Expert/Guide: Tiago Mota Saraiva
Marvila is an area of hopes postponed. The Lisbon Master Development Plan has previously identified it as the urban area with the highest construction indexes for new buildings, the location for Lisbon’s new central hospital and the site of the third bridge crossing across the Tagus between Lisbon and Barreiro. At the turn of the millennium, sensing a business opportunity, the BES bank bought up a lot of land in the area at low prices. The subsequent implosion of that bank led to the dispersion of its property holdings in real estate funds. In building a narrative on the city, the tour shows both the hipster Marvila and the Marvila of the social housing estates. Two realities that rarely meet up in the dynamics of the space. The tour endeavours to examine the geographic conditions that give rise to this situation.