Dissertations - Domestic Space

Rui Emanuel Garcia Pereira

The reinvention of the mediterranean courtyard-house - L'and Vineyards, Alentejo; a study case

June 2011

The "Mediterranean courtyard­house" shows normative principles – spatial regularities or morphological rules of topological nature – allowing the identification of an architectural genotype. Both house and courtyard form an indivisible whole, regulated by a geometric regularity, being the courtyard, the central element of the house. The genotype of the "Mediterranean courtyard-house" has been repeatedly applied over time in different contexts allowing a wide range of architectural phenotypes. These phenotypes are the result of a design methodology based on the type concept model.

This dissertation aims to characterize the morpho-typological principles present in L'and Vineyards courtyard houses. (presentation, dissertation)



Tatiana Franco Branco

Architectures of Collective Living: Flexibility, transformability and adaptability in Bairro de Alvalade

June 2011

The significance of changes on both the contemporary lifestyles and the spatial structure of collective housing, provide a field study and reflection material on the Architecture discipline The understanding of the domestic models generated in the XX century and its relationship with contemporary lifestyles is a fundamental knowledge to understand the evolution of housing models and to inform the design of domestic spaces for the XXI century.
This dissertation is based on the understanding of domestic space as a place of experiences, subjected to occupation, reading and reinterpretation by its dwellers. Two housing states located in Alvalade neighborhood, Lisbon, were selected as case studies.(presentation, dissertation)



Cristina Fernandes Gouveia Pedrosa

From the city to the individual: the role of urban requalification in social housing neighborhoods: A study of the public space requalification in contumil’s neighborhood, in the city of Oporto, Portugal

October 2010

The main objective of this study is to understand the role of requalification of residential public space (viewed as architectonical space) in operations of rehabilitation of social housing neighbourhoods. It aims to explore the physical requalification of public space in this kind of neighbourhoods as a means to balance the cities’ urban, architectonical and social environment.
Therefore, this thesis attempts to identify essential criteria to be applied in projects of public space requalification in social housing neighbourhoods, in order to promote conditions of urban integration and architectonical quality in these residential areas, as well as their inhabitants’ residential satisfaction. The gathered criteria are applied in the critical analysis of a case study: Contumil’s Neighbourhood, in the city of Oporto (Portugal), built in 1977 and subject to public space requalification in 2007.


Cristina Neyra Brandão de Vasconcelos

Social evolution and transformation of the domestic space in the Social Housing Neighborhood of Arco do Cego in Lisbon: a study of a block of single family rehabilitated houses.

May 2010

This worh refers to explore how the organization of the domestic space suits the needs of its users. The work is developed in the scope of the relations between architectural design and the way of using the space. The object of the study focuses on single family houses in the urban context, taking as case study one block from the Social Housing Neighborhood of Arco do Cego in Lisbon. (dissertation)




Sónia Ildefonso

Workers' village in Lisbon: the emergency of new living modes - Vila Berta's Case

November 2008

This work refers to the feasibility of using buildings, in Lisbon, from the end of the XIX century to the beginning of the XX century, belonging to the workers housing typology (multi-family housing).

Specifically, the aim is to identify the actual state of the habitat, describe it under the terms of its functional changes, and conclude on the conditions of living that may or may not offer.(dissertation)



António Manuel Seabra Pinelo

Frank Lloyd Wright's usonian houses. A syntatic approach to the domestic space study

September 2008

This worh refers to the organization of the domestic space. The selected case study are the Usonian Houses, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) since 1936. The major goal is to explore the concept of organic arquitecture applied in this type of houses and to analyse the design strategies. It?s about exploring, the aspects of architectural form, in terms of spacial and functional organization, and relating it with the social dimension, i.e., to identify the conditions to which the domestic space obeys so it can answer to the requests of its users. (dissertation)