Docomomo International Workshop, Lisbon, 1-5 September 2016


Docomomo International Workshop
The Adaptive Re-use of the Lisbon riverside area: the MMC case study

Manutenção Militar Complex (MMC), Lisbon, 1-5 September 2016


Every two years, since 2006, docomomo International organises an international workshop, in the framework of the International docomomo Conference, dedicated to students, researchers and professionals worldwide. The aim is to study the possibilities of managing change and future challenges in architecture, landscapes and urban areas through learning taken from the Modern Movement as a basis for the future. The next edition will be held at Instituto Superior Técnico – Lisbon University, from the 1st to the 5th September, 2016. The case study will be the Manutenção Militar Complex [Military Maintenance] (MMC).

The MMC was an industrial facility that produced food, uniforms and other goods for the Portuguese Army. The first bakery was accommodated in a former Convent – Convento das Grilas – by the end of the 19th Century. During the 20th Century, due to the needs during the First World War and, in particular, during the Ultramar War (Portuguese Colonial War) in the 1960s, the complex was expanded.

Whilst the Portuguese Army reached 200,000 men in the 1960s, it is now reduced to 20,000 active soldiers. This has led to a reduction of the investment in the factories to the point that they were found to be obsolete and that it would be more advantageous to outsource the supply of military food. Gradually the factories closed and Manutenção Militar was finally substituted by a public enterprise MM-Gestão Partilhada in 2015.

The termination of the industrial production raised the problem of finding new sustainable uses for this area on the Tagus riverfront, between the Pombaline City Harbour – Terreiro do Paço – and the Contemporary Parque das Nações. This is a challenging task: any future solution needs to have a dialogue with this current industrial heritage, which is deeply connected with recent Portuguese history, as well as with the Lisbon riverside area and the contemporary city.


Through working with experienced teachers and architects from different nationalities and backgrounds, students will develop new analytical skills and working methods. Students will also be able to work in an historic Lisbon facility of outstanding size which is in a very good state of preservation.

The workshop will provide a forum in which students, researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds will be able to discuss different aspects of the re-use of vacant Modern Movement buildings. The discussion based on a real case study will allow learning by doing.

The purpose of the workshop is to make a significant contribution to the development of the MMC. The aim is to dissect and extract key issues and opportunities to propose a strategy of symbiosis between past values, current conditions and future possibilities, presenting it to the stakeholders and to the general public. The final presentations will be featured in the docomomo media channels and network.

Finally, this is a way of calling the public attention to the fact that sustainability can be reached through the conservation of architectural heritage. With an emphasis on re-use and respect for the past, through intelligent re-development and community awareness, this workshop intends to be one of the first steps for the sustainable future of the MMC.

The main outcome will be a selection of projects and ideas that can contribute to the solution to be adopted in the future of the MMC area. The teams will be asked to design a plan and enunciate the theoretical principles and intervention guidelines. The proposals will be required to respect the industrial heritage and to innovate in terms of new uses and functions. The proposals can be presented in a wide variety of media from video to models or posters and they will be exhibited during the 14th International docomomo Conference.


Manuel Salgado, Architect

Manuel Salgado is Deputy Mayor for urban planning, urban rehabilitation and public areas of the Municipality of Lisbon. Architect and urban-planner (Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa, 1968), he has designed major urban projects and buildings, including the Belém Cultural Centre, the Setúbal Professional School, the Expo’98 public space and the Hotel Opera, in Lisbon. From 1972 to 1983 he managed the Urban Issues Department and was the technical director at a public project company in Lisbon. In 1984 he became manager of Risco, Projectistas e Consultores de Design, SA. He is Guest Professor of Final Project Design at Instituto Superior Técnico since 2002. He has received various professional awards, including the 1980 and 1998 Valmor Award, the Municipal Specifications Awards for Évora and Moita Plans, the 1993 International Stone Architecture Award, the 1998 AICA Award, the 1999 Portuguese National Design Prize and the 2003 Exposed Brick Architecture Award by Cerâmica do Vale da Gândara.

João Pedro Falcão de Campos, Architect, Tecnico – Lisbon University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Falcão de Campos is an architect (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa,1984) practicing in his own office in Lisbon since 1987. He has collaborated with the Portuguese architects Álvaro Siza and Gonçalo Byrne. His designs have been awarded several prizes, namely the designs for:  À Margem bar – Shortlisted FAD Award 2007 and BSI Swiss Architectural Architectural Award 2010; Bank of Portugal Head Office Refurbishment  – Mention Best Intervention of Restoration in the National Award of Urban Refurbishment; Lisbon Assisted Pedestrian Path from Baixa to Castelo de S. Jorge – FAD Award 2014, National Award of Urban Refurbishment in the category of Best Intervention in the City of Lisbon. He is visiting Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST–UTL, (Portugal), Navarra University (Spain) since 2010 and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2015-2016). The AICA Award 2013 acknowledged the significance of his career and his ability to bridge Past and Future.

Falcão de Campos, arquitecto:


António Ricardo da Costa, Tecnico – Lisbon University

António Ricardo da Costa graduated in Architecture (1992), by the Technical University of Lisbon, where he also obtained a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Developed his PhD research in the University of Seville, where he obtained his PhD degree, classified Cum Laude (2006). António Ricardo da Costa is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon. As professor at IST he taught courses such as Urban and Regional Planning, Theory and Urban History, Urban Design and Compensation and Architectural Studios. He participated in several works under the IST Center for Urban and Regional Systems (CESUR) and has several papers published on the subjects of urban design, urban morphology, urban history and urban conservation.

