“Building Stories” exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belem – Garagem Sul

“Building Stories” is an exhibition about what cannot be easily perceived at first glance in architecture: how architecture is produced and built. The exhibition challenges the visitor to perceive life and architecture through the work of the three different architectural practices, showing the similarities that can be found between stories when we speak about architecture.

 

“Building Stories” exhibition © Brandão Costa Lima

“Building Stories” exhibition © Brandão Costa Lima

 

Building Stories is therepresentation of an abstract landscape made up of architectural fragments. Like a permanent construction site, it emphasises the dimensions of the exhibition space as if it was a piece of land or a contemporary industrial ruin where it is easy to imagine the cold smell of fresh cement and the sound of heavy machinery. The intent is to transcend the limits of the museum space and focus on architecture as a discipline. Achievements, turning points or simply notes and desires from architecten de vyldervincktaillieu, Maio and Ricardo Bak Gordon are shown as live expressions of a much larger universe. (more…)

“Paris Haussmann. A Model’s relevance” at Centro Cultural de Belém

Intended as a demonstration, the exhibition starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover this heritage at various scales. The exhibition redesigns, categorizes and compares the urban axes, distinguishes the public spaces, organizes the city blocks and buildings according to their current geometry.

 

Ty­po­lo­gi­cal And Mor­pho­lo­gi­cal Ana­ly­sis, Pri­ma­ry Public Spaces. Pla­ce Charles De Gaul­le © LAN

Ty­po­lo­gi­cal And Mor­pho­lo­gi­cal Ana­ly­sis, Pri­ma­ry Public Spaces. Pla­ce Charles De Gaul­le © LAN

 

The exhibition, curated by LAN – Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano- and FBC -Franck Boutté- starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover the city’s heritage at various scales.

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

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…)

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

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…)

“The World in our Eyes” at Centro Cultural de Belém

One of the four main exhibitions of the 2016 Lisbon Triennale, “The World in our Eyes” brings together the works of almost 40 teams of architects to analyze the many different tools and processes for architectural design and representation.

 

Pedro Pitarch, Archipelago Lab: Augmented-Domesticity, 2015

Pedro Pitarch, Archipelago Lab: Augmented-Domesticity, 2015

 

Centro Cultural de Belém is hosting one of the four main exhibitions of the 2016 Lisbon Triennale, whose theme is “The Form of Form”. With this premise the show at Garagem Sul, curated by FIG Projects, brings together the works of many different architects from all over the world to compare, analyze and categorize the many different approaches to architectural design and representation of contemporary architects. (more…)

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” retrospective at Garagem Sul

Despite being anthological in nature, the exhibition is above all a manifestation of way of looking, something that has been present since the start of his career. Here it is illustrated using the city of Lisbon, with which he has worked for over 30 years.

 

Expo’98: Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares, 1995–1988/2005–2011; Pavilhão Multiusos, concurso, segundo prémio 1994  © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Expo’98: Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares, 1995–1988/2005–2011; Pavilhão Multiusos, concurso, segundo prémio 1994 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

 

From the materials presented in this retrospective, the exhibition sheds light on what is a veritable theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. This theory holds that the construction of a city and its architecture is underpinned by the human routes and settlements that were there before, which in turn are determined by the main lines and points of the topography of the land.

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