Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism


Center for Studies
in Architecture and Urbanism

Public Space’s Service

Start Year

2016 (Concluded)


36 months

Principal Investigator

Pedro Brandão

Funding Entity

FCT, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Project Reference


Proposing Institution

Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e o Desenvolvimento, IST-ID

Partner Institutions

Centre de Recerca Polis, Universitat de Barcelona



This project is about public space as service provider to cities and city users.

Service values and Systemic qualities are therefore the main central concepts needed to provide a rational framework for evaluation.

Public investment in public space grew much in recent years, with new typologies, uses and users, territorial scopes and also a new awareness of its qualities. Despite this, regional or local level projects often need better continuity or integration, so as to promote real meaning as urban systems and provide more social, environmental and economic value return, so as to assure time-life Public Space sustainability.

So we need to address Public Space service values diversity, new scales and scopes, with tools, methods and assessment procedures, and understand them as central concepts in the production processes.


Pedro Brandão (Investigador Responsável)
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto

Ana Brandão

Antoni Remesar

Bartolomeu Vidal

Eduardo Gutierrez

Filipe Moura

Jorge Baptista e Silva

Jorge Gonçalves

Maria do Rosário Partidário

Marien Ríos

Nuno Travasso
Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto

Nuria Ricart

Sofia Águas

Teresa Heitor
Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa