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25 November 2021
Newsletter - November 2021
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24 November 2021
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19 November 2021
Guided tour of the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar
27 November, 1500 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
Booking opens

On 27 November, at 1500 hrs, to mark the closing of the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, David Viana (curator), Marta Aguiar and Sofia Aguiar (architects, daughters of the architect Manuel Marques de Aguiar) will give a guided tour open to all. It will be the final opportunity to admire this singular set of drawings and photographs on display in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, and get to know the many stories which can be told through them.

To take part simply make an advance booking by email to fims@reit.up.pt by 26 November. The maximum capacity is 20 people.

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18 November 2021
Learning to make models!

Students from the 10th and 11th years of the Aurélia de Sousa Secondary School were given the challenge to see, understand and try to make architectural models, under the guidance of professor and architect Luís Urbano. So began the morning at the Marques da Silva Foundation, hosting the first initiative proposed by the University of Porto to celebrate European Academic Heritage Day.

See  photographic album

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17 November 2021
A visit to the Foundation on European Academic Heritage Day
18 November

The Marques da Silva Foundation will take part in European Academic Heritage Day, an initiative programmed by the Portuguese Universities represented on the Council of Rectors to promote a space for affirming the cultural vocation of universities as open and transformative spaces, celebrating the diversity of cultures and encouraging the free circulation of ideas. The set of programmed activities thus aims to reveal the richness of a cultural heritage that can be enjoyed by all.

As part of the activities proposed by the University of Porto, the Marques da Silva Foundation will receive groups of students from the 10th and 11th years of the Aurélia de Sousa Secondary School who, guided by the architect and professor Luís Urbano, will visit the Foundation´s model collection and the exhibition Bartolomeu da Costa Cabral/an archive under construction. The visit will end with a model workshop.

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16 November 2021
Guided tour to the exhibitionThe drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar
by David Viana, Marta Aguiar and Sofia Aguiar
27 November, 1500 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

On 27 November, to mark the closing of the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, David Viana (curator), Marta Aguiar and Sofia Aguiar (architects, daughters of the architect Manuel Marques de Aguiar) will give a guided tour open to all. It will be the final opportunity to admire this singular set of drawings and photographs on display in the Residence-Atelier, and get to know the many stories which can be told through them.

To take part simply make an advance booking by email to fims@reit.up.pt by 26 November. The maximum capacity is 20 people.

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15 November 2021
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction
can be visited until 23 April, at the Marques da Silva Foundation

The exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction opened its doors to show a living archive, open and capable of promoting new dynamics. Structured in three sections: Housing - City - University, it presents a set of designs which travel the timeline and the way of creating architecture of an architect who never failed to keep in mind the ethical, human and social dimension of this "constructive art".

The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Saturday, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs.

see album of the opening

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13 November 2021
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction
Today, at 1600 hrs, Marques da Silva Foundation

The doors of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction are beginning to open.  It opens today, at 1600 hrs, in the presence of the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral and with a guided tour by the curators, Pedro Baía, Paulo Providência and Mariana Couto. Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space. We are waiting for you!

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12 November 2021
General Library of the University of Beira Interior (Covilhã)

The third thematic focus of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction is entitled University. And there have been several projects developed by Bartolomeu Costa Cabral for institutions of Higher Education, among them the Library for the University of Beira Interior in Covilhã (1997-2001), as seen in the image.

The exhibition opens tomorrow, at 1600 hrs, in the presence of the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral. The curators, Pedro Baía, Paulo Providência and Mariana Couto will give a guided tour.

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.

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11 November 2021
The EPUL Building

The building in the Praça do Martim Moniz in Lisbon, in response to an EPUL commission, dating from 1973. It is one of the projects which exemplifies one of the central concerns in the work of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, the construction of urban space. It is also one of the projects on display in City, one of the two themes of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction.

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10 November 2021
A House in Rammed Earth

The House in Rammed Earth was built between 2004 and 2008, at Herdade dos Delgados in Beja. It is one of several projects that will be part of the first theme of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction, dedicated to the housing programme developed by this architect.

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9 November 2021
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction
opening of the exhibition: 13 November, 1600 hrs
Lopes Martins Mansion (Marques da Silva Foundation)

The exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction, curated by Pedro Baía, Paulo Providência and Mariana Couto, proposes a reading of the plurality of the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral´s production, in a unique professional career which spans a set of more than two hundred projects, from 1948 to the present day. It opens on 13 November, at 1600 hrs, on the first floor of the Lopes Martins Mansion (Marques da Silva Foundation). On this occasion, the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral will be present, and the curators will give a guided tour through the exhibition route.

Organised by: Marques da Silva Foundation.
Supported by: Order of Architects, SIPA, Tomar Polytechnic Institute and  Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.
Thanks to: Irene Buarque, Teresa Pavão and Rui Sanches, Rui Mendes and Gill Stoker.

+ info: here

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8 November 2021
An Architecture Map for greater knowledge of the work of Rui Goes Ferreira in Madeira

Rui Goes Ferreira developed an intense and varied professional activity in Madeira, in particular during the 1960s and 1970s. Attentive to place, to the urban and scenic context of his native land, he designed in harmony with the model principles of a modern training, remaining sensitive to the concerns and needs of a community with a singular character. As Madalena Vidigal, his granddaughter and also an architect, states, "there exists no other local architect in Funchal who has, at this time, contributed so much to the transformations in the city". 

The Order of Architects - Madeira Regional Section (SRMAD) - recently proposed awarding the title of Honorary Member to Rui Goes Ferreira.  Recognising the importance of the work developed by this architect, and in response to a challenge set by Madalena Vidigal, it is now producing with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the host institution of Goes Ferreira´s professional archive, an Architecture Map dedicated to his constructed work. There will be 17 works in total, in an itinerary of multiple suggested routes. Among them is this residential complex for Porto Santo, in a project which is also represented in the exhibition At Play: Architecture and Play, currently exhibited at CCB´s South Garage.

Rui Goes Ferreira was born in Funchal on 8 November 1926.

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6 November 2021
The contemporaneity of Alcino Soutinho´s architecture

In 2005, Alcino Soutinho was invited to design a housing complex for lots 7 and 8 of the Efanor gardens in Matosinhos. It would be the first building to be constructed in this place, marked by the surrounding generous green spaces. The structural and constructive rigour sustain this contemporary architecture, which is discreet, but solid and assertive, with a great sense of urbanity. A sign of its vitality is also the fact that it is now being taken up by his daughter, Andrea Soutinho, invited to continue the initial project.

Alcino Soutinho was born on 6 November 1930.
 

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2 November 2021
FILARCH 2021: Visions
Architecture and Philosophy Symposium
5-6 November, Marques da Silva Foundation

During 5 and 6 November, the Marques da Silva Foundation will host the second FILARCH event, a Symposium focusing on the relationship between Philosophy and Architecture, but which also aims to open the field of reflection to different areas of knowledge.

For 2021, the theme proposed by the organisers, Eduardo Queiroga and Constantino Pereira Martins, was "Vision, possibility, virtuality", that is, the challenge of showing what a vision consists of, a possibility that emerges in reality like a shadow of the imagination over things.

Throughout these two days, distributed over four different panels, around 16 national and international speakers (Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech Republic, but also from the USA and Brazil) will freely discuss the proposed theme, sharing thoughts, dilemmas and experiences.

Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.

This initiative is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation (institution and host) and the Northern Regional Section of the Order of Architects.

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Image:  Mirrorscope, the stereoscope designed by Charles Wheatstone in 1838.

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26 October 2021
Newsletter - October 2021

To precede a weekend full of good suggestions, including the launch of Ana Tostões´ book, Lisboa Moderna [Modern Lisbon], taking place in the Lopes Martins Mansion, we are publishing one more edition of the Marques da Silva Foundation Newsletter.

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28 October 2021
What? When? Why not? Portuguese Architecture
International Exhibition and Colloquium
House of Architecture Gallery
29-30 November

In July 2019, the project (EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture, coordinated by Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, was presented to the public at the Marques da Silva Foundation, a partner institution. Now, after two years of research, an International Exhibition and Colloquium are taking place: What? What? When? Why not? Portuguese Architecture.

The Exhibition, a reflection of this research project, aims to identify, discuss and disseminate the concept of “Portuguese architecture” in the national and international context, comparing its history, ideas and methods with a changing world, presenting the theme in several disciplinary and interdisciplinary dimensions, and calling on different sensibilities. It opens on 29 October, in the House of Architecture Gallery, and there will be many documents from the Marques da Silva Foundation Archive. It will remain open to the public until 24 April 2022.

In this exhibition context, an International Conference will take place on 30 October, with the coordinators Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, and the nuclear researchers Ana Vaz Milheiro, Carlos Machado e Moura, Carolina Coelho, Eliana Sousa Santos, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nuno Grande, Patrícia Santos Pedrosa and Rui Lobo sharing the results obtained in each of the respective lines of research. Participating guest speakers will be Hans Ibelings, with a reflection on peripheral and central cultures in the context of European architecture, Cristiane Muniz, director of the City School, and Fernando Viégas, chair of the City School Association, São Paulo.

+ info: www.eu-ropa.ces.uc.pt

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22 October 2021
Ana Tostões, Lisboa Moderna
Book launch
Presentation by Paula Santos and José Fernando Gonçalves
29 October, 2130 hrs, Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion

On 29 October, the Marques da Silva Foundation will host the launch of the book by Ana Tostões, Lisboa Moderna, a joint publication by Docomomo International and Circo de Ideias. The session, taking place in the Lopes Martins Mansion, will be attended by the author, with a presentation by Paula Santos and José Fernando Gonçalves.

"This book [...] offers thoughts about the modern city of Lisbon from a reading of its transformation and from an historical and critical analysis of a set of modern projects which marked the territory throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Based on archival research and a photographic survey, highlights are the neighbourhoods of Alvalade, Infante Santo, Olivais Norte, Olivais Sul, Restelo and Telheiras, revealing the unique application of international urban planning concepts, as well as works that stand out for their modernity, such as the Higher Technical Institute, the Monsanto Forest Park, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Building and Garden, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Belém Cultural Centre and the German School of Lisbon."

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.

+ info: www.circodeideias.pt

 

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21 October 2021
Maria José Marques da Silva and Rui Goes Ferreira, Honorary Members 2021
Titles award ceremony: 22 October, 1830 hrs
Auditorium of the National Headquarters of the Order of Architects (Lisbon)

The architects Maria José Marques da Silva, for the Northern Regional Section, and Rui Goes Ferreira, for the Madeira Section, will be posthumously distinguished with the title of Honorary Member, in a ceremony taking place at the National Headquarters of the Order of Architects on 22 October.

Based on the proposal to award the title to Maria José Marques da Silva, whose joint donation with David Moreira da Silva to the University of Porto was the origin of the current Marques da Silva Foundation, Conceição Melo, Chair of the Northern Regional Board of Directors, highlights the fact that she was the first woman to gain a degree in Architecture at the Porto School of Fine Arts (1943), the relevant practice in architecture and urbanism, initially with her father, José Marques da Silva, and later with David Moreira da Silva, who would become her husband and office colleague, and also her activity as Chair of the Northern Regional Section. In concluding the grounds for the proposal, she adds, "In this time that we have been going through, we are led to recognise the lesser visibility we have given to the architects who form part of this common legacy. It adds to the particular merit of Maria José Marques da Silva and led to this proposal which is so obvious but has just come late."

The career of Rui Goes Ferreira, whose professional collection was donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation (2018), and the impact of his activities in Madeira, to which he brought "a reflection on the social role of the architect, valuing the landscape as a cultural fact", justifies the proposal presented by Susana Jesus, Chair of the Madeira Regional Board of Directors. Rui Goes Ferreira "Creates an atelier-school in search of new solutions. He crossed Architecture with Urbanism, Art and Society: professor at the Madeira Academy of Music and Fine Arts; projects for Pension Funds, individual and collective housing; he collaborated on the Master Plan for the City of Funchal (public discussion - Urbanism Colloquia, 1969); TEMPO Decorative Arts Gallery cultural project with the sculptor Amândio Sousa."

In this ceremony the titles of Honorary Member will also be awarded to the architects António Abel (Alentejo), Célio Melo Costa (Central), Diogo Seixas Lopes (Lisbon and Tagus Valley), João Correia Rebelo (Azores) and José Paulo Veloso (Algarve).

The Marques da Silva Foundation will be represented by the Vice-Chair, Luís Urbano. Representing the family of the architect Rui Goes Ferreira will be the architect Madalena Vidigal, his granddaughter, and the architect Teresa Goes Ferreira, his daughter.

+ info: Ordem dos Arquitectos

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19 October 2021
Documentation from one to another
1st Interdisciplinary Conferences
Martins Sarmento Society (Guimarães)
23 October 2021

The Martins Sarmento Society, as part of an awareness programme for the preservation of personal, family and business documentation, will promote in Guimarães, on 23 October 2021, the first Interdisciplinary Conferences “Documentation from one to another”, in collaboration with the Alfredo Pimenta Municipal Archive, the House of Sarmento and CITCEM.

Two members of the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Board of Directors will participate in these Conferences, Luís Urbano (Vice-Chair) and Armando Malheiro, who is also a member of this initiative´s Organising Committee.

For more information and registration, see www.msarmento.org

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18 October 2021
José Marques da Silva and the São João Theatre:
one design, many stories

Next weekend, from 22 to 24 October, the São João National Theatre will reopen its doors. An extensive programme, which includes the presentation of an exhibition, 10 Acts 100 Years; an international colloquium, National Theatres: Missions, Tensions, Transformations; the launch of three Centenary Notebooks; and a new theatrical production, Lear, will mark the end of the rehabilitation and modernisation works on the building which the architect José Marques da Silva started designing in 1909, today classified as a National Monument.

The Marques da Silva Foundation preserves the most important set of documents relating to this work, already one of maturity, from the drawings for the Competition, to the elements of the various phases of the Project, passing through hundreds of notes, various documentation about the "lyric theatre of Porto", correspondence records, photographs, plaster models and books, as well as many travel notes that give evidence of the attentive gaze of an architect in constant research, as in the case of this sketch of the facade and plan of the "new opera comique" (rebuilt in Paris between 1893 and 1898).
 
José Marques da Silva was born on 18 October 1869.

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Gallery of works - S. João Theatre
Reopening of the São João Theatre

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13 October 2021
Launch and presentation of the publication The Idea of Álvaro Siza: Carlos Ramos Pavilion and the Bouça Council Housing Project
With Mark Durren, João Leal and Nuno Grande, moderated by Pedro Leão Neto
14 October, 1830 hrs, Lopes Martins Mansion

Tomorrow, 14 October, in the Lopes Martins Mansion, the photographers Mark Durren and João Leal, as well as the architect, cultural programmer and curator Nuno Grande, in a conversation moderated by Pedro Leão Neto, director of the publication scopionewspaper, will present the editorial project The Idea of Álvaro Siza: Carlos Ramos Pavilion and the Bouça Council Housing Project, a publication based on the beginning of the scopionewspaper collection, focusing on the work developed by the photographers Mark Durden and João Leal, involving a selection of architectural buildings designed by Álvaro Siza. Luís Urbano, Vice-Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will open the session.

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space. The conversation will take place in English.

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10 October 2021
José Porto and the Competition for the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is today a National Monument, but the history of its construction goes back to 1962, the opening year of a Preliminary Projects Competition. Thirteen entries were presented to the Jury designated for that purpose, composed of: D. Júlia Guedes, representing the Parish; Father João de Almeida, representing the Secretariat of the New Churches of the Patriarchate; and the Architects Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Sebastião Formosinho Sanchez and Bartolomeu Costa Cabral. The latter, representing the National Association of Architects, due to an impediment, was eventually replaced by Conceição Silva. The Jury also included the Architect Hermann Bauer and Canon Manuel Falcão.

The winning proposal, as is generally known, was no. 11, presented by the architects Nuno Teotónio Pereira, Nuno Portas, Vasco Lobo and Víctor Figueiredo. However, time has erased the memory of what could have been another configuration for this Church, such as proposal no. 13, presented by David Albino Fernandes Caravana and José Luís Porto, then 79 years old. What can be considered a late project by José Porto is represented here in this view of the interior, taken from the Magazine Arquitectura (no. 76 - October 1962), where all the entries and results of the Competition were published.

Of the various architects mentioned in this highlight, three have their respective professional archives at the Marques da Silva Foundation, including José Porto, who was born in Vilar de Mouros on 10 October 1883.

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8 October 2021
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira: 24,566 drawings cleaned and reconditioned!

On 15 June 2020, the Marques da Silva Foundation began a wide-ranging project to clean and recondition thousands of documents from the workshop of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira. That treatment is now concluded, with regard to the drawings, with a total of 24,566 items having been dealt with. The operation, coordinated by the Graphic Documents Restoration Workshop of the University of Porto, in coordination with the Marques da Silva Foundation´s technical team, involved the opening, separation, cleaning, stabilising and reconditioning of all these rolls of sketches and drawings, already partially but substantively digitised, which are now safeguarded and available for study.

And a new activity is already underway. We will give more details of that soon.

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30 September 2021
Launch and presentation of the publication The Idea of Álvaro Siza: Carlos Ramos Pavilion and the Bouça Council Housing Project
14 October, 1830 hrs, Lopes Martins Mansion

On 14 October The Marques da Silva Foundation will host the launch and presentation of the publishing project The Idea of Álvaro Siza: Carlos Ramos Pavilion and the Bouça Council Housing Project, a publication which is based on the beginning of the scopionewspaper collection, focusing on the work developed by the photographers Mark Durden and João Leal, involving a selection of architectural buildings designed by Álvaro Siza for the series entitled "The Idea of Álvaro Siza".

The session will be attended by the photographers and authors Mark Durden and João Leal, as well as the architect, cultural programmer and curator Nuno Grande. The moderation of this conversation around the universe of photography and architecture will be by Pedro Leão Neto, director of the publication scopionewspaper, who will also present the Documentary and Artistic Photography project: A Contemporary Look at Portuguese Architecture and The Idea de Álvaro Siza. Luís Urbano, Vice-Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will open the session which aims to explore the uniqueness and meaning of the relationships that can be established between photographers, their artistic processes and the architecture and key ideas of the architect, namely in relation to the Carlos Ramos Pavilion, the housing complex in Bairro da Bouça and Álvaro Siza. The conversation will take place in English.
 
This launch is an initiative of AAI/CEAU/FAUP | scopio Editions, in collaboration with the Marques da Silva Foundation. It will take place in the Lopes Martins Mansion and starts at 1830 hrs. Entrance is free, but subject to the availability of space.

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4 October 2021
The Jorge Mealha conference on
Spaces of deprivation of liberty

Jorge Mealha, as coordinator of the Study on the Design of New Prison Establishments by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon in response to a commission from the Ministry of Justice, has presented, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the main lines of the work developed on a topic that continues to be rarely debated, despite the fact that the criminal dimension is so intrinsically related to the other dimensions which guide life in society.

The purpose of the investigation was to establish the basis for a preliminary programme for the design of new national facilities, namely in Montijo and Ponta Delgada. The proposal for possible spatial and constructive solutions - marked by three vectors: economy, reintegration and security - began with an exhaustive survey of the current context and its comparison with more recent cases of implementation of new models, in the Nordic Countries and in Catalonia. The challenge now is to fight the prejudice around this type of facility, proposing new paradigms of action, based on more permeable and flexible structures, where it is possible to intervene in a different way, with various scales of intervention, and also with a view to its sustainability, more focused on a reintegrative perspective than on a punitive and stigmatising vision.

The Spaces of Deprivation of Liberty conference represents the Marques da Silva Foundation´s participation in the 2021  European Heritage Days.

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3 October 2021
17th Távora Prize: announcement of the winner
Face-to-face session with online transmission
4 October, 1900 hrs

Tomorrow, 4 October, at 1900 hrs, at the headquarters of the Northern Regional Section of the Order of Architects (OASRN), the winner will be announced of the 17th Fernando Távora Prize. The session will include a short presentation of the work of the winners of the 16th prize, Carlos Machado e Moura and Pedro Abranches Vasconcelos, and the conference of Isabel Pires de Lima, a prominent cultural personality invited by OASRN to join the jury of this year´s Fernando Távora Prize.

On the jury, representing the Marques da Silva Foundation, a partner in this initiative, is the Architect José Bernardo Távora.

Entrance is free by prior registration via norte.cultura@ordemdosarquitectos.org. The session will also be transmitted directly via Facebook and OASRN´s YouTube channel.

More information:www.oasrn.org

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1 October 2021
Spaces of deprivation of liberty
Jorge Mealha Conference
tomorrow, 2 October at 1500 hrs
Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion


In what way can architecture help to build a new paradigm around what spaces of deprivation of liberty can be, in the present and in the future? Jorge Mealha, architect and author of the study of new prison facilities for the Ministry of Justice, comes to the Foundation to talk about the impact of quality and the general appearance of indoor and outdoor spaces in creating more humanised environments.

Entrance is free, conditional only on the availability of space.

The conference begins at 1500 hrs and is part of the European Heritage Days programme, whose theme this year is "Inclusive and Diversified Heritage". On this day, the exhibition "The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar" can be visited free of charge, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

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30 September 2021
Equipment, a plan, an urgency of design
yesterday´s meeting, Perspectives on urban living #2

Yesterday, in the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion, another meeting took place on Perspectives of urban living. Here we spoke about the French School (from design to experience), the history of the Reconstruction Plan for the City of Angra do Heroísmo (developed under absolutely exceptional conditions, to achieve maximum efficiency in the minimum amount of time), of the multiple angles that the action of drawing can contain, and how much a drawing can communicate. The session included contributions from Nuno Valentim, Francisco Morais and Álvaro Domingues, framed by interventions from Marta Aguiar and David Viana, who emphasised the sense of place, the importance of drawing, respect for the territory, the relevance of the collaborative method, and the different scales present in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, not failing to mention the employment opportunities which opened up with the entrance of Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s collection into the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Opening the meeting, Fátima Vieira, Chair of the Foundation, also a former student of the French School, announced the extension of the Exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, which will be open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier until 20 November.

See photographic album

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29 September 2021
Perspectives on urban living #2
Today, 29 September, at 1800 hrs
in the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion

Today, at 1800 hrs, in the dining room of the Mansion, the second meeting will take place organised around the exhibition The Drawing of Life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar.

In Perspectives on urban living #2 we will have with us Álvaro Domingues, Francisco Morais and Nuno Valentim. Teresa Heitor, due to a last-minute unforeseen event, will be unable to attend. The session will be moderated by Marta Aguiar and David Viana.

We are expecting you!

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28 September 2021
Spaces of Deprivation of Freedom
Jorge Mealha Conference
2 October, 1800 hrs, Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion

Jorge Mealha, architect, author of a recent study on the design of new prisons for the Ministry of Justice, comes to the Marques da Silva Foundation to talk about how architecture can help build a new paradigm for what these spaces of deprivation of freedom can be, in the present and in the future; how, through the quality and general appearance of indoor and outdoor spaces, more humanised environments can be created which, despite their function in terms of security, can promote the rehabilitation of the individual and their desired social and professional reintegration as a citizen.

The conference begins at 1500 hrs and is part of the European Heritage Days programme.
Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.

+info here

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27 September 2021
Perspectives on urban living #2 | 29 September, 1800 hrs
with Álvaro Domingues, Francisco Morais, Nuno Valentim and Teresa Heitor
moderated by David Leite Viana and Marta Aguiar
Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion

On 29 September, in the Lopes Martins Mansion, the second meeting organised around the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar. As in June, the legacy of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, his work and references, is the starting point for thinking and debating the urban territory, the meaning of its organisation and the life that takes place in it, that is, about "making the city" in terms of the contributions of architecture and urbanism.
 
Guests will be Álvaro Domingues, geographer, for an external and critical look at urban territory, set against the landscapes designed by Manuel Marques da Aguiar on display at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier; Francisco Morais, the architect who collaborated with Manuel Marques da Aguiar on the reconstruction plan for the Heroísmo Inlet, from 1980 to 1982; Nuno Valentim, the architect responsible for the most recent interventions in the spaces of French Schools; and Teresa Heitor, who has been carrying out extensive research and reflection on types of school equipment. The session will be moderated by David Leite Viana, curator of the Exhibition, and Marta Aguiar, architect and daughter of Manuel Marques de Aguiar who, since 2013, has been gathering and making known the career and work carried out by her father. The meeting will also be attended by the chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Fátima Vieira.

Entrance is free, but conditional on space available. For those who wish to secure a place in advance, bookings can be made via email to fims@reit.up.pt.

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28 September 2021
Jorge Mealha and Open Day Conference
European Heritage Days 2021
2 October - Marques da Silva Foundation

The Marques da Silva Foundation will be present at the European Heritage Days with two distinct proposals, taking place on 2 October. Thus, at 1500 hrs, in the Lopes Martins Mansion, it will be possible to attend a conference with Jorge Mealha, an architect with a degree and doctorate from FAAUL, author of the study on the design of new prisons for the Ministry of Justice, Spaces of Deprivation of Freedom. An opportunity to reflect on the present and future of prisons, which aim to be more humanised and supportive of reintegration, in response to a context of profound transformations in contemporary societies.

Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.

Throughout this day (2 October), between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs (last admission at 1730 hrs), it will also be possible to visit free of charge the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. The exhibition, which will continue throughout the month of October, brings together a significant number of graphic records which reflect the view of this Porto architect and urbanist on the places where he lived, his daily life, the passage of time and its rhythms, as well as his territory of intervention. The visit also extends to the Foundation´s Gardens, to enjoy the immersive experience The life of drawings, developed from the exhibition.

The European Heritage Days begin on 24 September, continuing this year, exceptionally, until 3 October. The theme is Inclusive and Diversified Heritage.

+ info here

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25 September 2021
Newsletter - September 2021

On the day that the European Heritage Days begin, the Marques da Silva Foundation is launching its September Newsletter. Here we announce the proposals for the Days, which this year are on the subject of Inclusive and Diversified Heritage, as well as many other ongoing activities.

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Image: detail from a sketch by Bartolomeu Costa Cabral for the Castelo School, part of the exhibition At Play: Architecture & Play..
 

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24 Sepetember 2021
At Play: Architecture & Play
Exhibition
28 September 2021 to 30 January 2022
CCB - South Garage
 Photo ©Pierre Antoine

The exhibition At Play: Architecture & Play, organised by CCB/South Garage in collaboration with CIVA, Brussels, will begin on 28 September. "At Play is an exhibition about toys and imagination, of built experiences and mythological narratives. It centres around the idea of «Creation of Worlds» and brings two characters together: the architect and the child." In its tour of Lisbon, it also includes references to projects by Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Fernando Lanhas, Manuel Graça Dias, Rui Goes Ferreira, Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and José Carlos Loureiro, architects represented in the Marques da Silva Foundation, one of the supporting organisations of the exhibition. Curated by David Malaud, it also has contributions from Nikolaus Hirsch, Cedric Libert, André Tavares and Ivo Poças Martins.
 
At Play can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, at CCB´s South Garage, between 1000 hrs and 1800 hrs.

Photo ©Pierre Antoine

+ info: www.ccb.pt

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14 September 2021
Perspectives of urban living #2 | 29 September, 1800 hrs
Álvaro Domingues, Francisco Morais, Nuno Valentim and Teresa Heitor
moderated by David Viana and Marta Aguiar

On 29 September in the Lopes Martins Mansion, the second meeting will take place on Perspectives of Urban Living, with Álvaro Domingues, Francisco Morais, Nuno Valentim and Teresa Heitor as guests. The session, which takes place in the context of the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, will be moderated by David Leite Viana and Marta Aguiar, in the presence of the president of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Fátima Vieira.

As in June, the legacy of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, his work and his references, constitute the point of departure for thinking about and debating the urban territory, the meaning of its organisation and the life that takes place in it, about "making the city" in terms of the contributions of architecture and urbanism.

Entrance is free, but subject to room capacity. For those who wish to reserve a place in advance, a reservation can be made by email to fims@reit.up.pt.

 

Image: Aglomération au bord d´un canal (academic exercise); IU de Paris, s.s.; pen and crayons on tracing paper; 42.4 x 61.5 cm. FIMS/MMA/F1-pd0024

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16 September 2021
modernism and tradition
Fernando Lanhas, Lavadouro em Milheirós de Poiares, Feira, 195

In 1953, Fernando Lanhas accepted the commission to design a community washing facility and fountain for Milheirós de Poiares, in Santa Maria da Feira. Here is one of the drawings that document the washing facility, where the stylised representation of the women who would bring it to life and meaning stands out. The history of public washing facilities and their progressive abandonment (or the abandonment of this ancestral practice) is quite another matter, but take note of the care in adjusting the projected space to the function, and in the subtle elegance of a line, already so recognisably by Fernando Lanhas, which gives movement and artistic value to the drawing created.

Fernando Lanhas was born in Porto on 16 September 1923. He would have been 98 years old today.

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10 September 2021
MGD on TV
Seven triple sessions on architecture made by Manuel Graça Dias
South Garage – Architecture Exhibitions
10 – 11 September

Beginning today, 10 September, the cycle MGD on TV: Seven triple sessions on architecture made by Manuel Graça Dias. For two days, 21 episodes made by Graça Dias for Television will be shown in the Small Auditorium of the CCB, chosen and introduced by seven guests: Alexandra Areia, Susana Menezes, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Ana Vaz Milheiro, Ricardo Pedroso Lima, Mariana Salvador and João Botelho. Entrance is free.

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7 September 2021
E.M. - Miradouro Building

The Miradouro Building, designed by the architect couple Maria José Marques da Silva and David Moreira da Silva between 1963 and 1972 for the Masons´ Cooperative, continues today to stand out visually on the skyline that defines the city of Porto. In the verticality of its 15 floors, accentuated by the height of the land on which it was built (with the main facade facing the Rua da Alegria), it is a multi-functional building that includes commercial, residential and office spaces, an iconic restaurant and a hotel. Covering it are a mass of tiles, predominantly yellow, with the distinctive stylisation of the mason´s mallet and chisel. The tower stands out for the impressive panoramic view that it offers, particularly from the terrace at the top, living up to its name, and for the boldness of its construction in this location and as part of a desire for constructive affirmation that begins with the first Workshops and Warehouses of the Masons´ Cooperative, still located today on the land at the back of the Miradouro Building (E.M.).

Maria José Marques da Silva was born on 7 September 1914.

 

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2 September 2021
End of Zoom in

We began on 2 August, and ended on 2 September.

Throughout the month of August, the Marques da Silva Foundation has published daily, on social media, photographs that showed in close-up what often goes unnoticed by those who walk through the two houses in the Praça do Marquês, José Marques da Silva´s former home and today the headquarters of the institution (José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and Lopes Martins Mansion). There were 63 images, captured by João Lima over a day spent in these spaces. They are now presented as a whole, as an invitation/challenge so that, in situ, while visiting us of course, you can identify where each item belongs, and even continue this album ...

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1 September 2021
The Marques da Silva Foundation is open again on Saturdays

Being on vacation is also, par excellence, synonymous with family time. And here is another drawing by Manuel Marques de Aguiar depicting Marta, who thoughtfully draws her father´s portrait, under Sofia´s watchful eye. With this expressive record of two of his five daughters - the fifth in the #férias [vacation] series - we can also announce that, throughout the month of September, the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, where this and many more drawings of life and profession can be seen, can again be visited on Saturdays, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs.

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27 August 2021
A new exhibition
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral at Bairro do Pego Longo (Belas, Sintra)

At the Marques da Silva Foundation a new exhibition project is in preparation. It will take place in the Lopes Martins Mansion, this October, and it already has a title: "Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / An archive under construction".
 
