HERE or THERE - to live in the City or in the Suburbs

This website project is to be presented at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013 "Close,Closer" as part (and extension) of a proposal for the CRISIS BUSTER grant programme "Brave New Now" (provided me and my team receive that grant.  Or not...)

It's an intervention at the main points of entry into the city by commuters using public transportation and it aims and getting them closer to data relevant to their choice of place to live vs place to work vs place to play

I'm including in the post our team's (URBANage / URBANAidade) proposal. Please do comment on it!

INTRODUCTION Where do you Live? Where do you Work? Where do you Play?

Lisbon has a population of 600,000 people. The urbanized suburbs amount to a population of 3 million, making it the 9th most populous urban area in the EU.

Of the 340,000 workplaces in the Greater Metropolitan Area about a third is located in the city. (http://www.cm-lisboa.pt/investir/lisboa-em-numeros)

How many people daily commutes from periphery to center? What means of transportation people use? How much does this daily commute costs?
Lisbon’s city center has roughly 50,000 listed buildings of which about 2,000 are unoccupied. The average monthly rent per square meter in the city is around 11 euros.

For how many inhabitants of the suburbs is the city center a daily destination for work? How satisfying is their life quality considering their time spent commuting? At the end of the day how much is left for leisure and where does it take place?

When the city center needs revitalization, what does it offer to reclaim its inhabitants? Are current infrastructural investments and benefits policies divulged and effective?

At a time in which families and individuals rebudget their lifestyles, do they account for costs of distance between their home, place of work and leisure choices? Are they aware of economic sustainability in spatial proximity?

WHAT Getting closer to citizens and engage them in these questions

We propose to inquire the population that commutes daily for work of their rational and emotional reasons to live in the suburbs and assess the degree of satisfaction of their life’s flow.

At the onset of the Triennale we will conduct a full work week survey during peak hours of the day at the main entry of the principal train stations in the city. The questions will center on where commuters live, work and play.

Simultaneously we will present a series of comparative infographics of live in the city and in the suburbs. In the form of cartography, timelines and open data statistics these will depict city exodus, suburban sprawl, commute time consumption and costs, city improvements and public services availability amongst others.

We will map the results of this personalized enquiry at the end of the Triennale as a document to promote the dialog between city and citizens and inform the practices of policy making, urban planning, urbanism and architecture.

Which is better? There is no absolute answer. However aware and informed citizens can make smarter choices.

WHERE Main Terminal Train Stations

Rossio, Cais do Sodré, Entrecampos, Oriente

WHY Long Term Goal

This intervention is intended as as proof of concept. It will work as a test and kickstart for an open platform aimed at convening and distribute actualized information in clear format.

Taking advantage of the municipality participatory and open data programs the platform will promote personalized search and engage citizens through workshops around the big themes of the city - housing, work, mobility and play. 


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