Ross Harrison, Dean Roberts, Ian Karling
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In order to set out the principles of the design strategy a manifesto for the River Douro was established.
- We believe the identity of the area is at risk
- Identity is defined by the phenomenological response to the place; to the touch, the taste, the smell, sounds and sights.
- In the case of the River Douro these phenomena are embodied within specific sites where exploitation of the senses is at its greatest. This is where a Genius Loci can be said to exist.
- In order to protect these Genius Loci the exploitation of the senses should be extended to reinforce the phenomenological experience of visiting Oporto and Gaia.
The proposal creates a picturesque landscape park along the River Douro Valley. This engages with the sublime nature of the valley as it exists, and creates a dynamic upon which future intervention can be created.
Within the park we propose functions which compliment or enhance the phenomenology of the site, ranging from small scale streetscape interventions to a select number of large scale leisure and cultural buildings.