Frame Colectivo


We share the Pátio Ambulante project in more detail as an example of the work we develop as a collective.
Pátio Ambulante emerged as an interventionist architecture project to build communal spaces through collective processes.
In 2013, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale launched an open call to award 10 Crisis Buster Grants and engage a diverse group of people in a movement to fight the crisis through long-term planned social and civic solutions. Pátio Ambulante won one of these grants for its proposal to open the doors of the Pátio of São João with a collective cultural program. The pilot project closed with being awarded a participatory budget by Lisbon’s City Hall for the implementation of Pátio Ambulante during the next two years.

The Patio

An urban typology in Lisbon

The concept of the “patio” served initially as a cultural, architectural, and typological reference to explore the shared use of these spaces. The pilot project temporarily transformed the private patio of São João, in the Santana hill, with an open cultural program created collaboratively with the neighboring population.
For four days, we received over 400 people of all ages and social backgrounds who celebrated the arts, their neighborhood, and their schools in between concerts of jazz, reggae, and classical music. There were workshops in sewing, fixing appliances, and ceramics for children and adults.
We collaborate with artists of different disciplines to develop replicable intervention strategies in public space.
This was the laboratory to create what would then be reproduced in other spaces throughout the city, becoming an itinerant intervention. We licensed over fifteen public spaces for temporary occupation and created the programs in partnership with local institutions and initiatives. We strived for a collective learning process in Lisbon about the urban and its reappropriation. Through open calls, artists joined the endeavor bringing in their expertise in theater, music, dance, and gastronomy, willing to adapt their work to public spaces.

Mobility and Proximity

An old-time fire truck as performative office, ice-cream shop, and platform for urban art

Due to its topography and built heritage, Lisbon offers many unique public spaces such as viewpoints and squares to be explored. We use an old-time fire truck to make our events itinerant, making each space welcoming and free from mandatory consumption through urban furniture. Situations emerge where it is possible to play, sit, meet, paint, or relax around the city. The truck allows the project to maintain a high level of mobility as well as a certain level of self-sustainability through a small ice-cream shop for members in its interior.
The fire truck creates a gathering space anywhere in the city.

Communication structure

Structure to communicate the different functions assumed for each project.

Mobile modules

Urban furniture built with recycled wood originally from inside the truck.

New function

Transformation of the fire truck into support platform and ice-cream shop.

Participation Tools

How to create community spaces?

Since 2014, Pátio Ambulante designs, builds, and negotiates strategies for experimental urban interventions and occupations. It also simplifies the bureaucratic processes involved in accessing public space and explores the collective dynamics in private spaces in the same way. We develop impulses and methodologies that integrate architecture and art as participatory tools for the creation of space and social cohesion.
Translucid tiles workshop at P�tio Dom Fradique
Promoting the project Maria Curraleira Studio
Our interventions constantly explore the access we have to public space and the way we occupy it daily.
Residents meeting at Vila C�ndida