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5 December 2022
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2 November 2022
Alexandre Alves Costa "drifting"

"We who still live the poems of the New Songbook, recited in small circles by the incomparable voices of Manuela Porto and Maria Barroso, we never freed ourselves from the emotion that we felt. Those of us who are inclusive like me, and do not deny our constitutive past made up of so many parts, we remain grateful to each one of them for being fundamental in building the complexity of what we know and what we are." ("When they were rude and exiled", p. 85 - translated by Gill Stoker)
 
Arguments 1: drifting
, the first of two books by Alexandre Alves Costa to be published by the Marques da Silva Foundation and UPorto Press, travels through texts written over the years, in a markedly personal tone. In them, the author reflects on his life experience and gives free rein to a line of thought and action inseparable from his condition as an Architect. He tell us about a “desire to experience beauty, justice and freedom” that he shares here with his readers.
The launch is tomorrow at 16:00, at the Marques da Silva Foundation. The introduction will be by Francisco Louçã.
 
About the picture: Alexandre Alves Costa visiting Peroguarda, photograph by Sergio Fernandez, late 1960s.
 

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2 December 2022
José Carlos Loureiro and a house "present as a kingdom"

José Carlos Loureiro´s house, in words borrowed from Sophia, "remains present as a kingdom", his kingdom. He started making it a reality in 1949. Set on a platform over the slope of the land, it was only 100m2, but opened onto the river and was surrounded by a garden ready to be planted. It was with the defence of this project, designed then for parents and four children, that he obtained his Architect´s diploma at the Porto School of Fine Arts. His guiding principles were to finish off his general considerations, the defence of an architecture on a human scale, logical, plastically pure and beautiful in its total simplicity. A simplicity that came from the clarity of the plan and the method of construction. In this house he sought a "sense of shelter" and comfort. He lived there for the rest of his life. He didn´t have 4, but 2 children. Grandchildren came, great-grandchildren arrived. And it grew with them, expanded. This is what the initial project envisaged. It gained space, the walls were allowed to be covered with paintings, it witnessed the passing of the years, collected memories. The trees in the garden also grew and everything in it he planted with his own hands. It took on its mountain origins, the taste for Nature. He allowed it to wrap around the house, mark the way. The river, always there, defining the landscape. And he fought to be happy there.

José Carlos Loureiro was born in Covilhã on 2 December 1925.
 

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30 November 2022
The Paolo Zermani conference, a reflection on his work, on architecture as a discipline, on Italian landscape as a paradigm of western landscape

Paolo Zermani´s architecture has a materiality that aspires to immateriality. It defines itself from the recognition of the Italian landscape and the search for a sense of belonging to a common civilisational heritage, the one on which the foundations of western European culture are based. And that is why it summons the arts, poetry, philosophical thought for a silent reading of each place where it asserts itself, in a gesture that is always aware of what precedes it, as well as the fact that it will in itself become the basis for the transformation that a future time will necessarily bring. The territory of his work thus confronts the transience of life - of people, of architecture, of the city - that constant becoming that defends itself as a condition belonging to the discipline, a vocation to always be reborn, but always in a different way. The compromise between his voice and the collective identity or the coherence and precision that his work reflects are supported by elements such as place, time, earth, light and silence. And it was through them that Paolo Zermani, at FAUP, presented some of his designs to a full and attentive auditorium: the restoration of the Castle of Novara (2016); the architectural and liturgical rehabilitation of the Basilica of San Andrea in Mantua (2016); the church of San Giovanni in Perugia (2006-10); the crematorium (2010) and the European School, both in Parma (2017); the little chapel in the woods in Varano dei Marchesi (2012).
 
A video recording of this event will soon be available via TVU, followed by publication in the Architect Marques da Silva Conferences collection.
 

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30 November 2022
Alexandre Alves Costa, Argumentos 1: em deriva [Arguments 1: drifting
Book launch]
Introduction by Francisco Louçã
3 December, 16:00, Marques da Silva Foundation

"Drift is a mode of experimental behaviour linked to the conditions of urban society, it is the technique of passing quickly through different ambiences. It is also used, more particularly, to designate the duration of a continuous exercise of that experience" ("Some non-conclusive considerations", p.205 - translated by Gil Stoker)
 
The launch of Arguments 1: drifting takes place on Saturday 3 December at the Marques da Silva Foundation, and introducing the book will be Francisco Louçã, as well as the author. With the presence of two excellent speakers guaranteed, there is no way not to want to come! The session starts at 16:00.
 
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About the picture: Evocation of May 68, drawing by Alexandre Alves Costa, 2011.
 

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29 November 2022
Fernão Simões de Carvalho: Architecture 1960-1999 /
The Brutalist Modern

From 30.11.22 to 18.02.23 at the Architecture Circle, Oeiras

Fernão Simões de Carvalho Arquitetura 1960-1999 / The Brutalist Modern is the new exhibition project by the Architecture Circle of Oeiras, developed with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation in collaboration with the Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, CiAUD and the Historical Archive Overseas. Here you can see the career of this architect and urbanist, born in Luanda in 1929, with work spread across three countries,  Angola, Brazil and Portugal.

Fernão Lopes Simões de Carvalho graduated in Architecture from the Lisbon School of Fine Arts and specialised at the Institute of Urbanism, University of Paris.  As a supporter of the Modern Movement he explored the technical and plastic qualities of the application of raw concrete, clearly learned from familiarity with Le Corbusier and Wogenscky (1956-1959). During the 1960s he returned to Africa. During that period he built a series of emblematic buildings in Luanda and neighbouring cities, including the bold Luanda Broadcasting Centre. in 1967 he came to Portugal, but after 25 April he decided to go to Brazil, due to a lack of commissions and not motivated by reasons of a political nature. In Rio de Janeiro he collaborated as an architect in the office of Horácio Camargo and, in the field of urbanism, with Maurício Roberto. Dating from this period was the plan for the City of Vilas do Atlântico, which he created for the Odebrecht company. Five years later, Simões de Carvalho returned to Portugal and carried out a series of public and private works. At this stage of his life, in parallel with his architecture practice, he carried out the role of teacher, going through the transition from ESBAL to the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, as well as the role of Urban Planning and Construction Planning advisor for CML. He currently lives in the iconic house he designed in Queijas. His collection was donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation in 2021.
 
The exhibition will be open to the public until 18 February 2023 and can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday between 1400 hrs and 1900 hrs.

+ info: www.oeiras.pt
See Poster here

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28 November 2022
Newsletter - November 2022

It is with the return of the Marques da Silva Conferences as opening news today, 29 November, accompanied by the photograph of the Padiglione di Delizia [Pavilion of Delight] in Varano (Parma), a work by Paolo Zermani, that another Newsletter of the Marques da Silva Foundation is published. Read here



Picture: Paolo Zermani, Padiglione di Delizia, Varano (Parma), 1986. Photograph by Luigi Ghirri and Maurizio Negri.
 

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25 November 2022
Paolo Zermani: Italian Architectures
the Marques da Silva Conferences are back

After two years of suspension, the Marques da Silva Conferences are back at the Fernando Távora Auditorium (FAUP), and for the first time bring Paolo Zermani to Porto to talk about "Italian Architectures". It is the 15th edition of this cycle, taking place on Tuesday 29 November. The introduction will be by the architect Ana Francisca Silva, author of a masters dissertation on this teacher and architect who, in 2018, was awarded the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Architecture. The opening will be led by representatives of the two organising institutions, the Director of FAUP, João Pedro Xavier, and the Vice-President of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Luís Urbano.
The session begins at 18:30 with free entrance, subject only to the availability of space.

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24 November de 2022
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and the "appeal of the sun"

This "appeal of the sun" is an unusual drawing in the archival collection of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira. We only know that it dates from April 1957, when the author was living in Porto and preparing to complete his fourth year of the Architecture Course at the School of Fine Arts. And we also know that this year, far from the naive and restful imagery that the drawing conjures up, coincided with the culmination of a very turbulent period in Hestnes Ferreira´s life. Since he had come to this city in 1952, the Lisbon School of Fine Arts having become unfeasible as it was suffocating politically, Hestnes Ferreira had spent a semester in prison, in 1955, along with other students, including Alcino Soutinho (the long legal process, resulting from the repression exercised on student associations, even though it resulted in an acquittal, dragged on until 1957). Attendance on the Course was interrupted again in 1956, when he was called to carry out his military service. Initially joining the Queluz Militia Officers Course, following information from the PIDE Raúl Hestnes Ferreira ended up being removed and sent to the 1st Disciplinary Company of Penamacor as a private soldier. He returned to Porto, as already mentioned, to complete the academic year. However, faced with this sequence of events, the desire to leave the country became increasingly urgent and, in September, he set off for the Nordic countries. The first destination was Norway, his mother´s home country, followed by Finland, to visit the works of Alvar Aalto. Unforeseen encounters with other architecture students led him to settle in Helsinki. The city then seemed the ideal place to deepen his training and practise architecture. But this choice imposed on him a very different life scenario from that of his country of origin. He was overcome with a desire for the sun and trips to the beach, and missed his friends. The letters addressed to Pitum (Francisco Keil do Amaral) helped to exorcise those ghosts, but he himself would later confess that this shock would also be one of the conditions that would eventually lead to his decision, after one year, to return to Portugal. And even if the United States represented a new experience of life in a foreign land, he would remain faithful to Lisbon, and his studio in the Largo da Graça.

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira was born in Lisbon on 24 November 1931.
 

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23 November 2022
Life and Secret Aurélia de Souza 1866-1922
from 24 November to 21 May
Soares dos Reis National Museum

The Soares dos Reis National Museum, in partnership with the Friends of MNSR – Circle of Dr José de Figueiredo, will open tomorrow, 24 November, the exhibition Life and Secret Aurélia de Souza 1866-1922. This is another activity forming part of the evocative programme which has been taking place, bringing together a group of organisations to mark the first centenary of this artist, in which the Marques da Silva Foundation again collaborates through the loan of an oil painting on canvas by Aurélia de Souza, "Baby and Lilita", belonging to the collection of José Marques da Silva.
Curated by Maria João Lello Ortigão de Oliveira, the exhibition is organised into four major themes which aim to encompass, within the physical limits of a museum space, the visible world of a woman artist as radical as she was secret.

+ info: www.patrimoniocultural.gov.pt

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23 November 2022
The "hotel by the sea" by Francisco Granja

Francisco Granja considered that, despite being "exceptionally endowed with natural charms", the Algarve beaches did not have "facilities worthy of their beauty". The year was 1942, and this then aspiring architect, in a competition held at the Porto School of Fine Arts, advocated the need to equip this territory with resorts that would help to guarantee it a prominent place in European tourism. His contribution was thus to provide the region, rich in natural resources, with a "hotel by the sea" capable of responding to the demands of convenience and comfort that the new times imposed. His architecture, in a desire to adapt to the purpose in view, would follow modern lines, although he tried "not to move too far away from the construction of the regional style". This solution was presented for competition in 207 written items and 12 drawings.

Francisco Granja, the architect who was a student of José Marques da Silva and would come to be known for the Vale Formoso cinema project in Porto, was born on 23 November 1914.

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22 November 2022
The process of classifying the Guimarães Double Fuel Station, by Fernando Távora, as a Monument of Public Interest, is completed

It´s official, the Guimarães Double Fuel Station, designed by Fernando Távora in the late 1950s, is now classified as a Monument of Public Interest.

