In Associação Renovar a Mouraria
Lecture on Mouraria – Lisbon’s former Moorish ghetto – at the onset of Sheffield Hallam Master Architecture Year 5 Design Studio’s project.
A long history of neglect rendered Mouraria as extraordinarily tolerant to foreign cultures and social transgression. Mouraria – a global microcosm within Lisbon – came under the politicians, investors and tourists’ radar in 2012. Time Out magazine dedicated an issue to Mouraria the same year, depicting it as the most exciting – albeit the most unknown – district in Lisbon.
Things are changing at a growing pace and now the main question is whether gentrification should be regulated and, if yes, how can gentrification be used as an asset that allows maintaining its incredibly diverse population, addressing its social and economic fragilities and improving the built environment.
With these challenges in mind, each student picks a plot and defines a brief to then be materialized in a design. Camarim will follow the students’ work.