work sought to describe the development and management of an urban project for
the current Parque das Nações, an ambitious urban and environmental
requalification project that was born after the World Expo in Lisbon in 1998
and was the result of a time – record.
Parque das Nações after Expo 98 attracted millions of visitors and
unlike Expo 92 in Seville, most of the pavilions and buildings built for Expo
98 were strategically designed to continue to be used to receive new functions
after the big event.
With the objective of not generating a drop and
deterioration of the space as it is common to watch in this type of
international events, and as was the case of the mentioned exhibition in
Seville. In this sense the project has a much more strategic character than
just a celebration of an international fair, the investment for the exhibition
was ambitious for a new urbanized zone that would become part of the
metropolitan organization of Greater Lisbon. With priority connections, for
infrastructures such as the airport, the Vasco da Gama bridge and with the
city’s metropolitan network.
Currently, the concession of a world fair is only justified if it leaves
some significant legacy to the city where it is held. In this context, the
intervention covering an area of 340 ha, with 5 km in front of the Tagus River,
has given rise to the creation of a new city, due to the potential of its
architecture and its public space. As a major undertaking, it has become a
unique opportunity to apply new concepts regarding urban environments in the
future, with a special focus on the relationship with the environment. Parque
das Nações became an area of housing, commerce, culture and, leisure, attracting
to that area of the city many renowned institutions and companies, with a
population of 28 thousand inhabitants. Many events are also organized here and
in terms of tourist attractions, it is one of the most sought-after locations
in the city, receiving around 20 million people a year, which has brought
enough benefits to the investment made and to the local economy.