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Visual Spaces of Change (VSC)

  • Pedro NetoPedro Neto
  • Não Luis Gonzaga Mendes Magalhaes
  • Inaki Bergera

Goal: VSC Project
https://www.visualspacesofchange.arq.up.pt/vsc/?page_id=264&lang=en
https://www.scopionetwork.com/vsc-ciclo

Visual Spaces of Change is a transdisciplinary research project with a significant component of Contemporary Photography combined with complementary research in Space Syntax and Information Technology.
This project proposes to investigate the conditions for the creation of a network of public and collective spaces capable of catalysing emerging dynamics of urban change in the Porto Metropolitan Region (AMP).
The territory of this study is simultaneously used as the laboratory for empirical experimentation and as the stage for visual representation of the agents and processes of urban change. This research project will produce visual synthesis of these dynamics in order to render visible aspects of its interconnected nature and historical singularity, which are difficult to perceive without the purposeful use of image and photography. This project breaks new ground in proposing an original combination of visual research methods and spatial analysis, departing from the identification of a set of strategic city spaces and pathways connected by network points (VSCNP) identified in the urban grid. These network points are calculated by using syntactic measurements, which allow for the identification of the location of optimal interaction between public and collective spaces. Contemporary Photography Projects (CPP) will be developed and implemented in the selected locations, conceived as visual narratives that intentionally interfere with the metropolitan territory in a self-reflective representation of its own process of change.

This network of public and collective spaces will constitute an Open Museum within the metropolitan area, allowing for the piloting of experimental curatorial actions, which will stimulate artistic and cultural institutions to extend their reach to a larger public audience. By articulating material and immaterial resources, which together give more visibility to ongoing urban change dynamics, this project aims to alter public perceptions about the transformation of the public space and to collectively, transform imaginings of the city at the metropolitan scale. The strategy for promoting this articulation is based on the identification of physical properties of integration, connectivity and synergy between public and collective spaces, which are potentiated by the development of online facilities for virtual interaction at multiple scales. A digital platform will be developed in order to insert visual data into a georeferenced system with several temporal layers in 4D (space & time), allowing for the accessibility, diffusion, monitoring, and sharing of visual information. This platform will also enable an active dialogue between researchers, institutions, and the public, contributing to the identification of opportunities of co-evolution between citizens, institutions, and the urban environment.

Visual Spaces of Change (VSC) - (200021028) - Espaços Visuais de Mudança.
Entidade financiadora : FCT
Montante financiado - 189 011,13
Parceiros:
consórcio CCRE-CEAU/FAUP e Centro ALGORITMI-Lab2PT/UMINHO ao AAC n.º 02/SAICT/2017 – Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Date: 28 August 2018