Curated by Paulo Providência, Pedro Baía and Mariana Couto, this exhibition aims to record a reading of the production of the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral through the contents of his collection, recently deposited with the Marques da Silva Foundation, with the archives of the architects Maurício Vasconcelos, Alçada Baptista and Nuno Teotónio Pereira, seeking to interpret the plurality of his professional career over several decades, in the areas of housing, school and equipment programmes.

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26 August 2021
Marques da Silva Foundation publications are at the Porto and Lisbon Book Fairs

The Book Fair begins today, 26 August, in the Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon, and from tomorrow, 27 August, in Porto, in the gardens of the Crystal Palace. Once more, books published by the Marques da Silva Foundation are in evidence, and can be bought at reduced prices, in Lisbon at the Blau Pavilion, and in Porto at the U.Porto Press Pavilion (the publisher of the University of Porto), and also at the Edições Afrontamento Pavilion, in both cities.

Open for visiting in Porto and Lisbon until 12 September.
 

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26 August 2021
And on the subject of Fernando Távora´s birthday

The author of this photograph from the Marques da Silva Foundation files, the Architect António Menéres, tells us that "it was taken on 14 August 1960, on the occasion of a visit from the master Carlos Ramos to Leça da Palmeira, to the office at Quinta da Conceição - provided by APDL - where the architect Fernando Távora was coordinating the studies of the streets surrounding dock nº 2, next to the mobile bridge, ending with a trip to the Casa de Chá [Teahouse], in Boa Nova, at that time under construction and still in a rough state.
The architects Rui Pimentel (just visible at the back on the left) and Luís Botelho Dias were part of the team. This visit included a trip to the Tennis Pavilion at Quinta da Conceição."

And because we learned this story on the Architect Fernando Távora´s birthday, we are also sharing it here.
 

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25 August 2021
Window of Time
Casa dos 24, photo by Luís Ferreira Alves

"A natural object needs tensions, pressures, rain, it is being modelled. This is how a work of architecture is born. Behind all of this is thought, there has to be thought, and that thought has to be built and, as for me, it´s mainly built in those moments when, probably for other people, we´re being silly, or we´re not working, or we´re reading ... and that´s what I spend a good deal of my time on today, thinking and ... seeing others. It´s a wonderful thing to see others. I sometimes say here to my co-workers, if there is an architectural problem, a detail, a window, it must be resolved, right here, within a radius of five hundred metres. And really if we care about windows and the conservation of materials, or light and shade, or what glass looks like, how it behaves, and suchlike, it is all here. Everything." (in Fernando Távora, A Razão n.º 4, year V, 1995)*

Fernando Távora was born on 25 August 1923, in Porto. He would be 98 years old today.
 

* Excerpt from the quotation published in volume I.I  As raízes e os Frutos: palavra desenho obra [The Roots and the Fruits: word design work]. Research, organisation, editing and notes by Manuel Mendes, Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento, 2020, p. XII.
Image: House of the 24, photograph by Luís Ferreira Alves.

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22 August 2021
Going to Braga and coming back
Manuel Marques de Aguiar, Quinta do Ribeiro, 26 December 198

We return to Manuel Marques de Aguiar and the family holidays spent at Quinta do Ribeiro, where the desire to add colour to the kitchen design provided the pretext to go to Braga, to Rua do Souto, to have a coffee on a terrace and, while there, go to a shop to buy some acrylic paint.

As for drawing, we can now find it in room 2 of the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, where the graphic records are brought together to show his perception of daily life, of time and its rhythms, the relationships between people, places. Open for visiting in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier until 30 September.

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19 August 2021
INTERBAU 57

One of the many ways of looking at a photograph may be to try to discover the story it has to tell us. The one published today was taken from the collection of the architect Rui Goes Ferreira. The year was 1957 and Rui Goes Ferreira, the photographer, had just received his architect´s diploma from the Porto School of Fine Arts. In August of that year, his father offered him a trip to Berlin that would allow him, as his notebook reveals, to walk around the city, take part in the Official Visit to the Interbau (International Construction Exhibition or IBA) and make contact with architects from a wide range of places, including Pierre Vago. But the photograph, which is part of a series, shows us another presence, another encounter, no less surprising: Carlos Ramos, the photographed one, also visiting the Exhibition.


With this photographic memory of Interbau 57 we mark World Photography Day, but throughout this month of August, every day, follow our Zoom-in on social media: photographs by João Lima that reveal the subtlety of some of the details that distinguish the headquarters of the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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17 August 2021
After the beach, country life

The #férias [holiday] series continues. After the beach, country life.
The drawing of the chickens moving about, on the riverside farm, with the high branches, created one of the spaces that Manuel Marques de Aguiar most enjoyed (transition between closed and open, protecting from the sun in the summer and letting it pass in the winter).

It is another of the drawings that can be enjoyed in the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar. From Monday to Friday, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

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16 August 2021
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the arrangement for the Bank of London & South America, Ltd.

"This study relates to the new arrangement of the public room of the Porto branch of the Banco Inglês (Bank of London & South America, Ltd.). The principle of the sketch presented above is retained, that is, the access through the Avenida dos Aliados, the recession of the counter beyond the two columns, and the repositioning of the cash desks to the southern end of the room, the doors opening onto the Avenida dos Aliados requires the elevation of the pavement to a level of +0.27 in relation to the current one, which is easily and economically achieved ...".  Thus begins the descriptive note which Octávio Lixa Filgueiras submitted to his client in 1956. A simple plan for the interior arrangement of a space now occupied by another banking institution, the BBVA. But the perspective changes when we look at the timeline of this building, formerly belonging to Dr Joaquim Emílio Pinto Leite, in which a branch of the Banco do Minho was located, and which would be addressed by José Marques da Silva, from 1922, following up on the alignment process of the eastern axis of the opening of what would become the Avenida dos Aliados. The Bank of London & South America, Ltd. would remain its owner during the 1920s, and on until 1956, when Octávio Lixa Filgueiras was asked to rethink its interior, furniture included. It is therefore not surprising that, among the documents in Lixa Filgueiras´s collection relating to this working plan, there is a set of drawings from Marques da Silva´s original design, in what can be considered an architectural intertextuality.

Octávio Lixa Filgueiras was born on 16 August 1922, the year in which Marques da Silva began the project referred to here.

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13 August 2021
Summer cleaning

And during the only apparent tranquility of August, the Marques da Silva Foundation´s sculpture collection, in which the plaster models assume a particular relevance, is also receiving special attention. Soon it will occupy a place which will bring it renewed visibility. For now we are showing one of the four models created by Teixeira Lopes - the allegory of Winter - for the facade of the Four Seasons building, in the Rua das Carmelitas, retouching the figure. But there will be much more to see ...

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12 August 2021
Going to the beach
(also for an urban being)
Manuel Marques de Aguiar, Leça, August 1992

"Going to the beach was a pleasure.
It could be during the lunch break: Mixu, can you get a "buxa" (sandwich) and I´ll go and have it there.
And as it was Summer, it was time to ride a "moped" and go off with the 5 of us and Mixu to Homem do Leme Beach.
Observing (drawing) was also being (with the kids building a castle, the daughter playing...).
It wasn´t more than one hour."
 

Hypertext by Marta Aguiar for a drawing of her father which appears in the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar. It should be noted that Mixu was the name which the architect Manuel Marques de Aguiar affectionately called his life partner and mother of his 5 daughters.

This exhibition can be visited during the month of August from Monday to Friday, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

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10 August 2021
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira: travelling
Raul Hestnes Ferreira, Kristiansund (?)

While the cleaning and reconditioning project of the Raúl Hestnes Ferreira collection continues, with 23,648 drawings already dealt with, a new approach to this collection is now underway, with the purpose of identifying and reorganising about 750 photographic records relating to journeys with destinations as varied as the Nordic countries, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, from which was extracted the photograph which accompanies this item. Here we see Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, probably in Kristiansund, his mother´s native land, during a trip to Norway to revisit friends and landscapes of particular affection - Hestnes Ferreira was fascinated by the fjords - with time also for a conference on his work in Trondheim, as his daughter Sílvia has advised us. This work is being carried out by Coling Lima, a student in the FCTUC Department of Architecture, in collaboration with and coordinated by the Marques da Silva Foundation team. The resulting data may provide new and more rigorous readings on this dimension of the collection and of the life of the architect Raúl Hestnes Ferreira.

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6 August 2021
Newsletter - August

To conclude this first week of August, the Marques da Silva Foundation is publishing its newsletter with news items which speak of the most varied initiatives in progress, including among other subjects exhibitions, publishing news, collections and partnerships. Read here.

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5 August 2021
The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar
Manuel Marques de Aguiar, june 1987

Family and friends are recurring presences in Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s drawings, for whom being was synonymous with observing.  And a simple pen or pencil was enough to record the particularities of each person, captured in lines that trace the expression of each body, even daring to dispense with the face.

This drawing, dated June 1987, is one of many which can be appreciated in the exhibition The Drawing of Life in the Work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar. It can be visited in the Residence-Atelier until 30 August, from Monday to Friday, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs. From 1 September it will again be open on Saturdays.

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3 August 2021
MGD on TV.
Seven triple sessions on architecture made by Manuel Graça Dias

Belém Cultural Centre - South Garage
Small Auditorium - 10 and 11 September

"Between 1992 and 1996, Manuel Graça Dias interviewed architects, showed buildings, talked about cities, presented works and discussed ideas". He brought architecture to the television. The Belém Cultural Centre is now organising a cycle of 21 episodes from the television series recorded by Graça Dias, taking place on 10 and 11 September, chosen and presented by 7 guests: Alexandra Areia, Susana Menezes, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Ana Vaz Milheiro, Ricardo Pedroso Lima, Mariana Salvador and João Botelho. There will be two days and seven triple sessions to remember the "joy, irreverence and enthusiasm of Manuel Graça Dias". An initiative that could not fail to receive all the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the institution to which his architectural collection was donated.

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+ info: www.ccb.pt

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3 August 2021
Zoom-in #1

Take a long look and pay attention to the details. What can you tell us about everything you see there? This was the challenge set for the photographer João Lima, to go through the Residence-Atelier and the Mansion in a fearless search for details which, while being unlikely protagonists, could become new instruments for reading the spaces that the Foundation inhabits. The resulting images, which we will share daily throughout the month of August (the month of celebration for photography), offer another way of getting to know those spaces. Be amazed by the subtlety of these photographs and, on your next visit to the Foundation, try to find the locations shown in them ...

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2 August 2021
The Drawing of Life in the Work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar
Visit the exhibition in August

During the month of August it will still be possible to visit the exhibition The Drawing of Life in the Work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and take part in the immersive experience in the Foundation´s gardens, but only from Monday to Friday, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs. Just come to the Foundation´s main entrance (Pr. Marquês de Pombal, n.º 44) and you will be given access. On Saturdays we are closed.
 

Photograph: João Lima, 2021.

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30 July 2021
8 Fernando Távora Models come home!

There are 8 models that formed part of the monographic exhibition - Fernando Távora: Route - which took place at the CCB in 1993. They represent the Amphitheatre and annexes of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo; the Foz do Douro Block; the Ofir Holiday Home; the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Calais; the Guimarães Public Security Police Building; the Cedar School; the Vila da Feira Municipal Market; and the Quinta da Conceição Tennis Pavilion. They were in storage at the CCB, but are now awaiting the possibility of being seen in a new light by resuming their place in the Marques da Silva Foundation collection.

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28 July 2021
Uma Vida de Arquitecto [An Architect´s Life]
A new book in the collection Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic has just come out

The fifth volume in the collection Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic has just come out!

In Uma Vida de Arquitecto [An Architect´s Life], the author draws a portrait of his commitment to architecture, as a whole and complete profession. It´s an approach to his own history which is presented to us in three distinct parts, although united as a whole: the autobiographical essay; an illustrated record of all his designs and works, constructed or not, set out chronologically; and an album of friends, a gesture of gratitude to all those who, in multiple locations and generations, are present in Grassi´s design practice and theoretical work, and where we are surprised by an invocation of Fernando Távora. The book also includes an introductory note by José Miguel Rodrigues, the translator and coordinator of this collection, published by the Marques da Silva Foundation in partnership with Edições Afrontamento.

Uma Vida de Arquitecto [An Architect´s Life] joins Leon Battista Alberti e a arquitectura romana [Leon Battista Alberti and Roman architecture] (2015) and Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings] (2018).

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16 July 2021
Career Award given to Fernando Távora
Viana Praxis

The Career Award of this first Viana Praxis* has been given to Fernando Távora, in a gesture of recognition of the quality and importance of the various projects developed by this architect for the Municípality of Viana do Castelo. This Award "aims to distinguish professionals who throughout their career have stood out in local and national terms, in the areas of safeguarding and valuing heritage, their activities resulting in a clear benefit for the municipality of Viana do Castelo." And suffice it to mention, in the case of Fernando Távora, the Amphitheatre and Annexes of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, the Praça da Liberdade Buildings and the urbanisation plans for the Largo de S. Domingos and for the Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra. Receiving the Award was José Bernardo Távora, an architect who, as well as being the son of Fernando Távora, actively collaborated in these projects.

Also within the scope of the Viana Praxis programme, an Exhibition dedicated to Fernando Távora was opened in the Old Town Hall, highlighting the works built in Viana do Castelo, and also showing the various designs which are candidates for the Urban Rehabilitation Award. This exhibition, which is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation, can be visited until 5 August.


*Viana Praxis - the Viana do Castelo Urban Rehabilitation Award is a municipal initiative that aims to give visibility to the works and good practices existing in the municipality and "to constitute public recognition and a stimulus for professionals whose work is focused in the region of Viana do Castelo." It includes a Career Award and an Urban Rehabilitation Award.

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15 July 2021
Viana Praxis
Conferences, Prizegiving, Exhibition
16 July to 5 August 2021
Municipality of Viana do Castelo

Tomorrow, 16 July, the Municipality of Viana do Castelo inaugurates the first Viana Praxis, an initiative which aims to distinguish and stimulate professionals whose work is focused in the region of Viana do Castelo, and which includes the attribution of an Urban Rehabilitation Award and a Career Award, the holding of a series of Conferences around this theme and the presentation of an Exhibition in the Old Town Hall. This first Exhibition is supported this year by the Marques da Silva Foundation and will remain open to the public until 5 August. The Awards ceremony will be streamed via Facebook from the Viana do Castelo Town Hall.

See programme here
+ info: www.cm-viana-castelo.pt

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9 July 2021
Alexandre Alves Costa distinguished with the City of Porto Medal of Merit

Alexandre Alves Costa yesterday received the City´s Medal of Merit - Gold. The awards ceremony of Medals of Honour, Merit and Good Service, chaired by Dr Rui Moreira, took place in the Casa do Roseiral, covering all nominees for 2020 and 2021.

Architect, Professor Emeritus at FAUP, researcher, communicator and author of a large number of articles and essays in the area of Architecture criticism and history, Alexandre Alves Costa has been working as a liberal professional since 1970.  With Sergio Fernandez he founded Atelier 15, a space for creation and design with award-winning constructed work, almost entirely brought to completion. The current distinction comes in addition to the AICA/MC 2007 Prize, the Diogo de Castilho Municipal Architecture Prize (2009), the Europa Nostra Prize (2010) and the award of the degree of Grand Officer of the Sant´Iago de Espada Military Order, during the Presidency of Dr Jorge Sampaio. Alexandre Alves Costa is a member of the Marques da Silva Foundation General Council.

+ info: www.porto.pt

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8 July 2021
There are children in the Foundation gardens

On a morning full of sunshine, children returned to the Foundation´s gardens! It was another visit from pupils of the Colégio da Paz preschool.

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7 July 2021
Marques da Silva Foundation and APJAR sign Cooperation Protocol

The representatives of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Fátima Vieira (President) and Luís Urbano (Vice-President), and the João Álvaro Rocha Pro-Architecture Association (APJAR), Conceição Melo (President), yesterday signed an Institutional Cooperation Protocol at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

Conceived as an operational instrument for actions to be developed jointly by the two institutions, since both share the same purpose, that of safeguarding and making available Architects´ Archives, this Protocol formalises and confirms the desire to establish future partnerships and collaborations which aim to encourage research, cultural exchange and the dissemination of knowledge in areas of common interest.

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6 July 2021
Activity Report 2020

The Activities and Management Report for the year 2015, is now available for public consultation.

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5 July 2021
A book about the Background of the Porto School

Last Friday, with the launch of the book by Eduardo Fernandes, A Escrita do Porto: Antecedentes [Porto Writing: Background], the first stage of an itinerary was completed that traces the history of a complex process, susceptible to multiple interpretations: the formation and consolidation of the Porto School. This first of ten volumes begins with José Marques da Silva, a distant source, and ends with the harbinger of affirmation, a key figure for the stabilisation of this process, Fernando Távora.

The launch session included contributions by Sergio Fernandez, Paulo Tormenta Pinto, the author of the book, and representatives of the publishers, Luís Urbano from the Marques da Silva Foundation, and José Ribeiro from Edições Afrontamento. Together, they reflected on the aggregating idea that presides over the Porto School, establishing a dialogue in which the importance of returning to this theme was evident, bringing new outlines and readings which a growing distance in time necessarily requires.

The book is here to be read!

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2 Julho 2021
Launch of the book A Escrita do Porto: Antecedentes [Porto Writing: Background] by Eduardo Fernandes
Today, in the Mansion, with Sergio Fernandez and Paulo Tormenta Pinto
Arménio Losa e Cassiano Barbosa, DKW Building, 1953, photo by Mario Novais [Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian]

Today, in the Lopes Martins Mansion, is the launch day for A Escrita do Porto: Antecedentes [Porto Writing: Background]. To introduce this book by Eduardo Fernandes, which talks about the legacy of Marques da Silva, the dilemma of the first modern generation and the legacy of Carlos Ramos, we have invited Sergio Fernandez, author of the preface, and Paulo Tormenta Pinto, Director of the Department of Architecture and Urbanism at ISCTE, author of a doctoral thesis on Cassiano Branco.

In the picture* is the DKW building, by Arménio Losa and Cassiano Barbosa, architects trained at the Porto School and also two of the protagonists during the period of transition between Marques da Silva and Carlos Ramos. Arménio Losa was invited by Carlos Ramos to be assessor of the recently created Chair of Urbanology, a position he would later be prevented from performing due to PIDE´s disapproval.

The session begins at 1800 hrs and entrance is free, subject to the availability of spaces.

* Photograph by Mário Novais, 1953, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library.

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26 June 2021
A Escrita do Porto: Antecedentes [Porto Writing: Background]
Launch of the book by Eduardo Fernandes
with Sergio Fernandez and Paulo Tormenta Pinto
Marques da Silva Foundation, 2 July, 1800 hrs

A Escrita do Porto: Antecedentes [Porto Writing: Background] is the first of 10 volumes which, taken together, contain Eduardo Fernandes´s answer to the question: what do we mean when we talk about the "Porto School"? In this book with a preface by Sergio Fernandez, the author addresses the Background of Porto Writing, that is, the context of Portuguese architecture in the first half of the 20th century, revisiting the legacy of Marques da Silva, the dilemma of the first modern generation and the legacy of Carlos Ramos. Here, the word "writing" is used in the sense of "record of an emerging idea", which is recognised in text, but also in design and in other works.

The launch event will take place at the Lopes Martins Mansion, on 2 July at 1800 hrs. The presentation will be given by Sergio Fernandez and Paulo Tormenta Pinto. Entrance is free, depending on the availability of space. To guarantee a place, just email (fims@reit.up.pt) and ask to book.

This book is co-published by the Marques da Silva Foundation, Edições Afrontamento and Lab2PT - Laboratory of Landscape, Heritage and Territory of the University of Minho, and is supported by the Documentation Centre of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.
 

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23 June 2021
João Queiroz through his books

Books supplied João Queiroz with the journeys he never made and also became precious work tools throughout his life as an architect. When browsing his Library, now preserved at the Marques da Silva Foundation, one can sense his desire to know the “state of the world of architecture”. After a quick look at the titles, the subjects that interested him soon take shape, such as, for example, shop windows for commercial houses. He would later be the author of the iconic window for the Tinoco Perfumery in Rua de Santa Catarina, Porto.

João Queiroz was born on 23 June 1892.

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22 June 2021
A book for (re)discovering Rogério de Azevedo

In Projecto e Circunstância: A coerência na diversidade da obra de Rogério de Azevedo [Design and Circumstance: Coherence in the diversity of the work of Rogério de Azevedo], Ana Alves Costa interprets in an innovative way the legacy of an architect who needs to be (re)discovered. The book, published by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento, was introduced yesterday as part of a tribute to Rogério de Azevedo, promoted by Saba at the Garagem do Comércio. It is now available for reading and can be purchased at the usual points of sale, including the Marques da Silva Foundation online shop.

Until the end of this week, and during the tribute paid yesterday to Rogério de Azevedo, a small exhibition can be visited of design plans and photographs for the Garage of the Comércio do Porto, organised by Ágora, the city of Porto cultural company, which can be visited on the top floor of this building until Sunday.

About the book: + info
 

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21 June 2021
Projecto e Circunstância: a coerência na diversidade da obra de Rogério de Azevedo [Design and Circumstance: coherence in the diversity of the work of Rogério de Azevedo], by Ana Alves Costa
The Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento
O Comércio do Porto Garage. 1929-32. © Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Projecto e Circunstância: a coerência na diversidade da obra de Rogério de Azevedo [Design and Circumstance: coherence in the diversity of ther work of Rogério de Azevedo], by Ana Alves Costa, is the Marques da Silva Foundation´s new editorial project, published in partnership with Edições Aforntamento.
 

The launch of this book, which has a preface of José Miguel Rodrigues, will take place today, 21 June, in the Comécio do Porto Garage, as a part of a tribute to the Architect Rogério de Azevedo organised by Saba, the company which manages this facility, designed by Rogério de Azevedo and one of his most emblematic works, already classified as a Monument of Public Interest. Due to the present circumstances we are experiencing, the session will have restricted access, but the book will be available for purchase at the usual ponts of sale (inlcuding the Foundation´s online shop).
 

+ info here

 

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19 June 2021
Dedicated to our archaeologist friends
Special Selected Writings, with Alexandre Alves Costa
European Archaeology Days

On the third weekend of June, in all the member countries of the Council of Europe, European Archaeology Days are held. To mark the moment, the Marques da Silva Foundation has prepared a Selected Writings in a special format. The chosen text, “dedicated to our archaeologist friends”, is by Alexandre Alves Costa and proposes a return to Idanha-a-Velha, a place of many pasts reclassified by Atelier 15 between 1994 and 2010. A long process of transformation, enriched by the presence on the ground of "historians, anthropologists, architects and above all archaeologists, from whose discerning assessment some certainty has been drawn."

In this Selected Writings the author himself will read the text, his voice overlaying images which take us back to this village in Beira Baixa, classified as a National Monument in 1997 because of the important archaeological and architectural items which are preserved there.
 
Audio version: podcast #22 - Alexandre Alves Costa | versão with images: Selected Writings (vimeo)

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18 June 2021
James Newitt / Off-Shore
Presentation video
James Newitt, Off-Shore, Lopes Martins Mansion, photo by Rui Ferreira

OFF-SHORE, James Newitt
Fundação Marques da Silva
14.05 - 27.06.2021


Off-Shore is an installation composed from found material and animation, which focuses on a utopian endeavour located in the middle of the sea. Off-Shore invites us to reimagine the sea as a space of extraterritoriality – offering ambiguous legal status and a new ‘frontier’ to host data – but remains ever critical of the capitalistic and often colonial ideologies that can underlie this reimagining.
 

See Presentation Video
 

Organization and Production: Ci.CLO
Co-production: Câmara Municipal do Porto
Patron: Banco BPI, Fundação "la Caixa"
Financial Support: Direção-Geral das Artes
Partners: Fundação Marques da Silva

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17 June 2021
Perspectives on urban living #1

Yesterday, in the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion, the pleasure of meeting was resumed, of conversation in real time between Manuel Correia Fernandes, José António Lameiras and Teresa Marat-Mendes, moderated by David Viana and Sofia Aguiar. A session in which the audience was also keen to take part.
We spoke about Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s career, his references and the coherent line he established between his life and his profession. In particular, his connection to Espinho was addressed, the long time he dedicated to discovering and planning the organisation of this urban territory. Opening up the horizon to other territories and times, the importance of drawing was underlined, the need to tread on the ground, to direct attention to the other in order to respond to their concerns. But also highlighted was the imponderability that conditions the act of thinking about the territory today, of an increasingly unpredictable future, of the strength of context. Reference was made to the complexity of an intrinsically participatory process of nature, that must be at the service of a community, of the urgency of restoring a guarantee of confidence in decision-makers, of the fact than an urban plan always translates a political will to make a "city", a concept which is increasingly difficult to define.

The next meeting will take place on 29 September and the presence of Álvaro Domingues and Teresa Heitor has already been confirmed. Moderation will be undertaken by David Viana and Marta Aguiar.

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16 June 2021
Newsletter - June 2021

The Mansion´s dining room opens again to receive Manuel Correia Fernandes, Teresa Marat-Mendes and José Lameiras. It will be a conversation moderated by David Viana and Sofia Aguiar, about Perspectives on urban living. This is the news highlighted in the Newsletter published today and which includes an invitation to new initiatives.

Read here: Newsletter - June 2021

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14 June 2021
Perspectives on urban living #1 | 16 June, 1800 hrs
Manuel Correia Fernandes, Teresa Marat-Mendes and José António Lameiras
moderation by David Viana and Sofia Aguiar
Registration open

significant part of Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s professional career has been spent in the development of planning strategies for the country´s Northern region, in the Urbanisation Services of the General Directorate for Territory Organisation. As a liberal architect-urbanist, Marques de Aguiar has also dedicated himself to urban planning, an area in which his work carried out for the municipality of Espinho came to acquire particular significance. But he also put his knowledge acquired in France at the service of the municipality of Porto, as an active participant in the arrival of Robert Auzelle, and in the design of the entire seafront from Leça to Foz do Douro, an area he has inhabited and where he would come to combine his duty and his heart.
 
For this first meeting (the second will take place on 29 September), organised in the context of the exhibition currently open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, the architect Manuel Correia Fernandes will be present, whose extensive career as architect and teacher, also spending time coordinating the Porto Downtown Revitalisation and Requalification Programme in 2001, and in the exercise of activities for CMP, namely as a City Councillor between 2013 and 2017; the engineer José António Lameiras (as the architect Sandra Almeida, Head of the Planning and Strategic Projects Division of the Municipality of Espinho, will be unable to attend due to an unforeseen event), professor at the Beiras Regional Centre of the Portuguese Catholic University and expert at the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning for the formulation of the Land Law, with extensive professional experience in urban planning; and the architect Teresa Marat-Mendes, whose scientific activity (she is a Professor at Iscte and has coordinated several projects for DINÂMIA CET-IUL) has been focusing on the areas of Morphology, Metabolism, Urban Design and Sustainability, Contemporary Portuguese Architecture and Urbanism.

Moderating the session will be the curator of the Exhibition, the architect David Viana, Head of the Planning Division of the Municipality of Matosinhos, researcher at ISTAR-Iscte and member of the Scientific Council of PNUM and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Morphology; and the architect Sofia Aguiar, daughter of the architect Manuel Marques de Aguiar who lives and works between Porto and Havana, belonging to the group of artists who founded and created the Cultural Movement FAC (Fábrica de Arte Cubana [Cuban Art Factory]). Sofia Aguiar is also a curator/artist and promoter of multiple projects, having carried out a study for the creation of sustainable "cultural industries" at the invitation of the Bolivian Minister of Culture.

To guarantee attendance and participation at this meeting, which takes place in the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion on 16 June starting at 1800 hrs, simply book in advance via email to fims@reit.up.pt.
 
To guarantee attendance and participation at this meeting, which takes place in the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion on 16 June starting at 1800 hrs, simply book in advance via email to fims@reit.up.pt.

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11 June 2021
Perspectives on urban living #1 | 16 June, 1800 hrs
with Manuel Correia Fernandes, Teresa Marat-Mendes and Sandra Almeida
moderated by David Leite Viana and Sofia Aguiar
Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion
Manuel Marques de Aguiar, Passeio Alegre, 1992

Perspectives on urban living is the title for two Meetings in the context of the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar which will take place in the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion.  For this first meeting, taking place on 16 June, starting at 1800 hrs, our guests will be Manuel Correia Fernandes, Teresa Marat-Mendes and Sandra Almeida. In a conversation moderated by David Leite Viana and Sofia Aguiar, the professional career of Manuel Marques de Aguiar will be discussed, whose archive was donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, as a starting point for an analysis of the meaning of the construction of collective experiences in urban spaces and the role that architecture and urbanism play in that same construction.

Entrance is free, but the maximum capacity is 30 places. Registrations, to be made in advance by email (fims@reit.up.pt), are open from today, 9 June, which is also International Archives Day.

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8 June 2021
Porto Canal at the Marques da Silva Foundation

Porto Canal came to the Foundation and visited the Exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar.

See here N´Agenda (5 June 2021)

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3 july 2021
António Cardoso (1932-2021)

The Marques da Silva Foundation bids farewell, with deep sadness, to Professor António Cardoso. In a simple tribute to the principal mentor of this project and member of its General Council, we recall the human qualities which have always distinguished him, his attention to others, his perseverance, good nature and conciliatory spirit; and the quality of his professional career, as a researcher - to date he remains the author of the most comprehensive and systematised study of the architect José Marques da Silva - as a teacher, as a communicator and as an artist.

The funeral takes place tomorrow, in Amarante, at 1800 hrs.

 

António Cardoso Pinheiro de Carvalho was born in Amarante in 1932. He completed his elementary education in 1951. His artistic training began when he attended the Alvarez Academy (1950s) and the Porto School of Fine Arts (1965-1966). His connection to Amarante and the Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum brought about his involvement, in the 1950s, with Albano and Victor Sardoeira. It was through this that exhibitions of Modern Art took place in Amarante, organised by the Alvarez Gallery, and exhibitions in Porto by Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, in a cultural interchange that would continue for many years. In the 1960s he joined the Institute of Audiovisual Media and the Institute of Educational Technology, presenting Television School programmes between 1963 and 1965. From 1965 to 1974 he was director of Educational Television and Telescola/ITE. He was Course director of CPTV / ITE (1977-1981) and coordinated various training courses for Teachers in Primary and Secondary Education, and for CPTV Teachers, broadcast by RTP from the Institute of Educational Technology. Alongside this, he was
attending the Faculty of Letters, University of Porto, where he graduated in History in 1974. From 1981 he was a member of the teaching staff on the History Course, including Art, in the Faculty of Letters, and taught, among others, the chairs of Sociology of Art and History of Art of the 20th century. He also taught the History of Art Masters programme in the Department of Sciences and Techniques of Heritage, in the Summer Seminars he mentored masters and doctoral theses and coordinated various guided tours and exhibitions. In 1982, with a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, he visited the Venice Biennale and Documenta 7 in Kassel. He completed his PhD in the History of Art with a thesis that would be published under the títle O Arquitecto José Marques da Silva e a arquitectura no Norte do país na primeira metade do século XX [The Architect José Marques da Silva and the architecture in the North of the country in the first half of the 20th century] (Faup Publications, 1997). The work carried out for the doctoral thesis led to the donation of the Marques da Silva legacy to the University of Porto, which would give rise to the Architect José Marques da Silva Institute in 1994. He represented the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto at the Heritage Commission of Porto City Council between 1996 and 2001. His interest in artistic and architectural heritage had already led him to occupy a position as delegate on the National Board of Education in Amarante, having been involved in the classification of the architectural heritage of that region. He is a researcher in the history of architecture and painting, having published numerous pieces and essays in exhibition catalogues. He was responsible for some important exhibitions in the city of Porto: Marques da Silva/Architect 1896/1947 (Casa do Infante, 1986); Casa de Serralves, portrait of an era (Casa de Serralves 1988); and Watercolours by Marques da Silva (Marques da Silva Institute, 2001). He has particularly publicised the work of Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, in Portugal and abroad. Director of the Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum, in Amarante, from the 1990s, he was responsible for the museum´s collection catalogue, published in 1997. Held solo exhibitions in the Galeria Divulgação [Disclosure Gallery], in 1967, in Porto, and at the Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum, in 1979, in Amarante. Participated in numerous joint exhibitions, including the following: Annual and touring exhibitions of the Alvarez Academy (1955-1962); Salons of the Latest Arrivals (1958-1964); Salons of Modern Art, SNBA (1958-61); II Exhibition of Plastic Arts, FCG (1961); Light / Dark, SNBA (1964); XV Magna Exhibition, ESBAP (1966); Exhibitions on the 50th Anniversary of the death of Amadeo de Souza Cardoso (1969); Survey of the Art of the 20th Century in Porto, MNSR and FCG (1975); [+] 20 groups and episodes in Porto in the 20th century, Palácio Gallery (2001); 50 Years Later, Alvarez Gallery (2004), and Amarante in Wiesloch, Germany (2004). Received the Art Critics´Award as Portuguese Representative at the I Paris Biennial, 1959. His professional activity is vast and unusual, as it covers the areas of education, historical research and artistic practice. Although his commitment to the humanities may have overshadowed his artistic activity, António Cardoso has never ceased to draw and paint, given that this continuing practice is less widely known than that of his work as a university professor. Teacher, museologist, lecturer and art critic, António Cardoso was a member of APOM (Portuguese Association of Museology), of ARPPA (Regional Association of Cultural and Natural Heritage), and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (Portuguese Section).

