O Espaço Urbano e a Arquitectura da Cidadania
Filipe Carreira da Silva
ICS, University of Lisbon
Mónica Brito Vieira
New Hall, University of Cambridge
Last modified: May 11, 2007
Presentation date: 06/12/2007 2:30 PM in ISCTE-II C103
In The Conscience of the Eye, Richard Sennett has argued that our main urban problem is how to revive the reality of the outside as a dimension of human experience - and we would want to add - of our democratic experience.
Following Sennett's interpellation, this paper explores the ways in which the tradition of Western political thought has its roots in thinking about cities and citizenship, in particular in scrutinising the link between civis, civitas and civilitas (citizen, city and civility), as resulting, to a large extent, from an ongoing negotiation between "the public space" and "the private space". The paper then proceeds to consider the nature of these negotiations in contemporary cities, concentrating in recent urbanistic developments in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, and questions the impact of this new built environment upon our public life and the imaginary which is necessary (in our view) to sustain democratic politics.