RICARDO DA CRUZ E SOUSA

Landscape architecture & Urbanism

 
 

Born in Lisbon, I graduated as a landscape architect from the University of Evora in 2006. Master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012. I have worked since 2013 as a consultant and professor at several universities in Latin America. I participated in the creation of two master programs in landscape design, one at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador, and another at the Isthmus University in Panama. Currently I am a PhD student in urbanism at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. My specialties are ecological design, adaptation to climate change and community participation.

Ponta Delgada Urban Park, Portugal

 
Construction finished in 2011

Located north of the city, the park represents a total investment of 15 million euros, with an area of about 30 hectares. The Park began to be built at the end of 2007, based on a project carried out by a multidisciplinary team of the University of Lisbon. The first phase of the Urban Park included land movements, creation of leisure areas, trails and maintenance circuits.

About 6,600 trees of 600 different species were planted. The second phase of the work included the construction of the Club House and the Driving Range for golf practice. In the third and last phase, a service building and a parking lot were built.

Villa Azur, Cascais, Portugal

Construction finished in 2009

The project of outdoor spaces of the house Villa Azur, located on an oceanfront property, was a project that began in 2008. The objective was to create several spaces with different themes according to the client’s requests, an artificial lake,

a pool, a bar, a bonfire, a tennis court and an organic garden. The inert and living materials were selected according to local conditions to recreate the natural ecosystems of the dunes and Mediterranean forest.

Canal 5 de Junio, Durán, Ecuador

Project finished in 2016

The landscape restoration project of the rainwater channel in the sector of 5 de Junio, Durán, is a pilot project of green infrastructure to help mitigate the problem of flooding and decontaminate water through a system of bioswales that intercepts, retains and filters runoff water.

The space was intended to be safe, especially for the youngest, offering them play and recreation opportunities, with two ecovolley courts and a soccer field.

Green Infrastructure Project for the Community of Voluntad de Dios,

Guayaquil, Ecuador

In progress

Community project for the reduction of floods and ecosystem restoration. The channel is the structuring element of the whole proposal. It is intended to protect its margins against landslides through the construction of limestone structures and reforestation with native species. The latter will help to recover the habitat of fauna in danger of extinction, such as the howler monkey, the parrot of Guayaquil and several varieties of chiropters.

On the left margin, at the beginning of the channel, a multi-purpose retention basin will be built, with small kiosks around it. Priority streets will be paved and bioswales will be built for sustainable drainage, allowing the circulation of people, vehicles and bicycles regardless of weather conditions.

Sea Promenade of Oeiras, Portugal

Construction finished in 2009

In 2005, at the request of the City of Oeiras, began the project of the Atlantic façade of Fontaínhas, coordinated by the University of Lisbon. On a rocky coastal shore and punctually steep between two small beaches that distance each other 1100 meters, São João dos Maias and Paço de Arcos beach.

The project of the Sea Promenade bet on the monumentality and purity of cut granite walls and slate stone to connect the land and the sea in a journey of leisure, encounter and contemplation.

Corinthians Arena, São Paulo, Brazil

Construction finished in 2015