After a long classification process, begun in 2014 by the Marques da Silva Foundation, Ordinance no. 814/2022 was published today, classifying as a monument of public interest the Covas Double Fuel Station in Salgueiral, parishes of Creixomil and Urgeses, municipality of Guimarães, district of Braga. In this decision, criteria were considered "relating to the matrix character of the property, the ethos of the respective creator, its aesthetic, technical and intrinsic material value, its architectural, urban and landscape design, and the circumstances likely to lead to a decrease or loss of its perpetuity or integrity". And "although the building has been partially altered by later interventions, it is considered that the evocative capacity of the original design is not lost, where the local granite, concrete and iron combine with the natural surroundings to compose a work of great formal and conceptual value, well illustrative of the scope of Fernando Távora´s work and his positioning in relation to the challenges posed by modern architecture."
 
See: Portaria [Ordinance] n.º 814/2022
 

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18 November 2022
Fernando Távora in Italian
"Diario di bordo" and "Dell´organizzazione dello spazio"
Book presentation session with the translators, Madalena Pinto da Silva and Fernando Barroso
25 November, 17:00, Biblioteca Malatestiana, Cesena

In December 2012, as part of the project Fernando Távora, Permanent Modernity, a facsimile edition was launched of the Diary that Fernando Távora kept of his 1960 trip to the United States and Japan. That edition, coordinated by Álvaro Siza and Rita Marnoto, also included a version in English. Ten years later it is time for that same text to be published and made available to the public in Italian, in a translation by Antonio Esposito, Giovanni Leoni and Raffaella Maddaluno, who are also the authors of the introductory texts. The book, to be published by Lettera Ventidue, with the support of the Fernando Távora Family and the Marques da Silva Foundation, constitutes another important contribution to the dissemination on an international scale of the thoughts and work of this Architect, since, following the version in Castilian (Universitàt Politécnica de València, trans. Aitor Varea Oro, 2014), last year in Italy a translation was published of the book On the organisation of space, by nottetempo, with a translation and introduction by Carlotta Torricelli.
 
The two books in Italian will now be presented on 25 November at the Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena, the city currently hosting the exhibition "I Viaggi di Fernando Távora" at the Galleria del Ridotto. The session, organised by the Architecture Course of the University of Bologna, will consist of a conversation between Madalena Pinto da Silva and the translators, and interventions by Fernando Barroso, Elena Mucelli, Fabrizio Apollonio and Carlo Verona.
 
See poster here
 

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14 November 2022
The exhibition "Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design" is now open for visiting

From Monday to Saturday, between 14:00 and 18:00*, you can visit the exhibition Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design. As was mentioned in the opening session last Saturday, which had contributions from Bruno Baldaia, Duarte Belo, José Salgado and Luís Urbano, followed by a guided tour, this is the most complete of the three held so far, as it shows the unique expressiveness of the original drawings from Manuel Botelho´s studio which are now on display, most of them for the first time. Here, the direction of the route proposed to the visitor, symbolically represented by the plumb line on the landing of the Lopes Martins Mansion stairs, anticipating the arrival in the exhibition space, was designed from a singular territory: a place where affinities intersect, the verticality and coherence of a life, and work whose remarkable quality is now affirmed as indisputably deserving of greater attention and recognition on the map of Portuguese architecture. And this is the main purpose of the curators of this entire programme of activities of which the exhibition Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design is part, to help, via a distanced and mediated glance back in time, to achieve that desired visibility and public interest in an inspiring legacy, a work of theory and design which continues to have much to teach. The exhibition is open until 21 January 2023.
 
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* last entry at 17:30

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11 November 2022
"Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design"
opens tomorrow at 15:00, at the Marques da Silva Foundation

The exhibition Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design opens to the public tomorrow and will feature the announced surprises, such as the drawings and the project model for a Thalassotherapy Centre to be built in Póvoa de Varzim, developed by Manuel Botelho in collaboration with Manuel Mendes in 1993. Using a formal solution designed under the influence of the mythical imagery of water, he responded to the challenge of creating a large scale public facility with a strong urban impact. Thought of as a place where "land and sea meet, always full of mysteries, where life can happen", due to circumstances unrelated to the architectural project, it ended up not being built. It was, however, for those who came to know it, always recognised as a modelling design exercise, which is why it is one of the works featured in the exhibition. But there is much more to discover in this Manuel Botelho Cartography. The doors open at 15:00 and entrance is free.
 

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03 November 2022
Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design
Opening and Introduction of the Exhibition
12 November, 15:00, Marques da Silva Foundation

Manuel Botelho´s studio work is the focus of the exhibition Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design, the third to be held as part of a wider programme of activities beginning in January of this year. With this new exhibition project, the cycle curated by António Neves, Bruno Baldaia, Carlos Maia, Duarte Belo and Luís Urbano, after visiting other institutions, transfers to the institution hosting the collection of this architect, the Marques da Silva Foundation.  Manuel Botelho Cartography: Work and Design starts from the archival documentation and will reveal records, some of them so far unpublished, of the work of a remarkable figure where various dimensions and interests intersect: architecture, object design, theoretical production translated into writing and teaching. Here, between documents and objects, between references to the work built or just designed, between the photographs that Duarte Belo has collected from his visits to the territory and places of this architect´s daily life, will be mapped out a course of reading and an approach to Manuel Botelho´s universe, to his architectural practice, to his thinking, to his unique way of seeing the world.
 
On the 12th, to mark the opening of the exhibition, there will be an introductory session starting at 15:00, attended by Bruno Baldaia, Duarte Belo, José Salgado and Luís Urbano. On this day entrance is free.
 
+ info here
 

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9 November 2022
New date for the 2022 edition of the Marques da Silva Conferences
Paolo Zermani: Italian architectures
29 November, 18:30, Fernando Távora Auditorium (FAUP)
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For reasons beyond our control, the conference "Paolo Zermani: Italian Architectures" will not take place on the 17th, but rather on Tuesday 29 November, starting at 18:30 in the Fernando Távora Auditorium ( Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto).
 
For the first time, Paolo Zermani will come to Porto to talk about his architectural work. The presentation will be by the architect Ana Francisca Silva, author of a masters dissertation on this architect, defended at FAUP, "The construction of ritual as a constant in design. Study of the work of Paolo Zermani".
 
In the picture: Chapel in the Woods, Varano dei Marchesi, Parma 2012. A place of meditation built within the woods of the Parma region, through which the Strada Romea pilgrimage route passed.
 
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08 de novembro de 2022
Rui Goes Ferreira and the defence of a "quality dialogue"

In 1968, Rui Goes Ferreira and Manuel Vicente were called to intervene at the junction of the Rua da Carreira and Rua das Pretas in the heart of the historic area of the city of Funchal, then occupied by two recent buildings, uncharacteristic and considered obsolete. In its place, and at the proposal of these two architects, the Commercial Block emerged, still known today by the name of the urban space which it faces, the Largo da Igrejinha. The project, developed at a time when Funchal was getting ready to host an Urbanism Colloquium, with Robert Auzelle and Nuno Teotónio Pereira as special guests, and following the impact of Lúcio Costa´s visit to Portugal, represented a challenge, either because of the internal programme that the building works implied, or because of the nature of its inevitable urban planning programme. The position taken was defended by its authors in the descriptive record: «It is true that the values of the past must be stubbornly defended, but they must be defended with a constructive attitude, either recognising our need for them and accepting their updating, or accompanying them with contemporary works.» Without forgetting the basic point that «in these matters of integration, in urban environments of very distinguished character, everything must take place at the level of a dialogue of quality. That is, any piece of "quality" architecture integrates into an existing “quality” environment. And that “quality” will be the common denominator, the “theme” of the dialogue.»
 

The Largo da Igrejinha Commercial Block is the second of the 22 works highlighted in the Architecture Map recently launched by the Regional Section of the Order of Architects, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Regional and Tourism Department of Madeira.  Coordinated by Madalena Vidigal, architect, granddaughter of Rui Goes Ferreira, responsible for the selection of its contents, this Map draws a path that brings a new awareness of the importance of the work for Madeira designed by this architect, while contributing to the "dialogue" that must continue to be maintained between architecture, heritage, and the needs imposed by the contemporary city.


See Map: 02 / Largo da Igrejinha Commercial Block
 

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6 November 2022
Alcino Soutinho and the fascination of travel

There are trips that have won a place in history, such as the mythical trip that Alcino Soutinho, Álvaro Siza, Alexandre Alves Costa, Fernando Távora, José Grade and Sergio Fernandez organised in 1976, with Greece as the destination. Others had preceded them, but from the group then assembled, Alcino Soutinho and Laura Soutinho, Alexandre Alves Costa and Luísa Brandão, Sergio Fernandez, José Grade, António Corte Real and Manuela Corte Real, now also including José Luis Carvalho Gomes, equipped with three cars (an Austin 1300, a Renault 4L and a Citroën Dyane) decided to explore North Africa. The route would pass through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. There were many mishaps, from broken down cars, a detention at the Algerian border, and the difficult task of trying to find food during Ramadan. But, like all trips, between the friendship that united them and the beauty of the landscape, it was another unforgettable moment for those who experienced it. And from it emerged, beyond memory or for future memory, what they recorded of what they saw, set down in drawings, photographs and texts. Architecture? Yes, a lot. But also everything else, from people to surroundings and animals. Like this "thinking camel" that Alcino Soutinho drew.

Alcino Soutinho was born on 6 November 1930.
 

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3 November 2022
Paolo Zermani: Italian Architectures
Marques da Silva Conference 2022
29 November, 18:30, Fernando Távora Auditorium (FAUP)

The Marques da Silva Conferences are back with Paolo Zermani as speaker. What will be the 14th edition of this annual cycle, promoted by the Marques da Silva Foundation in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, is scheduled for 29 November, taking place as always in the Fernando Távora Auditorium (FAUP).

The proposed theme is Paolo Zermani: Italian Architectures. In other words, we will get to know, presented in the first person, the work and line of thought of this Full Professor in the Faculty of Architecture of Florence, born in Medesano (Parma), distinguished in 2018 with the Antonio Feltrinelli Architecture Prize.
 
+ info: here
 

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2 November 2022
Innovation Cycle Stepping Out - Civil Engineering on Display
In-person session at and about the Campanhã Intermodal Terminal
5 November, 10:30

Innovation Cycle Stepping Out - Civil Engineering on Display returns to the Campanhã Intermodal Terminal (TIC), this time an on-site session, during which we will listen to the authors of the project and also take part in a guided tour.

It will be this Saturday, 5 November, at 1030 hrs, and will be attended by the following guests: Architect Nuno Brandão Costa (Brandão Costa Architects), Engineer Elza Mendes (Cacao), Engineer Renato Bastos (AdF) and Architect Rita Guedes (Rita Guedes Landscape Architecture).
Moderation will be by the Architect Bárbara Rangel (@dec.fe.up.pt).

Ensure your access to the session (free with prior booking) here: https://portoinnovationhub.pt/inovacao-fora-de-portas/
 
This initiative, with the Marques da Silva Foundation as one of its supporting organisations, is the result of a partnership between the Civil Engineering Department of FEUP, Porto City Council (as part of the Porto Innovation Hub initiative), the University of Porto and Gaia City Council.
 

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31 October 2022
Argumentos 1: em deriva
[Arguments 1: drifting]
the new book by Alexandre Alves Costa

"Arguments is not a book of architecture, it is an attempt, probably unsuccessful, to use my experience, within its scope, because it is the simplest way of articulating time and space, of modelling reality, of making people dream." (Alexandre Alves Costa)

Argumentos 1: em deriv
a [Arguments 1: drifting] is the first of a set of two books by Alexandre Alves Costa, published by the Marques da Silva Foundation in partnership with the U.Porto Press. Structured in five chapters – “Memories”, “Citizenship”, “Other Paths”, “Books”, “Architecture, City and Territory” - it brings together a wide range of texts, some hitherto unpublished, which its author, in response to the most diverse circumstances, has written over the years.
 
