable practices in water irrigation systems, one expects higher landscape’s performances in dry regions, followed by the necessary changes in dry landscape’s paradigms.

Keywords: water management, irrigation model, landscape design, landscape management, hydric stress, resilience.

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Modular landscapes in arid climates redefining sustainability in public space

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This paper proposes a set of sustainable Modular Design Principles (MDP) with direct applicability in different landscape contexts. Sustainable practices, such as the optimization between resources and costs, both in terms of construction and maintenance phases, are included in the structural reasoning.

MDPs here presented are included in a vaster group of landscape practices, used in several projects where important resources, such as water and soil, are scarce – especially in arid and semi-arid areas.

A theoretical case study in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is presented, in order to put the proposed MDPs up to the test. These principles do not close the theme of sustainable practices in landscape architecture, but rather deepen the discussion.

The definition of these sustainable design principles followed a modular approach, where different elements were isolated for deeper comprehension. Nevertheless, to understand those as a whole is quintessential in order to produce enduring integrated landscape solutions.

Conclusions demonstrate that the modular reasoning opens the possibility of continuous reinventions and adaptations to new techniques, new technologies and new operational wills in landscape.

Although proposed MDPs are contextualised within a limit situation – the desert climates – it is defended that this researches’ operative conclusions can be applied as global models for integrated landscape design, as long as they are provided with specific adaptations regarding accurate relations between desired aesthetic attitudes, good sustainability practices and application site’s specific characteristics.

Keywords: sustainability, design principle, intensive/extensive areas, modular landscape, arid climate

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Misting-cooling systems for microclimatic control in public space

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Misting-cooling systems have been used in outdoor spaces mainly for aesthetic purposes, and punctual cooling achievement. However, they can be highly effective in outdoor spaces’ bioclimatic comfort, in terms of microclimatic control, as an evaporative cooling system.

Recent concerns in increasing bioclimatic standards in public outdoor spaces, along with more sustainable practices, gave origin to reasoning where plastic principles are combined with the study of cooling efficacy, in order to create waterscapes.

The methodology within this paper seeks to combine the reasoning of misting-cooling systems with all the other solutions promoting better conditions in the new spaces – terrain modeling, plant material, pavements, green coverings and even outdoor furniture’s location.

It is expected that results from this research originate more integrated solutions where formal principles are deeply combined with lower-requirement microclimatic control.

This methodology is based on the comparative relation between air temperature and air humidity – the main factors that influence site’s cooling mist effect – and the impact other important factors may have – such as wind direction, wind speed, water droplet’s size, solar radiation and cast shadows.

The reasoning was applied in a case study in Khan Antoun Bey Square, Beirut, Lebanon. Conclusions demonstrate this method’s efficiency, even if significantly punctually reduced in hot-humid summer days. Increasing temperature is followed by humidity’s increase, which clearly disturbs system’s efficacy; however, thermal and microclimatic comforts are still improved.

This paper seeks to stress misting systems as important tools for the promotion of sustainability in landscape architecture’s strategies for better comfort conditions in outdoor spaces.

Keywords: waterscape, misting-cooling system, microclimatic control, climatic comfort, outdoor public space

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Lighting on demand. Sustainable lighting systems in public space.

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Lighting on Demand (LoD) is a lighting concept based on the creation of a light wave that follows users according to their movement along the public space. It can be used in different sorts of spaces, according to the distinct appropriations they foster.

The methodology within this paper seeks to assess the advantages of LoD applicability in public spaces, both in economic and environmental terms, through analytical and systematic comparisons between four theoretical scenarios: traditional lighting; LED lighting; LED lighting produced from photovoltaic panels; LoD concept.

The four scenarios were applied in a case study in Tejo and Trancão Urban Park, Lisbon, Portugal.