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31 May 2021
Ways of editing: between the copy and the original | #2 Exhibition

The residencies and workshops of this fifth edition of Ways of Editing: between the copy and the original are completed, and it is now possible to enjoy the work produced in them. The exhibition can be visited throughout the week, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs, at the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion. Entrance is free.

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28 May 2021
5th seminar Ways of editing: Between copy and original

The fifth edition of the seminar Ways of Editing: Between copy and original takes a new look at Ozalid. In dialogue with the space and the Marques da Silva Foundation archives, students and professors from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, are putting on residencies and workshops which have as their starting point the reactivation of this image reproduction technique. The works that have been produced throughout this week will be exhibited in the Foundation´s Mansion, together with some drawings by José Marques da Silva for the Porto School of Fine Arts, and original objects and instruments, with a particular focus on those from the architect António Menéres´s atelier.

The exhibition can be visited from 31 May to 5 June, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs.
Entrance free.

See room leaflet.

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21 May 2021
5th seminar Modos de editar: Entre cópia e original
[Ways to edit: Between copy and original]

Residencies - Workshops - Exhibition
Marques da Silva Foundation
24 May to 5 June


The 5th seminar Ways to edit: Between copy and original, coordinated by Graciela Machado and Rui Santos, seeks to continue to explore the formal, aesthetic and conceptual possibilities contained in the use of reprographic media by artists, designers and architects through the realisation of residencies, workshops, exhibition and seminar.

This edition of the Seminar was conceived as a space for sharing research and artistic experiences around the Ozalid reprographic technology, exploring three axes of observation that make it possible to understand and expand its historical legacy, its preservation and its use in artistic and graphic contexts in the present:
· Archiving and conservation issues
· Testimonials from those who care for Design/Art collections
· Current producers and authors. Editorial projects that use ephemeral production tools and changeable supports.

The event takes place in two distinct moments:
- between 24 May and 5 June, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, professors and students of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP) will experiment with and develop study work of image categories made from items designed by José Marques da Silva for the then Porto School of Fine Arts and using materials provided by the Architect António Menéres. Proposals that consider the practical and symbolic use of a physical and immaterial territory today occupied by FBAUP in the city of Porto and which will be shown to the public in week commencing 31 May;

- in the last term of 2021, at FBAUP, to debate and reflect on the work achieved in the meantime.

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20 May 2021
Dell´ organizzazione dello spazio
by Fernando Távora, translated by Carlotta Torricelli

Launched today in Italy is Fernando Távora´s book, Da Organização do Espaço [On the Organisation of Space], translated by Carlotta Torricelli. This is a project by the Nottetempo publishing house, supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation and the family of this author-architect.

Written in 1962 under the influence of the trip to the United States and Japan, Da Organização do Espaço responded to an academic requirement within the competition for Professor at the Porto Higher School of Fine Arts. The concerns then expressed by Fernando Távora denote his understanding of Portuguese and international architecture and urbanism  of those times, of the circumstances of an era. A summary of theoretical studies undertaken in the late 1940s, successively updated and made deeper through the evolution of professional and teaching practice, this is an essay exercise brought up to date, that invites you to read it, as the various reissues and now this version in Italian confirm.

+ info: www.edizioninottetempo.it

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17 May 2021
The life of drawings: an immersive experience in the Foundation gardens
International Museums Day 2021, 18 May

What if Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s drawings came to life and invaded the Marques da Silva Foundation gardens? This is the point of departure for the digital art installation which Coletivo 7 have created in the context of the exhibition, The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar. And thus, from 18 May, on International Museums Day, the drawings spread out from the Residence-Atelier into the gardens, providing visitors with an immersive audiovisual experience, using augmented reality. Just download the app “MMA_desenha_vida” and follow the instructions available on site. Visitors should also bring their earphones to enhance the experience. Entrance is free.

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14 May 2021
Newsletter May 2021
Off-Shore, photo by James Newitt, 2021

Off-Shore is the exhibition which begins today in the Marques da Silva Foundation Mansion. It´s the highlight of the May Newsletter. But there are more news items.

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11 may 2021
Exhibition | Off-Shore
James Newitt
Marques da Silva Foundation, 14 May to 27 June
Porto Photography Biennial 2021

Between 14 May and 27 June the Marques da Silva Foundation will host James Newitt´s Off-Shore exhibition.

Programmed as part of the 2021 Porto Photography Biennial, Off-Shore is an installation composed from found material and animation, which focuses on a utopian endeavour located in the middle of the sea. Off-Shore invites us to reimagine the sea as a space of extraterritoriality – offering ambiguous legal status and a new «frontier» to host data – but remains ever critical of the capitalistic and often colonial ideologies that can underlie this reimagining.

Organised by the Ci.CLO Photography Platform, the Photography Biennial has taken as its theme for 2021 "What Happens to the World Happens to Us". It will be attended by 16 curators and 46 national and international artists.
 
The exhibition is open to the public on the first floor of the Lopes Martins Mansion, and can be visited from Monday to Saturday, 1400 hrs to 1800 hrs. Entrance is free.

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7 May 2021
Visiting hours

This Saturday you can still visit the exhibition The Drawing of Life in the work of Marques de Aguiar between 1000 hrs and 1230 hrs, but from next week we resume normal hours: Monday to Saturday, 1400 hrs to 1800 hrs.

We are waiting for you!

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6 May 2021
Fernando Távora Prize
Launch of the 17th Edition
Digital session - 7 May 2021

With direct transmision via Facebook, the Northern Regional Section of the Order of Architects will launch, on 7 May at 1900 hrs, the 17th Edition of the Fernando Távora Prize, an initiative which continues to have the Marques da Silva Foundation as one of its partner organisations.

The pandemic crisis has affected, in different ways, the operation of the last two prizes, so that the session will have the virtual presence of the previous winners, who will say a few words about the winning projects and the difficulties suffered by not being able to travel.

This session will also reveal the members of the jury, which is renewed annually and includes, in addition to the representative of the OA´s Regional Directive Council and the representatives apppointed by the partners, a figure of cultural relevance from outside the disciplinary field of architecture and an element chosen in conjunction with the architect Fernando Távora´s family.

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5 May 2021
What Women? Reflections and Practices
Digital seminar
13 May, 1500 hrs

"What Women?", one of the eleven themes of the (EU)ROPA project - Rise of Portuguese architecture, intends to make a survey of the historic emergence and the presence/absence of women in the context of Portuguese architecture, extending the discussion to the reflection and practice of feminism in history in Portugal.

The online seminar on 13 May announced by the poster with a drawing by Maria José Marques da Silva is part of this line of research. Organised and moderated by the Principal Researchers of the "(EU)ROPA" and "W@ARCH" projects, respectively Jorge Figueira and Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, the participants will be Adriana Bebiano, Ana Tostões and Irene Pimentel.

For more information, click  here

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1 May 2021
Perspectives on Architecture and the City
Open conversation / MAM 2021
Maia Forum, 3 May, 2030 hrs

Álvaro Domingues, Francisco Vieira de Campos and Mário Nuno Neves will talk about Architecture and the City on 3 May at 2030 hrs, at the Maia Forum. This open conversation, moderated by Carlos Magno, is taking place as part of the 2021 Maia Architecture Month.

Registration is free, but essential. Just send an email to infocultura@cm-maia.pt

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29 April 2021
World Dance Day

Body, space, place.
View of the building for Matosinhos Town Hall (Alcino Soutinho, 1983).
Today is World Dance Day.

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28 April 2021
So far, so near: Atelier 15 in dialogue with Luís Urbano
FAU Encounters
Today, at 1800 hrs

Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez (Atelier 15), in dialogue with Luis Urbano and mediation by Marta Bogéa, is the first meeting of 2021 in the series So far, so near, programmed as part of FAU Encounters.

This virtual event, with simultaneous streaming between Porto/Portugal and São Paulo Brazil, can be watched on YouTube (click here).

 

+ info  FAU Encontros: Tão Longe, tão perto [FAU Encounters: So far, so near]

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26 April 2021
António Menéres, architect

António Menéres was born on 26 April 1930 in Matosinhos. He celebrates 91 years of a life dedicated to Architecture.

 

Images: Alfredo Matos Ferreira, Urros, 1951; Clara Pimenta do Vale, Boa Nova Tea House, 2019.

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26 April 2021
The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar

Last Saturday saw the opening of the new Marques da Silva Foundation exhibition, "The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar". And there is so much to discover!

From Monday to Friday, 1400 hrs to 1800 hrs, and on Saturdays from 1000 hrs to 1230 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

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25 April 2021
"Field Journal"

“They wake us up at 10.30 in the morning. Miserably late. Domingos opens the window of our room. I´m very excited. Everything is completely covered in snow. The houses take on an extraordinary appearance. Cut out by the white of the roofs, fields and paths, the walls are dark brown geometrical shapes. We get dressed quickly. Magnificent breakfast, by the fireside and sprinkled with brandy. I insist that I have a room, but it´s useless. My home is here. Mr Pedro says that he missed us, as if we were his children. Domingos and I go to the car, which is also covered in snow. We take everything out of it, to the room. I´m surprised when I open it; it´s full of things. There we go, putting everything in. They insist that we put the car under shelter. Uncle Zé Cubano offers me his and, with the help of Domingos and António who take out an ox cart, in it goes. We have lunch, and the afternoon passes quickly. I hand out some things that I brought, I visit friends. I stop at Aunt Emília´s house. Emídio dying to see me. He was already looking for me. I go to Aunt Domingas´ house, who is very satisfied with the can. Then I go to Mr Mariano´s house to take the toy to Augusto. Come with me to take the light to Alexandre. It´s 4.30 and already night. The whole family is sitting round the fireplace, eating roast chestnuts. The kids, without anyone saying anything to them, peel them for me. I chat for a while. Then I go to Vitória´s house. Even at night, I notice something strange; they´ve plastered the house on the outside and inside as well. Bernardino is ill. Vitória shows me the house, which is good on the inside. Alfredo is delighted with the train. I still by Mr Pedro´s house. Then I´m going to have dinner at Maria Teresa´s house. Uncle Farruco is always in a good mood and so is his wife. Then Pedro, Ana Maria and Domingos appeared. The night went well and quickly. Continuously eating, and drinking wine or brandy, baked pears, meat, chocolate, etc. We come back. We still listen to some music (now it´s every night) and we were on fire. Then bed. Everything is still snowy.”


This is the 1 December 1963 entry in the unpublished “Field Journal”, written by Sergio Fernandez for his CODA on Rio de Onor. That experience, which deeply influenced his future professional career, was related in the interview made for the exhibition “More than Architecture” and can be viewed again here. Sergio Fernandez celebrates his 84th birthday today.

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22 April 2021
The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar
At the Marques da Silva Foundation from today!

The doors of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier reopen for a new exhibition. The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar is waiting for your visit. Today, on the day of its opening, entrance is free.

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23 April 2021
"Urban landscapes"

Townscape, by Gordon Cullen, published in 1961, was a book which exercised a great impact on the architectural and urban planning community of the time. It is not surprising, therefore, that it is present in the libraries of many Portuguese architects, as in the case of Fernando Távora, Alcino Soutinho, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and Manuel Marques de Aguiar. Cullen is also distinguished by the way he exemplifies the concept of urban landscape, using drawing to demonstrate dynamic and humanised analyses of urban spaces. An influence which is foreseen, for example, both in the way Manuel Marques de Aguiar captures the landscapes he draws, and in the Report prepared in 1965 for the 22nd Congress of the International Federation of Architecture and Urbanism in Vienna, with visits to some European cities.

Today is World Book Day. Tomorrow, 24 April, it will be possible to visit the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar.

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21 April 2021
Newsletter FIMS - April 2021

 

The April Newsletter has come out, highlighting news of a new exhibition! And already next Saturday, 24 April, the opening of The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar.

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20 April 2021
There is a new architect at the Marques da Silva Foundation: José da Cruz Lima

The collection of the architect José da Cruz Lima has become part of the Marques da Silva Foundation. Born in Luanda, he soon settled in Porto. A student of José Marques da Silva, he defended his CODA at the Porto School of Fine Arts in December 1945 with the programme "A private residence". He collaborated with Januário Godinho, later developing a long career as a liberal professional and as an architect of the Municipality of Ovar. He has works designed and constructed in Porto, Matosinhos, Ovar and Torreira. His professional library, drawings and writings, photographs and professional furniture make up the collection which will soon be the focus of the eyes and interests of researchers.

 

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13 April 2021
The Drawing of Life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar
Exhibition | José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
24 April to 30 September

The José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier has a new exhibition ready to open!
From 24 April, the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, curated by David Leite Viana, shows the unmistakeable trace of an architect/urbanist who, among many other works and geographies, designed the French School, defined strategies for the ordering of the northern region, planned Espinho´s urban image and thought about the reconstruction of Angra do Heroísmo after the 1980 earthquake. In five thematic groups, the exhibition reveals designs, drawings and memories of an intense process of research, at times intuitive, at other times systematic, oriented towards the definition of values and priorities for the transformation of space. But it also reveals, above all, his unique way of looking at and apprehending life, the environments that surrounded him, his daily fabric of affections.

It´s next Saturday!
 
+ info The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar

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18 April 2021
The French School of Porto:
Selected Writings #21 and unpublished drawing by Manuel Marques de Aguiar
DIMS 2021
Manuel Marques de Aguiar, Lycée Internationale de Porto, study, 1959.

The French School of Porto, built in the early 1960s, is a successful example of cooperation between the French and Portuguese communities. It was designed by Manuel Marques de Aguiar, Carlos Carvalho Dias and Luiz Cunha, a group of then young architects who would develop important careers and make their mark on the urban design of the country and of the city of Porto in particular.

The construction of this School, thanks to the efforts of several stakeholders of both countries involved, helped to configure the area of the city in which it is located. Between its architecture and the education and training project that animates it, it brings together today meanings and values which represent a common heritage.

The history of its design will be told in the podcast “Selected Writings" and accompanied by the sharing of this unpublished drawing by Manuel Marques da Aguiar. With these, the Marques da Silva Foundation marks its participation in the International Day of Monument and Sites

Listen to the podcast:
Selected Writings #21: #21: Manuel Marques de Aguiar/Description of the French School of Porto (1960)

See: DIMS 2021 Poster

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16 April 2021
The Aleixo, by Manuel Teles, "In Conflict"
Aleixo Towers, Ana Jacinta Reis, 2019

The Aleixo Popular Housing Group, designed in the early 1970s by the architect Manuel Teles, with the support of the remaining team of the Housing Construction Department of the Housing Services Directorate of Porto City Council, construction began under the dictatorship, the building opened on the eve of the revolution and was illegally occupied during the revolutionary process. Now, under democracy, the Aleixo exists only as a memory. In a decision that generated lively discussions and controversies, the five towers that formed it were demolished and, in 2019, the last residents were relocated.

It was a unique state-owned housing project, a pioneer in its spatial proposal for neighbour relationships at height, which accompanied the evolution of the city and the country. This year it will be presented in Venice to an international public, as part of the Official Portuguese Representation at the 2021 Biennale Architettura. The curators, the depA architects workshop (Carlos Azevedo, Luís Sobral and João Crisóstomo) and the assistant curator Miguel Santos, selected the Aleixo for the exhibition "In Conflict", in a gesture that will surely bring a new look at the work and its author. Manuel Teles would be 85 years old today.
 

Note: thanks to the architect Ana Jacinta Reis for sharing this photograph, taken on 23 April 2019, deadline for the departure of the last inhabitants of the towers.

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11 April 2021
Manuel Graça Dias and the "Rua dos Dragões"
Manuel Graça Dias,

These are drawings that project a future that never happened. They represent shapes, try out ideas for filling the corner of the Rua dos Dragões [Dragons street] in Chaves. Between demolitions and the opening of a new street, this urban plot, in 1985, pursued a new meaning that Manuel Graça Dias tries to achieve with the proposal for a residential and office building, with a commercial first floor. In Chaves, a city particularly dear to this architect, we can find several works carried out by him, of which the famous Dolphin building stands out. But these drawings of a scenario suspended in time, only in the mind, projected, have the fascination of giving us back the trace and creative process of their author, while challenging us to set against the real, the "what is", an image of what could have been.

Manuel Graça Dias was born on 11 April 1953.

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6 April 2021
Architecture and the City
Maia Architecture Month
6 April to 16 May 2021

From today, 17 projects that helped to build the city of Maia and its centre, including those of José Carlos Loureiro, will be exhibited in the Maia Forum. They are the designs selected by Sérgio Amorim and Nuno Lopes for the 2021 edition of Maia Architecture Month. The exhibition, whose theme is "Architecture and the City", is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 1000 hrs to 2200 hrs. It remains open to the public until 16 May.

See poster
See Press-release
+ info: www.cm-maia

 

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5 April 2021
Reopening of the Exhibition "More than Architecture"
Waiting for you!

From today, 5 April, the doors of the Marques da Silva Foundation reopen. The exhibition "More than Architecture" can be visited from Monday to Friday, from 1400 hrs to 1800 hrs, and on Saturdays, while the state of emergency requires it, from 1000 hrs to 1230 hrs.
 
See the Paula Moura Pinheiro teaser and come and visit us. We are waiting for you!

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1 April 2021
The Mother of Christ and the Holy Women Returning from Calvary
Sketch by Alves de Souza

At this Easter season we are sharing Alves de Souza´s Sketch "The Mother of Christ and the Holy Women Returning from Calvary". It is a plasterwork, a high relief classified in 6th place in the biannual competition of the Paris School of Fine Arts. It would come by rail to Porto in July 1910, to appear along with three other pieces by the author, in the 19th Exhibition of work by the students of the Porto School of Fine Arts considered worthy of distinction in the academic year 1909-1910. The item was displayed with the number 185.
Today, along with panel 184, "Victims of Privation", another plaster sketch by the same author, it belongs to the Marques da Silva Foundation´s sculpture collection.  It should be noted that 1910 was also the year in which Alves de Souza and José Marques da Silva received the award of the Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War.

Happy Easter!

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30 March 2021
Architecture and the City: 17 projects that marked the construction of Maia
Maia Architecture Month #6
Forum, 6 April to 16 May 2021

Architecture and the City: 17 projects that marked the construction of Maia [a reading of the construction of Maia city centre from the architecture and discourse of its architects] is the subject of the 6th edition of Maia Architecture Month, which begins on 6 April at the city´s Forum, a work designed by José Carlos Loureiro.

Its curators, the architects Sérgio Amorim and Nuno Lopes, propose "a narrative, among many possible ones, of the construction of the city of Maia and of its centre [...] a vision configured through a set of works of architecture which, in themselves, and through the relationships they establish with the city, are able to explain, or at least testify, some of the main processes of urban transformation that have occurred, in particular in the last sixty years." It is an exhibition that "seeks to highlight the process of “making architecture” – the immense and extraordinary labour of those who create and build it, sometimes with great media attention, sometimes in the silence of anonymity." And records will be displayed there that document the various projects developed by the architect José Carlos Loureiro for the Municipality of Maia.

This year with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Maia Architecture Month is an initiative of Maia City Council, promoted by the Department of Culture, under the supervision of Dr Mário Nuno Neves.

It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 1000 to 2200, until 16 May 2021.

+ info: www.cm-maia

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29 March 2021
S. Bento Station on British television

S. Bento Station is one of the subjects of the first episode of the second series of Architecture the Railways Built. And it was André Tavares who showed the building to Tim Dunn, the presenter of this programme produced by Brown Bob Productions for UKTV Play. Why not join him and return for a look at this work by Marques da Silva. There is always something new to discover!
 

Architecture the Railways Built (episode Wemyss Bay)

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27 March 2021
The Blue Theatre on World Day

To speak of Theatre is also to speak of Architecture. When in 1998 Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira embraced the challenge of thinking about a Theatre for Almada, they only had at their disposal an anonymous site waiting for any event, a bare and empty wasteland. From a compromise between form and function, a building enfolded in colour was born: the Blue Theatre. With it a sense of place was found, in it the concepts of modernity, functionality, dignity and social utility were merged. A significant and meaningful space.

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25 March 2021
Room 35; A patriotic ranger; A stray bullet
Selected Writings #20 - Alfredo Matos Ferreira
Room 35; photo by António Menéres

Selected Writings, in its twentieth edition, brings us Alfredo Matos Ferreira and the memory of some adventures experienced by the mythical Room 35 group: Alberto Neves, Alfredo Matos Ferreira, Álvaro Siza, António Menéres, Joaquim Sampaio, Luiz Botelho Dias and Vasco Macieira Mendes.
 

Selected Writings #20 - Alfredo Matos Ferreira

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24 March 2021
Raúl Leal: Philosophy and Literature
Open Seminar

Taking place today at 1700 hrs, another open seminar on the research project "Raul Leal: Philosophy and Literature". In this session, taking place on Zoom, Luísa Malato, Filipe Cortesão, Halwaro Carvalho Freire, Luís Ramos and Renato Epifânio will address multiple facets in the work of Raul Leal, and a state of the art inventory of Raul Leal´s collection will be made, integrated in Fernando Távora´s collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 

+ info: FLUP Institute of Philosophy

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21 March 2021
Disconnected Poems

Don´t just open the window
To see the fields and the river.
It s not enough not to be blind
To see the trees and the flowers
[...] *
 

Excerpt from a "Disconnected Poem", taken from the book Poems of Alberto Caeiro (Lisbon, Editorial Ática, 1946), resting on Fernando Távora´s armchair. Outside, in the Foundation garden, we have a harbinger of Spring. Today is also Poetry day.

 

* Translated by Gill Stoker

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19 March 2021
St Torcato, the building of a Sanctuary, by João Luís Marques

In 2019, at the invitation of the Marques da Silva Foundation, João Luís Marques introduced the conference St Torcato, the building of a Sanctuary: Reading of the project from the Marques da Silva archive, as part of a cycle organised by the St Torcato Brotherhood, Views of St Torcato. The research then carried out has revealed a web of connections with an international reach, continuing until very recently. In 2020 the Sanctuary was elevated to the status of Minor Basilica. The text is now published which tells the story of its construction.
 

Read S. Torcato, a construção de um Santuário: Leitura do projeto a partir do espólio de Marques da Silva [St Torcato, the building of a Sanctuary: Reading of the project from the Marques da Silva archive]

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18 March 2021
Remembering Mário Bonito

Today, Mário Bonito would be 100 years old. He was born in Porto on 18 March 1921. He trained in architecture at the Porto School of Fine Arts, where he became a teacher at the invitation of Carlos Ramos. He was a founder member of the ODAM group and left marks in the city with innovative works for his time, such as the "Ouro" collective housing block (with Rui Pimentel) in the Rua Fernandes Tomás, the building of the former Reading Library in the Rua de Ceuta, and the "Family home" neighbourhood Cooperative in Maestro Miguel Ângelo Square and Rua Carlos Dubini. His work in the General Directorate of Urbanisation took up the major part of his professional career, but he was always an attentive and active man. Throughout his life he wrote and maintained an interest in several disciplines, including the Cinema and the Theatre. He collaborated with the Porto Experimental Theatre, for which he made set designs, such as the image shown. It is one of the drawings for the play A Gata Borralheira [Cinderella], a puppet theatre produced by the children´s section of the Porto Cine-Club, with thanks to Manuel Mendes for sharing it.

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15 March 2021
Newsletter FIMS - March 2021

A new Marques da Silva Foundation Newsletter announces the return of the exhibition More than Architecture, which will be open to the public from 5 to 30 April. And as the Foundation has not been standing still, there is also mention of new projects and things that have been done.
 

Information here

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12 March 2021
Manuel Graça Dias
Ana Vaz Milheiro talks with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than architecture" - #12 Media

Manuel Graça Dias, using all the means at his disposal, knew like no other how to communicate his taste and knowledge of architecture. Through words, speaking and writing, through images, from radio, television and cinema to literature and the press, he captured the attention of a broad public for the universe of architecture. So it was inevitable that he would be a featured figure in the section dedicated to the media in the "More than architecture" exhibition, for which this video was specially made, putting Ana Vaz Milheiro in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro. A tribute to a restless, attentive communicator who believed in the intelligence of his interlocutor.


See video: "More than Architecture" - #12 Media

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11 March 2021
Luiz Botelho Dias

Standing at the side of Álvaro Siza, in a photograph possibly taken by Alfredo Matos Ferreira which also contains António Menéres and the pianist Joel Bello Soares, appears the architect Luiz Botelho Dias, one of the members of the group formed in "room 35" who would go on to the office in the Rua Duque de Terceira in the 1960s, the location where they were photographed. Also during that decade he would work with Manuel Marques de Aguiar, for example on the Partial Plan of Leça da Palmeira, along with Ilídio Araújo.
In 2019, on the same day that Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s collection entered the Marques da Silva Foundation, Luiz Botelho Dias´s documentary archive also became part of the institution on the decision of his life partner, Gerda Botelho Dias.

Luiz Botelho Dias, architect, born on 11 March 1929.

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11 March 2021
Proceedings of the International Congress on Architectural Archives:
"Professional Experiences in a Cultural Diversity"

Already in the public domain is the document bringing together the contributions of speakers and institutions present at the Congress on Architectural Archives that took place in Braga between 25 and 27 September 2019, "Professional Experiences in a Cultural Diversity", which includes the Marques da Silva Foundation. The reflections and experiences shared there are now accessible, thus making possible new readings and discussions.
 

Available in digital format, the document can be consulted in the RepositóriUM: https://doi.org/10.21814/1822.70577

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8 March 2021
A picture from 1941, a glance from 2021
International Women´s Day

In 1941, in Barcelos, around the tutelary figure of José Marques da Silva, a group of teachers and students of architecture from the Porto School of Fine Arts is gathered. Not far away, between Acácio Lino and Peres Guimarães, the figure of his daughter, Maria José Marques da Silva, also a student, stands out. Today, any meeting of architecture students would be quite different, but this is how it began.

Today, 8 March, is International Women´s Day.

To identify those depicted click here

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6 March 2021
Armando Malheiro da Silva and Luís Urbano
Focus on the Marques da Silva Foundation in CIDEHUS interviews
8 March, 1700 hrs

Armando Malheiro da Silva and Luís Urbano, members of the Marques da Silva Foundation Board, will be the next interviewees in the cycle (In)Visible Information Services: from the organisation to the dissemination of information. Conducted by Paulo Baptista and broadcast live on CIDEHUS´s Facebook page, these interviews aim to contribute towards the greater dissemination of archives, libraries, documentation centres and national museums. On 8 March at 1700 hrs, it will be the Marques da Silva Foundation´s turn.

+ info: www.cidehus.uevora.pt

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4 March 2021
"Route"
Sergio Fernandez in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than Architecture" - #11 Writing

The exhibition More than Architecture has a section dedicated to the activity of writing, since this, although often in response to academic obligations or orders from publishers, represents a frequent field of research and reflection by architects, either from the perspective of those who write them, or those who read them. On display there is the book by Sergio Fernandez,  Percurso: Arquitectura Portuguesa 1930-1974 [Route: Portuguese Architecture 1930-1974], written in 1985, as part of the tests then held at the Porto School of Fine Arts to obtain the title of Tenured Professor. On the cover is a drawing made during a stay in Tbilisi, the original of which is also on display.

In conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro, Sergio Fernandez talks about this book, a resonance of his own route, of the act of writing as a way of communicating and disseminating architecture, and even of Manuel Graça Dias, in whom he recognises, in his continuous explosion of vitality and imagination, the ability to think well about architecture.

See video: More than Architecture - #11 Writing

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4 March 2021
Manuel Marques de Aguiar is the new entry in the Marques da Silva Foundation Digital Archive

Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s collection contains around 4,000 drawings, 10,000 written items, 5,000 books, one model, an expressive number of photographic records and hundreds of digital reproductions of sketches (drawn freehand) extending from the 1950s, a period of training, until the end of the 1990s, when this architect, urban planner, artist and man attentive and committed to the time in which he lived, concluded his professional career.

In the documentation donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation there are academic works carried out at the Porto School of Fine Arts and in Paris, where he graduated as an urban planner, but above all the records of the work developed as a liberal professional, highlighting works such as the gallery of the Gonçalo Cristóvão building and the corner of the Rua do Bonjardim (“Figueiredo” and ”Lar Familiar” buildings, 1957-1968), the French (1959) and Montalegre (1965) schools, and the Montalegre Market (1964). It also includes valuable notes from many of the works carried out for the Urbanisation Services of the General Directorate of Spatial Planning and as a consultant urban planner for the Municipality of Espinho, for which he would build a city identity.

From now on, it will also be possible to consult this collection in the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Digital Archive, the 18th architectural collection to be made available. This is a new entry that will gradually be expanded with detailed information and associated digital objects, but where there is already a biographical note, list of works and four separate projects: Famalicão Cinema (1955); "Lar Familiar" Cooperative in Porto, in Gonçalo Cristovão (1957); Montalegre Market (1965); and Port Wine Inn - Real Companhia Vinícula do Norte (1967).

See: Digital Archive and Website

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3 March 2021
The Marques da Silva Foundation´s bibliographic digital catalogue continues to grow

The Marques da Silva Foundation houses a bibliographic collection of great relevance, particularly in the fields of architecture, urban planning, art, history and literature. It contains the library which the José Marques family collected, added to by the couple Maria José and David Moreira da Silva, the very important professional and personal library of Fernando Távora, and the various nuclei of books and magazines that have been donated to this institution, whether as part of architects´ collections or not. Besides these nuclei, books published with the seal of the Marques da Silva Foundation and a current library have been added, the result of offers, exchanges and book acquisitions which are thus available to researchers who come to us. In total, we are speaking of more than 13,000 titles.

In parallel with the archival treatment of our documentation, the libraries have also been catalogued, and here too we try to go further. At this moment, and after another 130 new entries relating to Fernando Távora´s personal library made available during the month of February, around 6,000 titles  referring to the nuclei of Alcino Soutinho, António Cardoso, João Queiroz, Manuel Real, Margarida Coelho, Fernando Távora, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and, of course, Marques da Silva/Moreira da Silva, can now be digitally identified.
 

