Expert/Guide: Tiago Oliveira
A public initiative that occupied land with few pre-existing built structures, the Olivais Sul neighbourhood was influenced by the first generation of new towns. The hallmark of the plan is its cellular structure, the appreciation of open green spaces and the freedom given to the architectural designs. Built in a period when the rationalist principles of modern architecture had only begun to be applied without restrictions in Portugal, but were already being called into question elsewhere in Europe, the neighbourhood features a remarkable variety in terms of the collective housing solutions – both in terms of the architectural and the urban design. This tour follows a course on foot that allows for comparison of some of these experiments.