“Neighbourhood. Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at University of Porto

The Faculty of Architecture – University of Porto (FAUP), in partnership with the Directorate-General for the Arts (DGArtes), will welcome from 19 June to 17 September 2018 the exhibition “Neighbourhood: Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at FAUP Exhibition Gallery, curated by Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli, which represented Portugal at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

 

Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo © Alvaro Siza

Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo © Alvaro Siza

 

FAUP will host the third version of an exhibition initially designed for a site-specific format on the island of Giudecca, in Venice; afterwards, it was displayed at CCB’s Garagem Sul, in Lisbon, and now emerges as a moment of assessment after three years of work around this project. In Porto, the contents presented will highlight the research process that resulted in the exhibition and its relevance – the trips with Álvaro Siza, the cities and the neighbourhoods’ residents.

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

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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“Housing and the City. James Gowan and Álvaro Siza” at Architectural Association London

This exhibition at the Architectural Association offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933).

 

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

 

It offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933), with particular reference to the specific architectural problems that confronted both architects when addressing the typologies of stacked maisonettes and terraced houses in the decades after 1963. Gowan is represented by his designs for Greenwich and East Hanningfield, and Siza by Bouça and Vila Viçosa. (more…)

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Abade Pedrosa Museum in Portugal

The two master architects have joined together in the design and construction of this double museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The building, located amidst traditional Portuguese architecture, presents both architects’ signature touches in it’s general approach and in the finishing details.

 

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

 

The two Portuguese contemporary master architects have joined together for the design and construction process of a new museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The museum, named the “Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum” integrates two buildings into a single complex: a sculpture museum “International Contemporary Sculpture Museum” and the Abade Pedrosa Muncipal Museum itself. (more…)

Alvaro Siza’s “Sacro” installation now at MAXXI

The installation works as a small exhibition approaching the theme of sacredness in the work of the portuguese architect, both in religious and non-religious projects.

 

Facoltà di Architettura di Porto Porto Portogallo 1986-1996 ©  Mimmo Jodice

Facoltà di Architettura di Porto, Porto, Portogallo, 1986-1996 © Mimmo Jodice

 

Alvaro Siza has designed a site-specific installation at MAXXI’s Gallery 2, in which the spaces created by the architect contrast with the museum’s gallery spaces. The display consists of several atlernated spaces in which drawings, photographs, project and object designs, media projections and architectural models reflect on the theme of sacredness in Siza’s work. (more…)

“Raw Material: A View of the Archive of Álvaro Siza” at Serralves Museum

The exhibition, curated by André Tavares, brings together working materials produced in order to design and build 27 works of the Pritzker-Prize-winning architect in Portugal. One of them being the Museum itself, designed by Siza in 1990.

 

Álvaro Siza, Serralves Museum, Porto, 1991-1999. First sketches for the projetc, [1991] 29,7 x 42,0 cm

Álvaro Siza, Serralves Museum, Porto, 1991-1999. First sketches for the projetc, [1991] 29,7 x 42,0 cm

 

The first of a developing programme at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art of exhibitions talks and events dedicated to contemporary architecture, ‘Raw Material’ presents plans, sketches, correspondence and photographs that offer a fuller understanding of the process of architectural design, beyond the self-sufficiency of the realized project.

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“Continuity — Eduardo Souto de Moura” at Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

The exhibition, curated by António Sérgio Koch and André de França Campos with photography and video from Takashi Sugimoto, explores sequentially the works of Eduardo Souto de Moura. The complexity and ambiguity of his approach to the architecture project becomes apparent through the analysis of some of his more remarkable buildings.

 

Eduardo Souto de Moura – Continuity © Takashi Sugimoto

Eduardo Souto de Moura – Continuity © Takashi Sugimoto

 

Symbolism and analogies are key elements in the architectural composition of Eduardo Souto de Moura’s work. Veiled in the case of symbolisms, or clearly embraced in the case of analogies, these act as catalysts of a mental process that searches for solutions that will strengthen and contextualize his interventions.

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“Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo” Portuguese Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The exhibition, curated by architects Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli in collaboration with the Direcção-Geral das Artes, focuses on Álvaro Siza Vieira’s remarkable work  in the field of social housing, covering projects from different cities.

 

Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo © Nicolò Galeazzi

Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo © Nicolò Galeazzi

 

This year’s edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale  (May 28 – November 27), under the heading “Reporting from the Front”, focuses on social concerns and urban transformations in the whole world. In response to the challenge posed by this year’s director Alejandro Aravena, Portugal has a “site-specific” pavilion , built in an urban setting that displays physical and social regeneration in the city of Venice, more specifically on the island of Giudecca: Campo di Mars. In fact, the idea of installing the Portuguese pavilion in situ triggered the completion of the regeneration project in Marte, proposed by architect Alvaro Siza. After the “occupation” of this site under construction, the exhibition will give rise to an architectural space for real people.

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“Les universalistes” 50 years of Portuguese architecture now showing in Paris

The exhibition, celebrating the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s 50th anniversary in Paris, showcases some of the best Portuguese architecture in search for the universalist movement already present in Portuguese literature, cinema and arts.

 

Quartier de Saõ Victor, Porto, Portugal (1974-1976), Álvaro Siza © Archive MoMA (New York)

Quartier de Saõ Victor, Porto, Portugal (1974-1976), Álvaro Siza © Archive MoMA (New York)

 

The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris is holding an exhibition showcasing some of the best Portuguese architecture of the last five decades, in an attempt to discover a common ground based on a certain “universalism” – a conceptual condition already present in other fields of the Portuguese culture: literature, arts and cinema. (more…)

“Giulio Romano’s I Modi and the ‘Modi’ of Carlo Scarpa and Álvaro Siza” at Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The body’s relationship with architecture and the complex phenomenon of corporality have always played an important role in the history of European culture. The exhibition, curated by Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury, aims to investigate this aspect of architecture: the link between the depiction of the body and eroticism.

 

Carlo Scarpa, La nuova Sfinge, Collezione privata © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Carlo Scarpa, La nuova Sfinge, Collezione privata © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

 

The direct reference is to the classical tradition and Vitruvius, the ancient Roman architect and inventor of this juxtaposition which has enjoyed such success in the history of art. In De Architectura he compares the human body to a construction, and from this comparison he makes a series of affirmations which over time have facilitated the understanding of terms such as proportion, symmetry and harmony.


 

Practical information

“Giulio Romano’s I Modi and the ‘Modi’ of Carlo Scarpa and Álvaro Siza”
 March 11– May 15,  2016
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, Venice
Italy

 


Inspired by Vitruvian thought, many great architects, particularly those more gifted in the art of drawing, have experienced the moment in which the pleasure of depicting the human anatomy takes on an erotic value. A drawing, the first appearance of the process which attributes a form to the substance, can indicate the establishment of a sensual relationship between the architect’s hand, the graphic support and the tools used. (more…)