Marques da Silva Foundation´s bibliographic digital catalogue

 

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1 March 2021
Alfredo Matos Ferreira and the challenge of organising teaching spaces

The Physics Department of the University of Aveiro (1989) was the first in a series of four projects developed by Alfredo Matos Ferreira for higher education. This would be followed by ISEP´s Department of Chemical Engineering (1990), ESMAE (1991), and the Polytechnic of Porto´s Departments of Civil Engineering and Geotechnics (1992). The organisation of these spaces was complex and was taken up as a challenge, "due to the great diversity of the subjects taught, with spatial security requirements and very different infrastructures (...)", to which was added the "impossibility of control due to the time factor and the increasing speed at which scientific research is performed and its natural unpredictability." They were opportunities for experimentation to establish effective construction and circulation systems, compatible with a distribution of interior spaces appropriate to the pedagogical specifics of each of these buildings and the proposition of volumetrics developed in conscious and optimised connection with their surroundings.

Alfredo Matos Ferreira was born on 1 March 1928. He even considered pursuing a career in Chemistry, but "other winds led me to choose a different but equally exciting area - Architecture."*

 

Image: Alfredo Matos Ferreira, UA - Department of Physics, implementation plans, elevation, cross section, study design; tracing paper, China ink, blue ballpoint, pencil.
* Cf. Alfredo Matos Ferreira, Memória, Porto, FIMS and Ed. Afrontamento, 2017.

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25 Februay 2021
History of Portuguese Architecture:
Alexandre Alves Costa talks with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than Architecture" - #10 Teaching

In this account, specially put together for the exhibition More than Architecture, Alexandre Alves Costa talks about his experience as a Professor, in particular the way he has shaped his way of teaching the History of Portuguese Architecture. In response to Paula Moura Pinheiro, he tell us about the circumstances that caused him to confront this discipline, and the influence of Fernando Távora, how, travelling around the country, traversing it from end to end, he built his discourse, between the linearity of historical time and critical analysis, always bearing in mind the need for this knowledge base to become a critical instrument of Architecture.

See video: History of Portuguese Architecture - #10 Teaching

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23 February 2021
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and Manuel Graça Dias
"Selected Writings" #18 and #19

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and Manuel Graça Dias, or when the reflection in the mirror returns the gaze of the other. In these Selected Writings, in Of the difficulties of the unspeakably Beautiful, Graça Dias talks about Raúl Hestnes´s career and work and contrasts it with Manuel Graça Dias and a question, "should we love everything around us so much?" The year was 1995.

Now available, podcast #18 - Manuel Graça Dias and #19 - Raúl Hestnes Ferreira

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19 February 2021
Alfredo Matos Ferreira and the Joanamigo Farm
"More than Architecture" - #9 At home

The opening of the valley, the existence of a water source, the ruins of a cardenho and adjacent threshing floor, on a piece of land that offered a unique view of the River Douro in Barca de Alva, impressed Alfredo Matos Ferreira when, at the age of 20, he visited the Joanamigo Farm. It was about to become his place.

The first design, in 1950, crossed out by a still young architecture student with modernist desires, but for whom the Inquérito was a matter of life, was dictated by the need to build a house destined to be a permanent home. He monitored its construction on site. Years later, it would be necessary to build new agricultural facilities, adapted to new crops, and to gradually modify and extend the house, to accommodate his own family, always in clear dialogue with the surrounding landscape.

In this video we have the account given by Alfredo Matos Ferreira himself, rhythmic with the liveliness of someone who is so intimately linked to the place. It was made in 2012, in conversation with Sergio Fernandez, Madalena Pinto da Silva, José Miguel Rodrigues and Luís Urbano, and has now been recovered to form part of the "At Home" section of the exhibition More than Architecture, where other records from the Joanamigo Farm can be seen on display.

See video: Joanamigo Farm, Alfredo Matos Ferreira - #9 At Home

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18 February 2021
When Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Manuel Graça Dias imagined the Bastille Opera

In 1981, François Mitterrand approved the construction plan for a large "modern and popular" opera house, to be located in the symbolic square of the Bastille. In January 1983 an international competition was opened, based on an ambitious programme that received 1650 applications, among which were six teams of Portuguese architects, including the names of Alfredo Matos Ferreira, Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and Manuel Graça Dias, whose collections have been donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation. From this documentation, Alexandra Saraiva has carried out research whose results will be published in a paper to be given as part of the Colloquium Grands Projets: Urban legacies of the late XX century, organised by ISCTE, taking place from 17 to 19 February.

Carlos Ott won the competition. The building was opened on 13 July 1989, as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the French Revolution.

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17 February 2021
A. Machado, an enigma to be solved
#up200e40_1 : 241 years since the first Sketching and Drawing class

At the Marques da Silva Foundation there are 18 drawings of human figures in charcoal on paper, signed by an enigmatic A. Machado. All we know about him is that, like José Marques da Silva, he attended the Beaux-Arts, and was a student of Bonnat, Laurens, Constant. We also know that, both of them far from their own country, they supported each other in moments of some difficulty, but little more comes to us from this author whose drawing copied from a Souza Pinto is published today, undated, although it turns out to be from year 3. They are drawings that reinforce the complicity that was being established among the Portuguese artists trained at the Porto Academy and who saw in the French capital their desired destination for artistic development.
 
With this note, the Marques da Silva Foundation joins the initiative promoted by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, to celebrate the passage of 241 years since the first Sketching and Drawing class.
 
+ info: faup.up.pt

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16 February 2021
Because today is Carnival!

On Carnival day we propose a trip to Paris of yesteryear. The year was probably 1892. The challenge is to find José Marques da Silva in this group of masqueraders of the Laloux Atelier.

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12 February 2021
Sergio Fernandez´s Villa Alcina
"More than Architecture" - #8 At home

Located in Caminha, a holiday resort, the Villa Alcina was designed to be a holiday home. It was born out of happy circumstances. Sergio Fernandez, the architect who designed it, does not deny some of the influences that dictated the form that he adopted. But its intentional self-effacement in the landscape, in response to a special programme, reflects an ingenious and well achieved adjustment to reality.

This account, recorded in 2011 by Luís Urbano, in which Sergio Fernandez opens the doors of this house and shares his memories of the time that saw it come into being, forms part of the "At Home" section of the exhibition More than architecture.

See video: Sergio Fernandez´s Vill´Alcina - #8 At Home

 


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11 February 2021
A new book by Giorgio Grassi on the way

This will be the publication year of another book in the collection Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic, a project designed to present in Portuguese all the writings of this author. It is An Architect´s Life, a chronicle that reports the author´s personal point of view about his career and his time. The new title is one in the set of three parts that make it up:  an essay on the profession and life of an architect, the Projects, and an Album of Friends.

An Architect´s Life
will thus follow Leon Battista Alberti and Roman architecture (2015) and Selected Writings (2018). Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic is a publishing project developed jointly by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento, scientifically coordinated by José Miguel Rodrigues, who is responsible for the translation, notes and respective prefaces.
 
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8 February 2021
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, his own way of doing architecture

"I like a little bit of everything that I have done, I have been lucky." The phrase belongs to Bartolomeu Costa Cabral and he has created many designs. A long career of more than sixty years of uninterrupted activity. On his birthday we remember the first designs, the house for João Almeida´s father, in Colares, begun in 1948, while still a second year student at EBAL; in 1953, the Bloco das Águas Livres, in collaboration with Nuno Teotónio Pereira, the first big collective housing project, a unique work in the application of the modern canons; and in 1959, the Castelo School, the first design produced as sole author. But also those which he highlights himself: "[...] all the Universities that I did: Covilhã, Guimarães, Bragança. I like the Bairro work, it´s completely different. I like the mlath and plaster house, which is very special. And I like the three houses. Travessa da Oliveira, Ribeiro Sanches and the Amoreiras. I like Galeria 111, I like the Taborda Theatre work."*
Congratulations, Mr Architect!

* quotations in Mariana Couto, Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Architect in Continuity, Doctoral Thesis, FLUC, 2019, vol. II, p. 48.
Note on the image: Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Model of the Travessa da Oliveira House (Lisbon), [2002].

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5 February 2021
The Albarraque House, by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira
"More than Architecture" - #7 At home

The Albarraque House, designed in 1960 by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira for his father, the writer José Gomes Ferreira, on land for many years belonging to the family, assumes a prominent place in this architect´s body of work, but also and above all in the context of the Portuguese architecture of that time. A design marked by "Scandinavian time", it became a clear example of the search for new sources of inspiration and new operating models by a generation of new aspiring architects.

In this video, recorded in 2013 by Manuel Graça Dias and Luís Urbano, it is the author himself who reveals the circumstances which shaped his work: the commitment of Rosalía Abecassis Vargas, to whom is owed the trees which now surround and protect the house, created in a dry and windy place (a condition that, at the time, dictated its orientation); the desire to build a living space in harmony with the mode of life of those who would live there, varied, with all the necessary features, but with character, although restricted, as the budget was restricted; not forgetting the careful treatment of the design and the materials used in its construction.

The Albarraque House was designed for his father. If the client had been someone else, the house would have been different.

This recording accompanies the presentation of this design in the "At Home" section of the exhibition "More than Architecture".

See video: The  Albarraque  House by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, #7 - At Home

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2 February 2021
Alexandre Alves Costa, on his birthday
Alexandre Alves Costa, Selfportrait, 1956

When Alexandre Alves Costa represented himself like this, with thick lines, with an austere and defiant look on a partially shadowed face, he was a young man, only 17 years old. Training at the Porto School of Fine Arts would follow, the internship with Nuno Portas at LNEC, beginning the profession of architect from the 1970s onwards. But also a life marked by civic and political activism, the classes in Design and History of Portuguese Architecture, unforgettable for so many generations of young architecture students, through the creation, with Sergio Fernandez, of Atelier 15, and participating in countless architecture dissemination initiatives of the most diverse nature. And the pleasure or the compulsion for writing. In 2020 he made the decision to donate his professional archive, together with that of Sergio Fernandez, to the Marques da Silva Foundation. He has three daughters, one of them also an architect. Today is his birthday, and we mark the date by sharing this self-portrait. Congratulations, Mr Architect!

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1 February 2021
On World Read Aloud Day

The Marques da Silva Foundation joins the celebrations for World Read Aloud Day with a suggestion: Selected Writings, the podcast launched last April where reading aloud brings the written words of architects to life. Different voices, different times, many other journeys. And 17 instalments are already available, which can be heard here

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29 January 2021
José Carlos Loureiro
"More than Architecture" - #6 At home

A house that is born from a desire and from an affirmation of principles. This is the modernist house which José Carlos Loureiro designed for himself 70 years ago and where he has lived ever since. We hear his story in the first person, in an account recorded in 2015, as part of the tribute organised by the Marques da Silva Foundation and FAUP, and curated by Alexandre Alves Costa, to mark the 90th birthday of this architect who is quick to recognise the happy circumstances of the time and the unconditional support of his master, Carlos Ramos.

The video, containing some of the interview conducted by Alexandre Alves Costa and Luís Urbano, is part of the "At Home" section of the exhibition More than Architecture, the space displaying examples of houses that represent how their authors, as their own clients, think about and create architecture.

See Video: José Carlos Loureiro, #6 -  At home

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28 January 2021
David Moreira da Silva, out there

In 1931, David Moreira da Silva left for Paris, completed the special course in Civil Architecture at the Porto School of Fine Arts (1924-1929) and an internship at the atelier of José Marques da Silva, whose son-in-law he would later become when he married Maria José Marques da Silva. He returned to Porto in 1939, with an architect´ s degree from the French government and a degree in urbanism. During that period of intense training he had attended the Laloux-Lemaresquier atelier, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Institute of Urbanism of the University of Paris, and he would travel in order to get to know the architecture of other places, and of other countries.

At the Marques da Silva Foundation, the institution created from his joint legacy with Maria José to the University of Porto, there are many records which document this period of his life: academic works and class notes which bear the names of some of his teachers, such as Lemaresquier, Louis Hautecoeur, Henri Prost and Jacques Gréber, photographs, greetings and postcards sent to the person he always considered his friend and master, Marques da Silva. For his final work at ENSBAP he developed the subject La séction d´architecture d´une cité universitaire, and received the committee medal for the Best Diploma on 5 July 1939. The urbanist degree was awarded after he defended his thesis Les villes qui meurent sans se dépeupler, available in digital form and with an introductory note by André Tavares.
 
David Moreira da Silva was born on 28 January 1909 in Moreira da Maia.
 

Note on the image: Academic drawing for ENSBAP, Un Musée pour une collection particulier, main facade and plan, Chinese ink wash, n.d. This drawing can be seen on display in the "Out there" stage of the exhibition More than Architecture.

 

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22 January 2021
The castle coast school
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than Architecture" - #5 In the city

What is the power of well organised space? Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro, tells us the story behind the Castle School in Lisbon, an exemplary project in its adaptation to the place and function that it was expected to fulfil. It was, moreover, his first solo project, begun in 1959, and which he did not hesitate to defend when, already built, the threat of abandonment hung over it.

The Castle School is also one of the projects chosen for the "In the City" stage of the exhibition More than Architecture. In the planned exhibition route, this is the space designed to present examples of the symbolic importance that buildings can acquire in the life of cities. In other words, projects that show us the transformative power of Architecture.
 
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21 January 2021
Newsletter January 2021: "In Suspension"
Alvaro Siza and Manuel Marques de Aguiar drawings

It is in a state of "suspension", but in a desire for movement, that today we publish the first newsletter of 2021.

Here: January 2021 Newsletter

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19 January 2021
Architects´ archives in Portugal: from organisation to dissemination of information
Online symposium | 21 January | 1700-1830 hrs

On 21 January 2021, between 1700 and 1830 hrs, Os Arquivos de Arquitetos em Portugal: da organização à difusão da informação [The Architects´ Archives in Portugal: from organisation to dissemination of information] symposium will take place, promoted by the Interdisciplinary Centre for History, Culture and Societies of the University of Évora (CIDEHUS) with scientific coordination and moderation by the researcher Paulo Batista and commentaries by the researcher Ricardo Agarez.

Representing the Marques da Silva Foundation will be Board members Armando Malheiro da Silva and Luís Urbano. Taken as a whole this initiative, directly transmitted via CIDEHU, will bring together the contributions of seven Portuguese institutions.

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18 January 2021
At "home", but still working

The Marques da Silva Foundation, in accordance with the measures taken to counter the pandemic, has closed the exhibition Siza - Unseen & Unknown on 15 January and temporarily suspended the public opening of the exhibition More than Architecture.
 
But behind closed doors we are working to continue safely to make our collections available to researchers, to share information with all who follow us, to ensure the functioning of our online store, and to prepare new projects which will soon be revealed. Stay with us!

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16 January 2021
Bernardo Ferrão: a collection to get to know

Bernardo Ferrão (1913-1982), brother of Fernando Távora, an engineer by training and profession, dedicated a large part of his life to the study of furniture and Portuguese ceramics, in particular the luso-oriental decorative arts in Portugal, an area in which he became a recognised collector and exhibitor.

In 2017, the Dr José de Figueiredo Circle Association – Friends of MNSR received the Engineer Bernardo Ferrão´s documentary collection as a donation. Having completed the archival treatment work on this important set of documents, its presentation on the University of Porto´s digital platform is now being prepared, in accordance with the parameters defined by the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Digital Archive, the institution that will ensure its management after the collection becomes fully available for public consultation.

In the image that accompanies this news item we are reproducing part of a document belonging to the collection. It is a scheme he drew up in 1968 in order to obtain the exact measurements of a “Good Shepherd” belonging to the Castle of Xavier in Navarre.

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15 January 2021
Figures of Barcelos
Alexandre Alves Costa speaks with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than Architecture" - #4 Collections

We return today to the weekly publication of videos taking us through the different stages of the exhibition "More than Architecture". Of the many themes and subjects provoking a desire to collect, so relevant and widespread for the majority of the architects represented here, this conversation between Alexandre Alves Costa and Paula Moura Pinheiro highlights the fascination created by the figures of Barcelos. And thus we get to know the reasons behind his collection and, in particular, his admiration for the pieces by Rosa Ramalho.
 

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14 January 2021
Carlos Carvalho Dias: from the summer houses for Moledo do Minho beach to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

It was with the proposal for a set of summer houses for Moledo do Minho beach that Carlos Carvalho Dias obtained his Architect´s Diploma in 1957, at the Porto School of Fine Arts. His participation in the Survey on Popular Architecture in Portugal was already behind him as a member of Zone 2, together with Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and Arnaldo Araújo. His participation in Plan Auzelle would follow, and the consolidation of a path on which, as an author or promoter, his three chosen areas would merge: architecture, urbanism and heritage.
 
Carlos Carvalho Dias was born in Viana do Castelo on 14 January 1929. In October 2020 he decided to donate his professional collection and library to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

 

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12 January 2021
There are two new book in the Store:
THE ROOTS AND THE FRUITS (volume 1, I.I) and FROM CLASSICAL DESIGN TO THE MEMORY OF ORDER

For the new year, new books!
 
"My house" . Architecture, ethical imperative of being, 1937-1947
This is the first volume, I.I of the publication project The roots and the fruits, with research, organisation and notes by Manuel Mendes. Here is presented the flow of Fernando Távora´s life, his "being in a borderless world that is questioned, that is problematised, that takes place through the knowledge of different times, through the knowledge of different places".

From classical design to the memory of order
In what is José Ifgnazio Linazasoro´s first essay in Portuguese, the author returns to his first works and theoretical considerations to talk about his career as an architect.
 
Soon we will give news about the launches but, for now, these two publications can be purchased at special prices from the Marques da Silva Foundation online store. Visit store

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10 January 2021
Last days for visiting "Siza - Unseen & Unknown"

For those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit the exhibition "Siza - Unseen & Unknown", for those who want to see again the unique drawings and other records of three generations of Álvaro Siza´ s family which appear in it, these will be the last days for doing that. And to accompany this news with an invitation, we are sharing the arrival of the sculpture "Vénia" at the Foundation, a moment carefully guided by its author, Álvaro Siza, followed by a passage through the exhibition spaces, then in the process of assembly.
 
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8 January 2021
On Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s birthday

"The life and work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar make a unique contribution in the context of national architectural and urban production, due to the attention given to the experiences that his architecture provides and the respective potential for the allocation of space. This relationship, mediated by time – which in turn welcomes sharing – is synthesised in an ability to see, in the creation and construction of spaces and places, recovering values that need to be looked at nowadays, such as the relevance of the other, of commitment and of thought." (David Viana)

In May 2019, the architect Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s collection was donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation. In 2021 this gesture will materialise in a first exhibition that has already begun to happen. It has fallen to David Viana to dive into the documentation and think about an appropriate project for the sharing and public presentation of this collection which will soon be made known. Today, on Manuel Marques de Aguiar´ s birthday, comes the first sign of its realisation.

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7 January 2021
Ana Freitas´s interview with Archivoz, a reflection on the role of conservation and restoration in the treatment of Architecture collections

Ana Freitas, responsible for the Conservation and Restoration of Graphic Documents Workshop and for the preservation of the University of Porto´s Archive of Historical Documents and the Archive of the University of Porto, has been involved throughout the latter part of 2020 in a conservation and restoration project of around 20,000 documents belonging to Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation. In an interview with Alexandra Saraiva for Archivoz Magazine,she provides a perspective on the work done so far and reflects on the importance of interdisciplinarity in the treatment of Architecture documentation.

Read here: "É de todo pertinente e enriquecedor uma colaboração aberta entre os vários especialistas de forma a estabelecer um diálogo entre arquitetura, arquivo e património" [Open collaboration between the various specialists is absolutely essential and enriching for the establishment of a dialogue between architecture, archives and heritage]

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4 January 2021
Happy New Year!

The Marques da Silva Foundation reopens its doors to share what has been taking place. Thus we demonstrate our wish to confront new challenges and continue to grow. The support of all those who have been following us was and is important. Happy 2021!

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21 December 2020
Happy Holidays!

With the handiwork of Manuel Marques de Aguiar and the traditional graphic design of Rui Guimarães, the Marques da Silva Foundation wishes you Happy Holidays and a promising 2021.
This Postcard also looks forward to new scenarios and the desire of this house to continue to make itself a meeting space open to everyone.
The Foundation will close its doors on 23 December, and will reopen them on 4 January, in the New Year.

See: newsletter December 2020
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18 December 2020
The 1967 trip to Morocco
Álvaro Siza in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than Architecture" - #3 Travelling

Álvaro Siza, in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro, remembers the 1967 trip to Morocco, taken with friends, all linked to the School, young and eager to travel. An unforgettable adventure through the imperial cities of a country of great scenic and monumental beauty, then peaceful and without tourists.
This account was specially recorded to form part of station #3 of the exhibition More than architecture. "Travelling" is the moment on the exhibition route where we highlight journeys which influenced the production and the architectural thinking of those who made them and which "also occupied the collective imagination of Portuguese architects".


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16 December 2020
Between Le Corbusier and Leonardo
Álvaro Siza in "Selected Writings"

Two unpublished texts by Álvaro Siza lead us to Le Corbusier. Between work and life, a game of approximations where the surprising presence of Leonardo da Vinci can be detected.

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Images: Leonardo, The Virgin of the Rocks, 1483 to 1486, oil painting, Louvre Museum, Paris (Leonard de Vinci, Paris, Ed. Phaidon, p. 83); View of the Parliament Hall in Chandigarh (in Le Corbusier 1887-1965, Milan, Electa, 1993, p. 252)

 

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15 December 2020
The Curutchet house
Sandra Barclay in "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture"

In this "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture" our destination is La Plata, Buenos Aires. Sandra Barclay introduces us to the house designed by Le Corbusier for Dr Curutchet in 1948.

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14 December 2020
There are new items in José Porto´ s collection!

José Porto´s collection has grown. There are more than a dozen sketches, a highlight being the studies for the Beira Nautical Club, a project developed in the 1940s. Rare documents, recently found and now delivered to the Marques da Silva Foundation by the Architect Abílio Mourão.
 

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11 December 2020
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira
Ana Vaz Milheiro in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than architecture" - #2 Out There

The second stage of the exhibition "More than architecture" - Out There - focuses on more or less prolonged stays outside of Portugal which, for professional, personal or political reasons, were part of the personal journey of some architects. Experiences that not only marked the path of each one, but also had an impact in the context of national architecture. This is the case with Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, an architect who travelled to other geographies, from Finland to the United States of America. Ana Vaz Milheiro talks to us about him, in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro, and about the importance that those contacts had in formulating different ideas from those practised until then in Portugal.

See video #2 #2 Out There - Raúl Hestnes Ferreira

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7 December 2020
Alfredo Leal Machado (1904-1954)
Pavilhão de Arquitectura da ESBAP, fotografia de Teófilo Rego, © Casa da Imagem

The construction of an Architecture and Exhibition Pavilion in the gardens of the Porto School of Fine Arts, in parallel with the mounting of the Magna Exhibitions, was part of a strategy of approaching the city that Carlos Ramos, then its director, sought to promote. It fell to Manuel Lima Fernandes de Sá and Alfredo Leal Machado, from 1951, to design the new space. Three years later, it was opening. The picture, recognisable to anyone visiting "Vistas de Exposição" [Exhibition Views] (at FBAUP), probably dates from that year, 1954, the same in which a fatal accident took the life of Leal Machado, an architect trained at the School and born on 7 December 1904.
 

* digitised image kindly provided by the Casa da Imagem/Manuel Leão Foundation.

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4 December 2020
A People´s House for Rio de Onor
Sergio Fernandez in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro
"More than Architecture" - #01 In School

It was with the proposal for a People´s House for the community village of Rio de Onor that, in 1964 and under the guidance of Arnaldo Araújo, Sergio Fernandez obtained his Architect´s Diploma from the Porto High School of Fine Art. He would never find the conditions for the realisation of the project, designed during the course of an intense experience of immersion in the place and sharing its ways of life, but he established emotional ties with the population which still remain today.
In conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro, Sergio Fernandez speaks to us of the charms and vicissitudes he experienced, of the issues that then beset Portuguese architects, and how this participatory method would prove to be decisive in future projects.

The drawings for this People´s House are part of the first section of the route designed for the exhibition "More than Architecture", "In School". And this is the first in a series of 12 videos, one for each section, recorded with different participants who, in conversation with Paula Moura Pinheiro, will address topics presented or raised by them.

See video: #01 In school-Sergio Fernandez

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2 December 2020
José Carlos Loureiro and the demonstration of how to design
Photo by Juan Rodríguez

For José Carlos Loureiro, architecture must be at the service of people, contributing to make life good. A humanistic approach which is both present in the design of a house, as well as in the idealisation of larger projects. And of all that he designed, beginning with his own home, one of the projects represented in the exhibition More than architecture.

José Carlos Loureiro celebrates today 95 years of a successful life. Sensitivity to site and function, constructive knowledge and openness to change are reflected in an extensive and consistent body of work, so often transforming the public space. Thus it was with the Maia Civic Centre (designed in partnership with Pádua Ramos) as we are informed by the coordinators of the Maia 2021 Month of Architecture, in a brief reflection that anticipates future exhibition scenarios [Centro Cívico da Maia ].

Congratulations, Mr Architect!

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28 November 2020
Fernando Távora and Taliesin, in this return of "Selected Writings"
Taliesin, photo by Fernando Távora, 1960

"Taliesin never left (nor will leave) my eyes; even the colour of the road dust reminded me of Taliesin. I advanced I don´t know how far. I couldn´ t think concretely. Anything took control of me. I sat down somewhere. I rested. The poet was right: “eyes that never get wet see nothing when they look”. In those two hours I had suffered, I am sure, one of the greatest shocks, perhaps the greatest, in my life as an architect."

The "Selected Writings" are also back with a text that bears the unmistakable signature of Fernando Távora. It tells us about his encounter with Wright´ s architecture in Taliesin.

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27 November 2020
"Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about architecture" is back

"Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about architecture" enters its second series of broadcasts and brings us a guest, Robert McCarter, architect and professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (University of Washington, in St. Louis). The work he has chosen is the Unity Temple (Oak Park, Illinois), a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1905 and 1908.

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"Fernando Távora - As raízes e os Frutos . palavra desenho obra (1937-2001)"
[Fernando Távora - The Roots and the Fruits . word design work (1937-2001)]
in the press

"Fernando Távora - As raízes e os Frutos . palavra desenho obra (1937-2001)" [Fernando Távora - The Roots and the Fruits . word design work (1937-2001)] printing plate, thermo-stamp for the book cover.

It will soon be possible to experience the voice and gaze of Fernando Távora again, accompanying him in his anxieties and wanderings around his world in the network of its various dimensions.
The book, to be edited in a partnership of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto and the University of Porto Press, is also a first step towards the realisation of Fernando Távora´s dream, which Manuel Mendes´  research, organisation and notes are making real.

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23 November 2020
"Siza - Unseen and Unknown":
Extended until 16 January 2021 and new visiting hours
Álvaro Siza, Self-portrait, Berlin, 2014

Many have travelled to the Marques da Silva Foundation to visit the exhibitions "More than Architecture" and "Siza - Unseen and Unknown", which opened on 17 October. An influx of visitors which justifies the extension until 16 January 2021 of the exhibition dedicated to the drawings and sculptures of Álvaro Siza.

However, the new arrangements will result in an adjustment to the initially planned schedules. Therefore, it will still be possible to visit the two exhibitions from Monday to Friday, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs, and Saturdays between 1000 hrs and 1230 hrs. On 30 November and 7 December, the exhibitions will remain open from 1400 hrs to 1800 hrs.

The guided tour by the curators, scheduled for 19 December, will go ahead, but will take place during the morning, starting at 1000 hrs and designed for a maximum of 10 participants.

The Marques da Silva Foundation will be closed on Sundays and holidays, and between 23 December 2020 and 3 January 2021.

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24 November 2020
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira: mixing life with colour
[from youthful drawings to the 2013 interview]
Raul Hestnes Ferreira, 1957

The treatment process of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´ s collection has led to the discovery of many records considered lost or hitherto unpublished, as in the case of this set of drawings dating from May and June 1957, with which we mark the passing of 89 years since this architect´ s birth. They are unusual drawings with a brightly coloured palette, unusual also for what they bring to us from his time as a student at the Porto School of Fine Arts when, for political reasons, as President of the Students´  Association and member of the MUD youth, he was arrested by the PIDE along with Jorge Batista, Alcino Soutinho and António Teixeira Lopes. It would be his last year spent in the city. Finland would follow.

These drawings are now part of a much larger set of items that the Marques da Silva Foundation proposes to digitise. To treat, to take care of, to study, to share, and to show. And there are several documents relating to Raúl Hestnes Ferreira also present in the exhibition "More than architecture", where the interview with him by Manuel Graça Dias and Luís Urbano that took place in 2013 was to be screened. As that was not possible, we are sharing it here. It will be possible to hear Hestnes Ferreira speaking in his own words about his life´ s journey, the memories of his training and his time in Porto, his travels and his experiences of work and study, and the circumstances that determined his practice, his desire to make architecture.

Interview with Raúl Hestnes Ferreira: see here

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20 November 2020
"Siza - Unseen and Unknown" & "More than Architecture"

Tomorrow, in compliance with the regulations in force, the exhibitions "Siza - Unseen and Unknown" and "More than Architecture" will be closed, but on Monday will open their doors again to welcome those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit them, or those who wish to return in order to see in more detail how much there is to discover.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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11 November 2020
Marques da Silva 2020 Seminar: Postponement

“Resilience” was the subject that Inês Lobo proosed to develop in the 2020 Marques da Silva Seminars. The coming into force of a new state of emergency led to a rethink of its scheduling for the planned date, 18 November, and losing the in-person format and connection to the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, conditions that defined the character of this Cycle from the moment it was launched, was not an option that could be considered. In 2021, in another context and with other security, the Marques da Silva Seminars will return, themselves also demonstrating their “resilience”.

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6 November 2020
Alcino Soutinho and his city-shaping architecture
Alcino Soutinho, Journey to Italy, San Gemigniano, 1961

Today, Alcino Soutinho would have been 90 years old. He advocated an architecture "attached to the earth" and his work is built around the shaping of cities and the crossing of times. Work also present in the exhibition "More than Architecture", with the memory of some of his designs and evoking important moments in his training, such as the trip to Italy in 1961. Tomorrow, Saturday, with the screening of "Magazine Arquitectura - Alcino Soutinho", at 1600 hrs in the Lopes Martins Mansion, we will go back to 1993. The doors of Alcino Soutinho´ s workshop open again for a conversation conducted by Manuel Graças Dias that will become an invitation to revisit some of his most iconic designs, such as the Matosinhos Town Hall, the Fonsecas & Burnay Bank of Porto, the Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum in Amarante, and the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Engineering and Glass Ceramics for the University of Aveiro.

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4 November 2020
Guided tour of the exhibitions "More than Architecture" and "Siza - Unseen & Unknown" + screening of “Magazine of Architecture - Alcino Soutinho”
7 November, from 1430 hrs

Luís Urbano and António Choupina will guide the participants on a tour of the exhibitions “More than Architecture” and "Siza – Unseen & Unknown” on 7 November at 1430 hrs, followed at 1600 hrs in the Lopes Martins Mansion by the screening of “Magazine of Architecture - Alcino Soutinho” by Isabel Colaço and Manuel Graça Dias (1993).

Participation in the guided tour is subject to prior registration via email fims@reit.up.pt.  The number of places available for the screening is reduced to 25.