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Between fiction and reality. The role of photography and image manipulation in critical debates on architecture and public space Visual spaces of change rita_16 revista indexada de textos académicos Visual spaces of change Entre lo real y lo imaginado. El papel de la fotografía y de la manipulación de la imagen en el debate crítico sobre arquitectura y el espacio publico rita_16 octubre 2021 ISSN: 2340-9711 e-ISSN 2386-7027 págs 64-77 Palabras Clave Fotografía Manipulación de imagen Investigación visual Arquitectura Espacio público Resumen. Este articulo explora las relaciones entre las dimensiones virtuales de la fotografía y las realidades físicas concretas en el marco del discurso contemporáneo de la Arquitectura, Ciudad y Territorio. Apoyado en las obras de Filip Dujardin, Isabel Brison, Philipp Schaerer, Beate Gütschow, Dionisio Gonzalez, Emilio Pemjean e Thomas Ruff, analizamos distintos enfoques de la manipulación digital de imágenes para la creación de visiones utópicas y distópicas de los paisajes urbanos. A través del análisis de ejemplos concretos del uso de la fotografía como un instrumento para explorar ideas y formas arquitectónicas, la construcción de espacios y construcciones imaginarias es analizada como parte constituyente de los métodos de investigación visual desarrollados por estos autores, pudiendo estos ser incorporados en el debate crítico sobre el entorno urbano. Se analiza un determinado número de relaciones entre las estrategias artísticas desarrolladas por estos autores, con enfoque en los diversos métodos utilizados por ellos para la construcción de narrativas visuales y la construcción de estructuras y espacios imaginarios. La relevancia teórica y el potencial de las obras fotográficas analizadas son destacados identificando aspectos y particularidades clave que hacen de estos autores importantes referencias para la comprensión de la fotografía como un instrumento crítico documental y ficcional para comprender, explorar y comunicar cambios urbanos contemporáneos, con especial enfoque en la arquitectura y espacio público. Visual spaces of change Between fiction and reality. The role of photography and image manipulation in critical debates on architecture and public space ABSTRACT. This paper explores the relationships between virtual dimensions of photography and concrete physical realities in contemporary discourses on Architecture, City and Territory. Based on the work of Filip Dujardin, Isabel Brison, Philipp Schaerer, Beate Gütschow, Dionisio Gonzalez, Emilio Pemjean and Thomas Ruff, we analyse different approaches to the digital manipulation of images for the creation of utopian and dystopian visions of urban landscapes. By analysing specific examples of the use of photography as an instrument to explore architectural ideas and forms, the construction of imaginary spaces and constructions is examined as constitutive parts of visual research methods developed by these authors, which may be applied for embedding critical debates on the urban environment in the public sphere. A number of relations between the artistic strategies developed by these authors are examined, focusing on the various methods used for the construction of visual narratives in tandem with the creation of fictional structures and imaginary spaces. The theoretical relevance and potential of the photographic works is highlighted pinpointing key aspects and features that make these authors important references for an understanding of photography as a documentary and fictional critical instrument for understanding, exploring and communicating contemporary urban changes with a special focus on architecture and the public space. KEY WORDS. Photography, image manipulation, visual research, architecture, public space.
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This 6th issue of Sophia Journal brought together a diverse group of researchers, architects, visual artists, and curators of international relevance, gathered on the International Conference Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations, in an exercise of joint reflexivity about photographic documentation of environmental transformation from different perspectives and visual constructs. These international conferences embody an important stage during the process of the annual call and publication of each number of Sophia Journal. This means they enable an active dialogue between researchers, authors and the public, contributing to the identification of new avenues of research and artistic expression related to how photography can be explored as a meaningful instrument of inquiry about today ́s processes of urban change and architectural spaces. (...)
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This paper is going to be presented in AE’22 International Conference, "New Dialogues in Architectural Education and Practice". It synthetizes theoretical aspects of photography related to architecture, city and territory, as well as the case studies coming from the research project Visual Spaces of Change, focusing on the use of photography to investigate the dynamics of architecture and urban change. The project proposed to engage researchers and artists from the fields of architecture, art and image in the creation of visual narratives that promote a new understanding about architecture as well as public debates on urban change in the Porto Metropolitan Area.
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The Alternative Paths: Architecture, Photography and Dance project March 30th 2019) is an initiative of the research group AAI-CEAU-FAUP and the Unstable Company (CI), and integrates the AAI 2 Lab and scopio Editions in its organization. Alternative Paths is born from the collaboration and intertwining of two projects that, through different ways, relate, question and interpret the urban public space and its transformations: the Visual Spaces in Change (VSC), developed by AAI-CEAU-FAUP, and Paths for Architecture, developed by CI.
The first phase of the workshop integrated (i) two Master Classes, (ii) a guided tour of the FAUP and (iii) two exercises / exploratory projects of photography and contemporary dance. The guided tour by the faculty of the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira (FAUP) was directed by Lucas Certo, 5th year student of FAUP.
After the guided visit, Pedro Leão Neto, architect and professor of Photography curricular units at FAUP and coordinator of the research group Communication and Space Representation Center (CCRE), proceeded to the first Master Class, presenting a set of themes related to architecture in photography. Themes such as Promenade Arquitectural (Le Corbusier) – the way the viewer experiences space in architecture through a journey – and how to translate that experience through a visual photographic narrative; Walkscapes approaching the idea explored by Francesco Careri of walking as an aesthetic practice and the importance of narrative in photography, giving special attention to visual narratives that can be achieved with the development of a photobook.
After lunchtime, Ana Figueira, artistic director of Companhia Unsável, proceeded to the second Master Class and then developed the part of the workshop that intended to explore the relationship between space, movement, contemporary dance and architecture.
Participants were invited to explore unlikely spaces for the creation and presentation of small contemporary dance exercises and, through them, to perceive in a richer way the relationship between space and body, as well as to develop greater critical thinking on these themes.
The guided tour and the dance exercises were accompanied by the photographers/researchers of the group CCRE and AAi 2 Lab – Ana Miriam, Eduardo Silva and Rita Silva – who developed a first exploratory exercise using a synchronized camera strategy to build some exemplary sequences from different points of view and amplify the same situation, interaction and space throughout the workshop.
The first phase of the workshop served as an approach to the themes and exercises to be developed, constituting a brainstorm and a basis to develop a more complete project formed by a set of visual narratives to be created by the participants, which should be accompanied through a tutoring system, our goal being to create the necessary conditions so that later these works can be published either online or in physical support by scopio Editions.
 
