School system planning - Cascais’ strategic education plan

Municipal Education Plans provide the blueprint for the management and planning of education facilities. It takes into account existing structures, current supply-and-demand patterns, and projects future needs based on cohort survival population estimates.
In the current context of decentralization of education, from the central administration onto municipalities, there is an added incentive to produce updated and thourough evaluations of the current system’s preformance and expected resilience in facing of shifting demographics.
Cascais Municipality, in Lisbon’s Metropolitan Area, tasked Instituto Superior Técnico with the creation of a Strategica Plan for Education, which included a series of public meetings with stakeholders and community involvement efforts.
The final document then served as a guide for the subsequent revision of the Municipal Education Plan.
Both projects were developed in close cooperation with the municipality’s Education Council and education department.

Funding: Municipality of Cascais

Duration: 2016-2018


Jorge Gonçalves
Rui Oliveira (Ceris-IST)
Carolina Guerreiro

Accessible rent program

Coordinator of “Consultadoria especializada em contratação pública no âmbito dos concursos públicos necessários à execução do Programa Renda Acessível” (Municipality of Lisbon).
Lisbon’s Accessible Rent Program aims at providing affordable housing within the Municipality of Lisbon. Recent trends in tourism, and the international context, have led to a significant increase in the average price, and a reduction in the available pool, of houses in central locations. Prof. Antunes Ferreira has helped the Municipality in setting-up a system of public-private partnership where the municipality provides the land, the private promoter builds, manages and maintains new housing stock, with a significant part being rent-controlled. The promoter receives the income from renting for a set period and, as the concession period experis, the municipality receives back the buildings. The program, initiated last year, is already concluding the first concession contracts and is expected to generate 6.400 units with affordable rent from a total of 9.000 new dwellings.

Funding: Municipality of Lisbon


José Antunes Ferreira
Filipe Silva
Ricardo Veludo

Revision of Sines' Municipal Land-Use Plan

The revision of Sines’ Municipal Master Plan is an ongoing project for the Municipality of Sines (Southern Portugal).
The specificity of this municipality, host to Portugal’s largest deep-water port and an important industrial center, makes it an interesting case-study in the balancing and integration of social, economic, and environmental concerns within a relatively small territory.
With the characterization phase concluded, the project has now entered the proposal stage.
For the proposal, the Instituto Superior Técnico team has collaborated with the Municipality in defining and applying new methodologies for land-use classification based on digital land-use data, defining rural settlement limits, and revise the ecological and agricultural reserves.

Funding: Municipality of Sines


José Antunes Ferreira
Beatriz Condessa
Isabel Loupa Ramos
Pedro Pinto

Revision of Tomar's Municipal Land-Use Plan

Tomar’s Municipal Master Plan first revision is an ongoing project for the Municipality of Tomar (Central Portugal).
Tomar’s first municipal master plan dates back to 1994. The Instituto Superior Técnico team was sellected by the municipality to coordinate the first revision of the master plan. This long process has gone through a preliminary strategy stage, a full characterization of the municipality’s current issues and, more recently, the final proposal stage. The plan’s revision has now entered its final stage, as the involved entities reconcile planning decisions and legal standards immediately before the plan’s final approval.
The plan’s revision is a complex, multidisciplinary enterprise, that has yielded interesting outcomes related to new methodologies for urban perimeter delimitation, the evaluation of municipal property taxation, or the definition of the municipality’s ecological network.

Funding: Municipality of Tomar


José Antunes Ferreira
Beatriz Condessa
Isabel Loupa Ramos
Bruno Epifânio

Revision of Almada's Municipal Land-Use Plan

In 2008 the municipality of Almada started the process for the first review of its Municipal Master Plan (PDM), which had been approved by the municipal council in 1993 and ratified by the Government in 1997. In this process, the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) has participated with an interdisciplinary team of consultants, developing technical studies in different areas that allowed the City Council to build up strategies of development, reflected in the model of spatial planning and in the development of land-use plan and respective regulation.
A methodology to define the territorial development has also been carried out by IST, which implied the auscultation of the population through public participation sessions, workshops and one congress. This long and exhausting process sought to learn what were the main problems, opportunities and resources of the municipality, which were the basis to define the strategic lines and objectives of the PDM review.
After characterization studies round, IST also developed a wide range of studies to the municipality, among which are the definition of consolidated urban areas, the demographic projections until 2031, the study of equipment and the urban expansion gap, as well as the preliminary definition of the urban perimeters.
From 2016, with a revamped team constituted by the researchers listed below, it was developed the Territorial Model that preceded the preliminary proposal for the reviewed master plan and the draft of the land use regulation.
Other reports on different fields were developed by IST, in order to assist in the conception of the final report of the master plan. Among these are the reports in the fields of the participatory process and territorial identity, mobility, accessibility and transportation, landscape units and the strategic municipal ecological structure, as well as the report on the municipal financial availabilities.

Funding: Municipality of Almada


Fernando Nunes da Silva
Jorge Batista e Silva
Jorge Gonçalves
Beatriz Condessa
Isabel Loupa Ramos
Ana Sá
Fátima Bernardo
André Saraiva
João Abreu e Silva