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3 November 2020
Award of the AICA/MS/Millenium BCP Prizes to Bartolomeu Costa Cabral and Silvestre Pestana

Today, at 1800 hrs, at the National Society of Fine Arts, in a restricted ceremony, the 2019 AICA/MS/Millenium BCP prizes will be presented to Bartolomeu Costa Cabral (Architecture) and Silvestre Pestana (Visual Arts) by the Minister of Culture, Dr Graça Fonseca, by the Director-General of DGArtes, Dr Américo Rodrigues, and by Ambassador António Monteiro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Millennium BCP Foundation.

The jury, made up of Sandra Vieira Jürgens, Nuno Faria, Rui Mendes and Pedro Baía and chaired by Ana Tostões, when they announced the decision, highlighted the fact that the architecture of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral was "strongly marked by an ethical attitude and by a counter-current position based on work of a materiality that is both disciplinary and poetic".

Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, whose collection was recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, is one of the 15 architects represented in the exhibition "More than architecture", namely with the design for the School and Bathing Group of Castelo, an iconic design, developed in 1959, recorded here in this photograph by João Carmo Simões.

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3 November 2020
"A Recepção do Team 10 em Portugal"
Book Launch
With Ana Tostões, João Rosmaninho e Pedro Baía
Lopes Martins Mansion, 4 November, 18:00

The book «A Recepção do Team 10 em Portugal», by Pedro Baía and published by Circo de Ideias, will be presented at Marques da Silva Foundation with a conversation between Ana Tostões, João Rosmaninho and the author, together with the projection of the short film «29-A».The presentation will take place at Lopes Martins Mansion on the 4th of November, wednesday, around 18:00.

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31 October 2020
Gallery of Classified Works by Fernando Távora
Casa e Quinta da Covilhã, photo by Luís Ferreira Alves

The recent classification of the collection formed by the House and Farm of Covilhã in Guimarães has become the basis for launching a new Gallery of works dedicated to the designs developed by the Architect Fernando Távora and which have been, or are in the process of being classified. A new entry already in place on the Marques da Silva Foundation website will gradually be expanded, in addition to the aforementioned refurbishment project for the House and Farm of Covilhã, and the filling station at Covas, also in Guimarães. 

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30 October 2020
Álvaro Siza receives the National Architecture Prize of Spain today
Alvaro Siza, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, 1988. Santiago de Compostela

Álvaro Siza receives the National Architecture Prize of Spain today, awarded for the first time to a non-Spanish architect, in an unusual but symbolic ceremony. In what will be a true Iberian encounter, transmitted via streaming, in the presence of the Spanish and Portuguese Prime Ministers, one of the most important living architects of our time will be honoured, whose architecture, according to Iñaqui Carnicero, "has acted as an instrument of social rebalancing, of reduction of inequalities and of improvement of the quality of the built environment".

The award of this prize, intended to be in person, would have taken place at the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela, designed by Álvaro Siza and represented here in a drawing which can be seen in the exhibition "Siza - Unseen & Unknown", open to the public in the Marques da Silva Foundation Residence-Atelier.

Of the works developed in Spain by Álvaro Siza, highlights include the Park of Santo Domingo de Bonaval and the Faculty of Communication Sciences, also in Santiago de Compostela; the reconstruction of the Portal de Riquer in the historic centre of Alcoi; the Olympic Village Meteorological Centre in Barcelona; the Manzana del Revellín Cultural Complex in Ceuta; the Rectory of the University of Alicante; and the Auditorium of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao.

To view: https://youtu.be/ZgAzbJ-whK8

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30 October 2020
Discover the parallel programme of the exhibitions "More than Architecture" and "Siza - Unpublished and Unknown"
Lopes Martins Mansion,

"Siza - Unseen &Unknown" is in Portugal for the first time and can be visited until 19 December. Besides the design sketches, architectural fantasies and portraits from Álvaro Siza Vieira´ s personal archive, the visitor will see the model of the new Foundation Documentation Centre, an ambitious design which will house the personal and professional collections of 50 of the greatest Portuguese architects.

In the exhibition "More than Architecture” can be discovered Fernando Távora´ s travel drawings made in the United States of America and in Japan, which later influenced his skyscraper design for the centre of Aveiro. And also the drawings and photographs for Sergio Fernandez´ s house in Caminha, one of four houses designed for architects themselves, which combine the most erudite side of architecture with local construction methods. The Marques da Silva Foundation exhibition shows how great names in Portuguese architecture have explored other resources in their work, such as photography, cinema, writing, teaching, the media, collecting and travel.

In parallel, weekly on Saturdays, there is a set of programmed activities, including guided tours. Due to the measures imposed by the DGS, access to the screening spaces is limited to the first 25 visitors with a ticket purchased for the exhibitions. Participation in the curators´  guided tours (7 November and 19 December) is subject to prior registration, by the previous day, via email (fims@reit.up.pt).

And tomorrow, 31 October, as part of the exhibition, a screening of "Magazine of Architecture - Sergio Fernandez" by Isabel Colaço and Manuel Graça Dias (1993) will be available to watch in the Lopes Martins Mansion at 1600 hrs, and the "Guided Tour of Idanha-a-Vella" by Paula Mora Pinheiro (2015) at 1630 hrs. 

Image: Lopes Martins Mansion, "More than Architecture", 2020. Photograph by Inês d´Orey

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29 October 2020
Marques da Silva Seminar 2020
Inês Lobo, Resilience

Inês Lobo will be the speaker at the 14th Marques da Silva Seminar. This seminar, whose theme is "Resilience", will take place on 18 November at 1830 hrs, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.
 

Due to the pandemic situation in which we are living, the capacity of the Auditorium will be subject to a significant reduction in places, meaning that attendance in person at the session will require prior registration [form].
 

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26 October 2020
Architects Pedro Abranches Vasconcelos and Carlos Machado e Moura are the winners of the 16th Fernando Távora Prize

With "Stars of the Sea: Coastal Fortifications of Mainland Portugal", the Architects Pedro Abranches Vasconcelos and Carlos Machado e Moura were announced the winners of the 16th Fernando Távora Prize. The jury, made up of the journalist Paula Moura Pinheiro, the architects Paula Silva, José Bernardo Távora (representing the Marques da Silva Foundation) and Eduardo Queiroga (representing OASRN) and also Dr Maria da Graça de Tavares e Távora Pereira Coutinho (representing the Architect Fernando Távora´ s family) considered that this proposal was distinguished "for being unprecedented, contributing to an up-to-date and systematic knowledge of the coastal defence heritage, through the use of design and new technologies in a standardised form, in terms of presentation".

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26 October 2020
Announcing the Winner of the 16th Fernando Távora Prize
26 October, OASRN Headquarters, 1800 hrs

In an atypical year, the Fernando Távora Prize has also had to readjust itself. Today, at 1800 hrs, at the North Regional Section (OASRN) headquarters, in a reduced format ceremony, the jury of the 16th edition of this Prize, of which the Marques da Silva Foundation is a partner organisation and will be represented by the architect José Bernardo Távora, will announce the winner. Extraordinarily, the Conference of the winner of the previous edition will not be given, since the planned trip could not be made, and the launch of the next edition is also provisionally suspended.

The session will be streamed via OASRN on Facebook.

+ info: www.oasrn.org

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16 October 2020
Simultaneous opening of exhibitions at the Marques da Silva Foundation
17 October, from 1400 hrs to 1800 hrs

Everything ready for the opening to the public of "Siza - Unseen and Unknown", in the Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, and "More than Architecture", in the Lopes Martins Mansion. Two exhibitions which are also a pretext for a visit to these spaces, which were the place of work and life of José Marques da Silva and his family, today the headquarters of an institution dedicated to architectural culture and heritage.

One hundred and fifty-one years after the birth of Marques da Silva, in what is also the month dedicated to Architecture, this is a present that we want to share with you. We are waiting for your visit!

www.fims.up.pt

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15 October 2020
"Siza - Unseen and Unknown"
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
17 October to 19 December 2020
Siza, 2019 ©Tchoban Foundation

From 17 October, anyone who comes to the Marques da Silva Foundation will be welcomed by "Vénia" [Greeting], Álvaro Siza´ s sculpture, created for Jeju in South Korea, and for the first time shown in Portugal. She will mark the entrance to the exhibitions which are now on display to the public. In the Residence-Atelier, "Siza - Unseen and Unknown" brings together drawings by three generations of Álvaro Siza´ s family, as well as other pieces of sculpture and the model for the new Marques da Silva Foundation documentation centre, designed by him.

The exhibition, after a first presentation at the Tchoban Foundation in Berlin, will later move on to the Tsinghua Art Museum in Beijing.

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14 October 2020
"Hestnes Ferreira´s Proposal for Amsterdam City Hall Competition - Analyzed in continuity with Louis Kahn", by Alexandra Saraiva
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, Amsterdam Competition: six possible solutions for the City Hall, 23.08.1967

During the treatment project of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´ s collection which the Marques da Silva Foundation is carrying out, a set of drawings was found relating to the 1967 Competition for Amsterdam City Hall. Alexandra Saraiva has now published, in the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, the article "Hestnes Ferreira´s Proposal for Amsterdam City Hall Competition - Analyzed in continuity with Louis Kahn". It is an analysis of the proposal presented by Hestnes Ferreira, in which the influence of Louis Kahn on the work of this architect is again noted and emphasised. It was an international competition with a strong Portuguese presence. From Lisbon, Bartolomeu Costa Cabral and Manuel Taínha; Pedro Vieira de Almeida; the Conceição da Silva workshop, led by Tomás Taveira; Luís Fernandes Pinto; and Victor Consiglieri, with the artist Artur Florentino. And from Porto, José Pulido Valente, with the artist Jorge Pinheiro and the sculptor José Rodrigues.

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14 October 2020
"More than Architecture"
Paula Moura Pinheiro invites you

"More than Architecture" is a symbolic display of the heterogeneous universe of interests of the architects represented in it and how much there is to discover in the Marques da Silva Foundation´ s vast documentary heritage.

It can be visited from 17 October. Accompany Paula Moura Pinheiro on this first look at the exhibition spaces.

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13 october 2020
Simultaneous opening of exhibitions
"Siza - Unseen and Unknown" and "More than Architecture"
17 October, Marques da Silva Foundation


"Siza - Unseen and Unknown"
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
17 October to 19 December 2020


"More than Architecture"
Lopes Martins Mansion
17 October 2020 to 17 April 2021

 
October will be the month in which the Marques da Silva Foundation will open the doors of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and the Lopes Martins Mansion to reveal the exhibitions “Siza – Unseen and Unknown” and “More than Architecture”. This will be a unique opportunity to get to know the spaces and the important documentary collection that has been brought together and continually added to by this Foundation, as well as the drawings belonging to Álvaro Siza´ s personal archive, sculptures not yet published, and the model of the new documentation centre by this architect, representing a future dream for this institution.

Visiting hours and conditions
Monday to Saturday, from 1400 hrs to 1800 hrs.
The entrance ticket is €3 for adults and €1.50 for children, students and seniors.

On the first day of opening to the public, 17 October, the exhibitions can be visited free of charge between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs.

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10 October 2020
José Porto and the House in Marinhas - Vilar de Mouros

A set of drawings recently added to the José Porto collection shows us what would have been the first study for the renovation of his house in Marinhas – Vilar de Mouros.
The various sketches suggest a significant expansion of the original layout - a small rural building – resulting in a large scale intervention focused around an imposing hall that articulates the expansion of the existing house.
Later, in 1946, José Porto carried out a reduced version of this first study, which reproduces some of the initial compositional aspects and which likewise seeks a close dialogue between the house and its context.

José Porto  was born in Vilar de Mouros on 10 October 1883.

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6 October 2020
Selected Writings and Word-of-Mouth are in the "Podes"
Voting for the public´s favourite podcast runs until 15 October

The Marques da Silva Foundation/Casa Comum podcasts - Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings] and Passa-a-Palavra: falemos de Arquitetura [ Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about Architecture] -  are included in the "Podes 2020" Festival.

Until 15 October you will be able to vote for your favourite podcast via the link https://podes.pt/votar/

Just write the name correctly in the place indicated!

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16 September 2020
The House that Fernando Lanhas designed for himself

There is a sense of currency in the architecture of Fernando Lanhas, an architect who always designed a space with consideration for its function. The house that he created for himself in 1959, in the Avenida Antunes Guimarães, Porto, which he would later inhabit, is a good illustration of his way of making architecture. Note the careful treatment of the spiral staircase, of the balconies, and the representation of the car at scale. A design which continues to arouse interest nowadays, having been represented at the 15th Istanbul Biennial.

Fernando Lanhas was born on 16 September 1923.

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11 September 2020
José Porto is already in the Digital Archive of the Marques da Silva Foundation

The documentation relating to the architectural work of José Porto is already available to view online. Donated in 2017 to the Marques da Silva Foundation by the architect Abílio Mourão, to whom the professional collection of this architect was entrusted, and by the CIRV-GEPAV (Group for the Study and Preservation of Vilar de Mouros Heritage), holder of a fund belonging to the Oficina Fontes, it is composed of more than three hundred records corresponding to about three dozen projects produced between the end of the 1920s and the 1960s.

With the integration of this new material, the Marques da Silva Foundation´ s Digital Archive can now make available the documentation of 17 architectural collections.

See: Digital Archive and Website

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8 September 2020
"A Encomenda", by Manuel Graça Dias, on the TSA Playlist

The film A Encomenda [The Package], by Manuel Graça Dias, was chosen to be part of the Short Film Showcase of the Toronto Society of Architects in Canada, a TSA Playlist special event. Launched at the beginning of 2020, the TSA Playlist is a thematic programme with monthly curation which features films relating to architecture, design and the built environment. A Encomenda will be part of a series entitled Architecture and Context that analyses not only the relationship between buildings and their physical, socioeconomic and cultural circumstances, but also how they shape and inform each other.

The short film A Encomenda was filmed at the weekend house which Raul Hestnes Ferreira designed in 1961 for his father, the poet José Gomes Ferreira. The Casa de Albarraque, as it became known, remains, after almost sixty years, a charming and unexpected work of architecture. The Package introduces us to the environment of the house, taking as a pretext the arrival of an anarchistic postman, very talkative and inquisitive, who walks around, opening and closing cabinets, touching objects, while protesting against the government and reciting poems, under the bored gaze of the owner, Raul Hestnes Ferreira himself. Only after the postman has left will the architect be able to listen calmly to some music and finish some small DIY projects, before sitting on the patio in order to discover the contents of A Encomenda.

Manuel Graça Dias
(1953-2019) was one of the most important Portuguese architects, professor in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, and founder of the Contemporânea workshop (www.contemporanea.com), with works constructed in Lisbon, Porto, Almada, Braga, Chaves, Guimarães, Vila Real, Macau, Madrid, Seville and Frankfurt, this work being widely published and shown in many exhibitions. With a life dedicated to the dissemination of architecture, he was a curator, an author of numerous books, a columnist in newspapers and magazines and a presenter of architecture series on RTP and TSF. He made the short films The Package (2013) and The Cleaning (2013).

 


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"A Encomenda", Manuel Graça Dias, 2013


 

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8 September 2020
Carlos Carvalho Dias in an interview with Archivoz

An interview with Carlos Carvalho Dias, conducted by Alexandra Saraiva, has just been published in Archivoz Magazine. "Everything we do is done for the human being, which must be our fundamental concern" is the key phrase in a set of reflections on the preservation of memory in the field of Architecture, by an important and recognised architect and urban planner who, in 2018, began donating to the Marques da Silva Foundation the records of his collaboration on the Survey of Portuguese Regional Architecture and, in 2020, to extend that donation to the remaining documentary records of his professional career.

Read here: "Toda a nossa actividade se faz para o ser humano, que deve ser a nossa preocupação fundamental". Entrevista com Carlos Carvalho Dias ["Everything we do is done for the human being, which must be our fundamental concern". Interview with Carlos Carvalho Dias]

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7 September 2020
Maria José Marques da Silva: a vaulted room

"A vaulted room" is one of the many academic works carried out by Maria José Marques da Silva while a student on the Architecture Course at the Porto School of Fine Arts (EBAP). This architect from Porto, born on 7 September 1914, in the Residence-Atelier designed by her father, and where today can be found the Marques da Silva Foundation, attended EBAP between 1933 and 1939, gaining her Degree in August 1943.

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4 September 2020
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and the Tender for Amsterdam

And when the opening of a roll brings back the memory of drawings supposed lost!

In 1967, the Municipality of Amsterdam launched an international tender for the construction of a new city hall building. Seven Portuguese teams took part in the competition, including Raúl Hestnes Ferreira. So far, about 16,000 drawings from this architect´s collection have been treated.

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28 August 2020
The Marques da Silva Foundation is also at the Book Fair!

With 14 titles and the S. Bento Station Puzzle, available in the University of Porto (U. Porto Press, nº 33) pavilion with generous discounts, the Marques da Silva Foundation is taking part in the Book Fair that begins today in the Gardens of Crystal Palace.
 
With the motto "Joy for the end of the world", this seventh´ Porto Book Fair will have 80 exhibitors. Among publishers, booksellers, secondhand book sellers and other organisations, spread across 119 pavilions, there will be book launches, lectures, debates, workshops, and various presentations and concerts. In the U.Porto Press Pavilion autograph sessions will also be organised, and the competition "You must be lucky!" (+ info).
 
The Book Fair will remain open until 13 September and can be visited from Monday to Thursday, between 1200 hrs and 2130 hrs. On Fridays, the timetable extends to 2300 hrs. At the weekend it opens at 1100 hrs. On Saturdays it closes at 2300 hrs, while on Sundays it closes at 2130 hrs.
 

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25 August 2020
Trail(s)

"... memories, realities and dreams intersect, the past and the future, facts, places, images, ideas and forms, people, travels and readings, thus building the life and work of a man and of an architect."*
Fernando Távora, born 25 August 1923.

* in Fernando Távora: Percurso [Trail], CCB, 1993, p.9; drawing: Beirut, National Museum, June, 60.

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19 August 2020
Meetings
World Photography Day 2020

It could be a simple record of an ordinary meeting of friends, but it is much more than this photograph reveals to us. Suffice to say that the year was 1952, and that in front of the main entrance to the castle of Blois are Joseph Martin from Canada, Manuel Marques from Aguiar, Portugal, and Amine Bezeri from Lebanon. What unites them is that they are architects, attending a meeting of the Paris Institute of Urbanism.

Today we are celebrating World Photography Day.

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16 August 2020
"Factory": 3 poems by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras (1949)

It´s with the poetry of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras that the first series of Selected Writings comes to an end. With this programme, the 15th, we also mark the passage of one more birthday for this architect, born on 16 August 1922.

Selected Writings will return in September.

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14 August 2020
"The Character of Tradition in the Architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch" among those selected for the Architecture and Urbanism Colombian Biennial 2020

The exhibition "The Character of Tradition in the Architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch" is one of the 13 projects selected in the "Disclosure" category in the Architecture and Urbanism Colombian Biennial 2020.

Curated by Andrés Erazo (Colombia), Manuel Mendes (Portugal) and António Armesto (Spain), the exhibition, supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation, was open to the public at the La Tertulia Museum, in Cali, between May and August 2019.

The 27th Biennial has 9 categories and a total of 118 registrations. It will take place between 18 and 28 November and from among the winners of each of these categories the National Architecture Prize will be awarded.

+ info: Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos.org

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12 August 2020
New Architecture Maps!

OASRN, in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation, has just launched the second edition, revised and extended, of the José Marques da Silva Architecture Map (pt/eng e es/fr), and the second revised edition of the Fernando Távora (pt/eng e es/fr).

Within this series of publications, the Marques da Silva Foundation also worked with OASRN and the architect Helena Ricca on the production of the new Agostinho Ricca Architecture Map (pt/eng e es/fr). With introductory text by João Luís Marques, it covers 49 representative works of value and diversity, created by this architect during 70 years of professional practice.

In this context, OASRN has also republished the first map to be produced, in 2008, the Arménio Losa and Cassiano Barbosa Architecture Map (pt/eng e es/fr). Completing the collection are the Architecture Maps dedicated to  Álvaro Siza (pt- eng - es) an Eduardo Souto de Moura (pt - eng - es).

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11 August 2020
16th Fernando Távora Prize
New date!

The deadline for submitting applications for the 16th Fernando Távora Prize has been extended to 31 August 2020. This decision has been taken due to the extraordinary epidemiological situation we are currently experiencing.

+info:  fims | oasrn

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6 August 2020
A return to Mies van der Rohe, with Harry Wolf

Harry Wolf, an architect with a long and award-winning career in the United States of America, residing in Porto for the past 5 years, brings us back to the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.

This is the 12th "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture"*, a podcast which returns in September with some new and unexpected guests.

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*  In error, the Neue Museum Galerie is mentioned, when it should be the Neue National Galerie. The recording will be corrected in September.

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24 July 2020
The surprises that a collection holds in store ...

Work continues on the treatment of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s collection and surprises are emerging. Originals have already been found that were thought to have been lost, from his academic work at the Porto School of Fine Arts, from Finland and the United States, as well as the sketches for the 1983 Bastille Opera Competition in Paris, to which the picture relates.

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21 July 2021
From the scattered writings of Fernando Lanhas to architectures without architects proposed by Carlos Antunes. There are new podcasts from the Marques da Silva Foundation!

This week, the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Casa Comum are making available two more podcasts: in "Selected Writings" the scattered writings of Fernando Lanhas will be read; in "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture", Carlos Antunes offers us a journey through architectures without architects, from nests.

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20 July 2020
"Siza - Unseen & Unknown" in the Marques da Silva Foundation´s online store

While the opening to the public of "Siza - Inédito e Desconhecido/Siza - Unseen & Unknown" at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier is pending, the Catalogue of the exhibition presented in Berlin, at the Tchoban Foundation: Museum fur Architekturzeichung, in 2019, curated by Kristin Feireiss and António Choupina, can already be ordered through the Marques da Silva Foundation online store.

The publication reproduces the set of 100 designs then exhibited, framed by texts by the curators, by Álvaro Siza, Álvaro Leite Siza, José Luís Porfírio and Steven Holl. They are designs which give us an intimate look at the work of this architect, alongside drawings never before seen in public, by his late wife, Maria Antónia Siza, drawings by his son and architect Álvaro Leite Siza and by his grandson, Henrique Siza. 

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17 July 2020
"The Building in the Praça de Martim Moniz (1973-1984), by Bartolomeu Costa Cabral: a proposal of continuity", by Mariana de Oliveira Couto

The building which Bartolomeu Costa Cabral imagined for the Praça Martim Moniz, in Lisbon, “begun in 1973, developed until 1975, postponed until 1981 and only then partially built (…) sought to give back to the Moorish Quarter new spaces of encounter and appropriation”.

The article by Mariana de Oliveira Couto, contributor to the Marques da Silva Foundation and with a doctorate from DArq UC with a thesis on the work of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, published in ProArq (no.34), introduces us to this project. Read here
 

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16 July 2020
“They walked around there”, but with “strange destinations”. How can architecture be (re)written in Portuguese history in the feminine?

This is the title of the feature article written by Andreia Friaças for the Jornal Público about women´ s presence in architecture, and what has been done to make that presence visible. A story of affirmation in which Maria José Marques da Silva, the first woman to complete the architecture course in Porto, in 1943, is one of the protagonists.

Link to Jornal Publico

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11 July 2020
Barragán´s Chapel, through the voice of Andreia Garcia

Through the voice of Andreia Garcia, the new "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about Architecture" tells us about the Chapel that Barragán designed for the Capuchin Poor Clares in Tlalpan, Mexico City.

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11 July 2020
The Coliseum dreamed of by José Porto

There is another item in Selected Writings. The 13th podcast in this series brings us fragments from José Porto´ s specification for Porto Coliseum´ s preliminary plan, dated February 2020.

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3 July 2020
The treatment of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s collection continues

The treatment work of the architect Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´ s collection continues to progress, and every week dozens of rolls of sketches and design drawings are opened, separated, cleaned and repackaged. So far, about 4000 items have been processed. See video here.

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1 July 2020
Selected Writings Special
Álvaro Siza, Alcino Soutinho, Jorge Gigante and Fernando Távora remember Arménio Losa

On 1 July 1988, at the age of 79, Arménio Losa died. In this "Selected Writings", for which we thank the Architect Álvaro Siza, we are able to recover the texts then published in his honour in the Jornal de Notícias. There are four testimonials, four ways of remembering an architect who for Álvaro Siza was constantly contemporary, for Alcino Soutinho a reference for his civic defence of Architecture, for Jorge Gigante a gap which is difficult to fill, and for Fernando Távora a lesson in hope.

The picture which accompanies this item was kindly supplied by FAUP´s Documentation Centre. In it can be seen "Soutinho, Semide, Aires Pereira, Távora, Siza, Marques de Aguiar, Forjaz, Sergio, Pedro and Losa" [FAUP/CDUA/AL-CB/PART/Fotos_503_1]

#12 Selected Writings - Arménio Losa


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1 July 2020
Francisco Granja already part of the Marques da Silva Foundation

Yesterday, 30 June, the protocol was signed which formalises the donation of the collection of Francisco Granja (1914-1988) to the Marques da Silva Foundation. There are hundreds of design records (drawings and texts), photographs and magazines of architecture and urbanism to document the career of an architect who was a disciple of Marques da Silva. Of the many designs, highlights are the CineTeatro Vale Formoso and the Peugeot Garage in Porto, works exhibited in the 1953 Exhibition, and the group of residential buildings in the Rua António José da Costa, also in Porto. The donated documentation is already undergoing archival treatment, conservation and restoration, with a view to its future availability.

In yesterday´s signing, the culmination of a process initiated by Clara Pimenta do Vale and César Romão, were present, for the Foundation, the President, Fátima Vieira, and the Vice-President, Luís Urbano, and for Francisco Granja´s family, Maria Júlia Granja and Helena Pato Granja, wife and daughter of the architect.

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30 June 2020
Activity and Management Report - 2019

The Activities and Management Report for the year 2019 is now available for viewing.

See  Report

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24 June 2020
Fernando Távora, José Gigante, João Mendes Ribeiro
New podcasts from the Marques da Silva Foundation to listen to!

On S. João´s Day, here is the popular rhyme, showing that so much can be said about architecture through it. Of course we are talking about José Gigante, who invites us to visit the "Corbusier Route". But we also have the Neues Museum, by Chipperfield, through the voice of João Mendes Ribeiro, and a related figure to these two guests in Word-of-Mouth, Fernando Távora, with the story of the romance of the Casa da Covilhã.

Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about architecture | #8 José Gigante and #9 João Mendes Ribeiro
Selected Writings | #11 Fernando Távora
 

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23 June 2020
Between two worlds: The chapel designed by João Queiroz in S. João da Madeira

To mark the passage of another year since the birth of João Queiroz, the Marques da Silva Foundation is publishing a set of photographs of the Santo António chapel in S. João da Madeira, designed by this architect. Opened in 1935, it was built on the basis of a public subscription involving more than 150 benefactors. Clara Vale, photographer of these images, highlights the contrast between two worlds: the inner and the outer. In the interior she highlights the holy water containers, the corbels supporting the roof and, in particular, the spiral staircase, in the shape of a snail, made of reinforced concrete. This researcher also considers that it is hypothetically possible to attribute the authorship of the Art Deco stained glass designs to João Queiroz. The chapel has been undergoing some work and is now awaiting the installation of a new altar.
 

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19 June 2020
A new look at Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s drawings

The Marques da Silva Foundation has a wide-ranging treatment project underway of the architect Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s collection. There are thousands of records which will be cleaned and reconditioned. It is a fundamental step in allowing new actions to be developed, ensuring the safeguarding of the original documentation.

See pictures of the process: álbum and vídeo
 
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12 June 2020
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and Manuel Teles in the Marques da Silva Foundation´ s Digital Archive

The archives of the architects Octávio Lixa Filgueiras (1922-1996) and Manuel Teles (1936-2012) can already be consulted in the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Digital Archive, as well as the respective lists of architecture/urbanism working processes. Altogether, they relate to more than 1600 drawings and 11 linear metres of written items that have been treated archivally and which document both the academic training as well as the professional activity of these architects and teachers.
The collections now available also include important photographic and bibliographical records. Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´ s library, with a total of 1377 books which cover areas as diverse as architecture, urbanism, history, art and heritage, is also already inventoried and is beginning to become available for consultation on the Aleph platform, where the Marques da Silva Foundation´s catalogue is held.
With the integration of the Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and Manuel Teles entries, the Marques da Silva Foundation´ s Digital Archive now provides access to the documentation of 16 architectural collections. It is an open process, so that the information incorporated on this platform is being progressively expanded.

See
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Digital Archive and Website
Manuel Teles: Digital Archive and Website

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29 May 2020
The new Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts:
Nuno Valentim, in "Word-of-Mouth",
Sergio Fernandez and Álvaro Siza, in "Selected Writings"

Here are 3 new Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts to listen to!

In "Passa-a-Palavra: Falemos de Arquitetura" ["Word-of-Mouth: Let´s Talk about Architecture"], Nuno Valentim brings us to Casa Barragan. It is a house where client and architect merge, so "Escritos Escolhidos" ["Selected Writings"] proposes to hear what another architect has to say about the house which he designed for himself. We are referring to Sergio Fernandez and the Vill´Alcina. For what will already be the 10th issue of "Selected Writings", we return to Siza with the reading of two texts: Barragán and António Quadros.

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26 May 2020
Fernando Távora Prize
Opening of registrations for the 16th edition

The submission period for the 16th edition of the Fernando Távora Prize is now open, an initiative organised by OASRN and which, as of this edition, has the Marques da Silva Foundation as a partner organisation.

Applications should be submitted by 17 August and the jury will be made up of the journalist Paula Moura Pinheiro, the architects Paula Silva, José Bernardo Távora (appointed by FIMS) and Eduardo Queiroga (representing OASRN), and also Dr Maria da Graça de Tavares and Távora Pereira Coutinho (designated by the family of the Architect Fernando Távora).

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16 May 2020
Conference
WHAT EDUCATION? Architecture, Teaching and Research
Webinar: 22 and 23 May 2020, 10:00

Conference/webinar
WHAT EDUCATION? Architecture, Teaching and Research
Presenters: Jorge Figueira, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Luís Urbano
Speakers: Bruno Gil, Carolina Coelho, Eduardo Fernandes, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Leonor Matos Silva, Pedro Pinto, Raquel Paulino


The conference What Education? Architecture, Teaching and Research*, taking place in digital form with access via ZOOM, on 22 and 23 May from 10:00, will bring together the researchers of the (EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture project and guest researchers from “What Education”, with the purpose of discussing publicly the first results of the research announced last July at the Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. The aim is to identify, for each case study, the most relevant subjects and the key moments in the training of the architect. Simultaneously, the challenges created by the research will be presented, in line with the developments of “What Research”.


This initiative is organised by Jorge Figueira, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Bruno Gil, Carolina Coelho, of the Centre of Social Studies (CES-UC), in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 

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*Part of the «(EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture» research project, funded by FEDER - European Regional Development Fund via COMPETE 2020 - Competitiveness and Internationalisation Programme (POCI) and Portuguese funding via FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology.  POCI-01-0145-FEDER- 030492.

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18 May 2020
From Paris to Porto:
The restoration of Marques da Silva´s drawings from the Laloux workshop

While we wait for the moment when the doors of the Marques da Silva Foundation will reopen without restrictions, we are marking International Museum Day with a digital initiative: a look at the restoration process of the drawings made during José Marques da Silva´ s training in Paris, between 1890 and 1896, while a student at the School of Fine Arts and a young apprentice architect in Victor Laloux´ s workshop.

We are referring to 68 architectural drawings, 10 drawings of models and ornaments, 44 statements and 2 descriptive memoranda - today an integral part of the Marques da Silva Foundation´ s collection - which were the subject of an extensive and meticulous process of restoration, mostly carried out by Ana Freitas of the Conservation and Restoration of Graphic Documents Workshop of the University of Porto, as illustrated in this video.