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The 5th International Conference ON THE SURFACE Photography on Architecture took place on the past 31st of May at MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) .
The program of the conference consisted of three round tables in which photography was explored as a significant instrument of research to build innovative and critical visions on architecture as a broad field of knowledge operating within larger systems, with cultural, artistic, technical and historical dimensions. The main focus of the 5th edition of On The Surface was to question how different dimensions of the public sphere can be significantly understood or refracted through different lenses and perspectives. At the heart of this debate was the contemporary discussion that the city’s image is itself modified within the actual process of change according to specific sensory and cognitive conditions, influencing the readability of public space and the imagination of the public sphere. At this conference these and other interrelations were debated and explored to infer how they can establish new spatial connections in expanded territories of cosmopolitan interaction. Within this broader discussion, each roundtable addressed the following issues, among other issues posed by invited authors.
Also, during the Conference, all participants were given the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Fiction and Fabrication: Photography of Architecture After the Digital Turn”, on display at MAAT until the 19th of August 2019. This exhibition is curated by Pedro Gadanho (who gave a guided tour of the exbition) and Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues.
OPENING SESSION Pedro Gadanho – MAAT José Miguel Rodrigues – FAUP Olívia da Silva – ESMAD Pedro Leão Neto -FAUP
OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER Marco Iuliano
PANEL #1 Invited guest speaker – Beate Guttschow Moderator – Pedro Leão Neto
PANEL #2 Invited guest speaker – Bas Princen Moderator – Iñaki Berguera
PANEL #3 Moderator – Pedro Gadanho
CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER Paolo Rosselli
 
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Este ensaio aborda o primeiro caso de estudo do projecto de investigação Visual Spaces of Change (VSC) e a metodologia adoptada pela sua equipa para envolver a comunidade académica das áreas da Arquitectura, Arte e Imagem assim como o público em geral num exercício de auto-reflexão e debate sobre os espaços da Área Metropolitana do Porto, tendo sido realizadas diversas apresentações públicas, conversas abertas e exposições de fotografia contemporânea relacionadas com Arquitectura, Cidade e Território com a preocupação de entender a forma como esses lugares são compreendidos e apropriados por diversos públicos. Citando Tim Davis no artigo Photography and Landscape Studies, a fotografia pode sugerir “novas direcções para a noção de espaços e para as formas através das quais estes podem ser percepcionados e utilizados” (1989, p.8). Com base nesta ideia, o primeiro capítulo revê o estado da arte da fotografia relacionada com os imaginários da Arquitectura, Cidade e Território, estabelecendo ainda as bases para pensar nestas áreas através do filtro da investigação visual.
O segundo capítulo discute a percepção da paisagem urbana a partir dos pontos de vista do design e da arte. Seguindo o conceito de “manscape” ou “man-made landscape” proposto por Herbert Girardet no livro The Gaia Atlas of Cities: New Directions for Sustainable Urban Living que as “manscapes” resultam das transformações que ocorreram quando os assentamentos humanos tomaram lugar central, quando o Homem começou a reclamar espaços naturais para criar cidades (1996, p.30), abordamos não só como o Homem desenha e constrói sobre a paisagem, mas também como a paisagem pode ser uma tela em branco para a expressão artística.
O último capítulo apresenta o primeiro caso do estudo do VSC, implementado na Ci.CLO Bienal Fotografia do Porto 2019, concluindo com uma discussão e análise dos dados recolhidos à luz da teoria que sustenta o projecto.
VISUAL SPACES OF CHANGE: METHODOLOGY OF STUDY AND COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY AND THE URBAN LANDSCAPE THROUGH DOCUMENTARY AND ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ARCHITECTURES, CITIES AND TERRITORIES
This paper approaches the first case study of the Visual Spaces of Change (VSC) research project and the methodology adopted by its team to engage the academic community from the fields of Architecture, Art and Image as well as the general public in an exercise of self-reflection and debate about the spaces of Porto’s Metropolitan Area, having been conducted several public presentations, open talks and exhibitions of contemporary photography projects related to Architecture, City and Territory with the concern to understand the way how those place are understood and appropriated by diverse publics. Quoting Tim Davis on the article Photography and Landscape Studies, photography can “suggest new directions for the notion of places and for ways in which they may be perceived and used” (1989, p.8). Sustained by this idea, the first chapter reviews the state of the art of photography related to the imageries of Architecture, City and Territory, while also setting up the baseline for thinking through the lenses of visual research in these fields. The second chapter discusses the perception of the urban landscape from both the standpoints of design and art. Following the concept of “manscape” or “man-made landscape” proposed by Herbert Girardet in the book The Gaia Atlas of Cities: New Directions for Sustainable Urban Living that “manscapes” are the result of thetransformations that took place when human settlements took center stage, when Man started to claim natural spaces to create cities (1996, p.30), we approach not only how Man designs and builds upon the landscape, but also how landscape can be a blank canvas for artistic expression.
The final chapter presents VSC’s first case study, implemented in Ci.CLO Bienal Fotografia do Porto 2019, concluding with a discussion and analysis of the gathered data in light of the theory that sustains the project.
 
