Fresh Facts is a cycle of exhibitions that makes a radiographic record of reality, highlighting current events that are related to the Architecture discipline. From an impartial standpoint, this exhibition appeals a critical overview from the exposed facts and inquiries its (imminent) consequences, whether they are positive and/or negative.
In its first edition, Fresh Facts takes on the subtitle City Making? and focuses on the global phenomenon of AIRBNB, from its local manifestation in the city of Porto.
As a viral symptom that appropriates the city with unequivocal impacts on the economic and social panorama due to the restructuring of the tourist accommodation offer, the case of Porto widens the discussion, at the urban level, to the apparent assumption of the recent gentrification as an unique solution to the previous desertification of the city center.
While on one hand small entrepreneurs seem to have found a fruitful opportunity to combat the established crisis, on the other hand, the consequent increase in rents practiced in the city center has led to the establishment of a growing mono-functional urban fabric and the (dis)placement of residents in more peripheral areas.
What city? For whom? are imperative questions that need to be answered.