THE GRAND PROJECTS

Architectural and urbanistic operations after the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition

Closing Discussion of the Exhibition “The territory of Architecture Gregotti and Associate 1953-2017”, gather Manuel Salgado and Paulo Tormenta Pinto

Team: Paulo Tormenta Pinto (head researcher)

After 25 years of construction of the Centro Cultural de Belém – building built by the time of the First Presidency European Union (EEC) in the context of urban transformations in the city of Lisbon – Manuel Salgado, co-author of the project and councilman of the City Council of Lisbon responsible for urban planning, debated with Paulo Tormenta Pinto the impact of this work.

This discussion, moderated by André Tavares, closed the retrospective exhibition of the work of Vittorio Gregotti, constituting an opportunity to relate the influence of the author of Territorio Dell’architetuttura, with urban strategies followed by the city of Lisbon in recent decades. The CCB building marked the beginning of a profound transformation of the city, which had as its highlight the event Expo’98. In the morphology of this building, it is possible to see concepts of typology and urban design, as if a prototype to one modern vision that was later used to the rehabilitation of Lisbon.

Throughout the conversation, it was possible to question the ideas associated with “Les Grand travaux”, as they were introduced by Francois Mitterrand in the years of 1980 and the logic of continuity of the public and ecological space that today dictate the strategic options of the capital city.