Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura opening in Matosinhos

December 2, 2017

Casa da Arquitectura officially opened the doors of its new installations in Matosinhos, Porto. The new space occupies part of the block of the Real Vinícola, a group of buildings restored by the Municipality of Matosinhos with a project by the architect Guilherme Machado Vaz, with an area of about 5 thousand m2.

 

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

 

It is here that, during three days, an intense program of exhibitions, performances, debates, guided tours, films, music and activities for children and families will all involve everyone in a great celebration of architecture. Casa opens its exhibition program with two distinct proposals: in the Exhibition Aisle we will have “Poder Arquitectura”, curated by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho who will occupy approximately 800 square meters of the Aisle with a proposal for reflection on “eight powers that align, inflect and diverge among themselves” and involves 40 projects of about 30 different authors from around the world. (more…)

“Neighbourhood. Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at Centro Cultural de Belém

November 21, 2017

The official Portuguese representation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale chose as its central theme Álvaro Siza’s remarkable work in the field of social housing, covering his projects undertaken in different contexts: Campo di Marte (Venice); Schlesisches Tor (Berlin); Schilderswijk West (The Hague); and Bairro da Bouça (Porto).

 

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

 

In all of these projects, he demonstrated his experience in terms of social participation, reflecting a democratic understanding of the city, citizenship and the collective memory, which also brought him closer to the thinking of his contemporary Aldo Rossi. Álvaro Siza’s projects have created genuine “neighbourhoods”, a central theme on the current European political agenda, in defence of a more inclusive and multicultural society. The exhibition also documents the architect’s return visits to the four neighbourhoods in 2016, where he was confronted with such phenomena as immigration, ghettoisation, touristification and the gentrification of cities.

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“Splitting, cutting, writing, drawing, eating… Gordon Matta-Clark” exhibition at Culturgest Lisboa

October 24, 2017

The exhibition  surveys the constructive and destructive verbs that defined his relation to art and architecture, featuring correspondence, drawings, photographs, notebooks, and films related to the artist’s key projects, drawn from the archive of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in Montréal.  

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

 

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is one of the most influential artists of the 1970s, whose work has continued to be a noted influence of both architects and visual artists since. Along with his major building cuts from 1973 to 1978, in which laboriously cut holes into floors of abandoned or disused buildings, including A W-Hole House, Conical Intersect, Day’s End, and Splitting (1974), the exhibition also explores his interest in metabolic and cooking processes, including his restaurant Food (1971); his play with language and the syntax of voids, gaps, and abandoned spaces;  and the use of drawing as a mode of thinking through space.The exhibition will focus on these social and creative aspects of Matta-Clark´s conception of architecture, or as he put it, “making space without building it”. (more…)

Discover all about Open House Lisbon 2017!

September 17, 2017

This 6th edition of Open House Lisboa happens Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017. On this weekend, everyone is invited to walk through the city’s iconic buildings as well as more recent projects. Save this date!

 

MAAT - Edifício Novo,  Amanda Levete Architects, 2016 © Francisco Nogueira

MAAT – Edifício Novo, Amanda Levete Architects, 2016 © Francisco Nogueira

 

In 2017, Open House Lisbon return during the cultural rentrée with a new itinerary so you can discover inside out and up close the best architecture in town. Annually, each edition proposes a new and careful selection of buildings that lets us see emblematic works in the city, their stories and authors. (more…)

Learn all about BigMat’17 shortlisted projects for this year’s Architecture Award

July 27, 2017

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award, 87 were shortlisted to participate in the online voting for the Public Prize. Learn more about the selected projects below!

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out 87  projects to be shortlisted.  (more…)

‘Fernando Guerra: A Photography Practice Under X-Ray’ at Garagem Sul

July 14, 2017

The CCB, Cultural Centre of Belém in Lisbon, presents the work of Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra, whose camera has portrayed some of the most important contemporary buildings both in Portugal and abroad.

