E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Parque das Nações, Lisbon

Parque das Nações, Lisbon


Drain cover

The Parque das Nações was reclaimed from semi-derelict industrial site for the international "Expo 98" exhibition.

There was a guarantee that when the temporary exhibits were removed the site would continue to be developed into area providing business, commercial, residential and leisure facilities.

"Parque EXPO's objectives were to not only organise and manage the last World Exposition of the century, which took place in Lisbon from 22 May to 30 September 1998, but to also implement a vast urban and environmental renewal project on the area selected for the event, which contribution was a key factor for the event's success."

Read more http://www.parqueexpo.pt/ven/Pages/Homepage.aspx and - here - .
See the site - here -

The development continues, sometimes slightly controversial as with the hotel next to the Vasco da Gama Tower, but this fulfils the main brief of bringing work to what was a desperately run down part of Lisbon. It was a grand scheme that still has some way to go to bring it to fruition, and it certainly seems to have worked.

Looking at the area now it's hard to believe what it must have been like. It's a fantastic place to visit, with a huge amount of things to do for both adults and children (play areas, gardens, a permanent Interactive Science exhibition, a massive Oceanarium, theatres - both indoor and outdoor ... etc, etc) and is alongside a bustling business and commercial area that ensures the eateries have regular customers outside the tourist season.

As an aside, I remember the "Garden Festivals" of the UK - they were meant to do the same by regenerating run-down areas. I wonder if they achieved as much?
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Parque das Nações, Lisbon


Drain cover

The Parque das Nações was reclaimed from semi-derelict industrial site for the international "Expo 98" exhibition.

There was a guarantee that when the temporary exhibits were removed the site would continue to be developed into area providing business, commercial, residential and leisure facilities.

"Parque EXPO's objectives were to not only organise and manage the last World Exposition of the century, which took place in Lisbon from 22 May to 30 September 1998, but to also implement a vast urban and environmental renewal project on the area selected for the event, which contribution was a key factor for the event's success."

Read more http://www.parqueexpo.pt/ven/Pages/Homepage.aspx and - here - .
See the site - here -

The development continues, sometimes slightly controversial as with the hotel next to the Vasco da Gama Tower, but this fulfils the main brief of bringing work to what was a desperately run down part of Lisbon. It was a grand scheme that still has some way to go to bring it to fruition, and it certainly seems to have worked.

Looking at the area now it's hard to believe what it must have been like. It's a fantastic place to visit, with a huge amount of things to do for both adults and children (play areas, gardens, a permanent Interactive Science exhibition, a massive Oceanarium, theatres - both indoor and outdoor ... etc, etc) and is alongside a bustling business and commercial area that ensures the eateries have regular customers outside the tourist season.

As an aside, I remember the "Garden Festivals" of the UK - they were meant to do the same by regenerating run-down areas. I wonder if they achieved as much?
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comments (6)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Mar 2009, 00:48
It's all rather sobering to think that Expo 98 was such a long time ago Ellie. I'm suddenly feeling rather old!
Reminds me when I visited the Sevilla Expo in 19992!
To me...time flies by...and looking at this only seems like yesterday..so I'm not looking forward to tomorrow.
Yes time does fly Ellie, it's good to know that this scheme at least seems to be doing what was planned. I like the detail and texture you have captured in this even though rust has found its way in.
Isn't this a manhole cover. Nice to see that Portugal some decorative ones, like Spain. though you can find ornamental ones occasionally in UK if you look for them.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Mar 2009, 23:01
Drain covers? How low can you go grin

Great picture - and yes upliftment is the good thing. When I was in Greece in 2005 the benefits they reaped from having the olympics the previous year was clear. Lots of input from the european community as well.

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