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IN2PAST Seminar

Filling a Double Void

A critical and mnemonic review of the new city of Santo André (1971-2021)



02:00 - 04.00 pm

National Library of Portugal, Lisbon

This project aims to stimulate a critical and mnemonic review of the city of Vila Nova de Santo André through a set of multidisciplinary initiatives, crossing the history of the ideological matrix of architecture and urbanism with oral history, photography and anthropology.

Part of the Sines industrial project, devised by Marcelo Caetano’s government in the years leading up to ’25 de Abril’, it was largely carried out after the revolution, with construction suffering from constant setbacks and hesitations in terms of economic and political guidelines.

A unique case in Portugal of an urban project for a new city, fifty years after the beginning of Santo André’s construction we are faced with the absence of any academic research able to promote a critical view and discussion of this work.


Paulo Catrica (IHC NOVA FCSH)


José Neves (IHC NOVA FCSH)




Bairro Azul, Vila Nova de Santo André, dezembro 1999.

IMAGE Bairro Azul, Vila Nova de Santo André, December 1999 © Paulo Catrica