Quaternaire Portugal

Study on New Residential, Economic and Urban Dynamics in the Historic Centre of Lisbon

Study on New Residential, Economic and Urban Dynamics in the Historic Centre of Lisbon

The Historical Centre of Lisbon is experiencing troubled times, with profound economic, urban and social changes, shown to us daily through media or personal testimony.

The reaction to these ongoing dynamics is often more emotional and ideological rather than rational, ranging from the extreme discourses of the revolt against gentrification and tourist massification to that of unconditional support for the primacy of investment and economic performance.

In a socially responsible way, the institutions closest to the territory in question - the Parish Councils of Misericórdia, Santa Maria Maior and São Vicente - decided to analyse in a more objective way what is really happening and what future can be expected, by promoting a diagnostic and prospective study about the historical centre, made by Quaternaire Portugal.

This reflection seeks to find sustainable ways to ensure that economic growth and urban rehabilitation do not mean sacrificing the identity and culture of this area, so symbolic for the city and the country.
Such pathways, as this study suggests, involve better knowledge and monitoring of phenomena, sectoral and urban planning more coherent with a vision of sustainability, changes in some public policies (municipal and national), social responsibility of political and economic agents and by strengthening local social conditions - more resilience, more tolerance, more neighborhood.
The public presentation of the study took place on Saturday, January 20, at 3:00 p.m., in the Espaço Santa Catarina (Largo Dr. António de Sousa Macedo, 7D - Misericórdia), in Lisbon, with the participation of more than a hundred people, representing public and private entities and representatives of local interest groups.
You can get the study here (in Portuguese only):