Eui-Sung Yi, Morphosis Architects

Eui-Sung Yi is currently Design Principal at Morphosis Architects and Director of the Now Institute at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban (USA), the culmination of 10 years of research initiatives and speculations with Thom Mayne on emerging urban issues confronting major metropolises and disaster-stricken cities. He studied Architecture at Cornell University (Bachelor) and Harvard University (Masters). Yi has been involved with academia and scholarship for over fifteen years in Asia and the U.S. Besides the work at UCLA with Tom Mayne, Yi has maintained diverse academic relationship with other institutions namely the USC School of Architecture, Inha University (South Korea) and collaborations with Tsinghua University and Tongji University in China. He was the Vice President of Design at Chang-jo Architects in Korea, AIA National Speaker on Urban Design (Los Angeles) and Sustainability (San Antonio) for two National Conventions and Member of the Executive Committee of docomomo in charge of the 2014 International Conference in Seoul.

José Miguel Rodrigues, Porto University

José Miguel Rodrigues (Porto, 1970) studied at School of architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) where he did his Masters (1998) and PhD (2007). In 1995, with Ana Luisa Rodrigues, João Figueira, Luis Miguel Fareleira and Pedro Bandeira won the 1st prize in the International Competition for the New Aldeia da Luz Plan, built in 2000 and in 2004, nominated for the Secil Architecture Prize.  Since 1998, he has been teaching at FAUP the courses of Architectural Design, History of Modern Architecture and Research Methods. He is part of the Scientific Committee of the PhD Programme in Architecture of FAUP and the Scientific Council of the Marques da Silva Foundation. Since 2011, he develops post-doctoral research, at the Atlas House Research Group, entitled “The relationship between theory and practice in Giorgio Grassi: affinities and oppositions”.

Maria Manuel Oliveira, Minho University

Maria Manuel Oliveira is the president of the School of architecture of Minho University (Portugal) where she has been teaching and working on architectural and urban design at the School’s Studies Centre and LAB2PT – Laboratório de Paisagens, Património e Território. One of the projects she has coordinated is the rehabilitation of Praça do Toural, Guimarães. She is an architect educated at Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Porto (1985) and holds a PhD from Universidade do Minho in the field of spaces related to the funerary cults. The subject was chosen after the designing the Monchique Cemitery (Guimarães, 1999) together with Pedro Mendo. Her latest research has concentrated on the study of Modern Architecture in Lusophone countries, with a particular focus on Mozambique, participated in the research project Exchanging World Visions – Modern Architecture in Africa: Angola Mozambique. The University of Angola and the Oporto School of Architecture have invited her to be visiting professor.

Nuno Grande, Coimbra University

Born in Luanda, Angola (1966) Nuno Grande is an Architect (University of Porto, 1992) and Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra where he was awarded a PhD degree in 2009. His PhD thesis is focused on the relationship between Culture, City and Architecture, and especially on the role of great cultural facilities within the urban regeneration process. As a curator and a cultural programmer he organised exhibitions on Portuguese Architecture at: Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture; 2007 Lisbon Architectural Triennale; 2007 São Paulo Architectural Biennale; and Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture. As a critic he writes occasionally for architectural reviews published in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Croatia, South Korea and Japan. He is author or editor of different publications on Portuguese Architectural and Urban Culture.

João Santa-Rita, Architect

João Santa-Rita is an architect (Lisbon School of Fine Arts, 1983). At this moment, he is the President of the Portuguese Nacional Board of Architects. From 1986 to 1988, he worked in Macau with the architect Manuel Vicente. In 1990, he formed a partnership with architect José Santa-Rita to create the firm Santa-Rita Architects. João Santa-Rita was invited to become a member of the Akademie Fur Bauktur (Germany). He was Assistant Professor of Project at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts (ESBAL) in 1984/85 and at the Universidade Lusíada in 1991/92. Since 1996, he has been Assistant Professor at the Universidade Autónoma of Lisbon. In 1990/2000, he was Visiting Professor in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. From 1998 to 2003, he was a member of the Fine Arts Committee of the Portuguese Authors Society. He has given numerous interviews for architecture and design publications. He has received many awards in national and International competitions which include an Honorable Mention in the International Competition for the Revitalization of ULUGH-BEG CENTER in Samarkanda, in the former USSR, and 1st Place in the International competition for the Urbanization Plan for East Almada. He has works in the United States, Macau, and Portugal.


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Participation Requirements

The workshop is dedicated to students and professionals, from different fields of studies and practice, such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, history, etc. To participate in the workshop, candidates must send a short CV (2 pages) in pdf format to The participants will be chosen by CV and not on the order of the submission’s arrival. The deadline for submission is 27 March, 2016. After the selection, participants must register and pay the registration fee before 30 June, 2016. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop computers.


The workshop fee is €150. The fee includes the workshop material, one meal per day at the Técnico-Lisbon University and free access to lectures in the framework of the Workshop. Accommodation is not included. A certificate will be given to the participants corresponding to a 40 hours of work.

Please note that attendance at the 14th International docomomo Conference is not included but all workshop students participants can attend it, by paying the reduced student fee (€150).


Sep. 1st, 2016

Sep. 2nd – Sep. 4th, 2016

Sep. 5th, 2016


Manutenção Militar Complex
GPS coordinates: 38°43’54.4″N 9°06’24.2″W
Address: Rua do Grilo 109, 1950 Lisbon

Técnico – Lisbon University
GPS coordinates: 38°44’15.5″N 9°08’25.1″W
Address: Técnico-Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro Stations: Saldanha, Alameda

Gare Marítima de Alcântara
GPS coordinates:38°42’04.7″N 9°10’28.5″W
Address: Doca Marítima de Alcântara
Train station: Alcântara Mar


A range of accommodation options is available for you. You should budget as a minimum €30 per night for a single-room with en suite facilities and €15 per night in shared bedroom. (suggestions of accommodation will be published very soon).

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