The launch will be on 3 December, with Francisco Louçã and the author, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, but the book is available from today, from the Foundation store and at the University of Porto Rectory, and will soon be available commercially.
 
+ info about the book here
 

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28 October 2022
"António Carneiro, the poet with brushes"
Quinta de Santiago Museum (Matosinhos)
29 October 2022 to 26 February 2023

Around 50 works and 20 documents and objects belonging to the painter António Carneiro (1872-1930), some of them unpublished or practically unknown to the public, will be on display at the Quinta de Santiago Museum. It will be a unique opportunity to discover or rediscover this artist who was born 150 years ago in Amarante and lived most of his life in the city of Porto, having found inspiration in the sea and beaches of Leça for several of his acclaimed "landscapes". António Carneiro, the poet with brushes, a retrospective exhibition curated by Cláudia Almeida, brings together an unusual set of paintings, some of them presented side by side in the same exhibition space for the first time. They are works mainly from the collection of the Municipality of Matosinhos, but also from the collections of several national institutions which have joined this initiative, including the Marques da Silva Foundation, which holds a portrait of Marques da Silva by António Carneiro who, like Marques da Silva, was a teacher at the Porto School of Fine Arts in 1928.
 
The exhibition begins tomorrow, 29 October, at 17:00, and can be visited until 26 February next year, from Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00, and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between 15:00 and 18:00.
 
The opening of the exhibition will be marked by a musical moment given by the Matosinhos String Quartet who will interpret compositions by Cláudio Carneiro, son of the honoured artist.
 
+ info: www.cm-matosinhos.pt
 

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27 October 2022
Fernão Simões de Carvalho´s House in Queijas, a place of conceptual freedom and the synthesis of a life

Fernão Lopes Simões de Carvalho was born on 27 October 1929 in Luanda, Angola. He completed his Architecture course at the Lisbon High School of Fine Art (1955) and specialised at the Institute of Urbanism, University of Paris (Sorbonne).  He was a supporter of the Modern Movement throughout his career, spread over three countries: Angola, Brazil and Portugal. He explored the technical and plastic qualities of the application of raw concrete, clearly learned during his acquaintance with Le Corbusier and Wogenscky (1956-1959).
During the 1960s, he built in Luanda and neighbouring cities a series of emblematic buildings of a Corbusian character, adapted to the particularities of Angola´s tropical climate, a highlight being the bold design for the Luanda Broadcasting Centre. Even so, many other works from this period remained to be completed.
In April 1974 he began developing the project for the house where he planned to live, but after the Revolution he decided to go to Brazil, where he worked in the Rio de Janeiro office of Horácio Camargo and, in the field of urbanism, with Maurício Roberto. Five years later, Simões de Carvalho returned to Portugal and built a series of works, both public and private. Among them, he dedicated himself to completing his home in Queijas. With a clear Corbusian language, this house represents a synthesis of his brutalist architecture. This is where he still resides.
Today is his birthday. Many Congratulations, Mr Architect.
 

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24 October 2022
Manuel Graça Dias gives his name to a new Prize, and the Marques da Silva Foundation is awarded the title of Honorary Member of the Order of Architects

On 27 October will be launched the Manuel Graça Dias dst Prize - Order of Architects, First Work, an initiative of the Order of Architects which carries a double intention: to reveal new values in Portuguese architecture, encouraging and promoting the public recognition of authors of works with reference to Architecture as a benefit of quality in the service of the community; and to celebrate Manuel Graça Dias, emphasising the imagination, nonconformity, availability and generosity that this unique figure always demonstrated in the multiple dimensions which marked his life´s journey (the architect Manuel Graça Dias died in 2019, at the age of 66).

This new Prize, a biannual competition in which the Marques da Silva Foundation is an institutional partner, is therefore aimed at authors of architectural works which have been built in the first eight years after their enrolment  as a member of the OA (in this first edition, between 2014 and 2021), with the author(s) of the chosen work to receive the monetary value of €20,000, an invitation to give a presentation and the opportunity to publish it through the OA.
 
In the same session the title of Honorary Member of the Order of Architects will also be awarded. And if, in the previous year this title was awarded to Maria José Marques da Silva, this year it will be the turn of the institution that her donation to the University of Porto helped to create: the Marques da Silva Foundation. A gesture which thus recognises the work and actions developed nationally and internationally by the Foundation "in research and production of scientific knowledge, conferences, publishing activities and disciplinary reflections on themes that elevate architecture and our disciplinary and scientific heritage."
 
The ceremony on the 27th, starting at 18:00 at the Order of Architects´National Headquarters, is part of the World  Arquitecture Day 2022 programme.
 

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21 October 2022
The Marques da Silva Foundation´s art collection of paintings and drawings has grown with the donation of 8 works by António Cardoso

Painting and Drawing were a constant in the life of António Cardoso (1932-2021), as the exhibition "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence" has recently shown. His artistic career dates back to the 1950s, with his attendance at the Alvarez Academy marking the beginning of a workshop apprenticeship that he never stopped practising from that moment. His works reflect the impact of his travels, places in his life, his knowledge of the environment and history of art, as well as the exploration of paths for development that would arouse his interest as an artist in the search for his own language. Works that also asserted themselves in the exhibition circuits, in a surprising itinerary when viewed in retrospect. And now, thanks to his children, Susana and Eduardo Luís Cardoso, eight of the works exhibited at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier between May and September have become part of the Marques da Silva Foundation. A set which includes works produced between 1968, such as the Object-Painting in polychrome wood, seen here in the illustration, and 2014 with an acrylic on canvas from the Transformations and Transfigurations series, but which also includes collage exercises and pastel on paper, and two original drawings in Indian ink which are part of the album XX Drawings. An important donation that complements António Cardoso´s documentary collection donated in his lifetime, expanding the institution´s artistic collection of Paintings and Drawings with a fundamental name in its history.
 

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20 October 2022
"Manuel Graça Dias, the Architecturally Incorrect Architect"
Guided Tours of the Exhibition by Egas José Vieira
25 October and 8 November, 18:00

On 25 October and 8 November, the Architect Egas José Vieira will give two guided tours of the exhibition "Manuel Graça Dias, The Architecturally Incorrect Architect", currently open to the public at the Architecture Circle (Rua Sacadura Cabral, Nº51, Cruz-Quebrada/ Dafundo). The tours begin at 18:00. To take part, just send an email to circulodaarquitetura@oeiras.pt. Registrations are open.
 

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20 October 2022
Fernando Távora in Cesena

Today in Cesena Fernando Távora is the subject, the trip he made to the USA and Japan in 1960 and the Italian influences on his architecture. These are the themes of the conferences by Raffaella Maddaluno and Giorgio Liverani, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition "I viaggi di Fernando Tàvora", which will continue at the Galleria del Ridotto until 11 December.

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19 October 2022
THE MATTER OF DATA: Documentary Architecture as Historical Method
Visit at the Marques da Silva Foundation
Final days

THE MATTER OF DATA: Documentary Architecture as Historical Method, the exhibition hosted by the Marques da Silva Foundation as part of the Architectures Film Festival, has entered its final week of opening to the public. Until next Saturday, 22 October, it will still be possible to visit and gain a perspective of the work that the Centre for Documentary of Architecture has been developing, as The Matter of Data is part of the interdisciplinary research that this institution has been carrying out on issues of migration and colonial modernism, relating the multiple meanings and complex history of architectural modernisms, their history of migration and transference.
 
Curated by Ines Weizman, this exhibition is organised under two headings: matter and data. The architectural case studies – presented as “architectural biographies” – bring together documentary film, archival studies, material analysis and digital constructive documentation in tactile and multimedia presentations.
 
Photo credits: Ivo Tavares Studio, courtesy of the Architectures Film Festival, organised by the INSTITUTE
 

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18 October 2022
Monument to the Marquês de Pombal, the design by Marques da Silva and Alves de Sousa that led to a story

In the José Marques da Silva collection can be found many documents on the project that this architect, together with the sculptor Alves de Sousa, presented to the Competition for the Marquês de Pombal Monument in 1913, to be built in the city of Lisbon. There are drawings, an extensive list of written records and photographs which capture different moments in the making of the model, as seen in the illustration. But also a curious correspondence and other related documentation which, combined with the wide press coverage of the time, allows us to trace the lines between the lines of a long and involved history. If the decision to open the Competition itself to national artists had to go through several difficult stages before becoming a reality, even more agitated were the moments which followed the announcement of the winner, with the Jury rejecting the proposal of Marques da Silva and Alves de Sousa, "... Caring for the Living", in favour of "Gloria progressus ... delenda reactio" by the architects Adães Bermudes and António de Couto and the sculptor Francisco dos Santos. Suffice it to say that, in addition to the arguments raised in the newspapers, the matter was discussed in the Chamber of Deputies and in the Council of Ministers, and the Attorney General´s office was urged to comment. The controversy had Marques da Silva and Adães Bermudes as its main protagonists, with even a duel between Marques da Silva and Ressano Garcia being scheduled, following the statements published by the latter (see thesis by António Cardoso, quoting a news report from the Diário de Notícias of 13 May 1914). As for defenders, the Porto duo had António Arroyo (engineer, writer and distinguished musician) as their staunchest advocate. The final decision had to wait until 1917 and from it came the construction of the Monument which today distinguishes the Rotunda of the same name in Lisbon. Meanwhile, Marques da Silva and Alves de Sousa already had in hand the Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War, in Boavista, Porto.

José Marques da Silva was born in this city on 18 October 1869.
 

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17 October 2022
Homage from GANNO to Octávio Lixa Filgueiras

Last Saturday, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the North West Naval Archaeology Group (GANNO) paid tribute to its founder, in 1980, the architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras. Naturally, it was the extent of the work developed within the scope of the history of naval architecture by Lixa Filgueiras that stood out, particularly through the testimony of two associated elements of this Group, Manuel Martins Rêgo and Maia dos Santos, and the screening of the documentary made in 1991 by Vítor Bilhete, with a script by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, about the traditional process of building a rabelo boat.
But the session also included, as announced, the launch of the special Bulletin published in June, which brings together texts by several individuals in the fields of architecture, history, and maritime and river culture, an issue whose main driver was the architect António Menéres. And there were several authors present in this session, as well as children and grandchildren of the architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras. Pedro Borges de Araújo shared some memories of his close acquaintance with Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, from the time he was his student at ESBAP, and did not omit to justify the importance of his legacy.
To mark this moment of homage, the two drawing boards in the lobby of the Lopes Martins Mansion also displayed a series of publications on the naval theme by this architect, as well as the book and the model of the first edition of On the social function of the architect.
 

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14 October 2022
Something new is about to happen at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

The José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier is getting ready to rise to a new challenge. We will soon have some news to announce ...
 

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13 October 2022
GANNO: Homage to the Architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras
Launch of a special Bulletin and screening of the documentary "Rabelo Architecture"
15 October, 15:00, Marques da Silva Foundation

The North West Naval Archaeology Group (GANNO), founded by the architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, to mark the centenary of its founder´s birth on 16 August, has published a special edition of its Bulletin, to be launched on 15 October at the Marques da Silva Foundation.

The session, which begins at 15:00, will be attended by António Maia dos Santos (board member of GANNO), Miguel Filgueiras (representing the family of the Architect Lixa Filgueiras) and Pedro Borges de Araújo, one of the authors invited to write for this edition of the Bulletin. This will also be another opportunity to watch the documentary "Rabelo Architecture", made by Vítor Bilhete from a study made by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras.

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.
 

