WINNER OPEN CALL LISBON
Winner Open Call Lisbon: Pátio de Dom Fradique by Carlos Aragão © Carlos Aragão
PÁTIO DE DOM FRADIQUE. A living and working space for the Lisbon future thinkers
by Carlos Aragão
Located on the top of the hill, where Lisbon was born, privileged with a peaceful enclosed atmosphere and involved in a characteristic community spirit, Pátio de Dom Fradique remains unoccupied since more than a decade. This ruined situation is obviously sad, but even scarier is the idea of seeing such peculiar heritage transformed (like most of our historical city) into some kind of highly lucrative machine, oriented to a globalized high class tourist, through revitalization procedures that usually neglect the societal spirituality of the place and its value for the local culture.
For that reason, we would like this place to be a symbol for a different way of preserving the city - a manifest that other kind of solutions can and must be found - especially in times of crises. Therefore we propose the revitalization of this complex into a center for urban innovation – a place for anyone willing to develop a project that could constitute a benefit to the city. A replicable one year experience, where a group of people would have the chance to live and work together – searching for problems, discussing strategies and developing ideas that prove being a value proposition to Lisbon.