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Azenha do Mar/Odemira | Stº Tirso | Barreiro


CATEGORY
urban/architectural
SITE'S FAMILY How to create positive dynamics from a difficult situation?
LOCATION AZENHA DO MAR, Odemira [Southwest coast of Portugal,
230 km from Lisbon]
POPULATION Village 130 habitants Municipality of Odemira 26000 habitants
STUDY SITE 25 ha
PROJECT SITE 6,5 ha
SITE PROPOSED BY Municipality of Odemira
OWNER OF THE SITE Municipality of Odemira
COMMISSION AFTER COMPETITION Concept and development design
for a urban study that can evolve to include public space urban design and
architectural and landscape design.
REPRESENTATIVE OF TEAM Architect

HOW CAN THE SITE CONTRIBUTE TO THE «ADAPTABLE CITY»?

Azenha do Mar is a recent fishing settlement. Its adaptability corresponds
to a challenge regarding the dynamics of a contemporary
society, related to a particular place's identity. It is aimed at urban
complementarities articulating natural landscape and activities (agriculture
and fishing), through the enhancement of local resources,
including sea products (fish, shellfish, algae), vegetables (subsistence
farming), energy resources (sun, wind, tides) and landscape
resources (paths and biodiversity). And also, to promote flexibility
on these areas in a way which allows specific targets of hosting and
providing greater diversification of economic, cultural and social activities.

CITY STRATEGY

It is intended to counteract degradation and exclusion by transforming Azenha do Mar in a sustainable cluster (increasing its production capacity associated to local resources) and making it attractive in a perspective of nature related tourism (hiking, diving, walks on the waterfront) and wellness related tourism (relaxation,
meditation, natural therapies) with a diversity of capacities to sustain them along time. The aim perspective of structured development is a responsible tourism, where tourism experience is to be diluted with the local experience and generates a demand for visitors throughout the year.

SITE DEFINITION

The natural characteristics of the rocks "towards open sea", the green
cliffs and picturesque fishing toil, make this conurbati on a symbol of
handmade fishing and shellfish activity and is currently part of a section
of the multi-awarded Rota Vicenti na (hiking path with 350 km). Integrated
in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicenti na and in
the Natura 2000 network, the study site covers vacant areas of a former
municipal allotment (that was never fully implemented) also integrati ng
shed buildings that show a degraded urban image and accentuate the
problems related to economic fragility and social exclusion.

FUTURE OF THE SITE IN RELATION OF SITE'S FAMILY AND ADAPTABILITY

The very low populati on density that characterizes the municipality of Odemira,
and also the limited human and fi nancial capacity to maintain a high number of faciliti es, landscaping, urban public spaces and buildings, require local areas and faciliti es to be the most fl exible and adaptable as possible, to host different events and acti viti es. The commitment to effi ciency gains requires architectural and public space soluti ons allowing the accommodati on of diff erent acti viti es with reduced maintenance requirements, respecting the site's scale and identi ty.
The aim is to increase the supply of housing, both tourist (short-term) and
residenti al (long-term), giving preference to architectural soluti ons adapting to a wider range of socio-economic needs on medium and long terms with efficiency in resources consumpti on.

The challenge is to design tourism facility's concept to create positive dynamics
connected with existing conditions, and that may be adapted to a daytime center with residences for the elderly; and create design housing typologies that suit both residenti al tourism and first or second residenti al types. The location of a parking area and boats repair area should be implemented as well as it should be planned small commercial units for the installati on of basic neighborhood shops and/or to promote local products, restaurant and bar. Public spaces are required to emphasize the relationship between land (upper area of the conurbation) and sea (lower part of the small port), respecting the natural and landscape features of the site. Community gardens may be integrated into the urban context and connecti ons with walking routes, with the boats' pier and with places for the practice of recreational fishing are to be structured.