A place of government, the São Lourenço Palace stands out of the city landscape of Funchal.
We are often astounded with the apparent complexity and the number of elements necessary to construct, renovate or modify a building.
Several programmes were launched to promote the return of people to city- centres through urban rehabilitation.
Be they modern or remains from days long gone, buildings are definitely what gives a city its charm.
Seen as a quick and unimaginative solution, prefabrication is being rediscovered and offers a world of new solutions.
Quality of life has become such a competitive factor between cities that it’s relevant to raise the question of whether or not we are returning to city-states.