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Realizou-se no passado dia 27 de novembro 2019, pelas 11 da manhã, na sala 3.09 do Edificio Betancourt (EINA) da Universidad de Zaragoza (Unizar) a apresentação do projeto “Visual Spaces of Change” (VSC). Pedro Leão Neto (o coordenador do VSC) foi convidado pela Universidad de Zaragoza para apresentar este projeto de investigação perante uma plateia composta por alunos e docentes da Unizar. Nessa aula aberta, Pedro Leão Neto enquadrou o VSC enquanto um projecto de investigação que pretende criar uma rede de espaços e instituições públicas com o intuito de comunicar de forma crítica e inovadora, dinâmicas de transformação e apropriação do espaço público na área metropolitana do Porto. Ainda durante esta sessão foi apresentada a publicação “Um Outro Olhar sobre Obras de Álvaro Siza Vieira” e inaugurada a exposição “Um Olhar Contemporâneo Sobre Arquitectura Portuguesa: Um Outro Olhar sobre Obras de Álvaro Siza Vieira”, a qual estará presente no piso térreo do EINA até ao dia 18 de dezembro 2019.
Este evento é co-organizado pelo AAI/CEAU/FAUP, pela scopio e pela Universidad de Zaragoza.
 
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Apresentação e visitas guiadas ao projecto Visual Spaces of Change durante a Bienal de Fotografia do Porto 2019
 
