Streets by the sea: type–morphology of Portuguese Atlantic waterfront facing sea level rise


  • Francesca Dal Cin FormaUrbis LAB, CIAUD, Lisbon School of Architecture, Universidade de Lisboa, Rua Sá Nogueira, 1349-063 Lisboa, Portugal



Global warming affects the city and the interaction of anthropogenic systems. Among the effects of climate change, there is an increase in the average sea level, as reported by the IPCC. In an unpredictable future of climate change where cities are vulnerable anthropic systems, it is required to make cities climate-proof. This thesis research focuses on the seashore street, in the Portuguese coastal cities. The relationship between water and the built area defines a territory that has been considered habitable and that over time has developed different forms of use: fishing, port, and today is a recreational place.The aim is to describe seashore streets' characteristics in the space through a morphological analysis of its spatial dimension evolution in time. Furthermore to understand what happens when the urban and the Atlantic overlap. The identification and classification of this part of the city is the first step for its adaptation.

Biografía del autor/a

Francesca Dal Cin, FormaUrbis LAB, CIAUD, Lisbon School of Architecture, Universidade de Lisboa, Rua Sá Nogueira, 1349-063 Lisboa, Portugal

Francesca Dal Cin (Conegliano, Italy, 1990) graduated in Architecture at the Architecture University of Venice (IUAV). In 2017 she obtained a master's degree from the Venetian University IUAV in urban planning. During the Master's program with the Erasmus program, a semester 2015/2016 at the Faculty of Architecture in Lisbon, she is proposed to carry out the doctorate in the same faculty. In September 2017 she enrolled at the Phd in Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture in Lisbon (FAUL) and began to work on the thesis "Streets by the sea. Type-morphology of Portuguese Atlantic waterfront facing sea level rise" with supervisor Prof. Sergio Proença. In February 2018 he won the University of Lisbon Investigation Exchange (Ulisboa).

It is a new member of FormaUrbis Lab a research group of CIAUD at the FAUl, which develops several research projects related to urban forms.


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