Lisbon is Us
Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon
This interdisciplinary project aims to foster dialogue on designing new ways of living, interacting and communicating in urban spaces, focusing on social inclusion, sustainability, and aesthetics. The project challenges younger generations to (re)interpret the cities where they live and contribute to building more liveable spaces. Our initiative, based in Lisbon, aims to co-create a more sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful reality for the community. Drawing on the intersections between design, culture, social inclusion, science and technology, our project invites participants to engage in creative and collaborative efforts to reimagine and rebuild urban spaces. Our paper showcases some of this project's key insights, methods, and outcomes, and explore its relevance for other cities and communities.
In response to the call for a "New European Bauhaus" initiative, a group of professors from the Visual Arts and Technologies program at a Lisbon-based university have developed an academic project under the theme "Lisbon is Us: Our Neighborhood in the City". The project aims to contribute to a better experience and livelihood in the city, while also promoting the development of a more sustainable urban environment. Through the lens of design, the project seeks to explore the construction of the imaginary of a city, and to define areas of action in the field of communication design that can create a visual language that represents the identity of a city and its communities. Specifically, the project presents a proposal of storytelling and engagement project with the community, on the unique and diverse Santa Maria Maior district, in Lisbon, aiming to capture its subjective dimension and to valorize its importance in studying urban phenomena and future ways of living.