Sedimentação e Metamorfose. Projecto de recuperação e reintegração de traçados e estruturas construídas romanas em Bobadela, Portugal
In: U+D urbanform and design: 9-10, 2019
The impossibility of having absolute control over
the shape of the city, sends the plan and project
into a more modest dimension and a fragmentary contribution to the permanent evolution of
It is from this perspective that we envisage the
intervention of the architect and that we must
understand the two projects that are here presented, the recovery of the churchyard and the
rehabilitation of the Roman amphitheatre of
Bobadela, located in the district of Coimbra, in
the inland centre of Portugal. These interventions merely represent another moment in the
long life of the two built structures.
The remaining structures of the ancient forum
of the Roman city, whose name is still unknown,
have an evident presence in the central area of
the town and are integrated in the churchyard,
built structure of the church, manor houses and
other buildings with vernacular characteristics.
The intervention was based on a strengthening
of the reading of the forum. Thus, the solution
was based on laying and restoring pavements
within the precise boundaries of the forum, distinguishing them from exogenous pavements to
the Roman structures, creating connections between Roman and contemporary elements.
The rehabilitation project of the Amphitheatre
took on substantially different characteristics.
The mission was to “conserve, restore and improve the visiting conditions of the Roman ruins”.
The consolidation and restoration of the amphitheatre was aimed at the protection and conservation
of the Roman structures, in a context that allowed
for the reinforcement of the reading of the object
and its visit and effective use to stage events.
The intervention took a more restrained path
that considered the consolidation of the podium
walls considering the gradual dismantlement of
this element, while never losing the definition
of the arena. The inability of having complete
control over an object like the city is too evident
and the importance of time in its making cannot be neglected given that it is in permanent
evolution. In this sense, we can synthesize the
process of evolution of the built city through two
essential phenomena: sedimentation and metamorphosis.
Keywords: urban morphology, urban fabric, urban sedimentation, archaeological enhancement, Bobadela