Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Architecture and Arts :: Architecture ( Integrated Master)

Versao Portuguesa


4º curricular year
Semestralidade: 2nd semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutora Ana Paula Nápoles
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutora Ana Paula Nápoles

Class type and School hours

Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

The opportunity and advantage of articulating Geography with Architecture define the main global aims of the curricular unity:
- Resume the recent theorical path of geography, mainly from the Classical Geography of french influence (Vidal de la Blache and Orlando Ribeiro).
- Precise some key-concepts of Geography that cross with the interest of architecture, planning and urbanism.
- Synthesize the traits of Portuguese Geography and its territorial diversity.

Specific Aims/Objectives

Accustom the student with the big conceptual ruptures of Geography and with the dynamics of transformation and arrogation of territory.
Working the opposition rural-urban, the student will discern the great human contrasts of Portugal: population, peopling, economic activities, urbanity, transports and mobility, which are the essential knowledge to the exercise of planning and ordenning the territory.

Skills to be acquired

Students are expected to work their critical ability, the necessity of understanding multiple areas of knowledge, the ability to exceed the common sense, the constant necessity that Architecture has to interprete the change in the territory and in the society and to stimulate the epistemological investigation about the conceptual use and theory.

Teaching Procedures

The theorical-practical classes follow a communicative approach, that leads to reflection, discussion and schematic synthesis elaboration, starting from the presentation of examples (texts, images, cartography),linking Geography and Architecture.


Chapter 1
1.0. Geography and its basic concepts.
1.1. The study of Classical Geography and Geographic Landscapes.
1.2. The geographic determinism and positivist paradigm.
1.3. The geographical determinism, the positivist paradigm, urban morphology and architecture.
1.4. Possibilism geographic and historicist paradigm.
1.5. Possibilism geographic and historicist paradigm, urban morphology and architecture.
1.6. Geography and Neo-positivist study of Geographical Space.
1.7. Quantitative models.
1.8. The Neo-positivist geography, urban morphology and architecture.
1.9. The Radical Geographies.
1.10. The Radical Geographies, urban morphology and architecture.
1.11. The Contemporary Geography and Planning Study.
1.12. The geography of social problems and the study of Social Territory.

Chapter 2
1.1. The emergence of the social sciences.
1.2. Research methodology of the social sciences.

Chapter 3
3.0. The public work. Geography School.
3.1. The school planning: emergency consolidation.
3.2. The status of urban school.
3.3. The architecture and the Geography School.

Evaluation Type

The evaluation will be as settled in the "Regulamento Geral de Avaliação" of the University. It will be used the ongoing, periodical and individual evaluation.
The final evaluation includes assiduity, punctuality, participation and two tests.

Teaching Resources

For the presentation/discussion of the programmatic contents, it will be used: available informatics means, namely the use of PowerPoint program, multiple bibliography, cartography, photography and texts for reflection. Throughout the classes, all bibliographic sources will be indicated.


Territory Dynamics

Main Bibliography

Author ROMERO, J. (coord.) ; ORTEGA, J.
Title Geografia Humana
Edition 2ª ed.
Place Barcelona
Editor Ariel
Year 2007
Author CAPEL, Horacio
Title Filosofia y Ciencia en la Geografia Contemporânea
Edition 2ª ed.
Place Barcelona
Editor Barcanova, S. A.
Year 1983
Author GOITIA, Fernando Chueca
Title Breve história do urbanismo
Edition 2ª ed.
Place Lisboa
Editor Editorial Presença
Year 2003

Complementary Bibliography

Author NÁPOLES, Ana Paula de
Title A Escola - do Edifício aos Territórios.
Edition 1ª ed.
Place Porto
Editor Cordão de Leitura
Year 2014
Author MADARIAGA, Inés Sánchez de
Title Esquinas inteligentes. La ciudad y le urbanismo mo
Edition 1ª ed.
Place Madrid
Editor Alianza Forma
Year 2008