Place studied, place taken care of

Design with and for the community

Faculty of fine arts, university of Lisbon (FBAUL)

Co-Design | Group | Thought | Experimentation | Exercise | Multi- | Inter- | Transdisciplinarity

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Project IV course exercise
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Project IV course exercise
FBAUL collaborates with CONVENTO DA TERRA in a co-creative lab advancing the urban cultural plan for Torrão (PCUT).

This collaborative endeavour is pivotal for the academic journey of aspiring designers, tasked with crafting Design Workshops for Non-Designers (DWS4ND) and contributing to interventions within the Mais do que Casas [(+C)] (More than houses) project.

In their third year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Equipment Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, students embark on a unique project during the first semester of the Curricular Unit Project IV: design com e para a comunidade. Focused on the Torrão community, this project unfolds in three stages: immersion, development, and delivery. Design com e para a comunidade (Design with and for the community) is a co-design process, primarily carried out in collaboration with the local residents.

Led by faculty members Ana Thudichum Vasconcelos and Carla Paoliello, 55 students undertake the realisation of 3-5 projects within the thematic framework of TORRÃO. ARTE DE SER (Art of being). ‘Design com e para a comunidade’ includes field trips to Torrão, moments of engagement with the local community, and a synthesis exhibition during the project presentation. This initiative is part of a protocol signed in September 2023 between FBAUL and TARS.

The FBAUL stands as Portugal’s oldest institution for artistic education, tracing its roots back to the establishment of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1836. Evolving over time, it has transformed into an institution dedicated to contemporary art and design, consistently striving to play an active role in the cultural landscape of our era.

Within the framework of the Equipment Design course at FBAUL, the strategies and tools employed in the design process serve to illuminate the breadth and complexity of factors influencing design practice. This involves cultivating methods of integrated and disruptive thinking, designing innovative methodologies, systems, and tools, and nurturing autonomy while instilling values derived from the synthesis of learning. The approach includes experimentation and the trial of varied approaches to the discipline and its practice, promoting connections to diverse realities and encouraging multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity. This is facilitated through the active involvement of other students, family, partner institutions, and all relevant stakeholders, with the goal of implementing an evaluation and feedback system.

The first two field trips for design with and for the community took place on October 2nd and December 4th, 2023. During the third visit on January 12th, 2024, each working group presented their projects at Torrão in a synthesis exhibition where dozens of posters serve as seeds for various urban proposals and issues. This moment of sharing with the local community extends into a meeting with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), whose students were in Torrão around the same time.

The process was documented (drawings, images, diagrams, experiments, models, videos, sound recordings, interviews, etc.) so that it is possible to save, organise, and validate the collected information, instrumentalise it for the project, and then use it as content for communication.

Neglected places yield no benefits, and unexplored sites offer little in return.