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.
Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura
Casa da Arquitectura, Avenida Menéres, 456
The Casa Gallery will receive the X BIAU – Exhibition of the Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism that distinguished the architect Souto de Moura with the Ibero-American Prize of Architecture and Urbanism in its 10th edition. There are 26 selected works, and 4 are Portuguese. BIAU is curated by ângela Garcia de Paredes and Ignacio G. Pedrosa.
Casa da Arquitectura is the only non-profit cultural entity in the national territory exclusively dedicated to Architecture by bringing together, in a single space, an archive and an exhibition area. Its archives currently include over 500 models, panels, drawings, serigraphs, DVDs, books and other materials of the collections and estates of several architects, including Álvaro Siza, João Álvaro Rocha, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Fernando Távora and Souto de Moura, among others. A small part of Souto Moura’s vast collection in Casa’s care will be available to visit in the Archive during the opening days.
Casa da Arquitectura has under its care several early works of architect Álvaro Siza: the Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, the Piscina das Marés, Quinta da Conceição and Casa de Roberto Ivens – presently its headquarters until now. Since 2009 we have had a regular visits’ programme to these works, which has already involved more than 15 thousand people. Casa da Arquitectura is a non-profit cultural entity established in 2007 in the city of Matosinhos, Portugal, where its headquarters are located.
It was created with the aim of promoting architecture among society, a goal which attracted a large number of important institutions and municipalities that today are a part of its Board of Management: the City Hall of Matosinhos, the City Hall of Porto, the City Hall Of Vila Nova de Gaia, the Portuguese Order of Architects, the Administration of the Ports of the Douro and Leixões and the Business Association of Porto.
With the strategic programme developed by the Executive Director, Nuno Sampaio, our activities span several different areas:
In addition to its regular tours, Casa da Arquitectura, in partnership with Cultour, has been developing for the last five years a program of Itineraries for Contemporary Architecture open to local audiences who are not directly related, either professionally or academically, to architecture. The authors of every work visited are always present in these itineraries, designed as they are to encourage the preservation of the architectural heritage. In total, 20 itineraries have already been carried out.
Every year since 2015, Casa da Arquitectura organises and manages the Open House Porto. It is one of the most festive and mobilizing moments for architecture and national heritage, involving dozens of spaces in the three cities of Matosinhos, Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Open House Porto has the unprecedented feature of being the only such initiative in the world running in more than one city at the same time.
Casa da Arquitectura is assembling a national Archive of Architecture made up by a collection of drawings, studies, projects, models, books and works that are representative of the Portuguese architectural production, cross-cutting and intergenerational.
News source: Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura
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