Waterfront Requalification of Sines


The transformation matrix proposed for the territory of Ribeira de Moinhos had as a base a binomial called ‘agriculture Park – nature Park’. These two identities should be complementary in function, but united in management.

On one hand the nature park would incorporate the areas were ecological values were clearly more important than the others, and where the immediate protection of these values seemed pertinent. It would occupy the flatland area that accompanied the downstream section of the Ribeira de Moinhos, the lagoon and its respective shores, as well as the entire shore line.

The measures to be implemented in these spaces were related to their valorization from an ecological and environmental point of view, mitigating the causes of the degradation process which was underway, and fundamentally creating the necessary conditions for visits, whether of a scientific nature or, more frequently, of nature tourism or simply aesthetic and sensory enjoyment.

On the other hand, the agriculture park embodied a model of land management which should permit the maintenance of productive agricultural activity, the opening-up of a pace regulated by a section of the urban population and the complementary integration of a didactic and pedagogic element. It assumed that agricultural use constituted a value in itself which should be retained, even if the current management of natural resources

and means of production had, necessarily, to be reformulated. The agriculture park should, therefore, be capable of a proper management of resources (arable land, common spaces, irrigation water, agricultural machinery, labor, transport of goods); a communal reorganization of production strategies, valorization and marketing of produce, and finally the appropriate integration of each element in the management, operation and programming of the park.

These two sectors – the urban front and the area of Ribeira de Moinhos – finally determined a third sector: the sea-front. Taking account of the linkage, our proposal suggested the creation of an urban link between the new centrality to the south, and the area of beaches to the north, closely accompanied by a new natural contextualization.

This intervention should be attained by means of diminishing the importance of the road, ensuring its dimensional suitability, in the sense of constructing a pedestrian path of great ease and wealth of interest.

Our proposal tried, above all, to adapt itself to a complex organizational context. Focusing on the problem of relational scale, we suggested a new territorial context which had as its keynote a new vision of landscape, and of the human relationship with the city, the sea and the beaches. Finally, it also recognized the necessity for the development of a management system which could become progressively self-sufficient in terms of programmatic direction and financing.

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