+ info: here or go to the video:  From Paris to Porto: the restoration of Marques da Silva´ s drawings from the Laloux workshop

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13 May 2020
Francisco Vieira de Campos, Graça Correia, José Carlos Loureiro and Raúl Hestnes Ferreira: 4 new podcasts to listen to!

In "Passa-a-Palavra: falemos de arquitetura" ["Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture"] we will be on the scale of the small house, with Francisco Vieira de Campos talking to us about the Casa de Baião, and on the scale of the large neighbourhood, with the history of Lafayette Park, related to us by Graça Correia.


In its turn, "Escritos Escolhidos" ["Selected Writings"] offers two very personal narratives: Raúl Hestnes Ferreira tells us how his first architectural project came about, and José Carlos Loureiro reveals his passion for the Palácio do Freixo.
 
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4 May 2020
Reopening of the Marques da Silva Foundation for face-to-face appointments
The Marques da Silva Foundation is pleased to announce that, as from today, it will be partially reopening its doors. Between 1000 hrs and 1200 hrs, from Monday to Friday, it will be possible to consult in person the institution´ s documentational and bibliographical sections, following the necessary procedures in order to ensure that it is carried out safely. Each appointment must be booked in advance, via email – fims@reit.up.pt.
 
Conditions of access will be re-evaluated on 18 May.
 
 
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30 April 2020
Álvaro Siza, Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, João Pedro Serôdio: the new Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts

In "Selected Writings", Álvaro Siza draws a portrait of Vittorio Gregotti and describes an engraving by Picasso; Bartolomeu Costa Cabral addresses the theme of continuity in Architecture as an essential condition for its practice.

In "Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about Architecture", João Pedro Serôdio responds to Pedro Ramalho´ s challenge and talks to us about the Farnsworth House, by Mies.

These are the three new Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts.

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29 April 2020
International Dance Day

On International Dance Day, a watercolour drawing by José Porto, made in Paris in the 1920s.
 

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23 April 2020
The architecture of a book at a time of crossroads: "The architect´s social function"
World Book Day 2020

(...) the architect, in order to realise himself, has to know how to do it and, at the same time, to know things, and people, and the world, and life, and from all this, to know how to learn a lesson that allows him to raise up, at dawn, a hymn of hope for the new day.

Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, The Architect´ s Social Function, 1985, p.16

 
 

Da função social do arquitecto: para uma teoria da responsabilidade numa época de encruzilhada [The architect´s social function: towards a theory of responsibility] at a time of crossroads is a book by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras which is extensively documented at the Marques da Silva Foundation.

We know why it came about: it is the answer to one of three tests set by the School of Fine Arts to the candidates for the post of professor of Architecture, in an open competition of 1962. We know about its design and method of construction: the Foundation´s Documentation Centre preserves manuscripts, typewritten documents, montages for publication and how the illustrations of various authors were being selected and prepared for what would be the first edition. We know about the thesis which it defended: a humanist perspective which proposed the architect´ s involvement in social reality, anchored in Gordon Cullen, Ernesto Rogers and Lúcio Costa. We know about the interest it generated: in 1985 it was published by ESBAP, with a preface by Pedro Vieira de Almeida, a preface that also exists, in this collection, in a typewritten version and with notes by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras.

On World Book Day we offer it as recommended reading.

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21 April 2020
Alcino Soutinho, Alexandre Alves Costa, Nuno Brandão Costa and Pedro Ramalho in "Selected Writings" and "Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about architecture"

Four more Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts are already available on Casa Comum´s online platform:

"Escritos Escolhidos" ["Selected Writings"] offers two new texts: Alcino Soutinho "returns" to Italy to speak to us about its geography, its people, its cities, and Alexandre Alves Costa "returns" to Maria de Sousa, to speak to us about the scientist and the woman who recently left us.

In "Passa-a-Palavra: falemos de Arquitetura" ["Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about Architecture"], João Pedro Xavier extended the invitation to Nuno Brandão Costa, and Nuno Brandão Costa passed on the challenge to Pedro Ramalho. Two new testimonies which, from Barcelona, direct us towards Florence, and from Florence to Vienna.

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18 April 2020
Marques da Silva Foundation, an expanding archive
International Day of Monuments and Sites 2020

The Marques da Silva Foundation is marking the International Day of Monuments and Sites by making available, via its Digital Archive and Institutional Website, four new Information Systems: Fernando Lanhas, Rui Goes Ferreira, Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and Bartolomeu Costa Cabral.

With the new entries, online browsing is now possible in 14 architectural document collections. A valuable research tool and a privileged way to preserve the memory of the work developed by these architects and the heritage designed by them. This is constantly ongoing work, continuously being updated, ensuring that this shared heritage becomes accessible to all.

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16 April 2020
Manuel Teles, an architect to discover
Study drawing, 1980

Manuel Teles was not only the architect who designed the Bairro do Aleixo. He graduated in Architecture from the Porto School of Fine Arts (CODA: “Housing Complex in Rural Setting”, 1965). He started his working life in João Andresen´s workshop, and collaborated with several Municipalities: Porto, Mira, Cantanhede and Barcelos, but eventually developed a long career as a liberal architect and as a teacher. He has published articles in specialist magazines and has represented Portugal in several international forums.
He was born on 16 April 1936.
 

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10 April 2020
Crucifixion, unknown artist, late 16th century
One painting, many stories

In this picture, an oil painting on wood (77x100cm) depicting the theme of Calvary, a highlight is the exuberance and intensity of colour that fills it, as well as the standard of the anatomical definition of the figures. The artist is unknown, but its dating has been estimated as the late 16th century. It was inherited from Amélia Lopes Martins, who died in 1943, and it was associated with the chapel of the Mansion in which she was then living. It has been the subject of various opinions and valuations by several people, agents active in the national art market of the time, but the architect José Marques da Silva decided to acquire the work in question, integrating it into his personal estate. It now belongs to the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Painting collection. With it we mark the date and wish you a Happy Easter.

See Catalogue of the Painting Colllection

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08 April 2020
"Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture" launches the first podcast and "Selected Writings" brings us an unpublished text by Fernando Távora

Two new podcasts from the Marques da Silva Foundation are now available.
Today the programme "Word-of-Mouth: let´ s talk about architecture" begins, with João Pedro Xavier, which will take us to Barcelona. [listen here]
In "Selected Writings", Fernando Távora talks to us about the granite of his childhood. [listen here]

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06 April 2020
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and Fernando Távora in the latest edition of "AMPS Proceedings Series 17.1. Education, Design and Practice"

The minutes of the Conference Education, Design and Practice - Understanding skills in a Complex World, which took place at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New York in June 2019, have just been published in AMPS Proceedings Series 17.1. Education, Design and Practice, making it possible to read two presentations based on research focusing on the Marques da Silva Foundation:

- Alexandra Saraiva, "Hestnes Ferreira between European timelessness and North American classicism", pp. 150-159.
- Raffaella Maddaluno, "Fernando Távora and the United States: travel as a teaching practice", pp.130-136.
 
It should be noted that Alexandra Saraiva, a researcher at ISCTE-IUL under a post-doctoral grant from FCT, with a doctoral thesis on the influence of Louis Kahn on Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, is contributing to the treatment process of the architect Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´ s collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation, and that Raffaella Maddaluno, under a research grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and jointly with Giovanni Leoni and Antonio Esposito, is working on the publication of a translation and critical study of Fernando Távora´ s Travel Diary to the United States and Japan in 1960.
 

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03 April 2020
"Selected Writings" and "Word-of-Mouth"
Marques da Silva Foundation includes Casa Comum Podcasts

Casa Comum issued the challenge and the Marques da Silva Foundation responded with two sets of podcasts: "Selected Writings" and "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture".
 
Borrowing the title of the last book published as part of the translation of Giorgio Grassi´s written work, "Selected Writings" proposes to give voice to the words written by architects who have entrusted their archives to the Marques da Silva Foundation. It is a fact that writing, dictated by professional requirements or in response to a personal wish, is always present in the daily lives of Architects. Whether published or unpublished, they are texts which can offer another look at the person who wrote them or on the subject they are writing about. A programme which begins with the reading of an unpublished text by José Marques da Silva, from 1915, on the opening of the city´s Avenue.
 
In "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture", the Marques da Silva Foundation invites the community of Architects to reveal the design or work which has a place of reference in their vision of the architectural world. Each one will choose who follows. The first was João Pedro Xavier, the Director of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, and the baton has already been passed on. It will soon be available and we will see who has the next word.

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Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings] #1 link | Arquivo Digital: documents regarding the opening of the sity´s Avenue
Casa Comum platform: Podcasts

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27 March 2020
World Theatre Day
José Marques da Silva, Study for the Theatre in Braga, [1908]

While the rooms, in silence, await the return of applause, there stand the buildings and their memories keeping the Theatre alive. The theatre which, with the challenge of imagining its architecture, marked the career of José Marques da Silva. Not all of his designs were built, such as the 1908 proposal for the Circus Theatre in Braga, illustrated in the picture, or the Figueirense Theatre (1915). But the small Apolo Theatre of Brejoeira (1912-13) in Monção, and the centenary Theatre of S. João (1909-20) in Porto, are witness to his "performative agility", as described by Luís Soares Carneiro, who will soon publish, in the Cadernos do Centenário [Centennial Notebooks], an article on the process followed by Marques da Silva in his design for this Porto Theatre, classified in 2012 as a national monument.
 

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21 March 2020
On World Poetry Day


"I know, I know
yes, I know. I know it now and have known it for a long time
yes, I know, I know that.
But I know that, and I also know the opposite.
And it is so difficult to know that and to know otherwise.
To accept that and not to despise the opposite.
Yes, I know.
I know that the earth will be five million years old
I know that life will be three million years old
I know that the “small” distance from the earth to the moon increases,
by approximately 400,000 kilometres.
I know, yes, I know,
I know
I know that I´m only 56 years old,
1.65m tall and with a step of 70 centimetres.
Yes, I know,
I know
but I also know
that the beach will be different if you steal a grain of sand
I know
that the sea will not be the same if I steal a grain of sand
I know
that the universe changes when I breathe or even when I think.
Yes, I know
I know that I come from afar and will go far
I know that I am not just here but in many places, I know
that I don´t just live as long as I live.
I know that the infinitely large is as infinite as
the infinitely small
and I know and I know more and much more
I know that I am no exception.
I know that I am like all men
- those who were born and died
- those who will be born to die.
And I know that between me and the others is an eternal and indissoluble union,
and that the others need me, as much as I need them.
And I know that knowing we are infinitely great
because we are infinitely small
is what constitutes the passion of life.
I know, yes I know.
(And it is about this life of passion that has been
mine that I will speak.
With irony, with sadness, sometimes with bitterness,
but always, always with passion.)
Years ago I thought a thought to carve on a door
that I offered, symbolically, to the house of some friends.
That thought simply thought: make of each
moment a life.
I offered the door but I didn´t carve the thought.
I carved it in my memory and try to practise it daily.
And it is that passion for the passion of life that I passionately want
to convey. For we do not live if we do not plunge
permanently and passionately into the passion of life.
I know, yes I know.
I know."

Fernando Távora, “Testimonial”, FBAUP, 21 May 1980, translated by Gill Stoker.

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13 March 2020
Closure of facilities

 

The Marques da Silva Foundation, taking into account the latest recommendations and resolutions of the local and national health authorities, has decided to close its facilities, with a view to reopening on 13 April. However, as from today, our team will be teleworking. We are contactable via fims@reit.up.pt, and please continue to follow us on www.fims.up.pt.

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09 March 2020
DELAY OF EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMME PLANNED FOR 14 MARCH

The Board of the Marques da Silva Foundation regrets to advise that, due to the imposition of contingency measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are unable to go ahead with the Exhibitions "Siza - Unpublished and Unknown" and "More than architecture", whose opening was scheduled for 14 March 2020.

In line with the decisions to be taken by the University of Porto and the Government of Portugal, the rescheduling will be announced in due course, as well as the other planned initiatives: the opening of the exhibitions, the presentation of the design for the new Documentation Centre, and the donation ceremonies for the collections of the architects Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez.

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07 March 2020
Marques da Silva and the S. João National Theatre, on the day of the Centenary*
José Marques da Silva, S. João Theatre, [1915-16]

Today, 7 March 2020, is the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the S. João Theatre, one of the Architect José Marques da Silva´ s most important works.

A little-known drawing  (FIMS/MSMS/1844-pd0103v) created around 1915-16, relating to the final decoration of the interior of the auditorium, allows us to examine in detail the essence of the culture and spirit of Porto society at the time, in the architect´ s interpretation of it.

Three rounded arches, in three different planes, articulate and bring together three different worlds: the arch on the right (the first of the proscenium) opens onto the stage, that is, towards Art; the second, the arch on the left, the first arch of the side boxes, opens to the auditorium and to the Public; the third, the upper arch, delimiting the ceiling painting, where an image of Olympus was planned, opens upwards, to the Gods.  In the centre of the picture, still on the ceiling, above an impost which, in the corner, joins the three planes, a table is placed, with unequivocally 19th century content, where a whole cultural programme is inscribed and which brings together the circles of Public, Art and Gods: “Poetry”.  And, on the opposite side, not visible in the picture, is the correlative: “Music”.

Marques da Silva, while subscribing to that programme, did not fail to make the new building an example of modernism, where concrete and electricity were already intrinsic and essential to architecture, anticipating and promoting with his theatre what would be the dominant direction in the century that was beginning.

The José Marques da Silva Foundation maintains and conserves this drawing, just as it conserves many others relating to the now hundred-years-old S. João Theatre. As a physical version, as a digital version, and also available online, are the new rounded arches where old plans and new readings converge, making it possible to transform the documents into Exemplary Memories. And it is by evoking the union of the Arts that the Theatre summons through a drawing by the Architect who designed the building, that we mark the anniversary and congratulate the S. João National Theatre for the relevant path it has been following.

* We are grateful to Professor Luís Soares Carneiro for his support in the writing of this note.

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05 March 2020
Marques da Silva Foundation opens its doors on 14 March
Programme and Teaser

From 14 March, the Residence-Atelier and the Mansion of the Marques da Silva Foundation open their doors to the city with a varied programme:

1430: Round table “Siza - Unseen & Unknown” and “More than Architecture”, with the exhibition curators
1600: Donation Ceremony, Collection of the Architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, with Mariana Couto
1630: Donation Ceremony, Collections of the Architects Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez, with Jorge Figueira
1700: Port wine tasting

Between 1000 hrs and 2000 hrs, the exhibitions on display in the Residence-Atelier and the Foundation´s Mansion can be visited free of charge.

See the Presentation Teaser

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3 March 2020
Joint opening of the exhibitions
"Siza - unseen & Unknown" and "More than Arqchitecture"
Opening

With the joint opening of the exhibitions "Siza - Unpublished and Unknown" and "More than Architecture", the Marques da Silva Foundation opens the doors of the Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and the Mansion to the city. In addition to the display of unpublished drawings from Siza´ s personal collection is another one which reveals the heterogeneous universe of Portuguese architects´  interests.

The opening of the exhibitions is part of the commemoration programme for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Architect José Marques da Silva, carried out in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, taking place on 14 March, together with a range of activities which include a round table with the exhibition curators and the donation ceremony of the collections of the architects Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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1 March 2020
Alfredo Matos Ferreira
Alfredo Matos Ferreira, Quinta da Barca, Barca de Alva, s.d.

The Quinta of Joanamigo, in Barca d´Alva, with the River Douro in the background, in a land marked by the strength and grandeur of the landscape, occupies a central place in the life and work of Alfredo Matos Ferreira. The house for the overseer of this Quinta would be the first project to materialise, in 1950, marking the beginning of a long career with more than 50 years of design practice documented in the Marques da Silva Foundation. The arquive of this architect, consisting of more than 2000 drawings, written documents, models, furniture and documentaries produced by him, has now been extended with the inclusion of a set of more than one hundred magazines on architecture and urbanism, both national and international, from the mid-1940s, such as "L´architecture d´aujourd´hui", to the mid-1990s, with copies of "Wettbewerbe". Magazines which allow access to his universe of readings and which are now available for consultation. Alfredo Matos Ferreira was born on 1 March 1928.

 

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27 February 2020
Elevation of the Sanctuary of S. Torcato to a Basilica
José Marques da Silva, S. Torcato Sanctuary, 1945

Taking place today, on S. Torcato´s Day and associated with the "Fair of the 27", the official ceremony for the elevation of the Sanctuary of S. Torcato to the status of Basilica. The new statute, granted by Pope Francis, recognises the importance of the service and the quality of the architecture. The current Sanctuary is the result of a long construction process, begun in 1825 and only completed in 2015. For the work that can be seen today, the result of an international network created in the 19th century, several architects contributed, including José Marques da Silva, who followed it through from 1896 to the end of his life. It would fall to Maria José Marques da Silva and David Moreira da Silva to continue the work. But that is a story which will soon be shared by the researcher João Luís Marques. For now, the Marques da Silva Foundation is joining in this event, congratulating the Brotherhood of S. Torcato for the work achieved.

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10 February 2020
"Casa São Roque" in the FIMS online Store

"Casa São Roque: O gestor e o arquitecto [The manager and the architect]" tells the story of the transformation of the Casa São Roque into an eclectic mansion by José Marques da Silva, the architect, and António Ramos Pinto, the manager, in the early 20th century. The book, with texts by Domingos Tavares and Teresa Portela Marques, accompanied by an original photographic record by André Cepeda and archive photographs by Alberto Marçal Brandão, summarises the history of the house and its inhabitants, giving prominent coverage to the unique landscape setting that also distinguishes this space. Launched alongside the opening of the contemporary art exhibition centre, it will also be available from now in the Marques da Silva Foundation´ s online Store.

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8 February 2020
Birthday of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, House in Beja (2004-2008), study.

An architectural sketch has the restlessness and freedom of a gesture which, through the drawing, seeks to materialise ideas and solutions. And that creative vitality is well expressed in this study by Bartolomeu Costa Cabral for a House in Taipa, built between 2004 and 2008, at Herdade dos Delgados, in Beja, destined for a couple of artists who had made a point of presenting their "wish list". The house makes use of traditional construction techniques and is a living testament to the architect´ s respect for the wishes of his clients, his sensitivity for the telluric strength of the place, his attentive awareness of the colour of the earth and the beauty of the elements. It is with the publication of this sketch of the House in Taipa, belonging to the collection recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, that today, 8 February, we celebrate the birthday of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral.

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28 January 2020
When David Moreira da Silva and De Gröer thought about Luanda
ÉtÉtinne de Gröer and David Moreira da Silva: Império Square, Luanda, 1943.

In the collection of David Moreira da Silva, the architect and urbanist born on 28 January 1909, one of the founders of the Marques da Silva Foundation, some records stand out reflecting intensive activity in relation to city planning, carried out in collaboration with De Gröer, individually or together, and after 1943 with Maria José Marques da Silva. And if 1943 was the year which sealed the marriage and professional partnership of these two architects, it was also the year of delivery of the Luanda Urbanisation Plan, begun two years earlier with De Gröer, as a commission from the City Council of that Angolan city. It was intended, through a scientifically thought-out plan, to outline streets and a road network connecting to satellite cities, defining the main areas of the city and ensuring the answer to questions of hygiene and healthy coexistence, transforming it into the "most beautiful village in Angola".

A model of the ideal city, including a proposal for an Empire Square in keeping with the hierarchical logic of classical composition, which ultimately was not realised, although its echoes have been felt in later projects.

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22 January 2020
"The Ethics of Things"
Exhibition on the architecture of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral in Oeiras
Architecture Circle (Dafundo), 23 January to 12 March

"The Ethics of Things. Bartolomeu Costa Cabral Architecture 1953-2012", the exhibition which was open to the public at the Convent of Christ in Tomar from June to September last year, now takes to Oeiras items relating to 18 designs representing the various areas in which the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral carried out his work.

It opens tomorrow, 23 January, at 1800 hrs, in the Architecture Circle´ s premises, with the Marques da Silva Foundation represented by its President, Fátima Vieira. The exhibition will be open until 12 March, from Tuesday to Saturday, between 1400 hrs and 1900 hrs.

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17 January 2020
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral awarded the AICA Prize

Bartolomeu Costa Cabral fell in love with the relationship which Architecture has with life, taking it as the guiding thread of a long journey, with more than six decades dedicated to the exercise of design, to the Art of building. The solidity of his work, in which the experience of the Águas Livres Block takes on a matrix role, has now been distinguished with the award of the AICA/MC/Millenium BCP Prize. The jury, chaired by Ana Tostões and made up of Sandra Vieira Jurgens, Nuno Faria, Rui Mendes and Pedro Baía, highlighted the fact that his architecture is "strongly marked by an ethical attitude and by a counter-current stance based on work with a simultaneously disciplined and poetic materiality".

The Marques da Silva Foundation, the institution which is housing his professional archive, congratulates the Architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral on this award and already anticipates that it will soon be in a position to be able to contribute to the study and dissemination of his work, by making available a vast set of documents for consultation and research.

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15 January 2020
Faculty of Architecture honours Francisco Barata

Tomorrow, 16 January, at 1800 hrs, the Faculty of Architecture opens the exhibition "Francisco Barata. Continuing to Innovate". To mark the opening, a session will take place evoking the life and work of the architect Francisco Barata (1950-2018), former FAUP director and professor, but also a member, from the very beginning, of the General Council of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the institution which he helped to set up, thinking about some of its spaces, in particular the renovation of the headquarters garden pavilion and the renovation of the Alexandre Braga building, João Almada Prize in 2014, a project developed with Nuno Valentim and José Luís Gomes.

This exhibition, organised jointly by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto and the Department of Architecture, University of Bologna - Campus Cesena, is curated by Antonio Esposito, Andrea Ugolini and commissioned by Carla Garrido Oliveira and Mariana Sá. It will be open to the public until 19 February in the FAUP Exhibition Gallery.

+ info: www.arq.up.pt

 

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8 January 2020
Manuel Marques de Aguiar

Manuel Marques de Aguiar, born on 8 January 1927, was one of the architects and urbanists who helped to think about and design the city where we live today. Porto, which is recognisable in this drawing, was the city where he trained, lived and worked. The memory of his work will remain here.

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18 December 2019
Happy Holidays!

Bartolomeu Costa Cabral did the drawing and Rui Guimarães transformed it into a Postcard. With him, the Marques da Silva Foundation wishes everyone Happy Holidays.

We take this opportunity to confirm that we will be closed from 23 December 2019, reopening on 2 January 2020.

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14 December 2019
Architectural Archives: from document to show
round table #2 and final days for visiting "Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details"

The treatment of 1400 drawings with building solutions by Vasco Vieira da Costa, completed at the Marques da Silva Foundation with the support of the Conservation and Restoration Workshop of the University of Porto, was carried out firstly to make the information contained in them accessible. But the operation, made possible by Iperforma, intends to go further and take a new look at Vasco Vieira da Costa, calling attention to the need to reunite all of his collection in order to facilitate research on the work of an architect at the centre of Angolan Architecture in the second half of the 20th century.

On 12 December, Ana Freitas, Ana Tostões, Daniel Quintã and Julia Albani approached, under different perspectives and using concrete situations, the questions which are posed in relation to an architectural archive, from the collection and the locations of the collection to the treatment of the physical document and its availability to the public, passing through the narratives that can be constructed around it and its links to built examples.

The session was moderated by Luís Urbano, with an opening introduction by Margarida Quintã, curator of the show “Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details”, which can be visited until 20 December in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. Entrance is free.

See album of the session

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12 December 2019
Architectural Archives in discussion at the Marques da Silva Foundation

Ana Freitas, Ana Tostões, Daniel Quintã and Julia Albani talk about Architectural Archives at the Marques da Silva Foundation. Luís Urbano moderates the conversation.

Today, at 1830 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier (Marquês de Pombal Square, 44).

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11 December 2019
Team Ten Farwest, 2019
Porto - FAUP

Over the course of three working days - 28 to 30 November - more than two dozen interventions by researchers associated with various European research centres shared a common space for the presentation and discussion of ideas, projects and new perspectives on the meetings of Team 10 and its impact in the Iberian Peninsula.

The meeting took place in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. Available on the official website of this meeting are the video recordings of the opening session and Tom Avermaest´s conference, presented by Luís Urbano, Vice-President of the Marques da Silva Foundation, one of the partner organisations.

Issue number 10 of the magazine Joelho was also published, dedicated to the theme "Team 10: Debate and Media in Portugal and Spain".

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10 December 2019
Architectural Archives
round table #2 - Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details
12 December, 1930 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

Between 2014 and 2015, the Marques da Silva Foundation accepted the challenge of going ahead with the documentary treatment of a set of drawings by Vasco Vieira da Costa, belonging to the Agostinho Neto University. This was a collection consisting of 1411 documents, grouped into 12 folders, relating to records of building solutions between 1950 and 1982, and visibly affected by the passage of time.

It was for Ana Ramos and the Conceição Pratas to ensure the archival treatment, and for Ana Freitas to carry out the conservation and restoration (cleaning, planning, consolidating and packaging). Complex work which allowed us to weigh up and consider approaches and methodologies of preservation and treatment of the original physical document, to the creation of metadata, from safeguarding to technical handling, for research and dissemination.

Some of the drawings treated can now be viewed in the show "Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details", connected with which will be the meeting between Ana Freitas, Ana Tostões, Daniel Quintã and Julia Albani. In a conversation moderated by Luís Urbano they will address and reflect upon this subject.

The session, to take place on 12 December, begins at 1830 hrs and entrance is free.
 
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7 December 2019
Alfredo Leal Machado and the Porto School(s) of Fine Arts

Alfredo Leal Machado was born on 7 December 1904. Here we see him in a photograph at the Porto School of Fine Arts, then located in the former Santo António Convent. He had started attending there in 1921. He graduated in Architecture in 1932.

In 1953, he was one of the 33 disciples of Marques da Silva represented in the show of homage to the Master which the School and the Association of Architects held on the School premises, exhibiting four works: the D. Manuel II Sanatorium in Vila Nova de Gaia, the Public Works Building and the Triunfo Factory in Coimbra, and the redesign of the interior space of the Abadia Restaurant in Porto. Others could also have been included, from designs for municipal buildings, to the Children´ s Houses developed for Bissaya Barreto, with particular emphasis on the design for the Boarding School and gardens of the complex located in Castanheira de Pêra.

However, he had returned to the School in 1951, not from an academic perspective, but as a territory for disciplinary practice. As a collaborator with Manuel Lima Fernandes de Sá, in relation to the National Buildings of the North, he co-designed a project for the Architecture Pavilion to be located in the gardens of the Braguinha Mansion, where the School had moved in 1937. This shows a modernist character, far removed from the Beaux Arts matrix reflected in his academic works.

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03 December 2019
"Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details"
round table #2
with Ana Freitas, Ana Tostões, Daniel Quintã and Julia Albani, moderated by Luís Urbano
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 12 December, 1830 hrs

On 12 December, the Marques da Silva Foundation will host the second round table programmed as part of the show "Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details".

The treatment and restoration work on the collection of drawings of the architect Vasco Vieira da Costa, carried out at the Marques da Silva Foundation and the basis for this exhibition project, will be the starting point for a reflection on the challenges which are today facing the preservation and dissemination of architectural archives.

Taking part will be Ana Freitas, from the Conservation and Restoration Workshop of the University of Porto,  Daniel Quintã, representing Iperforma, the architectural and engineering consultancy firm which promoted the agreement with Agostinho Neto University, owners of this collection of drawings, Ana Tostões, President of Docomomo International, and Julia Albani, representing the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The moderator for the session will be Luís Urbano, Vice-President of the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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2 December 2019
José Carlos Loureiro and his architecture, on his birthday

"José Carlos Loureiro is today one of the architects of Porto. He has been since 1950. His interventions, larger and smaller, are dotted around the city. Sometimes, decisively, as in the case of the Sports Pavilion (he is not responsible for the heinous demolition of the Crystal Palace) which asserts itself as an "identifying sign of the new entrance to Porto via the Arrábida Bridge"; others, subtly, as in the case of the "Parnassus" building where, "between the isolated and referential street block" his respect for the old city is visible and it is also covered in ceramics.
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A city that today recognises him as one of those who have shaped its face in the last (almost) 40 years; it is time to see asserting itself work that requires constant and thorough accuracy and rigour, in a way of working that is his own and, above all, is profoundly serious.

A man of skill, José Carlos Loureiro is one of the possible and necessary lessons for today´s architects."

These are the words of Manuel Correia Fernandes, published in 1987 in the University of Porto catalogue, Architectural Design, which today, more than 30 years later and with so many new and important works designed since then, retain all their meaning and timeliness.

José Carlos Loureiro was born on 2 December 1925. Congratulations, Architect!

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27 November 2019
Team Ten Farwest:
Critical Revision of the Modern Movement in the Iberian Peninsula, 1953-1981
International Conference
28-30 November 2019, Porto University Architecture School (FAUP)

Over the next three days, from 28 to 30 November, at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, the International Congress «Team Ten Farwest: Critical Revision of the Modern Movement in the Iberian Peninsula,1953-1981» will hold a discussion on the processes of reception and assimilation in Spain and Portugal of the ideas put forward at the meetings of Team 10 which took place between 1953 and 1981.

This International Congress, organised by Pedro Baía, Nelson Mota and Tiago Lopes Dias, together with the organising committees of the Guimarães (2017) and Barcelona (2018) meetings, has the Marques da Silva Foundation as an institutional partner. Representing it on 29 November at 1830 hrs will be the Vice-President, Luís Urbano, who will introduce the speaker, Tom Avermaete. 

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24 November 2019
The Marvila Library by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, a space with a sense of community

"With almost 3000 square metres, the Library occupies two buildings, one built from scratch and the other renovated, where the old olive press stands, preserved by the architect. The books and the memories of the past live side by side, between reading rooms, work rooms and play areas for different age groups. In the old building recovered from the Quinta das Fontes can be found a space of homage to the writer José Gomes Ferreira, father of the architect." (Alexandra Saraiva)

The Municipal Library of Marvila is the most recent design by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira to be opened, on 27 November 2016. The idea began to take shape at the end of the 1990s, with the Writing House, the design for a building to be constructed at Quinta das Fontes. In 2014, Lisbon City Council decided to reformulate the original design, endowing the space with a Library that would symbolise the start of a more ambitious programme to create a network of municipal facilities to promote social inclusion and citizenship. The design for the Marvila Library then began to take shape, in a compromise between the new and the renovation of the ruin, between the memory of the place and the challenges of the present. There would also be an area dedicated to his father, José Gomes Ferreira. It is therefore not surprising that around 2000 books belonging to the writer have been donated to this Library, as well as other items of his estate, from the writing desk to the pianola, to the dining room furniture designed by Francisco Keil do Amaral. But in this building, the architect also made the decision to merge literary work into the architecture, reproducing on two walls the illustrations that Abel Manta created for "The adventures of John Fearless". The design has been transformed into a place of celebration of many lives and many histories.
 
The warm manner with which this Library was welcomed by the people of Marvila, who made it their own from the moment that its doors were opened, was very moving for the architect at the opening event. Beyond the architectural and urban context of the design, the presence of people made it fulfill its most desired purpose, a sense of community.

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira was born on 24 November 1931.

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21 November 2019
"Bartolomeu Costa Cabral. 18 obras [works]"
Second edition of the book, published with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation

The book «Bartolomeu Costa Cabral. 18 Obras [works]», edited by Paulo Providência and Pedro Baía, presents 18 works designed between 1960 and 2012 by the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, a selection which illustrates his unique route through Portuguese architectural culture, from the design for the Bloco das Águas Livres to the more recent design for the Taipa house.

The second edition of this book from the Circle of Ideas is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation, as part of the reception of the collection of the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, and is already available from the online Store.
 

