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This paper aims to describe and illustrate the urban requalification project for the suburban neighborhood of Covelo, located in the city of Covilhã, Castelo Branco district in the interior of Portugal. It was done for the Urban Planning subject of the University of Beira Interior during the mobility program with Brazilian universities: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Universidade Federal do Paraná and Universidade Franciscana. It is a low density residential neighborhood based on the single-family housing typology. The methodology applied in the study consisted, in a 1st phase, of an analytical research of the area, supported by field visits, mental maps and municipal documents that regulate the processes of building, urbanization and urban requalification. The 2nd phase included the elaboration of visual maps that allow the construction of a picture of constraints, weaknesses and potentialities of the neighborhood, considering the characteristics and morphological elements that constitute it. In the 3rd phase, an urbanistic diagnosis was elaborated, pointing out problems such as the lack of connection and continuity between the suburban neighborhood and the city's urban network, the massive presence of urban voids, low quality public areas, an undersized road structure, and little commercial attractiveness. In the 4th phase, an intervention line is outlined that aims to create democratic spaces for meeting and leisure, supported by the concepts of permeability, accessibility, legibility, variety, flexibility, identity, and ownership by the local community, residents, and visitors. The project aims to depolarize the concepts of public and private, and to create an environment where everyone can experience the individual and the collective within the same neighborhood. We believe that the result is an attractive proposal for the region, and that through the urban design project, it invites citizens to take ownership of the new public area while creating a sense of collective responsibility for its maintenance.