Rich human and environmental heritages in constant change, and the project program, suggest the intention of man to explore other resources that the landscape offers. Recreation and leisure, observation of wildlife and flora, water cycles and agricultural activities that are taking place in this landscape, are the explicit objectives of the project. The conservation of natural and cultural values and the dynamic equilibrium of this habitat protected from disturbances that the implementation of the program could bring, is the implicit and essential goal.
Relevance of the work
Engaging in active agricultural landscapes is increasingly a challenge facing the landscape architecture profession. Allowing the enjoyment of these sites, without interfering with the experience of the people who inhabit it and maintain it becomes mandatory for the success of this type of project.
The use of design solutions almost mimetic with the remaining elements of the landscape to address programmatic requirements, or those deemed necessary for the
experience of space, combined with low costs of deployment are the merits of the proposal.
The growing recognition of these self-sustainable agricultural landscapes, as spaces for recreation and leisure available to the general population, with benefits for local populations, leads to believe that the project, completed with reduced public investment, is an appropriate response to the problem and therefore an important reference for future investments in these contexts, where maintaining the landscape is mainly provided by private owners.
Potentials and constraints
The continuous interaction with the intense agricultural activity and the conflicts which resulted of this interaction, as well as the vulnerability of the paths’ network due to the variation of the water level of the Vouga River, and also a blurred distinction between public and private space along the many pathways were the main constraints of this project.
However, an intervention which was wanted to be delicate over this territory worked daily by “landscape makers,” will reveal it worthy of the designation of “Metropolitan Park”, wisely kept for generations that have proved capable to adapt themselves to the constraints imposed by Nature.
Due to its location, the work’s main potential is the possibility of access of the populations of major metropolitan areas such as Porto, Aveiro or Coimbra to such a vast and varied landscape, through a project whose size and costs were relatively small.
Restoration and Improvement of Frossos’ Pateira | Aveiro Portugal | Atelier do Beco da Bela Vista
Year – 2012
Credits – Atelier do Beco da Bela Vista, Landscape Architecture Lda.
Luis Miguel Albuquerque Guedes de Carvalho (Landscape Architect)
Francisco Bernardo Guedes de Carvalho (Architect)
Nuno Miguel Saraiva Lima Leite Costa (Landscape Architect)
Consultants | other technicians involved on the project
Engineering – Struconcept Lda.
Supervision – Proman, Center for Studies and Projects, S.A.
Builders – Ibersilva
Owner – Polis Litoral Ria de Aveiro, S.A.
Data on the implementation
Work initiation – August 17th 2011
Work completion – February 17th 2012
Work cost – 398.431,87 €
Cost/m² – 6,64 €
Orange route: 3,56 km plus an extension of 309 m;
Green route: 3,64 km;
Lilac route: 6,23 km;
Relevance of the work