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Mobility as an urban value: Concerning road monofunctionally and urban regeneration

by Rafael Sousa Santos


In the last decades, the demographic and extensive urban growth was provided by the generalization of the self-mobility, which allowed an increasingly scattered occupation of the territory. The mono functionality of this new urban model and the lack of equity of the road solution are clear indications of its failure as an exclusive response to contemporary urban mobilities. With this paper it is intended to achieve three main objectives: 1. to identify the process of urban transformation initiated in the 20thcentury and its connection to the progress of individual mobility; 2. to recognize the contemporary condition of adapted or designed urban spaces according to the road imperative and its consequences to the ways of living; and 3. to determine the prospects for urban mobilities and the regenerative hypothesis for modern urbanistics inheritances.


Rafael Sousa Santos (Portugal, 1991) graduated in Architecture by the University of Beira Interior (DECA-UBI), Portugal (2013). Has his master’s in Architecture by University of Porto (FAUP), Portugal (2016), where he participates as intern in the Centre for Studies of the Faculty of Architecture (CEFA). Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at FAUP (with supervisors from FAUP, Aalto University and Aahrus University). He has also collaborated in the curricular units of Urban Economy and Urbanistics 2 of Integrated Master’s in Architecture (MIARQ) at FAUP (since 2017).