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10 October 2022
José Porto and the preliminary design for the Porto District Stadium

Between the Rua Silva Porto, Rua de Monsanto, Rua do Ameal and Rua da Telheira in Porto, the construction of a great District Stadium was planned. The programme for the public tender of preliminary designs and projects, in addition to specifying the guiding requirements of the competitors and the composition of the Jury, which would be chaired by the Civil Governor (Colonel Dr Herculano Jorge Ferreira), indicated that the final delivery date of the works at Porto´s Civil Government Secretariat would be 30 May 1934. There would be financial prizes for 1st and 2nd place and honourable mentions for 3rd and 4th. The winning preliminary design would have to present the respective "maquette" by 14 June, receiving for this an additional amount equivalent to the 2nd prize.
 
In an undated album of the Portuguese Society of Fomento, which shows some of the numerous works by the firm Engenheiros Reunidos belonging to the architect José Porto, its author, we came across the photograph of the aforementioned "maquette", not only of the design, but also the fact that this was the winning proposal of the Competition launched by the Civil Government.
 
And all of this allows us to trace the context that explains the presence, in the José Marques da Silva collection (who must have been invited to participate on the Competition Jury), the typewritten document of the "authors of the preliminary design for the District Stadium" with the clarifications and proposed amendments for its final implementation. This document ends with the commitment of the authors, before proceeding to the final realisation of the project, to make a "study visit to the best and most recent stadia, gymnasia and swimming pools in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, not only for the purpose of any correction that might be suggested by direct observation, but mainly to appreciate in loco details of execution unknown to us."
 
But this is a story with much to relate. In the collection of José Porto, who had recently arrived in Porto from Paris, we found about a dozen drawings corresponding to the preliminary design submitted to the competition, but nothing has yet been found about its future development. As for the Stadium, it is only certain that there were echoes of the memory of a desire to build.
 
José Porto was born on 10 October 1883, in Marinhas, Vilar de Mouros.
 

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4 October 2022
A new Architecture Map to publicise the work of Rui Goes Ferreira in Madeira

There is a new Architecture Map, the first on Madeira, dedicated to the work of the architect Rui Goes Ferreira. The design and organisation of content was done by the architect Madalena Vidigal, granddaughter of Rui Goes Ferreira, who has been carrying out extensive research on the work of this architect and realising various initiatives to publicise his work in particular, but also on the architecture of the region.

This Map, which was launched on 4 October at the Madeira Photography Museum, was produced and published by the Regional Section of the Order of Architects, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Madeira Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture. As mentioned during the session, it is an undeniable invitation to stop and reflect on the legacy left by this architect, to go in search of the works represented there and find in them a reading, a narrative that allows us to characterise the contributions of Rui Goes Ferreira.
 
The itinerary presented covers 22 works designed by this architect and, similar to the Architecture Maps launched by OASRN, in addition to the printed version, can also be viewed online. Just click on the identifying number or letter and the respective information appears: www.mapadearquitetura-madeira.com

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5 October 2022
"Journey to the go-ahead island architectures", the winning proposal of the 18th edition of the Fernando Távora Prize

The winning proposal of the 18th edition of the Fernando Távora Prize will allow Inês Vieira Rodrigues to undertake a "Journey to the go-ahead island architectures" in the Azores and Iceland. It was the unanimous decision of the Jury, chaired by André Tavares (appointed by the OASRN – Order of Architects of the Northern Regional Section) together with Maria João Seixas (appointed by the OASRN as a figure of cultural importance outside the disciplinary field of Architecture), José Bernardo Távora (appointed by the Marques da Silva Foundation), Pedro Baía (appointed by the Casa da Arquitetura) and Francisco de Tavares e Távora Pereira Coutinho (appointed by the family of the Architect Fernando Távora).
Given the quality, relevance and topicality of their themes, the Jury also decided to award two honourable mentions to the proposals by Luis Duarte Ferro, «Loquacious Silences: the culture to come», and by João Carlos de Almeida e Silva, «The presence of Eva. Looking for houses that were advertising gifts».
 
The announcement of the winner took place on 3 October at the OASRN headquarters, when Margarida Quintã and Luís Ribeiro da Silva, winners of the 15th edition of the Prize, gave their conference on the trip "To the Frontiers of México". The presentation conference of Inês Vieira Rodrigues´s trip will take place in April 2024, on the launch date of the 20th edition of the Fernando Távora Prize.
 

Picture: Pico Vermelho Geothermal Power Station on São Miguel Island, © SIARAM.
 

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3 October 2022
Fernando Távora Prize
today at 18:00 at the OASRN headquarters

Today, 3 October, on Architecture Day, at the OASRN headquarters, another session of the Fernando Távora Prize will take place, with the announcement of the winner of the 18th edition, the presentation of the work of the winners of the 15th edition, the architects Margarida Quintã and Luís Ribeiro da Silva (pictured here) on "The Frontiers of México", and a short conversation with the journalist Maria João Seixas, jury member of the current edition, for which the Foundation is represented by the architect José Bernardo Távora.
 
The session begins at 18:00 and entrance is free.
 

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30 September 2022
I viaggi di Fernando Távora
at the Ridotto Gallery (Cesena, Italy), until 11 December

At the Ridotto Gallery, on an initiative of the Department of Architecture, University of Bologna, with support from the Marques da Silva Foundation, for the first time in Italy will be made known more than 8 dozen travel drawings made by the Architect Fernando Távora between 1960 and 1997. The exhibition I viaggi di Fernando Távora is based on the selection made by the architect José Bernardo in 2017, for the exhibition which took place at the Martins Sarmento Society in Guimarães, but now framed for an exhibition to fit the configuration of the new space, where a set of models are also hosted, made by the architecture students of the Cesena Campus.

The opening, on 23 September, was preceded by a scheduled session as part of the Festa Dell´Archittetura 2022, at the Malatestiana Library, where participants were the director of the Department and the coordinator of the Architecture Course at the University of Bologna, Fabrizio Apollonio and Elena Mucelli respectively, Paula Abrunhosa and Ana Freitas representing the Marques da Silva Foundation, and the curators of the exhibition, Antonio Esposito, Saverio Fera, Giovanni Leoni and Giorgio Liverani.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 11 December this year.
 

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30 september 2022
"Manuel Graça Dias, the Architecturally Incorrect Architect"
open to visitors until 12 November, at the Architecture Circle of Oeiras

The exhibition "Manuel Graça Dias, o Arquiteto Arquitetonicamente Incorreto"  [Manuel Graça Dias, the Architecturally Incorrect Architect], which opened on 22 September at the Architecture Circle of Oeiras, revisits 18 projects realised by Graça Dias between 1985 and 2018, either individually or in partnership with Egas José Vieira, the former student and architect with whom he would found the Contemporânea workshop in 1990, after their collaboration on the Portugal Pavilion Competition at Expo 92 in Seville. Structured under 4 headings - housing, restoration, recreational and diverse spaces - the exhibition presents a vast set of drawings and models, among which are several originals provided by the Marques da Silva Foundation, as well as photographs and video recordings. This initiative, organised by the Municipality of Oeiras and curated by António Faísca, aims to be a tribute to Manuel Graça Dias, architect and professor of lively and infectious expressions, who taught his students "to be nonconformist" and to "flee from certainties".

Open to visitors until 12 November, from Tuesday to Saturday, between 14:00 and 19:00.
 
Photo credits: Paulo Neto.

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30 September 2022
Architectures Film Festival
Today at 21:30 at the Marques da Silva Foundation
With Ortrun Bargholz and Anna Luise Schubert

For today, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Architectures Film Festival proposes two more documentaries: “The Modern Writer’s Workshop’: At the Limits of Architectural Freedom” (2014) by Ortrun Bargholz and Lucas Podzuweit, and “Umzugsgut: Articles of Daily Use and Home Furnishings of the Emigrant Are Described as U.” (2017) by Anna Luise Schubert and Amelie Wegner. This third and final session in the cycle presented by CDA will also feature Anna Luise Schubert and Ortrun Bargholz, for an introduction and conversation on the works to be screened. The session begins at 21:30 with free entrance, subject only to the availability of space.


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30 September 2022
Fernando Távora Prize
Announcing the winner of the 18th Edition of the Prize
Conference by Margarida Quintã and Luís Ribeiro da Silva
Conversation with Maria João Seixas
3 October (Monday), 18:00, OASRN Headquarters

On 3 October, on Architecture Day, will be announced another winner of the Fernando Távora Prize which is already in its 18th edition. The session, to take place at the OASRN headquarters, also features the presentation of the work by the winners of the 15th edition, the architects Margarida Quintã and Luís Ribeiro da Silva, on "The Frontiers of México", and a short conversation with the journalist Maria João Seixas, jury member of the current edition, at which the Foundation is represented by the architect José Bernardo Távora.

This is an OASRN initiative, in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Matosinhos Municipal Council and the Casa da Arquitectura, and sponsored by Ageas Seguros.

+ info at www.oasrn.org
 

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29 September 2022
Architectures Film Festival Porto
Screening of documentaries
21:30, Marques da Silva Foundation

Yesterday, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the room was full for the inaugural conference by the curator of the exhibition The Matter of Data, Ines Weizman, followed by the screening of 3 short films. Today will be screened the documentaries "Deep White" and "Phonograph and Memory: tracing a sound from Kabul"". The session begins at 21:30 and is attended by Anne Luise Schubert and Ines Weizman.
 

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28 September 2022
THE MATTER OF DATA: Documentary Architecture as Historical Method
Opening of the Exhibition - Conference by Ines Weizman - Screening of Short Films
today, 28 September, at 21:30, at the Marques da Silva Foundation

With the exhibition THE MATTER OF DATA: Documentary Architecture as Historical Method in the background today, at 21:30 at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the venue for the programme of the guest institution for this edition of the Architectures Film Festival, the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA), begins the first of three sessions which include, in addition to the inaugural conference of the exhibition´s curator and founder of CDA, Ines Weizman, discussions and screenings of short films and documentaries produced within this Centre which brings together architects, film makers, artists, digital programmers, historians and other lovers of architecture.

In today´s session will be shown A short history of the elevator Pitch (Ines Weizman, 5´); Three hours by car (Anna Luise Schubert, Ines Weizman, 5´) and Bauhaus Beeline (Anna Luise Schubert, Ines Weizman, 2´).
The exhibition remains open until 22 October 2022 and can be visited from Monday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 18:00. During the period of the Festival, until 1 October, entrance is free.

+ info here
 

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27 September 2022
The Architectures Film Festival begins today!

The 9th edition of the Architectures Film Festival is about to start. The Opening Session takes place today, Tuesday 27 September, at the Passos Manuel Cinema, Porto, at 2130 hrs.

This year´s edition reflects on the idea of “relaxation”, even if this implies demolishing, reducing, reusing, or subtracting the architecture.

The festival takes place between 27 September and 1 October. The full programme can be viewed at https://arquiteturasfilmfestival.com/programa/
 

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23 September 2022
Design Methodology Seminar
Nuno Portas in Seville, February 1971

In 1971, Nuno Portas travelled to Seville, at the invitation of the Department of Aesthetics, Architectural Composition and Art History of the city´s School of Architecture, to give a Seminar on Design Methodology. The interest aroused was evidenced by the great competition registered: more than 50 architects and 150 students enrolled, figures published in the local press. Six classes took place between 27 January and 4 February, in which he not only outlined the "current panorama" of design methodology, but also addressed the activity he had been developing at LNEC. The photograph that accompanies this item was taken from a dossier with press cuttings relating to the Seminar, belonging to the set of documents recently added to the Marques da Silva Foundation Archive.
 
