The coexistence of multiplicities

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The Manutenção Militar Complex (MMC) is situated along the river just outside of the city center of Lisbon. Within the industrial complex they produced food, uniforms and other goods for the Portuguese Army. Whilst the Portuguese Army reached 200,000 men in the 1960s, it is now reduced to 20,000 active soldiers. This meant that the factories of the MMC complex finally closed leaving a large industrial area ready to be transformed for future use.
For the design a transformation framework was created considering the cultural values, the social and economical values of the MMC and my own fascination. With this thesis I want to answer the following question: How to transform the Manutencao Militar Complex into a social, multiple generation community while maintaining its distinctive character?