Design as a key for understanding, a pretext for action, a synthesis of knowledge

  • Marta Felicidade Mateus Frazão Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


This paper considers the current investigation under the context of a PhD thesis.The research theme focuses on exploring possible strategies to promote andempower the Rural Territory, through the historical and cultural use of springs withtherapeutic properties, in Baixo Alentejo region of Mértola, where we observe asignificant concentration of bathing places, which are nowadays in a decliningprocess.This research explores and considers the connection and complementarity betweentheoretical and operational field, the narrative and design, the thinking process andpossible action. The main purpose of this paper is to identify some of themechanisms and working methods that have been adopted, with special focus on the‘diagram’, understood as an essential design tool and therefore a graphic instrumentthat organises information, activates thinking and stimulates unexpectedpossibilities for action.Keywords: Rural Territory. Spring waters. Bathing places . Mértola . Diagram . Designprocess.