Portugal

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead). Bem-vindos à Open Architecture Collaborative Portugal.

The Portuguese chapter was born under the mission of creating sustainable and affordable solutions for: Underserved Communities, Nonprofit Organizations and Families in Need. Our headquarters is in Lisbon, but we operate all over the country. Using the power of Architectural Design, Planning and Construction, we involve communities, municipalities, professionals, volunteers and local partners. Our Vision is to encompass in this Movement all professionals who make the difference next to those in need, contributing to a world socially inclusive, economically and ecologically sustainable, creating awareness and effective low-cost solutions locally and globally.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world!"

— Mahatma Gandhi

  • 2011

    Date Founded

  • 3

    Local Directors

  • 925 (and counting)

    Volunteers

Photo by OAC.Portugal

Associação de Paralisia Cerebral de Lisboa (Cerebral Paralysis Association of Lisbon), a.k.a. APCL, is a non for profit association that helps 450 patients and their families. The preliminary project for an outdoors meeting space was started in 2013 by a group of volunteers from AFH Portugal (current OAC Portugal), who donated their time and expertise to this cause. For several reasons the project had to be kept on stand-by, but is now beeing completed and we expect to move to the construction phase in 2017. We need your support to make this project a reality. Join us.

"Strong men stand up and take care of themselves. Stronger men stand up and take care of others."

  • Ongoing

    Project Completion Date

  • Ongoing

    Collective Volunteer Hours

  • 450

    Beneficiaries

Photo by OAC.Portugal

The intervention is located in a low income neighborhood of Graça (Lisbon), on the interior of a city block surrounded by two very busy streets, two public accesses, a little farm and a nursery school.The place looks a little like a post war ruin, and it's unsecure. The choice of the intervention site was motivated by the nature of the space, the challenge it presented, and by the number of residents that will see their quality of lives improved by the possibility of having a more protected public space to gather with their families and neighbors. We need your support to make this project a reality. Join the discussion.

"Design Like You Give A Damn"

— Cameron Sinclair

  • Ongoing

    Project Completion Date

  • Ongoing

    Collective Volunteer Hours

  • 1000

    Beneficiaries

Photo by OAC.Portugal

Estamos em Portugal em busca de profissionais que recorrem à Arquitectura de forma aberta e colaborativa. Queremos expôr o trabalho de quem faz a diferença, tantas vezes de forma anónima. Esta semana publicamos a "Reabilitação participada das roças de São Tomé e Príncipe", pela mão da colega Marta Vicente, a quem desde já agradecemos por fazer parte desta causa (o trabalho pode ser consultado na nossa página de FB). Para quem ainda não nos contactou, estamos à tua espera, este espaço é teu. Bem-vindo/a à Open Architecture Collaborative Portugal. Até já!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

— Margaret Mead

  • Ongoing

Photo by Marta Vicente