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On occasion of MAAT’s Fiction and Fabrication exhibition, the 5th International Conference ON THE SURFACE: Photography on Architecture (31st May) offers a forum for an interdisciplinary debate on photography and architecture, with a strong editorial component devoted to the publication of original works and ideas at the intersection of these two fields. e theme chosen for this edition On the Surface is focused in contemporary transformations of the public space: “Visual Spaces of Change: unveiling the publicness of urban space” proposes to debate and explore the potential of Image and Photography as resourceful tools to research, reflect upon and render visible the emergence of new collective experiences in the social space. SCOPIO EDITIONS DEBATES COLLECTION Porto, 2019 Publisher Cityscopio – Associação Cultural Rua da Cidreira 291, 4465-076 Porto (Matosinhos), Portugal info@cityscopio.com www.cityscopio.com Editorial and Advisory Board CCRE - Centro de Comunicação e Representação Espacial Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto Via Panorâmica S/N, 4150-755 Porto, Portugal ccre.arq.up@gmail.com tel: +351 226057100 fax: +351 226057199 Editorial Editorial Coordinator Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP) Editorial Assistant Jose Barbedo (FAUP) Editorial Collaborators Eduardo Silva (VSC / FAUP) Rita Silva (VSC/Cityscopio) Authors Panel #1 Katarina Andjelkovic Zeca Osorio Panel #2 Ana Miriam Apostolos Kyriazis Cristina Gastón Guirao Panel #3 Ana Amado & Andrés Patiño Mariana Von Hartenthal SUN Haode Posters Joana Varajão Juny KP Klauss Borges Maria Pia Fontana & Miguel Mayorga 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - ON THE SURFACE: PHOTOHRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE Executive Committee Pedro Gadanho (MAAT) Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP) Programming José Barbedo (FAUP / CEAU) Organisation and Production Joana Henriques (MAAT) José Barbedo (FAUP / CEAU) Communication Carolina Medeiros (Communication) Leonor Carrilho (MAAT) Opening session Pedro Gadanho - MAAT José Miguel Rodrigues - FAUP Olívia da Silva - ESMAD Pedro Leão Neto - FAUP Panels and roundtables moderators Moderator Panel #1 - Pedro Leão Neto Moderator Panel #2 - Iñaki Berguera Moderator Panel #3 - Pedro Gadanho Invited Speakers Opening Keynote Speaker - Marco Iuliano Keynote speaker Panel #1 - Beate Gütschow Keynote speaker Panel #2 - Bas Princen Closing Keynote Speaker - Paolo Rosselli Scienti c Committee Álvaro Domingues (FAUP / CEAU) Ana Francisca de Azevedo (DeGeoUM/Lab2PT) David Viana (CEAU / VSC) Francisco Ferreira (EAUM - Lab2PT) Fátima Pombo (UA / DECA / ID+) Isa Clara Neves (CES) Inaki Bergera (Arquitectura / Unizar) Jorge Marum (UB I/ CCRE) José Barbedo (FAUP / CEAU) José Carneiro (FBAUP) Margarida Medeiros (FCSH) Olívia da Silva (IPP – ESMAD) Paulo Almeida (FBAUP) Paulo Catrica (UNL) Pedro Gadanho (MAAT) Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP / CEAU) Susana Lourenço Marques (FBAUP) Susana Ventura (FAUP / CEAU) Teresa Ferreira (FAUP/ CEAU) Legal All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied or transmitted in any form or by any means or stored in any information storage or retrieval system without the editor’s written permission. All photographs featured in scopio Debates are © of the photographers. Conference team Eduardo Silva (CCRE /CEAU /FAUP) José Barbedo (CCRE /CEAU /FAUP) Rita Silva (Cityscopio) Scopio Photoweek Ana Miriam Edu Silva Hélder Sousa Jiôn Kiim & Artur Leão Leonardo Motta Campos Marta Ferreira Sérgio Rolando So a F. Augusto VISUAL SPACES OF CHANGE photographic projects Ana Miriam Edu Silva Hélder Sousa Jiôn Kiim & Artur Leão Marta Ferreira Sérgio Rolando So a F. Augusto Creative Director Né Santelmo Impressão / Printing Maiadouro Tiragem / Copies 150 Copias Apoio / Support UP, FAUP, FCT Cover Photo Ana Miriam ISBN 978-989-54318-5-4 Dep. Legal No 456 891/19
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This paper explores the relationships between virtual dimensions of photography and concrete physical realities in contemporary discourses on Architecture, City and Territory. Based on the work of authors such as Philipp Schaerer, Beate Gütschow, Oliver Boberg, Thomas Ruff, and Dionisio Gonzalez, we analyse different approaches to the digital manipulation of images for the creation of utopian and dystopian visions of urban landscapes. By analysing specific examples of the use of photography as an instrument to explore architectural ideas and new spatial forms, the construction of imaginary spaces and idealized constructions is examined as constitutive parts of visual research methods developed by these authors, which may be applied for embedding critical debates on the urban environment in the public sphere. A number of relations between the artistic 77 strategies developed by these authors are examined, focusing on the various methods used for the construction of visual narratives in tandem with the creation of fictional structures and imaginary spaces. Particular attention is given to the contamination of Photography by other art forms, in interaction with contemporary thinking on Architecture and other fields of knowledge related to the built environment. The theoretical relevance and potential of the photographic works analysed along this paper is highlighted by pinpointing key aspects and features that make these authors important references for an understanding of photography as a documentary and fictional critical instrument for understanding, exploring and communicating contemporary urban changes with a special focus on architectural programs and the public space. The paper concludes by presenting a methodological schema for the construction of contemporary critical visual narratives and prospective scenarios by using photography as an important research tools for perceiving architecture and urban space in new ways and suggesting or provoking a new reading of existing urban spaces and architectures, allowing to cross or infringe certain borders people are bound in their daily lives, as a way to act upon reality, fabricating new relationships between individuals and the collective in the social space.
In Ci.CLO Bienal Fotografia do Porto 2019, we exhibited a set of Contemporary Photography Projects conceived as visual narratives that interfere with the territory in an exercise of representation of its own process of change around the Metropolitan Area of Porto and organized open talks, public presentations and debates. Over the course of two months, diverse communication events were conducted through video projection and exhibition of works in public spaces – indoor or outdoor – of the Metropolitan Area of Porto. These events engaged students, scholars, researchers as well as the general public in discussions, questioning how several architectures and public spaces of Porto’s Metropolitan Area are understood and appropriated by diverse public. On these events, queries containing three questions were distributed to the audience with the purpose of gathering relevant data for Visual Spaces of Change. 108 interviews were conducted. Based on the results obtained, we can say that these communication exercises and the visual strategies adopted succeeded in amplifying the understanding of the public realm and the dynamics of occupation and appropriation of these urban landscapes.
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VISUAL SPACES OF CHANGE: METHODOLOGY OF STUDY AND COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY AND THE URBAN LANDSCAPE THROUGH DOCUMENTARY AND ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ARCHITECTURES, CITIES AND TERRITORIES This paper approaches the first case study of the Visual Spaces of Change (VSC) research project and the methodology adopted by its team to engage the academic community from the fields of Architecture, Art and Image as well as the general public in an exercise of self-reflection and debate about the spaces of Porto’s Metropolitan Area, having been conducted several public presentations, open talks and exhibitions of contemporary photography projects related to Architecture, City and Territory with the concern to understand the way how those place are understood and appropriated by diverse publics. Quoting Tim Davis on the article Photography and Landscape Studies, photography can “suggest new directions for the notion of places and for ways in which they may be perceived and used” (1989, p.8). Sustained by this idea, the first chapter reviews the state of the art of photography related to the imageries of Architecture, City and Territory, while also setting up the baseline for thinking through the lenses of visual research in these fields. The second chapter discusses the perception of the urban landscape from both the standpoints of design and art. Following the concept of “manscape” or “man-made landscape” proposed by Herbert Girardet in the book The Gaia Atlas of Cities: New Directions for Sustainable Urban Living that “manscapes” are the result of the transformations that took place when human settlements took center stage, when Man started to claim natural spaces to create cities (1996, p.30), we approach not only how Man designs and builds upon the landscape, but also how landscape can be a blank canvas for artistic expression. The final chapter presents VSC’s first case study, implemented in Ci.CLO Bienal Fotografia do Porto 2019, concluding with a discussion and analysis of the gathered data in light of the theory that sustains the project.
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First case study of Visual Spaces of Change
VISUAL SPACES OF CHANGE AT CI.CLO BIENAL FOTOGRAFIA DO PORTO
Visual Spaces of Change (VSC), a transdisciplinary research project with a significant component of Contemporary Photography, combined with complementary research in Space Syntax and Information Technologies, will be present at the Porto Ciclo'19 Photography Biennial, from May 16 to May 2 July.
 
