Innovating the City Center from the Margins in Lisboa no ano 2000

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In times of crisis, writing about the city-to-be is to delve into the possibilities of reconfiguring the urban space to convey the representation of power and the extent to which the representation of social relations dialogues with power as a spatial concept. Lisboa no Ano 2000 is Melo de Matos’s description of a utopian Lisbon and was first published in 1906, when Portugal was going through the effects of political events that constituted fractures in the image of the nation. In 2013, João Barreiros picked this long-forgotten Portuguese utopia, explored and continued it to rethink the city of the future through the lens of the past. Again, Portugal was submerged by a severe financial crisis, with devastating social effects. Although Lefebvre’s analysis of the production of space was not originally intended for literary analysis, this article draws from his core concepts of representation of space and representational space to analyze the production of space in the literary city-to-be depicted in these narratives. It is argued that both versions of Lisboa no ano 2000 as science fiction serve the tradition of understanding an imagined Portuguese empire and Lisbon as the designed and perceived center of that empire. Moreover, it is also established that reinventing Lisboa no ano 2000 in 2013 is an opportunity to consider the weaknesses of that imagined empire, disregarded in 1906. The innovative use of speculative fiction reconfigures those weaknesses as specters that emerge from the margins of the city to subvert the center of that imagined empire.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTradition and Innovation
EditorsMaria do Rosário Monteiro, Mário S. Ming Kong
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780429297786
ISBN (Print)9780367277666
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Event6º Congresso Internacional Multidisciplinar PHI 2020
: Tradição e Inovação
- Faculdade de Arquitectura – Universidade do Porto (FA-UP), Porto , Portugal
Duration: 8 Oct 202010 Oct 2020
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NamePHI 2020
ISSN (Print)2639-0191
ISSN (Electronic)2639-0205


Conference6º Congresso Internacional Multidisciplinar PHI 2020
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  • Innovation
  • Utopia
  • Lisbon
  • Science fiction
  • Space Representation


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