The logic of limits applied to the transformation of contemporary landscape: The Velopark of Loulé

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Eduardo Costa Pinto
Frederico Vital Soares

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As a result of the commission of a Landscape Architecture project for the surrounding area of the Municipal Stadium of Loulé, Portugal, this extraordinary opportunity arose to carry out a speculative investigation into the “logic of limits" in the transformation of the contemporary landscape. The motivations of the client - the Municipality of Loulé - which triggered this public competition, must be underlined for the singularity of an order that, in the National and European context, presupposed the idea of “designing for openness" between a Municipal Stadium and the city‘s public space. The cultural context in which this competition was launched also shows a clear paradigm shift in the design of the city, since it shows a clear concern with healthier life models, where the will to "abandon the automobile" repositions the role of motorization as an agent of urbanization in the second half of the XX century, in view of the growing role of the "multimodal citizen" of the 21st century. However, the scale of human action and the speed of the world of technology in which we live today, unleash unparalleled challenges in the transformation of the landscape, in the form of problems - here referred to as in visu-shift - that go beyond the regional and local dynamics of our cities.

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Costa Pinto, E., & Vital Soares, F. (2017). The logic of limits applied to the transformation of contemporary landscape: The Velopark of Loulé. UPLanD - Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 2(2), 169-181. https://doi.org/10.6092/2531-9906/5264
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