Arquitetura sustentável
: contributos da arquitetura vernacular portuguesa

  • Francisca Carolina Rodrigues Trigo Vale da Cunha (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This dissertation aims to find solutions for the future of sustainable architecture, a quest based on all styles and practices already tested in architecture. Assuming that sustainable architecture is a practice and not an architectural style, you could eventually transform all buildings into sustainable buildings regardless of its architectural style. We intend to demonstrate in this dissertation that vernacular architecture contains fundaments and knowledge to promote a sustainable architecture less harmful to ecosystems. Since climate change is an increasingly pressing issue, it is essential to set goals to help reduce the impact of buildings on the planet. In this way, it is considered that the main premise is to rethink the use of building materials, the re-use and the possibility of recycling in order to optimize the resources that the planet provides us, thus promoting the preservation of ecosystems. The aim is to understand what has been studied and designed in the architecture and construction sectors in order to achieve the best solutions to promote a future sustainable architecture, and to enable these measures to raise awareness and train the population to makes them one of the key elements for the promotion of sustainable practices in the discipline and framework of architecture. It is essential to understand how architecture has evolved, but essentially what remains to be done, if we want to achieve sustainability as intended. The analysis of different case studies, mainly in Europe, becomes pertinent as this will be the closest to the Portuguese reality and thus be able to influence the best sustainable practices in architecture in Portugal. It was intended that the case studies were different in form, materials and scale. • 1st Case study - The development Biohabitat (2002) in Valencia in Spain, by Luis de Garrido. • 2nd Case Study - The house Ecofixe (2014), in Trofa in Portugal, by Armindo Magalhães. • 3rd Case Study - The prototype of Treehouse Riga (2010), in Portugal, by John Appleton and Architect Isabel Domingos in partnership with Jular company. 6 • 4th Case Study - Eco-Resort of Pedras Salgadas (2013), in the National Park Pedras Salgadas in Portugal, the Atelier RA - ARCHITECTURAL & DESIGN STUDIO Luís Rebelo de Andrade7. • 5th Case study - The BedZED project (2002), in Surrey in England, by Bill Dunster8. • 6th Case Study - The Solar Villa Condo (2005), in Freeburg in Germany, by Rolf Disch9. • 7th Case Study - City of Masdar (beginning 2006), in Dubai, the architecture cabinet Norman Foster10 + Partners, called the first city to be built from scratch entirely green city form, carbon neutral and zero waste. Today, there are many attempts to achieve sustainable architecture, it is based on vernacular architecture - case study: Costa Nova Beach and Village Pena, which it is aimed to demonstrate that vernacular architecture is and could be a model to sustainable architecture. It also aims to demonstrate how vernacular architecture can inform the discussion of sustainable architecture and which vernacular practices are no longer viable due to cuerrent population necessities and standards. So-called “Sustainable” interventions should address a comprehensive and multidisciplinary strategies, one should then develop principles that promote balance between humans and ecosystems. It can then consider sustainable architecture not only a sustainable building production system but one that promotes multidisciplinary processes based on vernacular knowledge while addressing architecture as a whole.
Date of Award2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEmanuel José da Rocha Ferreira de Sousa (Supervisor)


  • Architecture
  • Project
  • Building
  • Sustainable
  • Ecosystems
  • Projet


  • Mestrado em Arquitetura

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