Nuno Portas was born on 23 September 1934.
Congratulations, Mr Architect!
 

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21 September 2022
I viaggi di Fernando Tavora
Exhibition
23 September to 11 December
Ridotto Gallery, Cesena, Italy

As part of the Festa dell´Architettura 2022, the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna, in collaboration with the Marques da Silva Foundation, will present the exhibition I viaggi di Fernando Távora at the Ridotto Gallery.
Taking as a starting point the selection already made in 2017 by José Bernardo Távora, more than 80 original drawings by the architect Fernando Távora, made between 1960 and 1997, will now be exhibited in Cesena, and will for the first time be available for viewing in Italy.
Antonio Esposito, Francesco Saverio Fera, Giovanni Leoni and Giorgio Liverani are curators of this exhibition which opens on 23 September and remains open to the public until 11 December, at the Ridotto Gallery.
 
+ info: https://phd.unibo.it
 

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20 September 2022
"Manuel Graça Dias: the Architecturally Incorrect Architect"
Exhibition
22 September to 12 November
Architecture Circle, Oeiras

Three years after the premature disappearance of Manuel Graça Dias, the Architecture Circle of the Municipality of Oeiras, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will open on Wednesday, at 18:00, an exhibition which  "aims to praise and honour" the work of this architect. The exhibition Manuel Graça Dias: The Architecturally Incorrect Architect presents a selection of eighteen designs, highlights of which are the Portugal Pavilion for Expo’ 92 in Seville, and the Blue Theatre in Almada. In addition to sketches and design drawings, the exhibition includes a set of models relating to several of the projects on display.

The exhibition opens on 22 September at 18:00 and can be visited until 12 November from Tuesday to Saturday, between 14:00 and 19:00.
 
+ info: www.oeiras.pt
 

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19 September de 2022
And we talked about history, art and architecture ...

Andrea Soutinho, Celso Santos, Helena de Freitas and João Pinharanda reunited for an animated conversation, moderated by Laura Castro, thus fulfilling the purpose of marking the closing of the exhibition “This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence” through the exercise of meeting and sharing, so cherished and cultivated by António Cardoso. And if this multifaceted and polyhedral figure was transversal to everyone, since everyone crossed paths with him in different circumstances and moments, it was equally essential to call upon other important presences, those of José-Augusto França and Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, who have contributed so much to the current recognition of António Cardoso´s artistic originality and internationalisation. The particularity of the Amarante Museum thus became a central theme in this conversation, but there was also the need to continue the path opened by António Cardoso, finding adequate answers to the challenges imposed by a new time, whether in terms of the future of the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum - from its architecture to the museological design and the replacement of the Prize -, or in the relevance of a critical repositioning of the teaching of art history.
 

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16 September 2022
Newsletter - September 2022

We are publishing today the Marques da Silva Foundation´s newsletter, beginning with the news of tomorrow´s meeting, with Andrea Soutinho, Celso Santos, Helena de Freitas, João Pinharanda and moderated by Laura Castro. But there is much more to read and new initiatives are announced. Read here.
 

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16 September 2022
Fernando Lanhas and the recreation of the Conímbriga Monographic Museum

In the early 1980s, Fernando Lanhas was asked to remodel and expand the Conímbriga Monographic Museum, including the interior layout, that is, the entrance, reception, exhibition, restaurant and auditorium areas. Thus it fell to him to reconfigure this museum space, with the premise of utilising the part already built, and unifying it (there was the body designed by Amoroso Lopes in 1959, and the three wings designed by António Portugal in 1974). His interest in museology is reflected in the particular attention devoted to the design of exhibition areas and mountings. The Museum reopened its doors in April 1985, with surrounding landscaping by Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and Francisco Caldeira Cabral. The construction of the auditorium followed. Throughout this process Fernando Lanhas had as his interlocutor, representing the Directorate of National Central Buildings, the engineer José Teles de Oliveira. As a curiosity, it should be noted that, from the correspondence exchanged between the two, what stands out is Teles de Oliverira´s appreciation for the "things" that Fernando Lanhas was writing and for what he considered to be a demonstration of his extraordinary sensitivity in the appreciation of life.

Fernando Lanhas was born in Porto on 16 September 1923. He would be 99 today.
 

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15 September 2022
Architectures Film Festival
27 September to 1 October
Marques da Silva Foundation, Casa Comum, FAUP, INSTITUTO and Cinema Passos Manuel

This year, under the motto Slow Down!, the Architectures Film Festival will not only move to Porto, but will also visit the Marques da Silva Foundation, where an exhibition, a conference and the screening of short films and documentaries are scheduled. The Festival is structured under four headings: Official Programme; Guest Institution Programme; Experimental Programme; and Competition Programme. Each heading is associated with one or two locations in the city: in addition to the Marques da Silva Foundation, which will host the programme of the Guest Institution, the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA), the Festival will include the Cinema Passos Manuel (Official Programme), the Casa Comum (Competition Programme), the INSTITUTO (Experimental Programme) and the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto (Masterclasses and Workshop).

Thus, at the Marques da Silva Foundation (Lopes Martins Mansion), between 28 September and 22 October, you will be able to visit the exhibition THE MATTER OF DATA: Documentary Architecture as Historical Method and discover the archive of the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA), an interdisciplinary research collective made up of architectural historians, filmmakers and digital technologists. Among "matter and data", which relate to documentary film, archival studies, analysis of materials and digital constructive documentation, case studies will be on display, presented as "architectural biographies".

To mark the opening of the exhibition, on 28 September at 21:30, there will be a conference by the curator, Ines Weizman. This architect and academic, director and founder of CDA, with a particular interest in issues of migration and colonial modernism, will present the work she has been developing, and on which are based both the present exhibition and the one which toured to Weimar, Tel Aviv and Berlin in 2019, The Matter of Data: Tracing the Materiality of "Bauhaus-Modernism".

Also at the Foundation, on 29 and 30 September, in two sessions starting at 21:30, short films and documentaries will be screened, produced by CDA, with introductions by Ines Weizman, Anna Luise Schubert and Ortrun Bargholz.

During the Festival, which takes place between 27 September and 1 October, access to the Marques da Silva Foundation (exhibition and film screenings) will be free.
 
+ information on the full programme: https://arquiteturasfilmfestival.com
 
 

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9 September 2022
The Cine-Theatres of José da Cruz Lima

The professional career of José da Cruz Lima, an architect who graduated from the Porto School of Fine Arts in 1945, took place in an unobtrusive manner, since much of his production was destined to respond to orders from private clients. Even so, at a time when cinematographic establishments were reaching a particular relevance and popularity in urban locations, several projects were carried out by this architect for this type of theatre, either from scratch, or by remodelling pre-existing buildings, generally old theatres which could not resist the growing appeal of the public for film projection. Then in 1946 came the proposal for the remodelling of the Eduardo Brasão Theatre in Santo Tirso. However, in 1949, Sonora Films gave this same architect the responsibility of designing a new Cinema in the centre of the then town, whose construction would continue into the 1960s. The architect would even try, without success, to call the new Cine-Theatre Cine Astro. Still in the 1950s, in 1954, Cruz Lima was asked to remodel the Garrett Theatre in Póvoa do Varzim. And two years later, in Porto, he would develop the "renovation and improvement" projects for the Olympia and Golden Eagle Cinemas, with a view to beautifying and improving the comfort and safety of the respective interior spaces. The Cine-Theatres, designed or redeveloped by Cruz Lima, came to have different destinies, with the architecture of the Porto theatres surviving through a change in function.

José da Cruz Lima was born in Luanda on 9 September 1910.
 

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9 September 2022
Let´s talk about history, art and architecture #2
Andrea Soutinho, Celso Santos, Helena de Freitas, João Pinharanda
moderated by Laura Castro
Marques da Silva Foundation, 17 September, 1600 hrs

Paraphrasing the words of António Cardoso himself regarding the Marques da Silva exhibition, organised in 1986, the exhibition "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence" also participates in the moral requirement to show and demonstrate. Opening on 7 May, its objective was to revisit António Cardoso´s life journey, bringing together in the same timeline an indication of the multiple dimensions of the vast work he carried out. It has also achieved the certainty that his legacy must be revisited and made a starting point for renewed reflections on the challenges of the present. Thus, after a first meeting held in June, on 17 September, the closing day, a second meeting will take place with Andrea Soutinho, Celso Santos, Helena de Freitas and João Pinharanda, moderated by Laura Castro. Let us therefore hear about history, art and architecture. The session begins at 1600 hrs, attended by Fátima Vieira, Chair of the Foundation, and all are invited as entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.
 

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7 September 2022
Maria José Marques da Silva, woman architect

Between one image and the other we can see the same female figure at two different times. The first, from the 1930s, as an architecture student at the Porto School of Fine Arts, together with Professor Acácio Lino; the second, with the then President of the Republic, Mário Soares, as President of the Northern Regional Section of the Association of Portuguese Architects, on the occasion of the 4th National Congress, held in Porto in 1986, and as part of which the exhibition "J. Marques da Silva. Architect 1869-1947" would also be opened, in the Casa do Infante. Between one and the other the journey of a life, between one and the other a contrasting presence in an environment then dominated by men, between one and the other the courage to open paths for women architects in Portugal.
 
Maria José Marques da Silva was born in Porto on 7 September 1914, in the Residence-Atelier which today houses the Marques da Silva Foundation, the institution realised by her, together with her husband, the architect and urbanist, David Moreira da Silva.

Photographs: Marques da Silva Foundation Archive, and Documentation Centre of the Northern Regional Section of the Order of Architects, respectively.

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5 September 2022
The Marques da Silva Foundation exhibitions are back

As from today, the Marques da Silva Foundation exhibitions are again open to the public. "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence", "Contrafactum: material, form, content" and "Timeless Aalto: the DNA of Architectural Culture" now enter their final weeks and bring news. In the "Contrafactum" room the 1935 model and its 2022 recreation are already side by side. But make a note of the 17th, to attend the second meeting of "let´s talk about art, history and architecture", this time in the presence of Andrea Soutinho, Celso Santos, Helena de Freitas and João Pinharanda, moderated by Laura Castro.
We are looking forward to seeing you!

Visiting hours: from Monday to Saturday, between 1400 and 1800 hrs (last admission at 1730 hrs).
 

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1 September 2022
José Carlos Loureiro (1925-2022)

Yesterday, serenely, José Carlos Loureiro said goodbye to life. Born in Covilhã, on 2 December 1925, he arrived in Porto in 1941 to enter the School of Fine Arts. The house he designed in Valbom which, by his living there, was transformed into an intimate place of comfort and family happiness, guaranteed him his architect´s degree and announced what would become a long and intense professional career. José Carlos Loureiro practised Architecture in a committed, generous and passionate way, always showing an exceptional harmony between the art of good design and the art of good construction. He wanted, above all, to imagine and create spaces where people would feel good. He was the author of iconic works such as the Sports Pavilion-Crystal Palace, the Parnaso Building, the Luso-Lima Complex and the Hotel D. Henrique in the city of Porto, also the S. Bartolomeu Pousada in Bragança, the Júlio Resende Residence-Atelier in Gondomar, the Gulbenkian Conservatory and Residential Buildings in Aveiro, the Higher Institute in Maia, and the "Little Chapel" of Fátima. From an early age he combined the challenge of the teaching role with the exercise of design activity, both individually and in collaboration (initially with Pádua Ramos, then with his son, and more recently also with his grandson). He was also, and always, an attentive and interventionist citizen on the issues that dominated his time, having distinguished himself by the ethical matrix that he imprinted on the performance of the many public positions he was called to take on. He participated in important national and international conferences, congresses and exhibitions. For all of these things he received public recognition. In 2013 he donated his professional archive to the Marques da Silva Foundation, which now pays him a heartfelt tribute and expresses deep sorrow on his loss. As his great friend Eugénio de Andrade might have said, his life had the dignity of a poem.

