You`ll be soon be here

In recent years, Lisbon has become one of the European Cities with the larger tourism growth. Each year, 6 million people come to visit the Portuguese capital: 200.000 tourists every day.

Tourism brings opportunities in a city heavily hit by global crisis: about 15% of Portugal domestic product and 8% jobs in Portugal, nowadays are related with tourism. But in the meanwhile, the city is basically disappearing: over the last 30 years, Lisbon lost about 300.000 inhabitants, vacancy rate in the traditional centre is over 40%, about 5.000 buildings are disused, and today only 12.000 persons live in the city center.

In April 2016 STADSLAB European Urban Design Laboratory of Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (Tilburg, Netherlands) organized an international Masterclass on City Making & Tourism Gentrification for professionals and graduates: the urban intervention case-study was focused on Mouraria, one of the oldest Lisbon's neighborhood. Originated as a 13th century Moorish neighborhood and remained a marginal, multicultural and poor downtown area, nowadays, parts of Mouraria are already affected by tourism: cheap property prices and proximity to other tourist destinations raise realistic assumptions that Mouraria will soon face large influx of investment in real estate and tourism infrastructure. The opportunity is its economical development, but the risk is the lost of its identity.

Great insight into changes caused by gentrification and tourism. Well suited for aspiring architects and city planers.

Director(s): Fabio Petronilli
Script: Fabio Petronilli
Production: Fabio Petronilli, Stadslab, Marc Glaudemans, Igor Marko, Academia Cidadã, Leonor Duarte, Joana Diaz, Sara Aranha
Music: Dead Combo, Tó Trips, Pedro V. Gonçalves
Actors: Marc Glaudemans, Igor Marko, Leonor Duarte, Joana Jacinto, Filipa Bolotinha, Michela Leoni, Miguel Ramos, António Brito Guterres, Luís Mendes, Rita Silva, St.António, Padre Edgar Clara, Dominika Belanska, Nuno Pires Figueiras, Ines Almeida, Camilla Watson, Maria José Carvalho, Dona Nela, Carla, Ricardo, Fabio, Elana, St.Antonio
Year: 2016
Duration: 37 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English, Portuguese
Language (subtitles): English, Portuguese
Country of origin: Portugal
Shooting Locations: Portugal
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Main topic(s): Urbanization + Smart Cities
Secondary topics: population money migration politics neighborhoods social entrepreneurs urban development tourism growth
Mentions: tourism gentrification Lisbon AirBNB Stadslab Mouraria urban planning old quarters rents
Topic Page(s): Urbanization + Smart Cities

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