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20 November 2019
Eileen Gray. Total Art: House E.1027 on a scale of 1:1
Simposium and opening of the exhibition, and bookings for guided visits

Today, 20 November, at 1730 hrs in the FAUP Gallery, is the opening of the exhibition "Eileen Gray. Total Art: House E.1027 on a scale of 1:1", curated by Wilfried Wang and Carolina Leite, coordinated by Alberto Lage.

To anticipate the opening of the exhibition, a symposium will take place at 1500 hrs in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, seeking to discuss the importance, in the context of current architecture, of the house which Eileen Gray built in Roquebrune Cap Martin between 1926 and 1929, which she named E.1027. The speakers will be the architects Wilfried Wang, Ana Tostões, Lia Antunes and Carolina Leite.

Bookings are also open for three guided visits to the exhibition, taking place on the following dates:

Saturday 23 November, 1100 – 1200 hrs, with Carolina Leite
Saturday 30 November, 1100 – 1200 hrs, with Carolina Leite
Friday 6 December, 1900 - 2000 hrs, with Wilfried Wang (in English)

Participation is free, limited to a maximum of 20 people per visit, via prior registration on the  FAUP website.

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18 November 2019
Team Ten Farwest:
Critical Revision of the Modern Movement in the Iberian Peninsula, 1953-1981
International Conference
28-30 November 2019, Porto University Architecture School (FAUP)

Team Ten Farwest sets out to debate the uptake and assimilation processes of the architectural ideas of Team 10 under the critical revision of the Modern Movement in the Iberian Peninsula between 1953 and 1981. With this objective in mind, an International Conference will be hosted at FAUP – Porto University School of Architecture, from 28 to 30 November 2019 — the year that marks the 60th anniversary of the last CIAM Meeting of 1959, in Otterlo.

For the preparation of this International Conference, two preliminary meetings were held — in Guimarães (2017) and Barcelona (2018) — where several contributions of Portuguese and Spanish researchers were presented. These different historiographical perspectives were centred on subjects like the protagonists, the processes, architectural works, urbanism, and representation; from anthropology to cinema, from pedagogy to research, from architectural language to theory, from housing to tourism, from image to criticism.

The book “Team Ten Farwest: Guimarães 2017, Barcelona 2018”, published by Circo de Ideias, gathers the texts presented within the context of the meetings held in Guimarães and Barcelona, together with background notes from Joan Ockman, Łukasz Stanek and Dirk van den Heuvel.

Also in line with the International Conference, the issue n.10 of Joelho - Jornal of Architectural Culture, guest edited by Nuno Correia, Pedro Baía and Carolina B. García Estévez, proposes to deepen the knowledge about the means of diffusion in the Iberian Peninsula on the ideas coming out of the Team 10 meetings held in Europe between 1953 and 1981.

The Congress is organised by Pedro Baía, Nelson Mota and Tiago Lopes Dias, jointly with the organising committees of the Guimarães and Barcelona meetings. In addition to FAUP and the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Congress partners are: School of Architecture of the University of Minho; Lab2PT, Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra; TU Delft – Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment; and Circle of Ideas.
 

About the Congress programme

In the Congress programme are included seminars by Joan Ockman (presented by Francisco Ferreira - EAUM) on the 28th; Tom Avermaete (presented by Luís Urbano - FIMS) on the 29th; and Łukasz Stanek (presented by José António Bandeirinha - DARQ), and Dirk van den Heuvel (presented by Nelson Mota - TU Delft) on the 30th.
 
On Thursday 28 November, the opening of the Congress will include contributions from Teresa Calix (FAUP), Sérgio Fernandez and Pedro Baía.
 
On Friday 29 November, in the PhD work session, the contributions of Ilaria La Corte, Bruno Baldaia and João Luís Marques will be presented and discussed, and two publications will be presented: the magazine Joelho n.10, entitled «Team 10: Debate and Media in Portugal and Spain», by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, and the book «Jaap Bakema and the open society» by Dirk van den Heuvel.
 
In the Saturday sessions, dedicated to the themes of Habitat, Networks  and Media, the contributions of Ana Luísa Rodrigues, Paolo Sustersic, Esperanza Campaña, Nuno Grande, Julio Garnica, Leonor Matos Silva, Jorge Figueira, Carlos Machado e Moura and Ana Esteban-Maluenda will be presented and discussed.

The Congress sessions will be moderated by Óscar Ares Álvarez, Tiago Lopes Dias, Nelson Mota, Carolina B. García Estévez, Pedro Baía and Joaquim Moreno.

The seminars and contributions will be in English. The opening session, the PhD work session and the presentation of Joelho 10 will be in Portuguese.

Entrance is free, via prior registration on the Congress website.

Full programme and other information: www.teamtenfarwest.com

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15 November 2019
Vasco Vieira da Costa, an architect to discover

Starting yesterday and continuing until 20 December, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, it will be possible to visit Vasco Vieira da Costa´ s "Library of Details" in the space where a small but significant set of drawings with constructive solutions is on display. An unusual point of departure for presenting architecture, but which takes on importance for the visibility which it brings to this phase of a project, complemented here by comparison with photographs of the building and other documentary records. In this way, "Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details", a show organised by Margarida Quintã, subtly lets us glimpse the working process and the relevance of the work developed by this Angolan architect.

In the round table which yesterday marked the opening of the show to the public, Manuel Correia Fernandes, José Quintão and Carlos Madureira, moderated by Eliseu Gonçalves, remembered vivid episodes from the office of Vasco Vieira da Costa, in Luanda, during the early 1970s. With a lot of humour, they shared that common experience together with a figure whom they understood to be intrinsically an architect and who then assumed an almost paternal dimension. And they were unanimous in their appreciation of his way of being: calm, serious, attentive, marked by a mental and ethical rigour, by intelligence and sensitivity. Unanimous also in their recognition of the constructive and functional quality of his architecture, marked by a great rationality, inspiration and a modernist matrix, effectively interpreted and adapted, with ingenuity and simplicity, to the particularities of place and climate. Works such as the Kinaxixe Market, the English House and the Mutamba Building, current headquarters of the Angolan Ministry of Housing and Public Works, were some of the examples mentioned. It should be noted that, after completing his academic training between Porto and Paris, the city where he met and collaborated with Le Corbusier, and where, in 1947, he served as chaperone to his friend Fernando Távora, he returned to Luanda, where he remained, resisting the political upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. There he would welcome Louis Kahn, who was keen to visit him, and who would be mainly responsible, after 25 April 1974, together with Manuel Correia Fernandes, for the creation of the Architecture Course at the Agostinho Neto University, today the holder of part of his documentary heritage. To close the session, which was attended by one of the sons of Vasco Vieira da Costa and Barbara Gratz-Carr, José Manuel Soares, with another humorous note, also gave his testimony and told some illustrative stories of the uniqueness of the couple.

The isolationism that was applied to the work of Vasco Vieira da Costa, by the contexts surrounding its production during the dictatorship, away from the centres of power, paradoxically guaranteed him a field of freedom for the development of relevant work that now needs to be recognised and safeguarded. The designs presented in "Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details" are part of a collection that, after treatment and restoration undertaken at the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Conservation and Restoration Workshop of the University of Porto, are destined to return to Luanda as a basis for the creation of a Documentation Centre. The questions of preservation of this archive in particular, and of the archives of architecture in general, will be the subject of the second round table organised as part of this show, on 12 December, with Ana Freitas, Ana Tostões, Daniel Quintã and Julia Albani, moderated by Luís Urbano.

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14 November 2019
Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details
Opening of the Show + Round Table
Today, at 1830 hrs, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

The opening of the Show "Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details" will set the scene for the round table which begins at 1830 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, with António Madureira, José Quintão and Manuel Correia Fernandes, architects who are sharing with each other the passage through Vasco Vieira da Costa´ s workshop. Moderated by Eliseu Gonçalves, it is the first of two round tables to take place as part of this Show.

"Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details", curated by Margarida Quintã, presents a set of designs particularly focused on solutions and constructive details arising from the documentary collection of the architect Vasco Vieira da Costa, heritage of the Agostinho Neto University (Luanda). 

The Show will remain open to the public until 20 December 2019.
Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.

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13 November 2019
"Eileen Gray. Total Art: House E.1027 at a scale of 1:1"
Simposium and Exhibition
20 November, 1500 hrs and 1730 hrs, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto

The Anglo-Irish designer Eileen Gray (1878-1976) will be in the spotlight at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, in two initiatives: the Exhibition "Eileen Gray. Total Art: House E.1027 at a scale of 1:1" and the Symposium that marks its opening on 20 November, with the curators Wilfried Wang and Carolina Leite, and the speakers Ana Tostões and Lia Antunes.

On the rocky coast of the Côte d‘Azur at Roquebrune Cap Martin, Eileen Gray built a holiday home, white and elongated, which she called E.1027 (1926–1929). At the age of 52, this was her first incursion into the world of architecture, done with the support of her then companion Jean Badovici, editor of the avant garde magazine L´Architecture Vivante. For Gray, more than E.1027 being an opportunity to apply new spatial concepts, it would be a manifesto, revisited in her subsequent projects, for which she created not only the architecture, but also practically all the objects and items of furniture – a total work of art represented in this exhibition at a scale of 1:1.

The exhibition reproduces an area of the house, the bedroom, of around 24 square metres, aiming to portray not only the architectural space itself, but also revealing 15 previously unknown examples of the author´ s original furniture. Having been designed for a pedagogical purpose, it gives the visitor the possibility of interacting not only with the space but also with the furniture itself.

Initially designed for Mebanne Hall, Texas, in 2017, and already presented at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2019, "Eileen Gray. Total Art: House E.1027 at a scale of 1:1" now arrives in Porto, after the publication, by Wasmuth, of a monograph entirely dedicated to this house, presenting content that reveals the research process that has led to the exhibition and that highlights its importance. It opens at 1730 hrs in the FAUP Gallery, and will remain open to the public until 3 January 2020.
 
This exhibition project, for which the Marques da Silva Foundation is an institutional partner, is organised by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, The University of Texas at Austin, O´Neil Ford Chair in Architecture, Krafna Architects (Porto) and Hoidn Wang Partner (Berlin).

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12 November 2019
"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura" [Modern Teaching in Architecture] between memory and research: notes on the launch session of the book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz
House-Atelier José Marques da Silva, 11 November 2019, photo by Luís Urbano.

At the launch session for Gonçalo Canto Moniz´ s book, "O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura" [Modern Teaching in Architecture], it was made clear why it is important to look back and understand how the first Schools of Architecture, in Porto and Lisbon, were building their identity. Only in this way is it possible to understand the place they occupy today, in a necessarily different territory, more shared and diverse, heir to the Beaux Arts matrix which ruled the first half of the 20th century and the pedagogical experiences that followed and affirmed other paradigms of teaching, in a permanent attempt to approach the real contexts that would shape and witness the practice of architecture.

This book presents a first monographic reading in this field of analysis. José António Bandeirinha highlighted the scientific rigour and usefulness of the study carried out, as well as the importance of the instrumental character which it now acquires; Alexandre Alves Costa, also supervisor of the original thesis work, considered that this consultation is essential in tracing the history of the teaching of Architecture in Portugal and in particular in Porto, in conjunction with the work of Eduardo Fernandes and Raquel Paulino, among others.

With the authority of someone who lived through a significant part of the historical process that "the Modern Teaching of Architecture" seeks to reconstruct, Alexandre Alves Costa has shared his "histories", giving voice to the utopias which fed the slow transformation that took place: the illusion of modernism carried out by the Reform of 1957; the desire to approach the real, with the immersion in the city (or cities); the emergence of analysis and the proposal of a scientific spirit; the urgency of the synthesis framed by the Inquiry; and the paradoxical claim of Design and History after the April revolution. Thus the different paths of each School were travelled and the present time was reached, becoming this sentimental and lived history, finally, the point of departure for Gonçalo Canto Moniz´ s research, which now, translated into a book, seeks to be an active contribution to the rethinking of the pedagogical practices of the present-day Schools of Architecture.

In this session, homage was also given to the figure of Marques da Silva, in the 150th anniversary year of his birth, a decisive person in this narrative for the style of teaching which he helped to implement and for the style of architecture which he practised. Gonçalo Canto Moniz has recognised the archival richness of the Marques da Silva Foundation and of the University of Porto and their pivotal role in the research carried out. The book, published by the Marques da Silva Foundation in partnership with Edições Afrontamento, is here to demonstrate that.

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8 November 2019
O Ensino Moderno da Arquitetura [Modern Teaching in Architecture]
Launch of the book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz
11 November,1830 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
Gunther Wilhem, José Forjaz, Carlos Ramos, Fernanda Alcântara, Manuel Marques de Aguiar, José Semide and Fernando Távora. ESBAP, Summer Course of UIA, 1958.

The image of a "hen surrounded by chicks" was used by Carlos Ramos to illustrate his method of teaching, based around monitoring the work on the drawing board and in “collective teaching”, that is, involving groups of students in the critiquing of the project.

In the photograph reproduced on the cover of O Ensino Moderno da Arquitetura [Modern Teaching in Architecture], we see him, in 1958, surrounded by Gunther Wilhem, José Forjaz, Fernanda Alcântara, Manuel Marques de Aguiar, and at the back, José Semide and Fernando Távora, at the Porto High School of Fine Arts, during the UIA Summer Course.

In this book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, we follow the everyday life of the two schools then responsible for the training of Portuguese architects, in Porto and Lisbon, to trace the slow trajectory in the construction of a paradigm in the modern teaching of Architecture in Portugal.

On 11 November, at 1830 hrs, Alexandre Alves Costa and José António Bandeirinha will introduce it in a session also attended by representatives of the publishers, Fátima Vieira for the Marques da Silva Foundation, and José Ribeiro of Edições Afrontamento.


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7 November 2019
The Fishermen´s Quarter, by Rui Goes Ferreira, "an example of how architecture can establish a place"

Tomorrow, 8 November, at 1400 hrs, in the Auditorium of the Museum of Electricity in Funchal, Madalena Vidigal will speak about the Fishermen´ s Housing Estate, a project developed in the workshop of Rui Goes Ferreira, during the 1970s, in Câmara de Lobos. The rightness of the place and the living conditions offered by this set of houses translated into a rapid appropriation by those for whom they were built, soon after their construction, completed in 1982.  With this a city was built and the needs of social integration were met for a community which faced real problems of poverty and exclusion.

Madalena Vidigal´s contribution is part of the initiative organised by the Order of Architects - Madeira Delegation to celebrate Architecture Month and has for its theme “Collective Housing: City for all”.

The panel members will be Helena Roseta, Nuno Brandão da Costa, Ricardo Carvalho and Luís Spranger, moderated by Catarina Fernandes.

Entrance is free but pre-booking is required.

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6 November 2019
Alcino Soutinho, the permanent traveller

Alcino Soutinho in the Chinati Foundation (Marfa, Texas), in 1998, photographed by Laura Soutinho, occupying the centre of a space where the sculptures of Donald Judd merge into their own territory, in a strange coexistence determined by the raw display of elements, by structures reduced to the essential, by the inhospitable landscape that defines their contours.

For Alcino Soutinho, a permanent traveller but always an architect, "journeys always subjugated themselves to architecture, because it is one thing to see architecture, but its representation in books is another thing". As Helena Barroco said in the 2010 interview quoted here, "I had a very exciting time." And Alcino Soutinho travelled, between professional complicity and the taste of affection, in all the continents, from Asia, to the USA, to Latin America.

Also the interest in Museums, in the many forms that they can assume, was another of his constants, as the numerous travel records, of which this photograph is one, or the exhibition that took place this year in the Museum of Neo-Realism, have made evident. It is in this mode of action, in this continuum that helps to construct his work, his journey, the identity of his architectural look. Work that is now material for research, and so a new pathway begins. Tomorrow, with Helena Barranha, curator of the exhibition, it will return to the American continent and will be in Buenos Aires, at the 12th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum: Museums, Heritage and Sustainable Tourism, as a central theme of his communication: "Designing a Cultural Catalyst. Museum Architecture in the Work of Alcino Soutinho."

Alcino Soutinho was born on 6 November 1930.

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5 November 2019
"Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details"
Exhibition Opening and Round Table
14 November 2019

The Exhibition Vasco Vieira da Costa: Library of Details, curated by Margarida Quintã, will make known a set of drawings particularly focused on solutions and constructive details coming from the documentary collection of the architect Vasco Vieira da Costa.

It opens on 14 November, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, at 1830 hrs, and will remain open to the public until 20 December 2019.

In parallel with this, two round tables will take place. The first marks the opening of the Exhibition, bringing together three of Vieira da Costa´s collaborators: António Madureira, José Quintão and Manuel Correia Fernandes. The moderator will be Eliseu Gonçalves. Following this, on 12 December, also at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, at 1830 hrs, will be the meeting between Ana Freitas (Conservation and Restoration Workshop, University of Porto), Ana Tostões (Docomomo International), Daniel Quintã (Iperforma) and Julia Albani (Canadian Centre for Architecture), moderated by Luís Urbano (Marques da Silva Foundation), to discuss the challenges that present themselves today in the preservation of architectural archives.

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4 November 2019
The many “ways of doing nothing”

At the 2019 Marques da Silva Seminars, José Capela showed “ways of doing nothing”, that is, the many forms of emphasising the individuality of each place - intended for shows (theatre, opera or dance), exhibitions or installations - through a reinvention of scenographic experiences developed by someone who cannot stop being an architect.

Showing what is there, moving another location by replicating it on the stage, showing how it is done, delegating authorship, using “ready made” objects, or copying with self-righteous shamelessness, were the various paths followed along a route, already recognised and rewarded with prizes, of the construction of scenographies which has its line of continuity in the instrumentalisation of photography and in the desire to manipulate the image. The works presented made evident the game between the two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality of images as a way of feeding the illusion inherent in the scenic space, whose final reading can only be fully realised when all the components unite at the moment when the show takes place.

To open this Seminar, which took place on 31 October, were Fátima Vieira, Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the organising institution, and João Pedro Xavier, Director of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, partner organisation in this initiative.

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31 October 2019
Newsletter #40 | October 2019

Within a few hours of the 13th Marques da Silva Seminars, with José Capela and "ways of doing nothing", we are launching Newsletter #40.
 

See Newsletter #40 | Outubro 2019

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29 October 2019

"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura" [Modern Teaching in Architecture]
Launch of the book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz
Introduced by Alexandre Alves Costa and José António Bandeirinha
11 November, 1830 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

On 11 November, at 1830 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, Alexandre Alves Costa and José António Bandeirinha will introduce Gonçalo Canto Moniz´ s book, "O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: A formação do Arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)" [Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the Architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)], a joint publication of the Marques da Silva Foundation, represented by its Chairperson, Fátima Vieira, and Edições Afrontamento, represented by José Ribeiro, with the support of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.


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18 October 2019
"ways of doing nothing"
José Capela at the 2019 Marques da Silva Seminars

"I didn´t like scenography when I began, without having planned it, to do scenography. I didn´t appreciate the recurring opposition between the architecture of theatre rooms and the architecture of what is installed on the stage, and I preferred the rooms to the scenery. I began by adopting strategies for appropriating one´s own spaces of representation – strategies that one might call, falling back on the vocabulary of the visual arts, site-specific. Using or emphasising what is already there. That possibility of appropriating “things not made by me” has extended to other aspects of scenography, in particular by referring decisions to the work of others. I often put myself in this position of simple placement, whereby I decide but I don´t take action. One of the chapters of my doctoral thesis was called: ways of doing nothing. And it is about modes of non-action, about possibilities of calculated choice not to do, that I propose to talk." (José Capela)

José Capela, architect and scenographer, will be the speaker at the 2019 Marques da Silva Seminars. "ways of doing nothing" is his subject.

Taking place on Thursday 31 October, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, at 1830 hrs. Free entrance.

Note: the image used on the poster, by José Carlos Duarte, is from the scenography for Hamlet, a flying suitcase project (2014).
 

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15 October 2019
José Capela, "ways of doing nothing"
Architect Marques da Silva Seminar 2019
31 October, 1830 hrs, Fernando Távora Auditorium (FAUP)

In 2019, a year when the S. João National Theatre building, designed by Marques da Silva, started preparing to celebrate the upcoming centenary, the Marques da Silva Seminars cycle, organised annually by the Marques da Silva Foundation with the support of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, offers the stage to a scenic architect: José Capela. And by looking in the other direction, moving from the architectural object to the scenographic project, José Capela takes up the challenge to speak in this seminar about modes of non-action, taking as his theme the title of his set design catalogue: ways of doing nothing.

Taking place on 31 October, at 1830 hrs, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. Entrance is free.

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18 October 2019
José Marques da Silva: 1869-2019

José Marques da Silva was born on 18 October 1869. Today, 150 years after his birth, his name is more than the memory of a life and the record of the projects he created. In the place where this architect lived there is now a Foundation dedicated to the preservation, study and dissemination of Portuguese architecture.

A plan to expand its facilities, already underway, and an ambitious exhibition programme for the Residence-Atelier and the Lopes Martins Mansion, with exhibits dedicated to the comprehensive documentary collection preserved at the Marques da Silva Foundation, recently expanded with the donation of more than ten collections of Portuguese architects, will mark the institution´ s near future. Its undeniable relevance will also be reflected in agreements to be established with similar institutions.

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17 October 2019
Porto hosted the VI Congress of Contemporary Religious Architecture and José Carlos Loureiro presented his design for the Church of S. Veríssimo

The Porto Major Seminary hosted the VI International Congress of Contemporary Religious Architecture, from 10 to 12 October, on the subject ‘Architectures for a new liturgy: Interventions in religious heritage after the Vatican II Council’.

It was an intensive programme designed to reflect on the need to promote interdisciplinarity between Architecture, Art and Theology in responding to the challenges that contemporaneity poses. The itinerary proposed as part of this Congress also offered to participants the unique opportunity to visit the Church of S. Veríssimo guided by its author, the Architect José Carlos Loureiro. To round off the tour, it was also possible to visit Marques da Silva´ s contribution to the Church of Cedofeita.

The initiative, which was supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation, was organised by the Observatory of Contemporary Religious Architecture (OARC), the FAUP Centre for the Study of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Centre for the Study of Religious History – CEHR-UCP, bringing together specialists from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Hungary, Croatia, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Belgium and Australia.

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15 October 2019
And yet they move ... in Architecture: the session

The Marques da Silva Foundation, the space and the project that brings to life the will and dream of a woman architect, Maria José Marques da Silva, hosted last Friday the session of the cycle "And yet they move: Women in the Arts and Sciences" whose purpose was to focus discussion on the presence of women in the field of Architecture. There was talk about the production of knowledge, the presence of women in education, in project activities and in the design of urban territory. The issue of visibility was raised, and the role that research and archives can play in the recovery of memory and in the reconfiguration of historiography relating to times when the right to practise the discipline of architecture had to be earned. There was talk of Maria José Marques da Silva´ s pioneering spirit and the surprising modernity expressed in her academic works. There was reference to the need to build a critical awareness and to establish networks that ensure the representation and recognition of women even in our own times.

Participants in this discussion, moderated by Marinela Freitas, were Patrícia Pedrosa, Jorge Figueira and Joana Lage.

This multidisciplinary cycle continues until 29 October (see programme)

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11 October 2019
And yet they move ... in Architecture
Today, at 1830 hrs, at the Marques da Silva Foundation

In the archives of the Marques da Silva Foundation we find the academic work of Maria José Marques da Silva, the first woman to be awarded a degree by the Porto School of Fine Arts, in 1943. (...) Will it be possible, from this, to imagine a different person?
The numerous photographs of Maria José Marques da Silva´ s wedding show the rurality that has always dominated Portugal, until we joined Europe, and a relationship with the land always closer to Frank Lloyd Wright than to Le Corbusier, as Fernando Távora´ s episode in Taliesin makes evident. (...) Can an archive reconstruct a character?

(Jorge Figueira)

 

 Today at 1830 hrs, the Lopes Martins Mansion (one of the headquarters buildings of the Marques da Silva Foundation and the house where the architect Maria José Marques da Silva lived, pictured here when preparing to defend her CODA, at ESBAP, in 1943) will open its doors again to host the round table that takes the cycle "And yet they move! Women in the Arts and Sciences" into the field of Architecture.

Participants in this session, moderated by Marinela Freitas, are Joana Pestana Lage, Jorge Figueira and Patrícia Santos Pedrosa. Entrance is free.

* Lopes Martins Mansion, Pr. Marquês de Pombal, nº 30, Porto
 

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10 October 2019
José Porto, an unusual architect

The sounds of the renovation of the Emporium building and the opening of the Casa Manoel de Oliveira, with the display of drawings for the Casa da Vilarinha and the scenery designs for "Aniki Bóbó", are the most recent contributions to the recognition of the name of José Porto and evidence of his work at the present time. After all, the one considered by Manoel de Oliveira to be "a very special person, demanding and incorruptible", was the architect who, arriving in Porto from Paris in the mid-1930s, always directed his attention towards aesthetics and the balance of forms, whether they were architectural, object-related or human.

José Porto was born in Vilar de Mouros on 10 October 1883.

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8 October 2019
And yet they move... in Architecture
11 October, 1830 hrs, Marques da Silva Foundation

“And yet they move … in architecture”, one of the programmed initiatives in the cycle "And yet they move! Women in the Arts and Sciences", seeks to give visibility to women architects, highlighting their pioneering work in the field and emphasising the obstacles that they had (and continue to have) to overcome in order to be known and recognised in the profession.

Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, Jorge Figueira and Joana Pestana Lage will be the guest speakers at this session. The round table, moderated by Marinela Freitas, will take place in the renovated dining room of the Lopes Martins Mansion (pr. Marquês de Pombal, nº 30), one of the two houses which form the headquarters of the Marques da Silva Foundation, a project born out of the vision of the couple Maria José Marques da Silva and David Moreira da Silva in order to preserve the meeting space of their lives: architecture.

On 11 October, at 1830 hrs, at the Architect José Marques da Silva Foundation Institute (FIMS).  Not to be missed!
 

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4 October 2019
VI International Congress of Contemporary Religious Architecture
10 to 12 October, Porto Major Seminary

The VI International Congress of Contemporary Religious Architecture will take place between 10 and 12 October. Organised by the Observatory of Contemporary Religious Architecture (OARC), the FAUP Centre for the Study of Architecture and Urbanism and the Centre for the Study of Religious History - CEHR-UCP, it is dedicated to the theme "Architectures for a new liturgy. Interventions in religious heritage after the Vatican II Council".

In addition to the information and round tables provided in the Congress programme, an itinerary of tours has been designed which includes the visit to the Matriz de Valbom Church, designed by the Architect José Carlos Loureiro who will also be present. The schedule also includes a visit to the Cedofeita Church, where we will of course talk about the contributions of the Architect José Marques da Silva throughout the complex process that led to its construction.

This initiative, scientifically coordinated by Esteban Fernández-Cobián (University of Coruña. Coordinator), João Luis Marques (CEAU-FAUP) and João Alves da Cunha (CEHR-UCP), is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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30 September 2019
"Arts Heritage Leisure", the Foundation in the European Heritage Days 2019

"Arts Heritage Leisure" was the overarching theme of the European Heritage Days which took place between 27 and 29 September. With cinema, photography, modern architecture, music, fashion, games and an intricate plot in the ambiguous territory of urban landscapes, interior and exterior, characteristic of Antonioni, all of which are present in "Blow-Up", for all of these reasons, this film formed part of the proposal for the Marques da Silva Foundation´ s participation in this 2019 event.

The session, moderated by Luís Urbano and Francisco Ferreira, took place in the dining room of the Lopes Martins Mansion, a space which will open its doors again on 11 October for a new meeting, details of which will be available soon.

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1 October 2019
European Day of Foundations and Donors

The European Day of Foundations and Donors is celebrated on 1 October. The Marques da Silva Foundation is taking part in this celebration by sharing two statements which allow us to make known our foundational project and the activities in which we have been involved.
 

The Marques da Silva Foundation, instituted by the University of Porto from the legacy of the architects Maria José and David Moreira da Silva, heirs of the architect José Marques da Silva, was formally recognised on 13 July 2009 (Despacho nº 16482/2009), after the statutory transformation of the Architect José Marques da Silva Institute, created in 1994. 


Statement by the Chair of the Board: Prof. Dr Fátima Vieira
Statement by the researcher: Prof. Dr Gonçalo Canto Moniz

 

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23 September 2019
Blow-Up: between cinematographic essence and architectural expression
Conversation with Luis Urbano and Francisco Ferreira
European Heritage Days 2019
27 September, 2130 hrs, Lopes Martins Mansion

“In the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, architecture functions not only as a setting or backdrop, but also as its psychological and cultural equivalent. The architectural spaces help to shape the tone and the environment of that world and of its characters. For Antonioni, there is an inherent system of values within particular architectural styles: The streamlined skeleton construction of modern architecture has ... a negative connotation, while the elaborate organic stylisations of the Baroque are idealized as representative of lost tradition and beauty.”

Diane Borden, “Antonioni and Architecture”, Mise-en-scène 2 (1980): 25.

 

Blow-Up, Antonioni´ s mythical film, shot in 1966, will be the starting point for a conversation between Luis Urbano and Francisco Ferreira. Two architects, two teachers who have been devoting part of their attention to the intersections between cinema and architecture, for an exchange of impressions, to be extended to all those present, on the intersections between these two forms of expression and, in particular, on the way in which they are present in Antonioni.

This initiative, which will introduce the renovated Dining Room of the Lopes Martins Mansion, marks the participation of the Marques da Silva Foundation in the European Heritage Days, whose theme for this year is Arts Heritage Leisure.


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17 September 2019
Maria José Marques da Silva: architecture on several fronts
Conference with Jorge Figueira at the ABRE Congress II
Paris, 18 September, EHESS

"Maria José Marques da Silva: architecture on several fronts" was the theme proposed by Jorge Figueira for his participation in Congress II of the Association of Brazilianists in Europe (ABRE). His session, which will address the projects, the associative career and the institutional legacy of the first woman to be trained in Architecture in the city of Porto, will take place tomorrow, 18 September, in Paris, as part of the panel "Gender, architecture and modern domesticity", between 1330 hrs and 1600 hrs.

The second part of this Congress will take place in the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), between 18 and 21 September, and will discuss a wide range of themes and disciplines covering architecture, literature, cinema, music, plastic arts, heritage, the Amazon, Amerindian populations, and how they relate to colonial history, military dictatorship, contemporary slavery, racial and gender issues, migration and environmental issues, urban politics and inequalities, among other subjects.
 

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16 September 2019
Fernando Lanhas or the restlessness of knowledge

The gaze of Fernando Lanhas from a disconcerting red armchair in the mountains of Valongo. A resting researcher on a study tour of fossils and minerals photographed by his son Pedro Lanhas, in the 1990s, on his way to Mont´Alto. An unusual photograph of an unusual character.  An architect by training, Fernando Lanhas covered many fields of knowledge. He was born on 16 September 1923. His professional archive was donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation on 18 May this year.

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15 September 2019
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral architecture 1953-2012
"The Ethics of Things"

This event took place yesterday, in the Novitiate Room of the Convent of Christ. A conversation moderated by Rui Serrano, with Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Luís Urbano (vice-president of FIMS), Madalena Cunha Matos, Mariana Couto, Pedro Baía, Rui Mendes, Telmo Cruz and Maximina Almeida  speaking about Architecture, about the Architecture of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, about form, function and life, about modernism and contemporaneity, with reflections on the passage of time in the ways of doing and thinking about design, about a career of great longevity, of 70 years of disciplinary practice, translated into two hundred designs, in which the experience of the Águas Livres Block takes on a crucial role.

