“This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978” at S AM Basel

The exhibition presents a series of twelve episodes – beginning in the 1950s – that look at the ferment of new ideas as architects began to reconceive space in response to the conditions of a newly affluent society and the emergence of the electronic age.


Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect


S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents Spatial Positions 11 «This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978» an exhibition by the Drawing Matter collection about architectural imagination, and the power, processes and poetics of creation and invention. (more…)

The CCA Montreal presents “The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76”

An exhibition documenting the pioneering experiment that empowered architects and citizens to create housing with a place in the city. The exhibition is organized by the Fundação de Serralves – Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada.


"The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76" © Álvaro Siza

“The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76” © Álvaro Siza


Born out of the Portuguese revolution of 25 April 1974, SAAL―the Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (Local Ambulatory Support Service)―was a pioneering architectural and political experiment designed to address extreme housing shortages and poor living conditions in Portuguese cities. With the support of the new temporary socialist government, SAAL established technical teams, known as brigades, that were led by architects in collaboration with local communities and aimed to develop housing solutions with the direct input of residents. The brigades reinvented the practice of architecture from start to finish, not only designing buildings but also surveying living conditions, supporting resident committees, and monitoring land use, resulting in projects designed with the residents and not just for them. In only twenty-six months, until October 1976, SAAL produced some 170 projects involving more than forty thousand families. (more…)