Unveiling “Histórias à Sombra do Montado”

“We believe that cork can change the world – starting with the moment that cork enters someone’s life, inspiring them to create, invent, innovate. Cork Changed Me is a project that aims to compile a set of stories about artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, inventors or people in general for whom cork has had a positive impact on their daily lives, or in their art or businesses. People who have used cork to create a brand, product or innovative solution, and others who have adopted cork in their homes and daily lives. The third episode offers an ode to the Cork Oak Forest (“montado”) and to Portuguese forests in general. Hugo Tornelo and Rita Gonzalez present their «Histórias à Sombra do Montado» (Stories in the Shade of the Cork Oak Forest), a cultural and literary design project developed 100% in Portuguese, which traces a perfect dichotomy between the city and the countryside. This comic book project is inspired by the landscape of the Alentejo’s Montado cork oak forest, benefiting from the masterful skills of Portuguese designers and writers, in which we discover love stories, intrigues and disappointments. This episode also introduces us to the new life experiences of the two designers in 2023, as they exchange the hectic life of Lisbon for a 20-hectare area of cork oak forest in Cercal, in the coastal part of the Alentejo region. Watch the third episode of #corkchangedme and discover how an incredible natural material has had such an impact on Rita and Hugo’s life project.” […]

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Delivery of the Colossus project, Colos

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It is with great pleasure that we make the final delivery of the Colossus forest park, a very interesting iniciative that aims to afforest almost 100Ha with native and pioneer species. It will be, more than 60.000 trees and bushes planted here, in the next 10 years! This forest park will be open to public, […]

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Delivery of the Ferraria de São João project, Penela

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Ferraria de São João – an inspiring example of a resilient community! In 2017, the wildfires that devastated the region left the community of Ferraria de São João determined to take preventive measures to increase their safety against future fires. They knew they needed to act fast and work together to protect their homes and […]

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Project visit in Ferraria de São João

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Terracrua Design is excited to share the latest updates from our third visit to the beautiful Ferraria de São João. As part of our participatory design project, we held meetings with our partner organizations and facilitated an assembly of residents to ensure their voices were heard in decision-making processes. We also coordinated crucial maintenance work […]

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Post Fire interventions – What to do?

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New and Improved Post-Fire Intervention Guide Poster: A Resource for Ecological Regeneration and Landscape Structuring Title: Post-Fire Intervention Guide in Portugal: Restoring the Landscape We are excited to introduce the latest edition of our Post-Fire Intervention Guide, a valuable tool for ecological regeneration and landscape restructuring in Portugal. Originally released in 2017, this guide has […]

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Announcing the Rio de Mel planting event!

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On November 29th, all roads lead to Rio de Mel 😉! Visit the new website of the Rio de Mel Project, spread the word, and come help us plant one of the many trees we’re putting in the ground on that day! At Terracrua Design, we believe in creating regenerative landscapes that provide a multitude […]

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How can forest fires be prevented?

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Let’s begin with a brief history. In 2003, Portugal was hit by one of its greatest ever heat waves. Thecountry’s central region – in the area between Lisbon, Leiria and Coimbra – was the worst affectedby forest fires. With temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, a relative humidity of less than 30% andwinds of more than […]

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