Arranjo Urbanístico para a Av. D. Afonso Henriques, Avenida da Ponte, [Urban planning for Av. D. Afonso Henriques, "Avenida da Ponte"], Porto, Portugal (1968)
Dates of creation
Level of archival description
Extent and Medium
27 drawings (including 7 reprographic copies)
39 photographic materials
Scope and Content
This project series documents the Arranjo Urbanístico para a Av. D. Afonso Henriques, in Porto, Portugal. The avenue is also known as Avenida da Ponte. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 32/60. The office assigned the date 1968 for this project.
The project consisted of an urban plan for this historic part of the city. It was done in relation to the Edifício de Escritórios na Av. D. Afonso Henriques (see project series AP178.S1.1968.PR02 described in this fonds). In the 1940s, demolition created a rupture with the remaining buildings, including the Porto Cathedral. Since the 1950s, there have been several studies and proposals to rearrange this part of the city. Siza’s plan was the first to be accepted by the city council in 1968. The project consisted of a new layout for the Avenue D. Afonso Henriques, the connection between the Luis I Bridge to the D. Pedro Square and the São Bento Railway Station. The intention of the project was also to reduce traffic. The project was not realized.
Siza also proposed a new design in 2001 for the site across the avenue from this one, known as Avenida da Ponte II. This included a museum, library, stores, parking, and houses. This project related to the building Casa Dos 24 Fernando Távora. The scheme was not realized.
Documenting the Arranjo Urbanistico are studies and site plans. For correspondence, project documentation and drawings related to this project see project series Edifício de Escritórios na Av. D. Afonso Henriques, Avenida da Ponte AP178.S1.1968.PR02.
Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Related units of description
For additional drawings and textual materials related to this project, see project series AP178.S1.1968.PR02, Edifício de Escritórios na Av. D. Afonso Henriques, also described in this fonds.