Found in Translation – Bridging Concepts from Traditional Gardens to Contemporary Urban Planning and Design

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Isabel Loupa-Ramos
Maria da Graça
Saraiva Rita Ramos


Facing new challenges, contemporary urban planning and design are in search of ways to reinvent the city. In the past, notably during the last century, cities have lost their human scale and at the same time, people have been losing contact with nature and the natural process in a progressively artificial and globalized world. Thus, addressing the city today, it might be interesting to look back on solutions that have been practiced in times when human uses were predominantly led by environmental determinism rather than by a technological one. With this purpose in mind, this paper aims to contribute to the discussion on how to improve urban planning and design through an integrated landscape approach by presenting a proposal for an urban area in the city of Lisbon that makes use of the ancestral knowledge of multifunctionality and water management, as is present in the Quintas, and adjusting it to fit present needs, to encompass new social realities and demands for public space and food security.

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