The body will rest in the Resurrection Chapel in Valbom from this afternoon. His funeral takes place tomorrow at 1100.
 

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25 August 2022
Fernando Távora or the gestures and reasons for drawing

In the lower right corner of this map of the world drawn by Fernando Távora can be seen:  “1 – the trip around the world with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation / 2 – the trip to Brazil with ESBAP students / The ‘places’ where I was (in black); the places where my ancestors were (in green).”

Fernando Távora liked to "jump borders" and, like Pessoa, “travel, run through countries, be constantly other”, having, as an Architect, a permanent regard for the quality of the world´s construction. Drawing was, for him, a form of knowledge and communication, an "eternal and magnificent form of understanding among people." And in the many trips he took, he always found "gestures and reasons" for drawing. From "Cairo or Kyoto, from Philadelphia and Athens, from Bangkok and Congonhas, from Goa and Paris, people, objects and places from antiguity and the present." Those drawings will now continue to "jump borders", both in time and place. After the exhibition held in Guimarães in 2017, coordinated by José Bernardo Távora, Cesena will be the next destination. Tavora in viaggio will open in September.

Fernando Távora would have been 99 today. He was born in Porto on 25 August 1923.
 

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19 August 2022
"The National" in transformation, or how to capture the interstices of time
World Photography Day

The building which Marques da Silva began to imagine in 1919 for the Insurance Company The National was decisive in establishing the image of what continues to be the main place to visit in the city of Porto. Located on the west corner formed by the Praça da Liberdade and the then Avenida das Nações Aliadas was, according to a 1924 report by the same Company, "in general opinion the most beautiful and imposing building" constructed there. In the 21st century, in response to the desire to adapt to other purposes, this building, now in its centenary, is preparing to begin a new cycle of life under a project by the architects Francisco Vieira de Campos and Cristina Guedes (menos é mais [less is more]).  The scaffolding that surrounds it, which the Guild of Independence, symbol of the Company sculpted by Sousa Caldas, insists on challenging, indicates the works in progress, but what this phase of the intervention makes visible will soon be imperceptible to the view of those who pass by, or those who will inhabit the renovated interior spaces. It is for Francisco Ascensão´s camera to record this unique moment, transported into photographs to achieve the best way for us to become privileged witnesses of this interstice of time.

Today, to mark World Photography Day and to stir up curiosity about how much there will be to discover, we are sharing this photograph of what will become the interior of an apartment.
 

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16 August 2022
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: one life, many roads

At the end of the 1950s, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras was already developing intense activities, either as an architect, as a teacher or as the author of pioneering works in the fields of ethnology and naval archaeology. He had obtained his Degree in 1954 with "Urbanism: a rural theme", an innovative work as it was the first theoretical-practical CODA presented at ESBAP. He had also coordinated the Zone II Team of the Popular Architecture Survey and, in 1956, he was part of the Portuguese representation at the X CIAM Congress in Dubrovnik. Also in this decade he was part of the editorial team for the North, together with Arnaldo Araújo, Manuel Marques de Aguiar and José Forjaz, of the magazine Arquitectura, where, in December 1959, the "Addendum to the C.I.A.M. Grille of Urbanism" was published, a paper which he had presented in Madrid as a fellow of the Institute of High Culture. As a liberal architect since the previous decade he had put his name to a significant number of projects, among which the five stations for The Anglo-Portuguese Telephone Company, located in Porto, Matosinhos and Gaia, were of particular importance. In the image we can see the sketch of the west elevation of SONAE´s manufacturing facilities in Maia, a design that he put forward in March 1960 and which, with its modern lines, for many years came to mark the landscape for those leaving Porto towards the North. Shortly afterwards, in 1962, while this project was still under construction, he was appointed a permanent professor at ESBAP, beginning at that time to put into practice his experience of urban surveys, in the context of the renovation of the subject of Architecture. The multiple roads to travel were thus well defined and, throughout the following decades, still brought together important actions in the field of defending the architectural and cultural heritage, as well as the publication of several short stories, in a return to other genres of writing, announced in 1949 with the book of poetry Requiem to the Glories of the World and other poems.
 
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras was born in Porto exactly 100 years ago.
 

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8 August 2022
Summer Holidays

The Marques da Silva Foundation is going on summer holidays. From 13 to 28 August the facilities will be closed. The service for researchers will resume on the 29th of this month. The exhibitions reopen on 5 September. Until then, have a good summer!
 

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1 August 2022
The visit to the Lapa cemetery

On the guided visit to the Lapa cemetery last Friday, José Pedro Tenreiro led an attentive group on a tour of the places where several generations of the Marques da Silva and Lopes Martins families rest, while revealing the surprising stories that can be told about them. A journey beginning at the vault designed by Maria José and David Moreira da Silva, where José Marques da Silva lies, and which was concluded, after a passage through the tombs of Bernardo Marques da Silva and António Lopes Martins, in the mortuary chapel designed by Marques da Silva for Amélia Lopes Martins. Here was pointed out the singular way in which it asserts itself in the space and for the time in which it was built, in the relationship it establishes with the tomb of José Lopes Martins, and its importance as a modelling exercise for Marques da Silva´s later projects. A visit which shows that there is much to be said on this subject.


This was the third of the five visits proposed by the Lapa Brotherhood for the 2022 Cycle and had the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 

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29 July 2022
The presence of Marques da Silva in the Lapa Cemetery
Guided visit by José Pedro Tenreiro
Today at 18:00

The visit taking place today in the Lapa cemetery, led by the architect José Pedro Tenreiro, including designs by José Marques da Silva carried out or not, is a unique opportunity to talk about this less visible, and until now less studied aspect of the work of this architect. It begins at 18:00!

+ info: www.irmandadedalapa.pt

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15 July 2022
The presence of Marques da Silva in the Lapa Cemetery
Guided visit by José Pedro Tenreiro
29 July, 18:00

The funerary theme was present in José Marques da Silva´s childhood and youth via his father´s workshop, and also in his training in Paris where, in 1895, he presented - at the Salon - the design for a funerary monument to the memory of João Henrique Andresen, documented in the archives of this Foundation. Already an architect, he would be repeatedly invited to develop this genre of design, beginning with the Lapa Cemetery where, incidentally, he is buried. However, it should be noted that throughout his career there were several works developed for the Lapa Brotherhood.

Bearing in mind Marques da Silva´s presence in this space, it is therefore not surprising that the Lapa Order has proposed a guided visit to the Lapa cemetery, to be included in the Cycle scheduled for 2022. The visit will take place on 29 July at 18:00, and will be led by the Architect José Pedro Tenreiro, whose recent investigations into the meaning and circumstances that have given rise to the works built there will allow us to present a new interpretation of this aspect of José Marques da Silva´s architectural work.

Access to the visit involves the purchasing of a €2.50 ticket and prior booking on www.irmandadedalapa.pt (tel. 225 502 828).
 
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22 July 2022
A tour to celebrate the 90th anniversary of António Cardoso

Yesterday, 21 July, António Cardoso would have been 90 years old. The date became the ideal pretext for a guided tour of the exhibition This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence, by Susana Cardoso, Domingas Vasconcelos and Paula Abrunhosa. With the house full, among the items and documents on display, and the stories that were told, this was one more exercise in approaching an exceptional life, marked by a work now set down on the timeline.
 

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20 July 2022
Fernando Távora Prize
Applications by 1 August

Until 1 August, it will still be possible to compete for the 18th Fernando Távora Prize.

This Prize, promoted annually in memory of the figure who influenced successive generations of professionals in his activities as architect and teacher, is directed towards all those enrolled in the Order of Architects, and leads to the award of a travel bursary.
 
The Marques da Silva Foundation is a partner in this initiative of the Order of Architects´ Northern Regional Section (OASRN), together with the Municipal Council of Matosinhos and the Casa da Arquitectura as partner institutions, sponsored by Ageas Insurance.
 
+ info: www.oasrn.org

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14 July 2022
Guided tour to the exhibition "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence"
with Susana Cardoso, Domingas Vasconcelos and Paula Abrunhosa
21 July, 18:30
Bookings open

From collector to painter, from researcher to teacher, from art critic to the launching of the foundations of what are today the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Amadeo Souza-Cardoso Museum. There is much to discover in the exhibition This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence. On the day that would have been his 90th birthday, 21 July 2022, the Foundation is organising a visit to this exhibition guided by three members of the curatorial team: Susana Cardoso, Domingas Vasconcelos and Paula Abrunhosa. Entrance is free, with a maximum of 25 participants, subject only to prior booking via email to fims@reit.up.pt.

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14 July 2022
The architectural project of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto
with Pedro Ramalho and Bárbara Rangel
FEUP, 15 July,17:30

“Fora de Portas Innovation – Civil Engineering on Display” returns to its original format, with a face-to-face session dedicated to the architectural project of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP).

To address the technical aspects of this important work in the city of Porto, marking the transformation of an entire area of the city (the Pólo II of the University of Porto), the Architect Pedro Ramalho, author of the project, will be present, in conversation with the Architect Bárbara Rangel.
 
To take part, just make an advance booking on the Porto Innovation Hub website.

The initiative “Fora de Portas Innovation – Civil Engineering on Display” is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Civil Engineering of FEUP (DEC/FEUP), Porto City Council, the Rectory of the University of Porto and Gaiurb, with the Marques da Silva Foundation as one of its supporting institutions.
 

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13 July 2022
Newsletter - July 2022

With the three exhibitions currently open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and the Lopes Martins Mansion, and featuring news of the latest donations, the Marques da Silva Foundation´s latest newsletter came out today. Read here.

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13 July 2022
RPAC at TSF

From 17 June to 5 August, every Friday at 15:00, the project "Contemporary North" brings to TSF the partner organisations of the Portuguese Network of Contemporary Art (RPAC) - North. On 22 July it will be the turn of the Marques da Silva Foundation, represented by its Chair, Fátima Vieira.

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11 July 2022
Luís Ferreira Alves (1938-2022)

In 2013, the Order of Architects granted the title of honorary member to Luís Ferreira Alves, a successful entrepreneur who was discovering photography through passion and chance. Professionalisation in the field of architectural photography emerged as a path during the 1980s, with works for Pedro Ramalho, Álvaro Siza and Fernando Távora. From the work carried out, we know today how important it was to define another way of looking at Portuguese architecture and, in particular, to make known the work of the most relevant architects trained at the Porto school. The Marques da Silva Foundation could not fail to express words of condolence on his passing and, in a gesture of symbolic tribute, to publish two of the photographs in the series "Covilhã Farmstead", taken at the request of José Bernardo Távora in April 2006.
 

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8 July 2022
Congratulations, Garagem Sul!

On 8, 9 and 10 July the CCB celebrates 10 years of Garagem Sul. And it has been 10 years of challenging and innovative programming, capable of transforming the old CCB car park into a place of reference and reflection when we talk about ways of exhibiting and communicating architecture. The Marques da Silva Foundation, a partner in some of those projects, could not miss being associated with this moment. Congratulations, Garagem Sul!
 
+ info: www.ccb.pt
 

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6 July 2022
Activities and Management Report - 2021

The Activities and Management Report for the year 2021 is available for public consultation.