 

Fernando Guerra, a photography practice under x-ray © Fernando Guerra

Fernando Guerra, a photography practice under x-ray © Fernando Guerra

 

Architectural photography benefited, with the new millennium, from an exponential prevalence in the relation between architects and society. The FG+SG office has taken on the challenges that stemmed from the increased importance given to architecture and is nowadays an internationally recognised and award-winning photographic practice.

The progressive affirmation of the photographer and architect Fernando Guerra has gone hand in hand with the recent architectural production and his photographic reportage, which has spread on a global scale and constitute a privileged perspective of contemporary architecture. (more…)

“Fernanda Fragateiro: From archives to matter, to construction” at MAAT Lisbon

July 5, 2017

With the custom-made pieces for the exhibition, the artist aims to draw and structure the exhibition space by showing her work’s umbilical relationship with architecture.

 

"Fernanda Fragateiro: From archives to matter, to construction" detail of “Demolição, 2” © António Jorge Silva

“Fernanda Fragateiro: From archives to matter, to construction” detail of “Demolição, 2” © António Jorge Silva

 

The exhibition Fernanda Fragateiro: from archives to matter, to construction gathers the three works by this artist belonging to the EDP Foundation collection – namely Architecture, a place for women?, which was acquired in 2016 –, pieces which mark her trajectory throughout the years, and other works specifically created for this exhibition. (more…)

“Splitting, cutting, writing, drawing, eating… Gordon Matta-Clark” exhibition at Serralves Museum

April 26, 2017

The exhibition  surveys the constructive and destructive verbs that defined his relation to art and architecture, featuring correspondence, drawings, photographs, notebooks, and films related to the artist’s key projects, drawn from the archive of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in Montréal.  

 

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

 

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is one of the most influential artists of the 1970s, whose work has continued to be a noted influence of both architects and visual artists since. Along with his major building cuts from 1973 to 1978, in which laboriously cut holes into floors of abandoned or disused buildings, including A W-Hole House, Conical Intersect, Day’s End, and Splitting (1974), the exhibition also explores his interest in metabolic and cooking processes, including his restaurant Food (1971); his play with language and the syntax of voids, gaps, and abandoned spaces;  and the use of drawing as a mode of thinking through space.The exhibition will focus on these social and creative aspects of Matta-Clark´s conception of architecture, or as he put it, “making space without building it,”. (more…)

Victor Palla e Bento d’ Almeida “Architecture from other times” at Centro Cultural de Belém

April 22, 2017

The work produced by the studio of the architects Victor Palla (1922-2006) and Joaquim Bento d’Almeida (1918-1997), which has been widely recognised by historians and critics of Portuguese architecture, is subject of a public exhibition for the first time.

 

Perspetiva das casas da Aldeia das Açoteias - Praia da Falésia c. 1968 Victor Palla e Bento d'Almeida © Arquivo do atelier

Perspetiva das casas da Aldeia das Açoteias – Praia da Falésia, c. 1968, Victor Palla e Bento d’Almeida © Arquivo do atelier

 

These two architects formed part of a generation that adhered to the principles of the Modern Movement and they worked together professionally for 25 years (1947-1973), producing more than 700 projects. They were responsible for the modernisation of countless commercial establishments, factories, primary schools, permanent housing (single-family detached houses and multi-family housing blocks) and temporary accommodation (hotels and tourist complexes), with their activity also extending into the areas of design and the arts. (more…)

“Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture” now at MAAT Lisbon

March 2, 2017

The exhibition ‘Dimensões variáveis’ expresses a complexity of subjects that preoccupy artists and their unique critical, political, and poetic approaches. The artworks gathered by the curators intend to create tensions and dialogues, to suggest multiple levels of interpretations and personal narratives beyond the architectural matter.

 

"Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture" © MAAT Lisbon

“Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture” © MAAT Lisbon

 

“Variable Dimensions” is a descriptive term commonly used in captions of artworks, especially in the field of contemporary art, but rarely used in the field of architecture, where dimensions are used for construction and hence naturally pre-defined. This exhibit suggests a fresh look on this difference and reinvents dialogues around the relationship between artists and architecture. (more…)