Processos participativos em arquitetura
: o estudo de caso de ONG’S em Portugal : princípios e práticas

  • Vanessa Carolina Ferreira Monteiro (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The architecture, in his professional side has been improving the lives of communities in the form of housing, public and private service. The architecture has followed the social transformations in the service of human civilization, from housing to public buildings.The architecture and its imposing buildings always mirrored the different historical periods and daily life of every culture. Therefore, we can get a reading as an architectural narrative of the history of political, economy, and culture of a particular geographical context. The power, whether political, financial, religious, or wealthier social classes is materialized in the robustness, scale and ornamentation / iconography of its buildings.Therefore, the architect, worked in the service of the class who held power while the lower classes self-buit their habitat.Unlike the architect,the architecture evolves in various forms of style, whilst the architect remains predominantly in the service market.The most economically privileged class continues to be the most self-indulgence with the work of the architect,has it is the only who can support their payment.According to the Global Report on Activities of the UN-Habitat, 2013, 1/3 of the urban population resident in developing countries urban population, live in slums, with the highest incidence in sub-Saharan Africa which has the highest percentage 62% of the population. In many of these countries NGO's are working to combat extreme poverty, these are the only type of support provided to the poor population. This thesis questions the social role of the architect given the current state of the planet and the spatial polarization.Through literature on the topics of Right to the City, Participatory Planning and Globalization, the aim is to clarify the reasons behind the commodification of architecture and its values while the whole world is globalizing.By the literature review and case studies, the dissertation suggests that the architect may in the future have a greater role in society through participatory practices.
Date of Award25 May 2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCéline Felício Veríssimo (Supervisor)


  • Participatory planning
  • Global architecture
  • Urbanization
  • Poverty


  • Mestrado em Arquitetura

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