The people of Lisbon pushed for over a year for this building never knowing the light of day. Today, the city councilor for urbanism affairs had to concede, and confirmed that the building will not move forward.
Here in Portugal, article 24, nº4 of our Urbanization and Edification Legal Regime (Regime Jurídico da Urbanização e Edificação) reads that licencing requests (namely for the construction of new buildings) can be declined on the basis of not respecting the aesthetics of villages. Juridical doctrine, and jurisprudence, however, often point out that the concept of "aesthetic of villages" is too vague. Political powers also argue that vagueness to try to approve projects like this one. That is why, in every Portuguese city you will see a big tall building (often belonging to the State, where he established its services) that stands well above all building around, completely destroying the harmony of the city landscape. I think in this case, however, it's very clear that the aesthetic of this "village" would be very much affected by this building.
Student, Public and Private Administration at University of Coimbra Faculty of Law (FDUC)