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.
“Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo”
14 November, 2017 – 11 February, 2018
Garagem Sul – CCB
Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa
Given these assumptions, the Portuguese official representation chose the remarkable work of Álvaro Siza in the field of social housing as a central theme, covering their projects in different cities – Porto, Berlin, The Hague and Venice. The Biennale city itself is showing the experience of social participation as a reflection of a peculiar understanding of the European city. Projects where Alvaro Siza created true local “neighborhoods”, a central theme in the current agenda and the European political debate in favor of a more inclusive and multicultural society.
To achive that goal, Siza has worked closely with concepts like the Italian architectural culture and, in particular, with the conceptual and ideological legacy of Aldo Rossi, whose relevant essay “The Architecture of the City” turns 50 in 2016. In this sense, the exhibition highlights this “encounter” between Alvaro and Aldo, two metaphorical names, which may also represent the neighbors that cross each other every day, in every corner of Siza neighborhoods.
The exhibition is divided into three parts, installed in the building designed by Alvaro Siza, still under construction. This building is part of the regeneration plan of Campo di Marte, won by Portuguese architect in the 1985 contest, which also includes other architects’ work such as a social housing set designed by Aldo Rossi, in the block adjacent to the Siza’s building.
The first part of the exhibition, “Where Alvaro meets Aldo (1966-2016)”, presents photographs, letters, drawings and texts about ideas discussed between Álvaro Siza and Aldo Rossi.
The second part of the exhibition, “Four visions for the Campo di Marte district (1985)”, shows through video projections, the four projects awarded in the International Competition for Campo di Marte: Alvaro Siza; Aldo Rossi and Gianfranco Caniggia; Carlo Aymonino; and Rafael Moneo.
The third part, “Four Neighbourhoods of Alvaro Siza (1973-2016)”, consists of video projections, photographs and models of four social housing projects designed by Portuguese architect: Campo di Marte (Giudecca ,Venice); Schilderswijk West (The Hague); Schlesisches Tor (Berlin) and Bairro da Bouça (Porto).