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VSC Project
Visual Spaces of Change is a transdisciplinary research project with a significant component of Contemporary Photography combined with complementary research in Space Syntax and Information Technology.
This project proposes to investigate the conditions for the creation of a network of public and collective spaces capable of catalysing emerging dynamics of urban change in the Porto Metropolitan Region (AMP).
The territory of this study is simultaneously used as the laboratory for empirical experimentation and as the stage for visual representation of the agents and processes of urban change. This research project will produce visual synthesis of these dynamics in order to render visible aspects of its interconnected nature and historical singularity, which are difficult to perceive without the purposeful use of image and photography. This project breaks new ground in proposing an original combination of visual research methods and spatial analysis, departing from the identification of a set of strategic city spaces and pathways connected by network points (VSCNP) identified in the urban grid. These network points are calculated by using syntactic measurements, which allow for the identification of the location of optimal interaction between public and collective spaces. Contemporary Photography Projects (CPP) will be developed and implemented in the selected locations, conceived as visual narratives that intentionally interfere with the metropolitan territory in a self-reflective representation of its own process of change.
This network of public and collective spaces will constitute an Open Museum within the metropolitan area, allowing for the piloting of experimental curatorial actions, which will stimulate artistic and cultural institutions to extend their reach to a larger public audience. By articulating material and immaterial resources, which together give more visibility to ongoing urban change dynamics, this project aims to alter public perceptions about the transformation of the public space and to collectively, transform imaginings of the city at the metropolitan scale. The strategy for promoting this articulation is based on the identification of physical properties of integration, connectivity and synergy between public and collective spaces, which are potentiated by the development of online facilities for virtual interaction at multiple scales. A digital platform will be developed in order to insert visual data into a georeferenced system with several temporal layers in 4D (space & time), allowing for the accessibility, diffusion, monitoring, and sharing of visual information. This platform will also enable an active dialogue between researchers, institutions, and the public, contributing to the identification of opportunities of co-evolution between citizens, institutions, and the urban environment.
Visual Spaces of Change (VSC) - (200021028) - Espaços Visuais de Mudança.
Entidade financiadora : FCT
Montante financiado - 189 011,13
Parceiros:
consórcio CCRE-CEAU/FAUP e Centro ALGORITMI-Lab2PT/UMINHO ao AAC n.º 02/SAICT/2017 – Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)