New Walk - Lisbon Public Housing Projects

The first Portuguese initiatives for public housing date back to hundred years ago, but the right to housing was just formally recognized by the present Constitution of Portugal, adopted in 1976. This was an evolutionary process characterized by a progressive decentralization of competences alongside a growing involvement by the architects on public housing issues.

This process had its apogee in 1974-76 with the participatory SAAL process, the enunciation of the right for housing and the subsequent creation of the non-profit housing cooperatives in the next decade.

Visiting some of the most relevant public housing projects built in Lisbon between the 1940’s and the 1970’s, the tour gives an overview on this process.

The tour runs Monday to Sunday, please have a look at our Walks

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