Porto — Campanhã Collage. Stories from the City’s Edge


  • Carlos Machado e Moura University of Porto
  • Eliana Sousa Santos University of Coimbra




Campanhã, the easternmost parish of the city of Porto, Portugal, is a land marked by problems of social and territorial cohesion, fractured by large-scale rail and road infrastructures, an area still torn between its past of rural tradition and the increasingly visible features of middle-class modernity with cosmopolitan aspirations. Campanhã Collage provides a kaleidoscopic overview of this area through four contributions based on the work of different projects with distinct methods, agendas and outputs, some of which focused on specific parts of the parish. 

StreetArtCei, the first case, applies its method of digitally mapping street art routes to Campanhã, expressing specific cultural geographies and serving as a barometer of the city’s changing spaces. The Atlas of Literary Landscapes, the second case, proposes a collection of textual excerpts documenting the railroad and the Campanhã train station through Portuguese literature. The third case, The Worst Tours, an initiative of walking tours that offer a critical perspective of the city apart from mainstream routes, discusses and envisions possibilities of transformation. Its contribution includes coloured hand drawings, photos, and a poetic text, focusing specifically on Freixo, the riverfront area of Campanhã. Finally, A Drift in vacant Campanhã recounts the experience of URBiNAT, a project aimed to design opportunities to co-create an inclusive public space in these underutilized areas, together with local citizens and stakeholders. 

Despite the evident differences in the nature of these projects, the juxtaposition of these stories and accounts provides alternative views of the fragmented territory of Campanhã. It also conveys a spatialized description of several of its multiple problems and possibilities. While not offering a comprehensive reading of this part of the city, the methods and fieldwork experiences used testify to the rich potential of each medium and allow for the construction of new meaningful itineraries. 

Author Biographies

Carlos Machado e Moura, University of Porto

Carlos Machado e Moura – Leader WG3 – is an architect (FAUP, 2006), postgraduate in Architectural Heritage (CEAPA-FAUP, 2013), PhD candidate (PDA-FAUP/FCT, 2015) and integrated researcher at the University of Porto (CEAU-FAUP). He currently lectures at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) and the School of Art, Architecture and Design of the University of Minho (EAAD), and is deputy editor-in-chief of J–A Jornal Arquitectos (2022-2024). Carlos is also a researcher of the project (EU)ROPA Rise of Portuguese Architecture (CES-UC), and the author of books like Building Views (Circo de Ideias, 2017) and Casas Quinhentistas de Castelo Branco (CMCB/Argumentum, 2008). Alongside his practice as an architect with MAVAA, Carlos co-organized several initiatives about drawing and was assistant curator of the ‘Physics of Portuguese Heritage’ exhibition (DGPC, 2018-19) and Open House Porto 2016. His work has received several awards and recognitions, including Premio Architettura Toscana 2022, Prémio Távora 2020, an honourable mention by Premio Architetto Italiano 2020 and the award of merit of AZ Awards 2019. 

Eliana Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra

Eliana Sousa Santos – WG2 – is an architect, researcher and an assistant professor of Architecture. In 2017, she was awarded the Fernando Távora Prize and has since been publishing her travel essays in the press. She was the curator of the exhibition ‘The Shape of Plain’ (Gulbenkian Museum Lisbon 2016-2017), an associate project of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2016. In 2013-2014, she was a visiting postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University, and currently is a researcher at Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, and an invited assistant professor at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism at ISCTE-IUL. She has a degree in Architecture awarded by the University of Lisbon, a master degree from the University of Coimbra and a PhD from the London Consortium, University of London. She joined the COST Action Writing Urban Places to explore narratives of place and writing historical essays as travel diaries. 


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How to Cite

Machado e Moura, C., & Sousa Santos, E. (2023). Porto: Porto — Campanhã Collage. Stories from the City’s Edge. Writingplace, (8-9). https://doi.org/10.7480/writingplace.8-9.7255