Mosaicos urbanos
: habitar e envelhecer/acessibilidades

  • Vanessa Trindade Buraco (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The present work means to reflect and aggregate concepts and information through research, observation and analysis of the project carried out throughout the academic year. From the concept and justification for the making of this work comes the theme “Urban Mosaics: Inhabit and Olden – Accessibilities” than wants to ally and connect ideas, opinions and notions with the practice of universal design in order for one to live, inhabit and age in the city of Viseu, with the proposal for a location and a specific program. The goal is to give response to the distinct needs of citizens, projecting accessible spaces to everyone, envisioning the improvement of the overall quality of life. Architecture can connect the city and society, between the spaces (public or private) and the individuals that enjoy them. The Portuguese population is aging at a very quick pace, what reveals a near inversion of the demographic pyramid that, in its way, implies adapting the city to the needs of the growing age group. That means that the city shall be inhabited by the elderly, and the urban quotidian will be increasingly affected by restrictions, in terms of accessibility or in other functional aspects. The aging at home paradigm is one of the causes that leads to the construction of an accessible residence to this age group, as well as to all that live or intend to live in the urban space, that presents a morphology with certain categories and limitat ions that characterize it. It is with the creation of these “habitation mosaics” that we intent to give an image of continuity, envisioning the improvement of urban planning, in order to create a space of everyone and to everyone.
Date of Award16 Dec 2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAntónio da Silva Ferreira de Carvalho (Supervisor) & Gonçalo Nuno Pinheiro de Sousa Byrne (Co-Supervisor)


  • City
  • Society
  • Aging
  • Habitation
  • Architecture
  • Accessibility
  • Flexibility
  • Module


  • Mestrado em Arquitetura

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