The Caramela dwelling – the immateriality of the matter

Teresa Sampaio, Inês Oliveira, Paulina Faria

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Adobe construction is very common in Portugal. Pinhal Novo parish is estimated to have more than 200 dwellings made of adobe masonry, all built in the early 20th century. Most of them are now in ruins, but some still remain in use. Through the years people have been making some refurbishment to improve their living conditions and comfort. Some interventions contributed to increase the durability of the dwellings. This study intends to present the Caramela’s culture, how it came about in this particular region and its dwellings characteristics addressing the building technology, materials used, built elements and structure composition. It started with the work developed by the Museum of Palmela County and a study performed in 2008 by an architect, it has been updated this current year (2017) and is mainly based on oral sources and in situ survey.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntangilibility Matters
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of IMATTE 2017 - International Conference on the Values of Tangible Heritage
EditorsMarluci Menezes, Dória Costa, José Delgado Rodrigues
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherLNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-972-49-2295-9
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
Event International Conference on the Values of Tangible Heritage - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 29 May 201730 May 2017


Conference International Conference on the Values of Tangible Heritage
Abbreviated titleIMaTTe 2017 - Intangibility Matters
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  • Oral source
  • Immaterial heritage
  • Vernacular dwelling
  • Adobe masonry


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