Conclusions demonstrate significant reductions, both in terms of total annual energy consumptions as in the annual CO2 emissions. Reductions of up to 80 per cent, when comparing traditional lighting with LoD, and up to 20 per cent, when comparing LED scenarios. On the other hand, LED-based lighting fixtures also require lower maintenance levels and, therefore, maintenance costs, especially when compared to traditional systems.

This study proves its importance especially if LoD operates as a premise for an integrated public space design.

Furthermore, it is a system independent from light sources and communication mechanisms currently available in the market, which proves LoD’s flexibility.

This paper seeks to initiate a fruitful discussion around the role of public lighting in achieving sustainable solutions for the public space, especially when concerning its strong potential for a more dynamic linkage of public space use and lighting is revealed.

Keywords: lighting, light wave, sustainability, LED, public space

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Desert as a reversible transition

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In arid countries such as the UAE, characterized by extensive areas of drylands and increasing urban pressure in territorial and water resources, desertification process has been highly accelerated during last decades.

Since 2002, the “Greening the Desert” program has been implementing different projects in order to combat desertification in the Gulf. Although well intentioned, some of the measures have been criticised for their unsustainability and high energy demand.

This paper discusses desertification and land degradation and, more specifically, highlights the main causes and indicators of desertification in the UAE. Among others, hyper-aridity, over-exploitation of water resources, soil erosion and over-grazing are the most representatives. Throughout the hypothesis that the desert is not a condition but a state within an ecological process, this reasoning explains the possibility of reversing desertification process in arid ecosystems, which is graphically demonstrated with a theoretical curve relating energy input/time ratio.

Along the “de-desertification” process, maximum energy inputs are needed to a reversal phase and a minimum energy input is needed for a maintenance phase. The less energy input needed during the process, the more sustainable and efficient the process becomes.

This paper proposes an ecological landscape approach, figuring measures that sustain low energy inputs for greening the UAE deserts, based on a deep understanding of the desert ecosystem’s dynamics, the identification and manipulation of the natural limiting factors and the consideration of the interconnection between the site’s intervention scale and the larger scale of the territorial context, always considering landscape in its most
inclusive conception.

Keywords: reversibility, desertification, de-desertification, energy input-time, ecological succession, resilience

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“Adalberto Libera” Visiting Professor to João Nunes

La Cattedra d’eccellenza “Adalberto Libera” al paesaggista portoghese João Ferreira Nunes.

Intitolata al grande architetto di Villa Lagarina in occasione dei 50 anni dalla sua scomparsa, la Cattedra Libera recluta studiosi e progettisti di fama come visiting professor presso la Scuola di Ingegneria Edile/Architettura. Ferreira Nunes selezionato da una commissione di accademici ed esperti fra altre 14 candidature internazionali. I primi seminari a settembre a margine della mostra
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PROAP – Lost Competitions

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One of the more curious exercises in the making of a book of this kind, is the fact that, in a fairly compressed time frame, you can gather and compare a considerable amount of information. It is also a synthesizing and clarification effort, necessary for explaining, as simply and directly as possible, our reasoning, our solutions, our proposals. We have thought a great deal on how to present these studies. Not because they lost, but because of what they represent. Would it be more convincing to present them in chronological order? Organize them by the scale of the action? By order of importance?

Even though each proposal responds to a specific competition program, and in this sense, represents a unique and unrepeatable solution, our practice has demonstrated the existence of certain thematic groups, underlying the different solutions. These themes do not claim to be an imposition of certain, previously established ways of acting, but a support for the action, sensitive to the real needs detected in each situation, and highly flexible to the different contexts we come across.

The thematic group which arises more forcefully, is composed of themes of a more theoretical character which we have developed in over twenty years of practice – Landscape: multiple definitions. A group that includes themes like the understanding of the role and importance of landscape, the concepts of space and time, the reading of marks and signs, the artifice/nature binomial, the notion of limit or the idea of beauty. Arguments that underlie landscape architecture, and are therefore, frequently definitional in the character and expressions of our project solutions.