See Report here
 

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1 June 2022
This is an Open House weekend

In addition to the respective architectural collections to be found at the Marques da Silva Foundation, what is it that unites the Maia Forum, the Marta Ortigão Sampaio House-Museum and the Dom Henrique Hotel, designed by José Carlos Loureiro, the MNSR´s Maria Amélia Velodrome, carried out by Fernando Távora, the Pasteleira Reservoir - City Museum, refurbished by Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez, and the Military Museum of Porto, currently undergoing an intervention by Fernando Lanhas? Yes, they are all part of the Programme for the 2022 Open House, this year curated by the architect Graça Correia and the historian Joel Cleto. Altogether, there are more than 70 works selected in Porto, Matosinhos, Maia and Vila Nova de Gaia. Not to be missed, 2 and 3 July.

+ info: http://2022.openhouseporto.com

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30 June 2022
"From Tower syndrome to post confusion in architecture", text by Nuno Portas
Today is Selected Writings day

In this text from 1984, Nuno Portas expresses his concern for the practical consequences of the application of an alleged “ideology of urban life” which, in his opinion, resulted in disastrous solutions, with the urbanisers (including urban planners and architects) “losing the sense of the size of things and spaces”. 

Listen here: Selected Writings #28

Pictures: Two images presented by Nuno Portas at the Castelldefels symposium (1972), where two models of urban intervention are compared: the operation carried out by the Marquês de Pombal in downtown Lisbon, with the subsequent urban expansion interventions by Ressano Garcia, which Nuno Portas considers to be a successful example of an approach to an urban territory. The images were taken

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29 June 2022
The openings and the book launch or the exercise of the art of looking

The timelessness of Aalto´s work and the enchantment of a house in the mountains that translates into an irresistible invitation to discover its intimacy, mediated by the unveiling of gestures that resurrect the expression of materials to find new meanings, filled yesterday afternoon and evening at the Marques da Silva Foundation. In their singularity, they converged as exercises in the art of looking which, overcoming the passage of time, lead us to another dimension, that of the search for understanding the object of that look, showing us, after all, a common heritage, which remains present and transmissible.
 
From today can be visited, within the usual hours (Monday to Saturday between 14:00 and 18:00), the exhibitions Timeless Aalto; Contrafactum (still in process of evolution); and This is not just a painting. And of course there is a new book to read: Vill´Alcina.
 

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28 June 2022
Today is the day to visit the Foundation:
2 exhibitions / 1 book launch

Today, 28 June, there are several reasons to visit the Marques da Silva Foundation. At 18:00, the joint opening of the exhibitions Timeless Aalto - the DNA of Architectural Culture and CONTRAFACTUM: material, form, content. Later, at 21:30, will be the launch of the book Vill´Alcina, by Germana Lópes Souza. We are expecting you!
 

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27 June 2022
Autofocus #05: Experience | Perception
27 June, from 16:00
webinar format

The fifth meeting of the 2021/2022 Autofocus project programme has as its theme "Experience | Perception" and is scheduled for today, 27 June. The session, in the form of a webinar, begins at 16:00 and will include talks from:

Alberto Pérez-Gómez, New questions around the primacy of perception in architecture
Juhani Pallasmas, From Vision to Existential Sense: architecture and our experience of the world
Steven Holl, Revisiting Questions of Perception

A period of open discussion will follow with an enlarged panel of participants.
Tomorrow, in the context of this Seminar, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the exhibition "Timeless Aalto - the DNA of Architectural Culture" will open.
To discover how to take part and find more information about this seminar, just see the press-release.

The ABLeS programme, in which Architecture, Philosophy and Sciences intersect, results from a partnership between three Research centres: Institute of Philosophy/Mind Language Action Research Group (FLUP); Study Centre for Architecture and Urbanism (FAUP); and Research Centre for Land, Architecture and Design/G1 (Faculties of Arts and Architecture of the Lusíada University of Porto - North). These sessions are coordinated by the Professors and Architects Pedro Borges de Araújo and Sérgio Amorim.

The sessions will be recorded and made available at a later date on the ABLeS Intersections digital platform.
 

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21 June 2022
"CONTRAFACTUM: material, form, content"
Presentation of the project by Graciela Machado
28 June, 18:00, Marques da Silva Foundation

The project "CONTRAFACTUM: material, form, content" is developed from a quest to understand the production context of a plaster model belonging to the Marques da Silva Foundation´s collection - "Aquila", Urbanisation Plan for Termas do Gerês, 1935 (José Porto, Engenheiros Reunidos).

Between the restoration of the original model and its copy, using the recreation of materials and construction processes, the interviews and stagings around its making, "Contrafactum" establishes a dynamic game between the piece and its location which will transform a room in the Lopes Martins Mansion into a stage for presenting mediations.

Assuming the experimental character of "CONTRAFACTUM: material, form, content", with the exhibition space still only partially assembled, Graciela Machado, who is responsible for the design and coordination of the project, will give a presentation on 28 June on what has been done and what is still being worked out. The opening of the room, in a gesture of anticipation, will allow the public to follow the project´s evolution.
 
"CONTRAFACTUM: material, form, content", produced in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, is the Marques da Silva Foundation´s response to the challenge launched by the Portuguese Foundation Centre, Project 17-Geographies, Cultural Heritage of Portuguese Foundations.
 
+ info here
 

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23 June 2022
João Queiroz, architect

This was the sign that identified João Queiroz´s studio, in the Rua de Santa Catarina. This soldier who was also an architect belonged to a generation of architects trained by the Porto School who remained linked to the city as the focus of their professional practice, having played a discreet but decisive role in the urban transformations of Porto and northern Portugal during the 20th century.

João Marcelino Queiroz was born in Porto on 23 June 1892.
 

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22 June 2022
"Out there is huge. Inside here is like a womb"
Launch of the book Vill´Alcina, by Germana Lópes Souza
With Maria Manuel Oliveira, Sergio Fernandez
28 June, 21:30, Marques da Silva Foundation

From a visit to a place, a book can be born. That´s what happened with Vill´Alcina, more than a book, an artistic object developed by Germana Lópes Souza within the scope of the subject General Theory and Organisation of Space, as an architecture student at FAUP, after a visit to this house that blends into its surrounding landscape in Caminha, guided by the architect who designed it in 1974, Sergio Fernandez.

With the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the book is there, ready to be shared. The launch session, on 28 June at 21:30, will be attended by the architect Sergio Fernandez and the author, as well as the guest architect Maria Manuel Oliveira.
 

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22 de junho de 2022
"This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence"
Exhibition closed on 23 and 24 June

The Marques da Silva Foundation confirms that tomorrow, 23 June, on the eve of São João, the exhibition "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence" will be additionally closed to the public. It reopens on Saturday 25 June at 14:00, resuming the scheduled timetable.
 

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20 June 2022
"Timeless Aalto - the DNA of Architectural Culture"
Exhibition
28 June to 17 September 2022
Marques da Silva Foundation

In parallel with the Seminar scheduled for 27 June, ABLeS (Autofocus Blended Learning eSeminars series) the exhibition "Timeless Aalto - the DNA of Architectural Culture" comes to the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 
Curated by Tore Tallqvist (collaborator with Alvar Aalto and professor of the History of Architecture at the University of Tampere), the exhibition, based on works developed with students, aims to trace the "genealogy" of Alvar Aalto, taking note of his work throughout the history of architecture. Professor Olli-Paavo Koponen and the architect Marianna Verhe also collaborated on this exhibition project. The graphic line was created in collaboration with the architect Jussi Heinonen.
 
During its visit to Portugal, and more specifically to the Marques da Silva Foundation, the exhibition will include a new module with documentation on projects by Portuguese architects influenced by the work of Alvar Aalto, namely Fernando Távora, Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, Alcino Soutinho and Alfredo Matos Ferreira.
 
The exhibition opens on 28 June, on the first floor of the Lopes Martins Mansion (Marques da Silva Foundation), where it will remain open to the public until 17 September of this year.
 
+ info here
 

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17 June 2022
Exhibition "Beira Central Station. Keeping it Modern"
last days

If you haven´t yet had the opportunity to visit the exhibition "Beira Central Station. Keeping it Modern", you can do so today or tomorrow, the day it closes. Located in the main wing of the Lopes Martins Mansion (Marques da Silva Foundation), the exhibition tells the story of this project of the 1960s, designed by the architects João Afonso Garizo do Carmo, Francisco de Castro and Paulo de Melo Sampaio, placing it on the map of modern architecture that can still be traced today in the Mozambique region. The exhibition comes from a research project coordinated by Paulo Lourenço and Elisiário Miranda, supported by the Getty Foundation. It can be visited between 14:00 and 18:00.
 

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16 June 2022
Ricardo Carvalho invited, José Adrião accepted.
There is a new "Word-of-mouth: let´s talk about architecture" to listen to

In this 19th episode of "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture", José Adrião takes us along the paths imagined and constructed by Dimitris Pikionis, in the 1950s, for the Acropolis in Athens.

Listen here

Picture: Photographed by José Adrião, Acropolis Path or Mount Philopappos, 2021.
 

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15 June 2022
Restoration of the TNSJ facades: the video

What is the meaning of the sculptures which punctuate the facades of the São João National Theatre and how do they relate to the architecture of the building? What techniques were used for its construction and, now, for its restoration? What principles guided the restoration of this Theatre´s facades and how were the different skills involved articulated? What strategies can be proposed for its preservation?
 
The answer to these and other questions is given to us by the Architect Ângela Melo (DRCN) and the Engineer Esmeralda Paupério (IC-FEUP) in this documentary film, made by Luís Martinho Urbano for the initiative "Fora de Portas Innovation”, a project promoted by the Municipality of Porto and coordinated by the Department of Civil Engineering of FEUP, in partnership with the Rectory of the University of Porto, Gaiurb, the Order of Engineers Northern Region, the Order of Architects Northern Regional Section, the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Casa da Arquitectura.
 
See  here

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14 June 2022
Meeting #1 resulting from "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence"

The chair destined for Raquel Henriques da Silva was empty due to the CP strike, but Laura Castro and Rui Ramos took care of this first meeting programmed in the context of the exhibition "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence". After the welcome from the Foundation´s Chair, Fátima Vieira, the reading of the letter written by António Cardoso to José Augusto França in the "New Year" of 1985 served as a theme for a conversation about the references which shaped the speech of this historian, from his French origins to the importance of a view "contaminated" by the sociology of art, as emphasised by Laura Castro. The importance of the research carried out by António Cardoso on Marques da Silva and his significance for the history of Portuguese architecture was highlighted by Rui Ramos, for whom the publication of his thesis can be considered as a kind of encyclopedia book. In an analysis which began from the margins, from the clues that the author leaves sown in counterpoint to the central text, he explained how more formal discourses were deconstructed here and the questions to be asked about classical heritage in the 20th century were reformulated. An understanding of the complexity inherent in the architectural work, which is today, in its methodology, more consensual in its attention, for example, to design, but which at the time proposed another way of thinking, studying and communicating. The conversation extended to the audience, providing interesting discussions on the interpretative models of history and the uniqueness of the Portuguese case, about the many forms that design can take, or even about how the history of Portuguese architecture has been viewed, and the meanings that, depending on the background of the writer, it can assume.
 
The next meeting takes place on 17 September and will reunite Andrea Soutinho, Helena de Freitas, João Pinharanda and Laura Castro.
 

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13 June 2022
Let´s talk about history, art and architecture
today, at 18:00, at the Marques da Silva Foundation

History by training, art by vocation, and architecture as a field of investigation, were areas that were always present and confluent in António Cardoso. What they represented for the work that he developed on multiple fronts, and the many themes that the intersection of these three domains provide, is the starting point for this first conversation.

Entrance free, limited only by space available. Come and take part!
 

