Architektur als Social Design




2017 – Sagres , Portugal

Institut für Raumkonzeptionen und Grundlagen des Entwerfens

Prof. Markus Allmann

Prof. Luis Urbano, Kyra Bullert, Leslie Koch, Spela Setzen

Students : Teresa Berner, Dipayan Bhowmik, Tillmann Bollow, Louison Döfinger, Lukas Gesell, Sarah Jansen, Franca Poos, Bente Rau, Peter Richter, Maximilian Schäfer, Luis Seider, Dessiré Velez

Madalena Almeida, Beatriz Branco, Belén Chiappero, Alberto Collet, Francisco Craveiro, Matilde Gouimar, Helder Lima, Marta Manca, Diogo Ferreira, João Morais, Ricardo Monteiro, Afonsa Quintã


In the sense of the motto of the DAAD program “dialogue south Europe” 24 students from the University of Stuttgart and the University of Porto came together in a workshop in Sagres, South Portugal, to deal with the complex issue: how does mass tourism affect small villages like Sagres which are seasonally overpopulated or empty? What can be done to positively change the situation of the residents in the longer term? Can tourists

be involved? Together with the inhabitants the students tried to find answers to these questions and implemented a small intervention in a public area in Sagres, an open-air cinema.



The idea of the winning design was to design a flexible structure that could adapt to different urban situations, creating introverted and extroverted spaces and inviting people to stay in. The structure is composed of simple elements and can easily be built, dismantled, adapted by anyone. The mobility of the structure allows it to be set up again and again in different places, leaving a kind of footprint everywhere.


For the construction only local materials were used: wooden boards, rope used by the fishermen, baskets and a steel structure that worked as a central starting point for the construction.


The 2.10m long wood boards were vertically arranged along a curved line, inspired by the „chamber of sound“ a work of Ressano Garcia Arquitectos realized at the Fortaleza area of Sagres. Windy weather conditions were the main reason to create a protected interior space. Considering a participatory aspect, the design’s flexibility was an important issue since it could adopt different spontaneous uses. The final construction can easily be transported by rolling the wooden boards into ribbons. A cinema or another cultural space can be rebuilt in a new location.


The short film screened at the opening night in the structure built during the workshop was shot locally by a group of participants, depicting places, landscapes, local architecture and traditions, but mainly people living or visiting Sagres.



Funded by DAAD

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