Making visible public space in the extensive city: mapping challenges and opportunities for the urban transition

Peripheral and suburban urban areas though hosting major urban dynamics and population groups, are often perceived negatively, and have not received the attention of current urban planning and design practices in steering the necessary regeneration. In Portugal, as in other countries, urban development reflects these problems. In research, policy and practice, public space (PS) is addressed as a means to attain a better urban environment within sustainable development, but it also reflects inequalities in its provision and distribution, especially in more extensive and diversified urban contexts. While the recent crises have showcased the importance and potential of PS, they also stressed the urge for these places to be transformed. The main purpose of this project is to understand where and how to redesign PS to deal with transition challenges. The research does this by understanding and reframing the way PS is addressed in the “extensive city” and by discussing with stakeholders its value and potential to contribute to a more sustainable transition path. Through a critical analysis of the public space of peripheral areas in the Lisbon metropolis, the research aims to achieve prospective reasoning to tackle urban change obstacles. Partial goals include: mapping and characterising these public spaces; locating the main challenges and opportunities to be tackled; giving visibility to peripheral urban areas forwarding policy guidelines.


The project is based on a multi-methods approach, combining data analysis, public space surveys, mapping techniques, observation methods, visual storytelling, and participative methods. Outputs target a pilot test for an original and collaborative interdisciplinary approach for public space analysis in peripheral urban areas, and increasing visibility of these spaces, by visual multi-media material, events and a discussion web platform, aiming knowledge production with significance for public policies and planning. 

Impacto Investigação Académica

The innovation is based on understanding the patterns and challenges of understudied peripheral urban areas, incorporating different views and knowledge to gain greater insight into how to provide better public spaces and rationales for public resources and investments.

Parceiros Internos
Centro de Investigação Grupo de Investigação Papel no Projeto Data de Início Data de Fim
DINAMIA'CET-Iscte Cidades e Territórios Líder 2023-12-22 2025-06-22
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Equipa de Projeto
Nome Afiliação Papel no Projeto Data de Início Data de Fim
Ana Brandão Investigadora Integrada (DINAMIA'CET-Iscte); Coordenadora Global 2023-12-22 2025-06-22
Financiamentos do Projeto
Código/Referência DOI do Financiamento Tipo de Financiamento Programa de Financiamento Valor Financiado (Global) Valor Financiado (Local) Data de Início Data de Fim
NA -- Contrato Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - RESTART - Portugal 47292 47292 2023-12-22 2025-06-22
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Making visible public space in the extensive city: mapping challenges and opportunities for the urban transition