DOCOMOMO International Workshop ( 1-5 Sept 2016, Lisbon, Portugal)
STUDENT PARTICIPATION: the candidacy period ends in TWO WEEKS!
DATE: 1/9/2015
docomomo International Workshop
The Adaptive Reuse of the Lisbon riverside area: the MMC case study
Lisbon, Portugal, 1-5 September 2016

To participate in the workshop, candidates must send a short CV (2 pages) in pdf format to, before 27 March 2016.

Details: website.

Every two years, since 2006, docomomo International organises an international workshop, in the framework of the International docomomo Conference, dedicated to students, researchers and professionals worldwide. The aim is to study the possibilities of managing change and future challenges in architecture, landscapes and urban areas through learning taken from the Modern Movement as a basis for the future. The next edition will be held at Instituto Superior Tecnico - Lisbon University, from the 1st to the 5th September, 2016. The case study will be the Manutencao Militar Complex [Military Maintenance] (MMC).

The MMC was an industrial facility that produced food, uniforms and other goods for the Portuguese Army. The first bakery was accommodated in a former Convent Convento das Grilas by the end of the 19th Century. During the 20th Century, due to the needs during the First World War and, in particular, during the UltramarWar (Portuguese Colonial War) in the 1960s, the complex was expanded.

Whilst the Portuguese Army reached 200,000 men in the 1960s, it is now reduced to 20,000 active soldiers. This has led to a reduction of the investment in the factories to the point that they were found to be obsolete and that it would be more advantageous to outsource the supply of military food. Gradually the factories closed and Manutencao Militar was finally substituted by a public enterprise MM-Gestao Partilhada in 2015.

The termination of the industrial production raised the problem of finding new sustainable uses for this area on the Tagus riverfront, between the Pombaline City Harbour Terreiro do Paco and the Contemporary Parque das Nacoes. This is a challenging task: any future solution needs to have a dialogue with this current industrial heritage, which is deeply connected with recent Portuguese history, as well as with the Lisbon riverside area and the contemporary city.

Through working with experienced teachers and architects from different nationalities and backgrounds, students will develop new analytical skills and working methods. Students will also be able to work in an historic Lisbon facility of outstanding size which is in a very good state of preservation.

The workshop will provide a forum in which students, researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds will be able to discuss different aspects of the reuse of vacant Modern Movement buildings. The discussion based on a real case study will allow learning by doing.

The purpose of the workshop is to make a significant contribution to the development of the MMC. The aim is to dissect and extract key issues and opportunities to propose a strategy of symbiosis between past values, current conditions and future possibilities, presenting it to the stakeholders and to the general public. The final presentations will be featured in the docomomo media channels and network.

Finally, this is a way of calling the public attention to the fact that sustainability can be reached through the conservation of architectural heritage. With an emphasis on reuse and respect for the past, through intelligent re-development and community awareness, this workshop intends to be one of the first steps for the sustainable future of the MMC.

The main outcome will be a selection of projects and ideas that can contribute to the solution to be adopted in the future of the MMC area. The teams will be asked to design a plan and enunciate the theoretical principles and intervention guidelines. The proposals will be required to respect the industrial heritage and to innovate in terms of new uses and functions. The proposals can be presented in a wide variety of media from video to models or posters and they will be exhibited during the 14th International docomomo Conference. 


Arch. Joao Pedro Falcao de Campos
Architect, Tecnico - Lisbon University, Portugal; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Arch. Joao Manuel Santa Rita
IADE – U, Lisbon, Portugal

Antonio Ricardo da Costa (Tecnico - Lisbon University, Portugal)
Eui-Sung Yi (Architect, Morphosis Architects, USA)
Jose Manuel Rodrigues (Oporto University, Portugal)
Maria Manuel Oliveira (Minho University, Portugal)
Nuno Grande (Coimbra University, Portugal)
Ricardo Bak Gordon (Tecnico - Lisbon University, Portugal; Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA)
Theodore Prudon (FAIA, FAPT, FoIFI, BNA, USA)

Alex Dill (University of Karlsruhe - KIT, Germany)
Daniela Arnaut (Tecnico - Lisbon University, Portugal)
Eui-Sung Yi (Morphosis Architects, USA)
Gonçalo Canto Moniz (Coimbra University, Portugal)
Graça Correia (Oporto University, Portugal)
Hielkje Zijlstra (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Ivo Oliveira (Minho University, Portugal)
Job Roos (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Maria Manuel Oliveira (Minho University, Portugal)
Michel Melenhorst (Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
Pedro Belo Ravara (Lisbon University, Portugal)
Ricardo Bak Gordon (Tecnico - Lisbon University, Portugal; Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA)
Ruth Verde Zein (Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Theodore Prudon (FAIA, FAPT, FoIFI, BNA, USA)
Wessel de Jonge (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Wido Quist (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Wolfgang Jung (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany)


The workshop is dedicated to students and professionals, from different fields of studies and practice, such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, history, etc. To participate in the workshop, candidates must send a short CV (2 pages) in pdf format to The participants will be chosen by CV and not on the order of the submissions arrival. The deadline for submission is 27 March, 2016. After the selection, participants must register and pay the registration fee before 30 June, 2016. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop computers.

The workshop fee is 150 EUR. The fee includes the workshop material, one meal per day at the Tecnico-Lisbon University and free access to lectures in the framework of the Workshop. Accommodation is not included. A certificate will be given to the participants corresponding to a 40 hours of work.

Please note that attendance at the 14th International docomomo Conference is not included but all workshop participants can attend it, by paying the reduced student fee (150 EUR).


Sep. 1st, 2016
Reception & Presentation [MMC auditorium]
Guided Tour to the Manutencao Militar Complex

Sep. 2nd - Sep. 4th, 2016
Design studio [Tecnico - Lisbon University]
Lectures in the framework of the Workshop

Sep. 5th, 2016
Public Presentation [Gare Maritima de Alcantara]

Manutencao Militar Complex
GPS coordinates: 38°43´54.4"N 9°06´24.2"W
Address: Rua do Grilo 109, 1950 Lisbon

Tecnico - Universidade de Lisboa
GPS coordinates: 38°44´15.5"N 9°08´25.1"W
Address: Tecnico-Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro: Saldanha, Alameda

Gare Maritima de Alcantara
GPS coordinates:38°42´04.7"N 9°10´28.5"W
Address: Doca Maritima de Alcantara
Train station: Alcantara Mar

A range of accommodation options is available for you. You should budget as a minimum 30 EUR per night for a single-room with en suite facilities and 15 EUR per night in shared bedroom.