The Other Margin


  • Luis Santiago Baptista Lusofona University, Lisbon
  • Susana Oliveira Faculty of Fine-Arts, Lisbon University



Almada, which is both a city and a county located on the south bank of the Tagus River and part of the Lisbon metropolitan area, has a unique identity that is influenced by both its proximity to and separation from Lisbon. This so-called ‘other margin’ was built on the productive base of the agricultural and fishing industries, the military and quarantine infrastructure, the burgeoning tourist industry on the Atlantic waterfront, the significant naval shipyard presence on the riverfront, the communal associations and cooperatives in the towns, and the expanding suburban condition throughout the entire territory. Almada is depicted here from various angles using various ways of representing its people, places, events and narratives that were taken from literary, artistic, architectural and documentary sources like books, illustrations, models, photos and movies. The urban narratives of Almada are replayed, alternating back and forth between past and present, memories and reality, the written and the visual. 

Author Biographies

Luis Santiago Baptista, Lusofona University, Lisbon

Luís Santiago Baptista – Co-leader WG4 – is an architect, researcher and curator. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture of Lusofona University (ULHT), Lisbon, and School of Arts and Design (ESAD-CR), Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. He holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Architectural Culture from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (FA-UTL), and is a PhD candidate in Architecture and Urban Culture at the School of Architecture of the University of Coimbra (DARQ-UC). His research interests are contemporary theory of architecture and urban culture. He is working group leader in the European project COST Action Writing Urban Places. He develops a multifaceted activity encompassing professional practice, teaching, criticism, curatorship and publishing. He was the winner, with Maria Rita Pais, of the FAD Award of Theory and Criticism 2020 with the book Journey into the Invisible

Susana Oliveira, Faculty of Fine-Arts, Lisbon University

Susana Oliveira Action Vice Chair, WG1 – is an associate professor at the Faculty of Fine-Arts, Lisbon University, Portugal, where she teaches Drawing, Illustration and other courses. She studied Fine- Arts, has an MA in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art and a PhD in Communication and Culture and published several articles and books on visual culture. She co-organized the 1st International Conference on Architecture and Fiction – Once Upon a Place, Lisbon 2010, published in book format in 2013, and was a co-proponent of the Writing Urban Places network. She was a visiting scholar at the GSAPP – Columbia University NY in 2014, with postdoctoral research in Architectural Imagination in Fiction Literature, a subject she continues to pursue, namely within Graphic Representation, Book History and Culture and Word & Image Studies. She also works as a freelance illustrator and has published over 25 youth and children’s books. 


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How to Cite

Santiago Baptista, L., & Oliveira, S. (2023). Almada: The Other Margin. Writingplace, (8-9).