Attempts of the city of Porto, Portugal to recover from industrial decline placed a great importance on the revitalization of prime city districts, which resulted in the loss of significance to local communities and an unequal distribution of public space. This thesis considers terrain vague landscapes as opportunity for future urban public space, to accommodate various social groups, and to give presence to multiple local actors.
The main purpose of this thesis is to explore the potentials of terrain vague landscapes as urban parks, that balance the needs of local communities and a wider public. Learning from practice and translating research findings into design guidelines formed the base for a research-based design. Its focus was on the former thermal power plant of Central Termo Eléctrica do Freixo in the peripheral parish of Campanhã, which is characterized by highly complex and fragmented urban environment, and severe socio-economic vulnerability.
A conjunction of the analysis, theoretical background and design guidelines constituted the basis for the conceptual design of Campanhã Urban Park, which aims to reduce existing urban asymmetries. Hence, the thesis contributes to the current discourse on the value and definition of the terrain vague in sustainable urban regeneration.