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Modern heritage NOVA OEIRAS

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

The Urbanization Plan of the Residential Unit of NOVA OEIRAS, developed between 1953 and 1974, is one the most successful and qualified projects in the context of modern urbanism in Portugal, and yet one of the least known.

The Residential District of NOVA OEIRAS has been proposed by the Municipality of Oeiras for the list of candidate sites for World Heritage by UNESCO, since 2015 and is part of the List of major works of the Modern Heritage of the Iberian Peninsula elaborated by the Iberian DOCOMOMO since 2017.


The application process is based on the information in “The Book of Nova Oeiras” (ed. Of the Municipality of Oeiras, 2015), dedicated to the landscape architect Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles (designer of green / public spaces) and coordinated by the architects José Manuel Fernandes and Maria Lurdes Janeiro, themselves residents of the neighborhood.


#novaoeiras is a remarkable site, with more than five decades of existence, integrating, in a mixed model, the principles defended by the Athens Charter with the advocated by the Garden City Movement, and also includes the concept of the central area of the Neighborhood Unit.

General project - architecture: Luís Cristino da Silva, Pedro Falcão e Cunha

Landscape architecture project: Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, Edgar Sampaio Fontes

Tile panels by Rogério Ribeiro (1962), and low relief by Carlos Nogueira (2005).

Houses by Conceição Silva, Jorge Viana, Francisco Silva Dias, Rosa Vassalo, Simões de Carvalho, Bento de Almeida, among others.


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