The second great thematic group relates to the interpretation of the landscape’s affirmation as a support for the consolidation of life in the territory – Landscape as support. In this perspective, the landscape behaves, on one hand, as a macroinfrastructure, capable of assisting Man in the continuous transformation processes that ensure his survival, and, on the other, as way of making human existence compatible with every other life-form with which Man necessarily shares time and space. In this case we are talking about the study of such themes as the role of infrastructure in contemporaneity, the definition of concepts like urban, city and public space. A thematic group that is bound up with a profound awareness of the role of landscape architecture in the reconversion and updating of currently obsolete areas, the rehabilitation of degraded areas, and the attribution of new uses.

A third group of themes, more circumstantial than structuring, seeks to answer problems arising from the often preponderant or abusive human occupation in coastal areas – Landscape and Coastline. Our close attachment, on a personal and professional level, to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and their coastal areas, has led us to very distinct experiences of permanent or temporary human occupation, capable of establishing completely different relationships with the water, the beaches and the coastal ecosystems. Reflections that have alerted us to the existence of a common denominator transversal to the Mediterranean communities, which, in different forms, could be applicable to other places where the influence of the coast on human occupation is preponderant. To this thematic group also belong themes like the perception of the coastline’s fragility, the definition of the concept of coastal front, or the role of landscape architecture in making human use compatible with autochthonous ecosystems.

The fourth and last theme group was defined by one of the most significant features of work in landscape architecture – Making a Park. A park is a piece of territory of public use, dedicated to the people and their lives, destined for collective recreational appropriations: for walking, socialising and experiment. It is also a witness of the history of those who create it, who maintain it, who validate it, and an attempt to reconcile it with the natural factors of that landscape. A park is an artifice that seeks to affect the metabolisms inherent to these natural qualities, in a close relationship between sustainability and adequacy of use. This, more operational theme, leads to working arguments like the notions of urban void, value of the soil, agriculture or load bearing capacity.

The twenty competitions we present here, explore these thematic groups in an interconnected fashion, a holistic approach, characteristic of our attitude to the landscape. We have never sought solutions that were airtight and attached to a single concept, but rather, dynamic proposals that demonstrate a clear desire for conceptual vibration, for thematic exploration and for experimentation with the different natures of the places.

This collection of competitions lost, but frequently included with the prize winners, is above all, a homage to the culture of competitions in landscape architecture and architecture. A demonstration that a competition is a commitment between a community and the project team, connecting the two in a climate of close partnership, essential for the healthy development of the whole process.

Twenty competitions that demonstrate the path of our team over the past decade, and which gave us innumerable opportunities to work, often more than once, with other teams, other methods and other approaches. A course in constant change, always unfinished. A continuous learning process upheld by competitions we have won and others we have lost.

Text written by Tiago Torres Campos

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PROAP – Landscape Architecture

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Over the past twenty years, João Nunes and the PROAP team have dedicated themselves to an almost obsessive search of a way to dialogue, to understand and to communicate with landscape in a perceptive and involved manner. One of the concepts that better defines the architecture of this group of architects is their approach to the main design, given it becomes the most important process of creation. The essence of each project and each intervention is withheld in the design that defines the transformation of nature where each landscape is transformed by the feelings and sensations of each place.

They have tried to understand and reflect each landscape and each site to subsequently conceive a design which is coherent with its meaning. The result of this reflection is a monographic issue that, far from being an extensive vision, tries to present the characteristics of PROAP’s architecture. The portrayed projects are urban gardens and parks, fluvial parks and urban quarters, however, rather than being organized according typology, they correspond to an interpretation of the landscape, his history and his evolution. On one hand, we wanted to present the latest and most emblematic  projects and, on the other hand, we wanted to reveal different scales and interventions types, however, undoubtedly, what we most arduously endeavoured, in this publication, was to narrate and illustrate a story; the story of each project and each intervention.

Text written by Bárbara Silva