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Measuring Lisbon patterns: Baixa from 1650 to 2010

Marat-Mendes, Teresa; Sampayo, Mafalda Teixeira and Rodrigues, David M. S. (2011). Measuring Lisbon patterns: Baixa from 1650 to 2010. Nexus Network Journal, 13(2) pp. 351–372.

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The present study, based on a comparative analysis of several plans for Lisbon’s Baixa district, with an emphasis on that area’s public space, contributes to an understanding of the urban design process and presents a fresh perspective on dealing with historical data by conducting a posteriori analysis using mathematical tools to uncover relations in the historical data. The nine plans used were quantified and evaluated in a comparative manner. While CAD was used to quantify the urban morphology of the different plans, comparative tables make it possible to register the data, which was further evaluated through two interrelated processes: mathematical analysis and the urban analysis. The results show the existence of power law relations for the areas of each of the city’s different elements (e.g., blocks, churches, largos and adros). We discuss how this contributes to the understanding of the plans’ elements.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Kim Williams Books, Turin
ISSN: 1522-4600
Extra Information: Presented at Nexus 2010: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics, Porto, 13-15 June 2010.
Keywords: urban design; design analysis; design theory; CAD; computer technology; morphology; patterns; proportion; measurement; mappings; geometry analysis; fractals; graph theory; statistical analysis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 39152
Depositing User: David Rodrigues
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 09:33
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 22:16
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