White Sheet

Exhibition: Network | November 23, 2011 by

The Jury considered, unanimously, that the proposal “White Sheet” from Pedro Soares Neves was the one that better responded to the given challenge by this idea competition, both in the aptitude to “understand the dynamic of this space in the context of the city’s transformation”, as in the ability to build a critical speech about the urban rehabilitation, involving the community and seeking to creatively articulate new relations between city and citizens. In this sense, this proposal is both pragmatic and radical, putting itself not only as a challenge to an alternative reading of that that can be “public space”, but also as a plausible hypothesis of concretion with low budget and means. A proposal that, leaving Praça de Lisboa in its actual state, aims, through a poetic gesture, to paint in white all the surfaces and elements of the square, wanting to quickly open this space to the city, promoting a set of occupations not only spontaneous but also linked to the urban rehabilitation process.

Jury values, mostly, the fact of the proposed strategy doesn’t impose or conform a definitive solution, either programmatically or volumetrically, but, on the contrary, to propose a void and expectant territory, provoking an open occupation strategy, dynamic and in progress. This “leave it as it is”, framed in an unfinished/inconclusive format that assumes the existing ruin of Praça de Lisboa, not only presents a valid strategy form the economic point of view (in low-cost times), but also promotes a public space that doesn’t makes itself only from its playful character, but from a reflexive dimension (reflect/reflection) about the vulnerable condition of the city itself. Most of all, it is a proposition that more than avidly search a formal answer, prefers to question and interrogate, give space (literally) to the citizen, as a protagonist , to complete the proposal, acting and thinking about its city. It opposes, therefore, to over conventional rehabilitation strategies, proposing itself as a simple gesture, but with a high sense of potentiality and operability in the utilization of public space.



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