"The Ethics of Things" closes today, to be followed by the touring exhibition, the reissue of the book published by Circo de Ideias, now with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation and, above all, by the opening of new approaches to understanding the work of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral with the donation of his archive to this institution.

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12 September 2019
"The Ethics of Things"
Conference - Bartolomeu Costa Cabral architecture 1953-2012
14 September, 1500 hrs, Convent of Christ

The conference "Bartolomeu Costa Cabral architecture 1953-2012", taking place in the Novitiate Room of the Convent of Christ in Tomar next Saturday, 14 September, will include a meeting between the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral and Luís Urbano (vice-president of FIMS), Madalena Cunha Matos, Mariana Couto, Pedro Baía, Rui Mendes, Rui Serrano and Telmo Cruz.

Together, in an informal conversation which also aims to extend itself to the audience, they will address topics such as Architecture and modernism; Architecture and society; Architecture and planning; Architecture and heritage; Architecture, sensitivity and emotions; Architecture, function and movement; Architecture and natural light.

This initiative marks the close of the exhibition "The Ethics of Things", the exhibition which since 29 June has been showing 18 representative designs from the various fields in which the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral has worked, from educational establishments to a range of other projects, including individual and collective housing.

It should be noted that the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral´ s professional archive was recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, and the process of integrating it into this institution´ s Documentation Centre is underway.

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7 September 2019
Maria José Marques da Silva, a pragmatic woman with a sense of the future

Today marks 105 years since the birth of Maria José Marques da Silva. Daughter of José Marques da Silva, she became the first woman to train in Architecture in Porto. She built a long career as an architect, in partnership with David Moreira da Silva, and she did not give up fighting for the discipline and its standards as an association leader. But in parallel with her own life was also her defence of the legacy left by her father, for example in 1953, where we see her in the photo, unveiling the facsimile of José Marques da Silva´ s signature on the facade of the S. João Theatre, as part of the tribute organised by ESBAP, ANBA and SNA, and in what today is the most visible aspect of her actions, the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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6 September 2019
Foundation publications at the Porto Book Fair 2019

The Avenida das Tílias, in the Crystal Palace Gardens, welcomes back the Porto Book Fair, and the Marques da Silva Foundation, again in the University of Porto Pavilion (pavilion 4), will also be represented with its publications.

This year the Book Fair will bring together 128 exhibitors – including publishers, booksellers, book dealers, distributors and institutions – spread over 130 pavilions. The programme, which includes a homage to the teacher and essayist Eduardo Lourenço, an evocation of Fernão de Magalhães´ s circumnavigation of the earth, 50 years since man set foot on the Moon, and the 100th anniversary celebration of Sophia and Sena, includes debates, spoken word sessions, lessons, a film cycle, an exhibition, workshops, and educational and animation programmes.

The Fair begins tomorrow, 6 September, at 1200 hrs, and will remain open to the public until the 22nd, from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays it begins at 1100 hrs. It closes at 2130 hrs from Sunday to Thursday and at 2300 hrs on Friday and Saturday. Entrance is free.

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25 August 2019
Fernando Távora and the Covilhã House, or the story of a romance
Casa e Quinta da Covilhã, photo by Rui Morais, 1992

“We have known each other for a long time …
But I only began to know her better when, together, we began the romance of her – and our – transformation. I had to touch her, and touching her was an act of love, long and slow, persistent and cautious, with doubts and certainties, it was a sinuous and flexible process and not a drawing board project, it was the method of a man in love, not of a cold technocrat, it was a drawing of a gesture rather than a drawing on paper.
Thus it was, ten years of many long gestures and a small amount of paper, ten years of fixing and deciding with caution the transformations which both – she and I – were lovingly accepting.
Thus our lives crossed: today she is continuing in her space and in her time, and her design is there, writing and recording the story of our romance.
We have known each other for a long time.”

(Fernando Tavora, "Prologue", Fernando Távora, My House, C3, pp. 44-45)

 

So writes Fernando Távora, who today, 25 August, would have been 96 years old. The Covilhã House in Guimarães already had a long history when, in 1973, this architect, knowing something of her soul and of her body, began its restoration and renovation. Ten years later, at the end of the quoted text, destined for the catalogue of Eleven Porto Architects. Recent works, he acknowledged that "now we know each other better and are both different".

The House, through his son, the architect José Bernardo Távora, continues to perpetuate the story of this romance and remains literally and symbolically alive. Its heritage value - architectural, historical, artistic, symbolic - should soon be recognised, as the building is in the process of being classified.

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19 August 2019
When photography captures what time has erased …

On World Photography Day, we are sharing two photographs dating from the early 20th century which capture the moment of construction and the interior of a sacred space situated in the region of Greater Porto. But only a careful look could identify the church designed by Marques da Silva for the Parish of S. Martinho de Cedofeita, in 1899, for the life and materiality that they exhibit have long been swallowed up by time.

The images are almost 30 years apart, with the opening for worship of the main chapel meriting the honours of the press: "The new church of Cedofeita was given a solemn opening on Sunday – a costly work, for many years paralysed for lack of resources, but which the generous pockets of the Catholics, some of them to the point of sacrifice, managed to accomplish, not yet completely, but in such a way that this church might already host divine worship.” (“The new church of Cedofeita”, Comércio do Porto, 12.11.1929)

Advances and setbacks would lead to the partial demolition of the ‘new’ church and pastoral centre, with the consequent abandonment of the function initially envisaged for the remainder. Proposals followed from António Agnelo Barbosa de Abreu, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and Fernando Abrunhosa de Brito, and it would fall to Eugénio Alves de Sousa in the 1970s to produce the design for the finished Church, which today we can see near the Romanesque Church. The current invitation is to compare the photographic images with the place, an invitation to tour Cedofeita and to discover in the immediate vicinity of the new temple the ghostly presence of other tastes, desires and ambitions.

For those who would like to know more:

António Tomás Duran Castro recently completed some research work which offers “A critical look at the history of the pastoral centre of the church of Cedofeita – From concept to completion”. These and other images, as well as the survey of unpublished material which documents the long and peculiar history of the construction of the church(es) of Cedofeita, can now be consulted in his Masters dissertation, supervised by João Luís Marques and recently defended at FAUP.

Marques da Silva´ s design can be viewed in the Gallery and the FIMS Digital Archive.

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16 August 2019
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras between the pages of his books
António Côrte-Real, Francisco Pereira da Costa, José Luís Tinoco, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Carlos Carvalho Dias and Eduardo Iglésias; January 1953

The habitat problem is a constant with Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, who was the Zone II team´ s coordinating architect in Portugal´ s Popular Architecture Survey, the teacher who promoted the Urban Surveys as part of the discipline of Analytical Architecture, the active participant in many meetings, national and international, of architecture and urbanism, and the author of texts such as “The social function of the architect” and “The Genesis of the Habitat Charter”, both during the 1960s.

It is therefore not surprising that, in the library donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, there are several titles relating to this theme, as in the case of “La Charte d’ Athènes”, offered ‘to Octávio’ by Fernando Vieira Campos, with underlinings giving evidence of careful reading, or of the book by Heath Licklider, “Architectural Scale”, acquired in February 1967, in which are hidden handwritten notes on Ricci and Savioli, echoes of the first biennial of the Inhabited House, which took place in 1965 in Florence, and dedicated to “today´ s interiors”.

With close to a thousand records relating to multiple fields and areas of interest, the professional library of this architect, born in Porto on 16 August 1922, is practically inventoried and will soon be available for viewing.

The photograph which accompanies this item, dated January 1953, was supplied by Carlos Carvalho Dias and was taken at Francisco Pereira da Costa´ s studio. From left to right are António Côrte-Real, Francisco Pereira da Costa, João José Tinoco, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Carlos Carvalho Dias and Eduardo Iglésias. The photographer is unknown.

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14 August 2019
Conferences, conversations and guided visit mark the close of the exhibition in Cali

The flow of visitors which always guided the actions of the participants Manuel Mendes, Benjamín Barney-Caldas and Andres Erazo in Cali, was very revealing of the interest aroused by the Architecture of the three architects represented in the exhibition “The Character of Tradition in the Architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch”. A conference, the conversation and guided visit which took place at the Museum thus mark the closing programme of an exhibition which is now preparing to go on tour. At the same time, a Class by Manuel Mendes also took place for the opening of the Semester, in the Faculty of Architecture, University of San Buenaventura.

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9 August 2019
"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: a formação do arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)"
Book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz newly available in the FIMS online bookstore

"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: A formação do Arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)" [Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the Architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)], a book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, published in partnership by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Afrontamento Editions, traces the trajectory of the construction of a paradigm in the modern teaching of Architecture in Portugal. The work, which analyses the everyday life of the two schools then responsible for the training of Portuguese architects, allows us to think again about the role of the architect during a central period in Portuguese architecture, but also to reflect on the school of Architecture today, 40 years after its entry into the democratic university system. As José António Bandeirinha states in the book´ s Preface, it is a valuable tool for thinking about pedagogy throughout the modern period, and that makes it a precious document, also in the field of theory and criticism of architecture.

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7 August 2019
José Pedro Tenreiro, Ventura Terra e o Porto [Ventura Terra and Porto]

Miguel Ventura Terra´ s links with Porto are not well known, even though it was the city where he received his first training in Architecture, where he formed friendships, and where he would eventually be called upon to work at various moments in his life.

José Pedro Tenreiro has investigated and traced these links to the area and with the other professionals working in Porto at that time. Ventura Terra and Porto is the result of the research carried out.

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2 August 2019
"Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)"
Lecture and book launch by Gonçalo Canto Moniz
5 August, Faculty of Architecture, UFB

The book "O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: a formação do arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)" [Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)], by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, jointly published by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento, will have its first public presentation on 5 August, in the Faculty of Architecture of the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil).

The launch of the book arises in the context of the seminar and conversation which Gonçalo Canto Moniz will carry out with Nivaldo Andrade and Edson Fernandes, on the subject of "modern teaching" in contemporary pedagogical practices.

"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: a formação do arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)" [Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)] traces the slow trajectory of the construction of a paradigm in the modern teaching of Architecture in Portugal, in a particularly rich period for Portuguese society and for international architectural culture. A period in which are concentrated the most significant pedagogical transformations for the understanding of our contemporaneity. It analyses this complex process of the formalisation of experiences which then sought to implement a theoretical body and common practice, internationally recognisable, in the country´ s two unique Schools of Fine Art, located in Porto and Lisbon. Relationships, balances and tensions are addressed from the perspective of their protagonists: legislators, politicians, teachers, students and architects, as well as the spaces that shaped and reflected them.

The book will soon be available nationally.

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25 July 2019
Fernando Távora in Colombia

After the António Armesto conference, at the inaugural session of the exhibition The character of tradition in the architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch (La Tertulia Museum, Cali, Colombia), it will now be the turn of Manuel Mendes, on 1 August, to give the last seminar in the programme of activities running alongside the exhibition. It will take place in the auditorium of the Cinematheque Museum, entitled "Fernando Távora. The circumstances: historical traditional modern, operativity objectivity authenticity, humanity". This will be followed by a conversation with Benjamín Barney and Andrés Erazo.
 
On this trip to Colombia, Manuel Mendes will also, together with Andres Erazo, be conducting a guided tour of the Exhibition and, on 31 July, marking the opening of the second semester of the Architecture Course in the University of San Buenaventura´ s Faculty of Architecture with a class on "Álvaro Siza, the naturalness of synthesis in the free evolution of thought in drawing: perhaps begin the journey again?"

The exhibition The character of tradition in the architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch will remain open to the public until 18 August.

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17 July 2019
"(EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture", a project which seeks to take a new look at Portuguese Architecture

Yesterday, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the intentions of (EU)ROPA: Rise of Portuguese Architecture were revealed. Admittedly polysemic, transversal and open to participation and internationalisation, this project´ s main purpose is to take a new look at Portuguese Architecture and its connection with today´ s world. To outline a new perspective on what defines its identity, the way in which it has been constructed and, as has been stated, to propose ten interpretative keys to set off a dialogue of different voices, generations, times and geographies.

After hearing from the chief researchers, Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, with their definition of the general structure of the project, it was the turn of each of the researchers invited to coordinate the various thematic lines - Ana Vaz Milheiro, Carlos Machado e Moura, Carolina Coelho, Eliana Sousa Santos, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nuno Grande, Patrícia Pedrosa and Rui Lobo - to present their positions and methodologies.

The different angles of approach and critical questioning of the phenomenon of the ‘rise’ and dissemination of Portuguese Architecture thus pass through their analysis from the point of view of History, Historiography, Fascism, Colonialism, Society, Education, Research, misaligned and alternative Practices, and Gender, what it means to be Portuguese.

The session, opened by the President of the Marques da Silva Foundation, who emphasised the relevance of the partnership established with CES for the realisation of (EU)ROPA: Rise of Portuguese Architecture, was a first opportunity to share with the public some forthcoming new developments.

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16 July 2019
Newsletter #39 | July 2019

Today at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier we are talking about Portuguese Architecture as part of the project (EU)ROPA: Rise of Portuguese Architecture, the first highlight in Newsletter #39.

See   Newsletter #39

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12 July 2019
A trip of immersion in the works of Hestnes Ferreira

The photograph was taken in front of the mythical House of Albarraque, designed in 1960 by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira for his father, the writer José Gomes Ferreira, and well reflects the lively atmosphere during the trip which made possible a visit to 18 works by this architect in Lisbon, Avis, Beja, Évora, Moita.

A trip which also transported the group into the personal universe of Hestnes Ferreira, evoking stories of childhood shared by Pitum Keil do Amaral, to the sound of the songs that formed part of his daily life.

This initiative was organised by Alexandra Saraiva and Paulo Tormenta Pinto, researchers at Dinâmia (ISCTE-IUL), and was supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation which was represented by its Vice-President, Luís Urbano.

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9 July 2019
Presentation of the Project "(EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture"
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
16 July, 1830 hrs

With the participation of Jorge Figueira (Chief Researcher), Bruno Gil (Chief Co-Researcher) and Ana Vaz Milheiro, Carlos Machado e Moura, Carolina Coelho, Eliana Sousa Santos, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nuno Grande, Patrícia Pedrosa and Rui Lobo there will be a presentation of the project (EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture: Fundamentals, Platform, Progression. It will take place on the 16th, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, starting at 1830 hrs.

This project, which is based at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, with the partnership of the Marques da Silva Foundation, aims to identify, systematise, characterise and reveal one of the most celebrated phenomena of contemporary culture – Portuguese architecture – and consider its history, ideas and methods, with a world in transformation.  Bringing together a group of researchers with significant experience in this area, the project takes advantage of their experiences in the creation of an innovative reading of Portuguese architecture, launching a new critical dimension and global relevance.

Entrance is free.

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5 July 2019
Activity and Management Report 2018

Available for public consultation, the Report on Activities and Management for the year 2018.

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1 July 2019
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira in the spotlight: guided visit to works designed in the south of the country and talk by Alexandra Saraiva in an international colloquium
Raul Hestnes Ferreira at José Gomes Ferreira Schoo. Photo by Inês Soares, 2009

On 5 and 6 July we will Dive into the South of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira. The visit, organised by Alexandra Saraiva and Paulo Tormenta Pinto of Dinâmia ISCTE-IUL, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will allow another visit to an important set of works designed by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira in locations such as Lisbon, Évora, Avis, Beja, Moita and Albarraque.

In anticipation of the start of the Itinerary, at 0900 hrs on the 5th, at ISCTE-IUL, it will be possible to attend the Seminar which brings together the testimonies of former colleagues at Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´ s atelier, and of the organisers, Luís Urbano, representing the Marques da Silva Foundation, and Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues, Rector of IUL.

Also taking part in the visit will be Ana Tostões, António Bandeirinha, António Batista Coelho and some of the former colleagues at Hestnes Fereira´ s atelier.

Already available for online viewing is Alexandra Saraiva´ s talk to the Education, Design and Practice Colloquium - Understanding skills in a Complex World, which took place in New York between 17 and 19 June, Hestnes Ferreira between European timelessness and North American classicism. Also to note that Alexandra Saraiva, with a Post-Doctoral Scholarship from FCT, as a researcher at ISCTE-IUL, with a doctoral thesis on the influence of Louis Kahn on Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, is supporting the handling process of this architect´ s collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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27 June 2019
The Ethics of Things – Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, architecture 1953-2012
Exhibition
Rooms of the Novitiate, Christ´ s Convent, Tomar
29 June to 15 September

Opening tomorrow, 29 June, at Christ´ s Convent in Tomar, the exhibition "The Ethics of Things – Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, architecture 1953-2012". Organised in partnership with the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage – Christ´ s Convent and the Delegation of the Centre of the Order of Architects – Southern Regional Section, together with the Commission of the Festival of the Tabuleiros and the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, the exhibition gives an overview of 18 representative designs from the various fields in which the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral took part, from educational institutions to a range of equipment, through to individual and collective housing.

The Marques da Silva Foundation, the institution which will receive the professional archive of the Architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, congratulates the organisers of this initiative and looks forward to shortly being able to contribute to the study and dissemination of his work, namely by providing a vast body of documents for consultation and research.

The exhibition will be open to the public until 15 September, in the three rooms of the Novitiate, a space which has already hosted exhibition projects dedicated to Nuno Mateus and José Mateus (ARX Portugal), Souto de Moura, Carrilho da Graça.

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26 June 2019
The guided visit to the exhibition "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings"

Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa returned yesterday to the exhibition space proposed by them for the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, together with Luís Viegas, and shared with the group of visitors the circumstances, and how “e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings” came about and was put together. Continuing for a while longer, the exhibition looks ahead to what the collection still being researched can offer, a set of documents with multiple meanings and whimsical forms of expression. But it is already offering us mostly unpublished testimonies of an architect with an urban consciousness, for whom the human informs and conforms, but above all with an enthusiasm to learn, to recognise and to show to others.
 
The exhibition will remain open to the public until 30 June.

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25 June 2019
"e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings"
Guided visit by the curators
Today, at 1830 hrs

Taking place today a guided visit by Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa to the exhibition e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings. The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until 30 June, occupies the main floor of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. There are four documentary sections, with records of designs, details of construction and furniture, writings, photographs, drawings and maps representing the many interests of an extraordinary architect.

The visit begins at 1830 hrs.

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23 June 2019
João Queiroz and the "Innovative house for all"

Today, when the city of Porto prepares for another St John´ s Festival, is also the 127th anniversary of the birth of João Queiroz. The documentary memory project and the professional library of this architect strongly linked to the city of Porto are now to be analysed by Clara Pimenta do Vale who will soon be taking a fresh look at his work. An analysis which seeks to interpret it by establishing a dialogue with the 90 or so books contained in the collection donated in 2015 to the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 
As is already the case with the building Innovative house for all, located in the Rua da Boavista, a set of affordable dwellings designed in 1930, where João Queiroz ingeniously designed a system of access that ensures the independence of the six occupants, distributed over two floors, and with separate access both to the cellars and the back gardens. A constructed work that in itself explains his interest in books such as “Da propriedade horizontal ou por andares” [A single-storey property or one with floors] by Luiz da Cunha Gonçalves, or even from another perspective “Decorative Lighting” by the American Company John C. Virden and “Le Luminaire”, a book that presents lamps and other lighting fixtures belonging to the new and modern forms of electric lighting. But more of that another time. For now, we remember the anniversary and wish everyone a happy St John´ s Festival!

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18 June 2019
Guided visit to the exhibition "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings"
25 June, 1830 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

With "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings", Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa begin to uncover the thinking and the design process of an extraordinary architect, Fernando Lanhas. From the mapping of slow transformations to the designs for single family and multi-family housing, passing through the presentation of elements of other projects such as the museological ones or some unique writings and compositions, the first floor of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier offers a first immersive look at the collection now donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

On 25 June, starting at 1830 hrs, a guided visit by the curators will take place to the exhibition which will remain open to the public until the end of June. To take part simply register in advance by email to fims@reit.up.pt or telephone 22 5518557. The maximum number of participants is 30 and the minimum is 10.

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13 June 2019
Extension of the exhibition "One building, many museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism" until 29 September

This is one of those rare exhibitions which add material to the study of architecture, and expose unpublished material to the light of museography, technology and current academic parameters.

José Pardal Pina, "The architectural exhibition as an exercise in research", in Umbigo

 

For those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit the exhibition open to the public at the Museum of Neo-Realism in Vila Franca de Xira, it will still be possible until 29 September, from Tuesday to Sunday.

Commissioned by Helena Barranha and organised by the Vila Franca de Xira Municipality in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation, the exhibition weaves the narrative of a long journey from the time of Alcino Soutinho´ s training, in Italy, to the outlining of the synthesis project for the Museum of Neo-Realism, opened 12 years ago. An expository route that shows the Museum´ s continuing experience of interpretation as an architectural typology, on the part of an architect who always claimed to like Museums. And among the many records of his practice, between trips and projects, there is the exhibition to demonstrate it.

Entrance is free.

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11 June 2019
"Marques da Silva Foundation will open its mansion to the city"
Article by Sérgio Costa Andrade, published today in Público

The Marques da Silva Foundation, in full process of expansion and in a year marked by many events, has a plan underway for the renovation and reorganisation of its spaces. And this is the subject of the article by Sérgio Costa Andrade, published today in the Público newspaper, "Fundação Marques da Silva vai abrir o seu palacete à cidade" [Marques da Silva Foundation will open its mansion to the city].

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5 June 2019
“Poética Urbana” [Urban Poetics], the launch of the book

Marta Llorente is an architect who is sensitive and attentive to the literary incidences of architecture. She is an architect who reads and who finds in literature a device for interpreting urban territory, a tool for thinking and acting. In the texts and poems that populate the personal universe of their authors she seeks the voice, the knowledge of place, the relationship of human beings with the spaces which they inhabit, whether they are distant in time or the peripheral and fragile corners of the great metropolises of our own times.

Yesterday, at the launch of “Poética Urbana” [Urban Poetics], in a session where we read Federico Garcia Lorca and Jaime Gil de Biedma, we talked about how the city offers itself to literature and how literature can transform our view of the city. From the author´s conversation with Fátima Vieira to António Guerreiro´s analysis, we spoke of the consubstantiality between city and poetry, of the city as prose of the world, of the reciprocity between text and city, of the urban landscapes identified with the authors who represented and recreated them, such as the Lisbon of Pessoa, the Dublin of Joyce and the Prague of Kafka.

This book by Marta Llorente begins with the emergence of the urban phenomenon in literature to highlight Cervantes, Baudelaire, Eliot, Lorca, Martín Santos, Jaime Gil de Biedma, on a journey that ends … or opens to the words of Javier Pérez Andújar. The interested reader can now find it in the Marques da Silva Foundation online shop. Happy reading!

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22 May 2019
"Urban Poetics: The city of the literary word"
Launch of the book by Marta Llorente
Introduction by António Guerreiro with the participation of Fátima Vieira
4 June, 1830 hrs, Main Hall of the Bolhão Palace

The image of the city, understood as a universal idea or as a a concrete place in the world, starting from urban literature, that is, from the set of texts which possess an aesthetic intention in relation to the urban context, is the point of departure for the author of this book. Marta Llorente, speaker at the 2016 Architect Marques da Silva Seminars, proposes in Poética urbana. A cidade da palavra literária [Urban poetics. The city of the literary word] to look at the relationships between literature and central inhabited space in the literary tradition in the Castilian language, while also establishing its relationship with European literature, with other literatures and cities which form the spaces where our lives and our culture have been unfolding.

The launch session, introduced by António Guerreiro and with the participation of Fátima Vieira, Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will take place on 4 June, in the Main Hall of the Bolhão Palace.

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21 May 2019
S. Bento Station: the launch of the new edition

The clock tower room, a space of singular constructive characteristics situated in the north turret of S. Bento Station, currently managed by The Passengers Hostel, proved itself the ideal place to host the launch of the second edition of "Estação S. Bento. [S. Bento Station.] Marques da Silva". There we talked about the timing of this book, of how these devices appear as palimpsests, as structures of continuity which preserve the depth of history and the questions which each period asks of itself and of them. Of how this Central Station, which was built when the train was the era´s principal means of transport, with obvious modernity, continues, in our own day, to be travelled through by around 11 million passengers per year, and to arouse new looks at its authors, José Marques da Silva and Jorge Colaço, its engineers, its builders; on the style and form of construction; on the aesthetic values which it reflects and the political contexts which intersected and acted upon it.

The book, through its three authors, contains the views of an historian who "lived" in close intimacy with José Marques da Silva, António Cardoso; of an architect who practises and studies architecture, Domingos Tavares; of a doctoral researcher on Jorge Colaço, Cláudia Emanuel. While one offers us an historical narrative, another adds to the reinterpretation of the design(s), giving space to an analysis of the 26,352 blue tiles of Jorge Colaço, in what was his third big commission and the first of other important works also carried out in the city of Porto.

Raquel Henriques da Silva introduced the book and moderated the authors´ participation. In the opening of the session, which took place on the 144th anniversary of the railway link with Minho, an historical scene represented in the blue tile decoration of the foyer, Luís Urbano and José Ribeiro contributed, representatives respectively of the Foundation and of Edições Afrontamento, co-publishing institutions, and also Paula Azevedo, representing IP Infraestruturas de Portugal, managing organisation of this location.

The book, lavishly illustrated, is now available for sale in the Marques da Silva Foundation online shop.

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20 May 2019
Launch of the second edition, revised and expanded, of the book S. Bento Station
Introduced by Raquel Henriques da Silva
With António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares and Cláudia Emanuel
20 May, 1800 hrs, Clock Tower Room (The Passenger Hostel)

Today, 20 May, at 1800 hrs, on the 144th anniversary of the first Porto-Braga railway link, an historical fact represented in the blue tile composition that decorates the foyer of S. Bento Station, the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento will launch the second reformulated edition of the book "Estação S. Bento" [S. Bento Station].

The work will be introduced by Raquel Henriques da Silva. To open the session, where the three authors - António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares, Cláudia Emanuel - will be present, will be the representatives of the bodies involved in its organisation: Luís Urbano from the Marques da Silva Foundation and José Ribeiro of Edições Afrontamento, Paula Azevedo of IP Infraestruturas de Portugal, and Rosa Gomes of CP Comboios de Portugal.

It will take place in the Clock Tower Room of The Passenger Hostel, situated on the top floor of the north wing of the S. Bento Station building, via the entrance from the Station platform.

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19 May 2019
International Museums Day at the Marques da Silva Foundation

On International Museums Day, the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier opened its doors to offer a first look at the architectural collection of Fernando Lanhas. "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings" is the exhibition which offers answers from the three curators, Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa, to the challenge posed by the documentation donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, to reinterpret the thought and design processes of a unique architect, through the constellation of areas that aroused his interest and action, through constant restlessness, through the desire to understand everything. The topics now e-announced, found in mostly unpublished records, confirm the richness of the donated documentation and point towards promising future lines of study and research on Fernando Lanhas.

The opening of the exhibition was thus the symbolic moment chosen to formalise the donation of this important documentary collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation, with Luís Urbano representing the Marques da Silva Foundation, and Pedro Lanhas representing Fernando Lanhas´s family, to proceed with the signature of the donation contract. On this occasion, the Foundation´s Vice-President spoke of the significance of this gesture in the context of the institution´s Documentation Centre and of the University of Porto, anticipated future developments which will soon be made public, and outlined, in general terms, the ongoing plan to expand the conditions of reception, treatment, study and dissemination of architectural collections. Pedro Lanhas shared his surprise and happiness in (re)discovering the work of his father, and Nuno Tasso de Sousa, in an evocation of Abel Salazar, praised the multiplicity of Fernando Lanhas´s interests as a distinctive sign and qualifier of his way of making architecture and of being in the world.

The exhibition can now be visited from Monday to Friday, between 1430 hrs and 1700 hrs.
 

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17 May 2019
e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings
18 May, 1600 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
International Museums Day

"(...) It seems that nothing exists without having a reason. (...) Mankind always notice everything they observe. To repair is to attend to what awakens the intuition. (...) Mankind, as a phenomenon, continues itself in Art. (...) Mankind has not yet arrived. Art comes in the meantime."

Fernando Lanhas


"e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings" opens tomorrow, at 1600 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. From the proposal for a presentation of the mapping of the slow and capricious mutations observed and recorded by Fernando Lanhas, to a first overview of the elements which document his design process, in emphasising the insterstitial relationships between text and image, or the symbiotic relationship between abstract and figurative, Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa trace the journey which explains to us Fernando Lanhas´s way of seeing.

It is a journey constructed from Fernando Lanhas´s architectural archive which will be formally donated tomorrow to the Marques da Silva Foundation, with the signature of the Donation Contract. A reading proposal which is not so much a point of arrival than a point of departure for new and continuing research.

Entrance is free. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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16 May 2019
"The character of tradition in the architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch"
The opening of the exhibition

We are sharing some photos illustrating the interest aroused by the opening of the exhibition "El carácter de la tradición en la arquitectura de Barney, Távora, Coderch"", on 10 May, at La Tertulia Museum in Calí.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 18 August.

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14 May 2019
Newsletter #38 | May 2019

We are publishing today Newsletter #38, highlighting the several exhibition projects, about to open or already underway, as well as the forthcoming launch of two new publications.
 

Read Newsletter #38 | Maio de 2019

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13 May 2019
e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings
Opening of the Exhibition and Signing of the Donation Contract
18 May, 1600 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
International Museums Day

To mark International Museums Day, the Marques da Silva Foundation will present, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, curated by Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa, the exhibition e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings.

This is a first presentation of materials belonging to the collection donated to the Foundation, representing, like constellations, the artist´s universe, intersecting some of the various fields in which he divided and multiplied his interests. This event, designed in the context of the research which is currently underway, will also be an opportunity to go ahead with the formalisation of the donation, through the signing of the Donation Contract, to take place between the representatives of the Foundation, Professors Fátima Vieira and Luís Urbano, with the representative of Fernando Lanhas´s heirs, the Engineer Pedro Lanhas.

As a statement led by topics designed by the author, Man of the line, letter and number, in the appreciation of what can be revealed, the purpose of this public celebration is to “offer a view” of the multiple contours and confrontations, between estrangement and restlessness, of a “proper” artistic practice of architecture. This event will also include the showing of the documentary “LH: To know how to see takes time”, by João Trabulo, made in 2001, which shows not only his biographical and artistic journey, but also includes moments from the assembly of the exhibition organised at the Serralves Museum in that same year.

The exhibition, which begins at 1600 hrs on 18 May, will remain open to the public until 18 June. It is also part of the programme for International Museums Day which in 2019 brings together the participation of more than 30 Museums with more than 70 activities open to the public.

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10 May 2019
Launch of the second edition, revised and expanded, of the book Estação S. Bento
Introduced by Raquel Henriques da Silva
With António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares and Cláudia Emanuel
20 May, 1800 hrs, Clock Tower Room - The Passenger Hostel

On 20 May, introduced by the historian Raquel Henriques da Silva in the presence of the authors - António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares and Cláudia Emanuel - will be launched the second, reformulated edition of the book Estação S. Bento [S. Bento Station].

The session will take place in the Clock Tower Room of The Passenger Hostel, on the top floor of the north wing of the building.
 
Dedicated to the genesis of this project by Marques da Silva, the monograph "Estação S. Bento" by António Cardoso, published in 2007 and now sold out, has become through its narrative, the quality of its illustrations, documentation and graphics, a book of reference. Its reformulation, reflected in this second edition, which continues to ensure a high graphical standard, includes new texts by two additional authors: Domingos Tavares, with an analysis of the design(s), and Cláudia Emanuel, on the 20,000 blue tiles designed by Jorge Colaço to cover the entrance hall of the Station.

This is a publishing project carried out jointly by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento, which closes the programme to celebrate 150 years since the birth of