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2 June 2022
"On poetics in architecture", text by Manuel Botelho
Today is Selected Writings day

The 27th episode of Selected Writings retrieves a text by Manuel Botelho, from 2005. It is a reflection on poetics in architecture and was chosen for this podcast with the help of António Neves.

The picture that accompanies it is a photograph by Duarte Belo of the house which the architect Manuel Botelho began to design in 1999 for Dr Paulo Pires, at Quinta Vale de Locaia, Cambres, Lamego. A house where you feel that "poetry is thus assumed not as a method, but as a natural atmosphere of the architectural project".

Listen here
 

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9 June 2022
"A dwelling in Serra da Estrela"
From CODA to the Houses of the mountain by Luiz Alçada Baptista

Luiz Alçada Baptista entered the Competition to obtain his Architect´s Degree in December 1955, with the design for "a dwelling in Serra da Estrela". He set out to develop his work on the "study of various elements of an autochthonous nature [...] of the conditions of an area of Beira Baixa" and intended, with his proposal, to make a "contribution to an architecture that is more integrated in the environment and more in line with the sensibility and resources of men [...] an architecture which serves man and is his reflection".

In the following decade, the modernist principles and the imperative of integration in the surrounding region defended by Luiz Alçada Baptista would come to be applied to the Houses of the Mountain, built as a second home for himself and his brother, the writer António Alçada Baptista, on the site of Dr António´s Tapada at Covilhã. The Houses are still associated with the Alçada Baptista family and are in the process of being classified.

Luiz Alçada Baptista was born on 9 June 1924.
 

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8 June 2022
Exhibition | "From what I see. Aurélia de Souza"
Quinta de Santiago Museum

Opening next Thursday at 1830 hrs, at the Quinta de Santiago Museum, the exhibition “From what I see. Aurélia de Souza”. The initiative is part of the evocation of the first centenary of the artist´s death, being part of a wider programme that brings together seven partner organisations, to culminate in 2023 with the launch of a Catalogue Raisonné.

Jointly curated by Cláudia Almeida – coordinator of the museum - and Filipa Lowndes Vicente – researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, the exhibition is based on the municipality´s collection, a series of 21 works by the artist that cover the various themes developed in the course of her artistic activity, complementing this aesthetic and visual universe with other works from private and public collections, including a painting from the José Marques da Silva collection, supplied by this Foundation, "Baby and Lilita".

An exhibition to show us "what Aurélia saw" and which now challenges us to say of these works "what we see".
The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday and holidays from 1000 to 1300 and from 1500 to 1800.
 

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7 June 2022
"This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence"
Parallel Programme to the exhibition

On 13 June, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, we will be talking about history, art and architecture. It is the first conversation to take place in the context of the exhibition "This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence", with Laura Castro, Raquel Henriques da Silva and Rui Ramos. These first three guests crossed paths, in the most varied circumstances, with António Cardoso, but if this is the starting point for the conversation, everything is left open as to the point of destination. Nothing like coming and taking part. Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space. It begins at 18:00.
 

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3 June 2022
Newsletter - June 2022

Today, 3 June, one year after the death of António Cardoso, the Marques da Silva Foundation launches its Newsletter highlighting the exhibition "This is not just a painting: António Cardoso beyond the evidence", and news of a first conversation about history, art and architecture which, on 13 June at 18:00, will bring together Raquel Henriques da Silva, Rui Ramos and Laura Castro. A gesture of homage and recognition, as memory is "the human resource against death, erasure". But there is much more to read here.
 

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31 May 2022
Fernando Távora in Aveiro
New book by Domingos Tavares
Presentation at the Aveiro Book Fair (authors´space)
5 June, 17:30

"Overlooking the small hill that marks the historic centre of Aveiro, the municipal building designed by the architect Fernando Távora is a built demonstration of his «lesson of constants». In 1963, Távora took on the implementation of the presuppositions of the urbanisation plan developed by Robert Auzelle. By reformulating the urban image through new indications of monumentality, the transition from plan to project highlighted the confrontation between the historic fabric and a modern centre of commerce and services on the south bank of the Côjo Canal. The ninety metre high tower, which was not built, was an affirmation of vertical modernity in the horizontal landscape of the region. For the building that housed the library Távora reserved a symbolic role, opening transparencies to the north-east wind that flows over the waters of the Vouga saltworks, incorporating its form into the long life of the town of Aveiro."


This is the summary of Domingos Tavares´s new book about the municipal building which Fernando Távora conceived and constructed in the centre of the city of Aveiro between 1963 and 1967, and which Dafne Editora will launch on 5 June, in the authors´ space at the Aveiro Book Fair.
 
In this book, containing reproductions of some of the documents belonging to the archives of Fernando Távora and David Moreira da Silva, provided by the Marques da Silva Foundation, and photographs by Luís Oliveira Santos, the author presents the design of the building - recently renovated by José Bernardo Távora - in the urban history of Aveiro and, in showing the convictions and ideas underlying the thinking of Fernando Távora (1923-2005), he makes use of his «lesson of constants» to record the architect´s work in the permanent transformation of the city and its history. A narrative framed by Robert Auzelle´s urban plan that unfolds in the civic sense of the building, in the appreciation of the craftsman and the qualities of the construction, of memory as an instrument for the design of urban space.


+ info: www.dafne.pt
 

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30 May 2022
"Kindness, pain, love, hate
around the facades of the São João National Theatre"
SBO #27 comes out, May 2022

Last Saturday the Fora de Portas – Civil Engineering on Show session took place, dedicated to the presentation of the renovation process of the facades of the São João National Theatre. It was also the moment to launch another Workbook. And in this twenty-seventh edition, Ângela Melo and Esmeralda Paupério tell "how this facade was made and how the smiles and tears of each sculpture were retained. A lesson in history, construction and respect for the knowledge of different eras".

For those who did not have the opportunity to attend the session in person, where, in addition to the contributions of Bárbara Rangel, Ângela Melo and Esmeralda Paupério, the documentary video made by Luís Urbano on the intervention was shown, it is now possible to access the page Inovação Fora de Portas – Engenharia Civil à Mostra” [Fora de Portas Innovation – Civil Engineering on Show], which gives the link to Porto Innovation Hub´s YouTube channel.


SBO #27 can be obtained at the Marques da Silva Foundation shop.

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27 May 2022
Filipe Oliveira Dias
The Marques da Silva Foundation archive continues to grow

It is enough to cite, as an example, among the vast body of work designed and built by Filipe Oliveira Dias, the residential complex of Monte de São João in Porto (INH Prize 2014, jointly with Rui Almeida); the municipal theatres of Vila Real and Bragança and the Helena Sá e Costa Theatre (Porto) and the "Flame" chair, inspired by a harp and designed to be used for that purpose, which became the chair chosen for the White House Press Room in Washington DC; the requalification of the pavement in the Rua Miguel Bombarda (in partnership with the painter Ângelo de Sousa); the Felgueiras School of Technology and Management; and the Mirandela Municipal Swimming Pools, to immediately understand the wide scope of activity of this architect who prematurely departed on the eve of his 51st birthday, 15 October 2014.
 
Filipe Oliveira Dias graduated in Architecture from the Porto School of Art in 1989, and later obtained his PhD at the University of Seville. His professional activity began, even before completing his degree, in the studio of the architect Pulido Valente, but he soon established a studio in his own name. The designs relating to theatrical equipment, including furniture design and, in addition to the works mentioned, the restoration and modernisation of the São João da Madeira cinema, attracted public notice, though social housing, large public facilities and interventions of an urban nature were also fields in which he developed extensive activity, with several awards and publications, in Portugal and abroad.
 
Today, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the donation of this architect´s collection was made official by Dr Cláudia Oliveira Dias and Professor Luís Urbano (Vice-Chair of the Foundation). Also present were Dr Mafalda Maçorano and Professor André Santos. This means that the documentation relating to the design activities of Filipe Oliveira Dias, from graphic documentation to a set of models, including pieces he designed, as well as a significant professional Library, will soon become part of the Foundation´s Archive, thus becoming available for consultation and study.
 

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27 May 2022
Engineering at Fora de Portas!
28 May, São João National Theatre
Conference and Guided Tour
Esmeralda Paupério, Ângela Melo, Bárbara Rangel
10:00 (in person) - 10:30 (online)

Innovation Fora de Portas – Civil Engineering on Show” returns with a session dedicated to the rehabilitation process of the facades of the São João National Theatre.

With the return to normality, Fora de Portas also reinvents itself and takes on a hybrid format. Thus, the session at the São João National Theatre next Saturday will be able to receive 20 participants who will have the opportunity to attend the conference attended by the Engineer Esmeralda Paupério from the Construction Institute of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), and the Architect Ângela Melo from the Regional Directorate of Northern Culture, who will share their perspectives on the process of recovering the exterior of the iconic theatre, in a conversation moderated by the Architect Bárbara Rangel, also from FEUP.

Participants will also be able to follow a guided tour, led by the guests, of the building´s facade, as well as watch the usual documentary video.

In parallel, and for those unable to attend in person, the live broadcast will continue on the webpage of Fora de Portas – Civil Engineering on Show, or on Porto Innovation Hub´s YouTube channel.

Both formats (in person and online) remain open and free of charge, requiring only prior registration.

“Innovation Fora de Portas – Civil Engineering on Show” results from the collaboration between the Municipality of Porto, as part of the initiative Porto Innovation Hub (PIH), and the Department of Civil Engineering of FEUP (DEC/FEUP), in partnership with the Rectory of the University of Porto and Gaiurb, with support from the Order of Engineers - North Region (OERN), the Order of Architects (OA), the Casa da Arquitectura (CA) and the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 

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26 May 2022
Ricardo Carvalho and Luis Barragán´s House
Today is the day of "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture"

In this "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture", Ricardo Carvalho takes us back to the neighbourhood of Tacubaya, in Mexico City, once more to immerse ourselves in the intimate atmosphere of a space as unrepeatable as it is fragile, as delicate and subtle as it is monumental and affirmative: Luis Barragán´s House.
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Image: Luis Barragán photographed inside his house, 1980. "Town & Country".
 

 

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23 May 2022
The Autofocus Blended Learning eSeminars are back
Lectures by the neuroscientist Kate Jeffery and the architect-philosopher Gareth Griffths
24 and 26 May, webinar format

The Autofocus Blended Learning eSeminars (ABLeS) are back. On 24 May the theme of Space. DIY [Do it yourself] will be addressed, on 26 May, Memory Matter Matters. As usual, each seminar will have a guest speaker: on 24 May it´s the neuroscientist Kate Jeffery, of University College of London, with "Uneasy Cities"; on the 26th, the architect-philosopher Gareth Griffiths, from Tampere University, with "What does local mean?".
The sessions begin at 15:00, the conferences at 16:00, followed by a space for discussion. They are free to access, just click on the respective links:

https://ifilosofia.up.pt/activities/session-3-uneasy-cities-with-kate-jeffery
https://ifilosofia.up.pt/activities/session-4-what-does-local-mean-with-gareth-griffiths
 
The ABLeS programme, where Architecture, Philosophy and Science intersect, results from a partnership between three research centres: Institute of Philosophy/Mind Language Action Research Group (FLUP); Centre for Architecture and Urbanism Studies (FAUP); and Research Centre in Territory, Architecture and Design/G1 (Faculties of Arts and Architecture of Lusíada University - North (Porto). These events are coordinated by Professors and Architects Pedro Borges de Araújo and Sérgio Amorim.

The sessions will be recorded and made available at a later date on the ABLeS Intersections digital platform.
 

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20 May 2022
When caring also means discovering and creating conditions for sharing

The extensive and intensive document cleaning campaign begun in January of this year by the Marques da Silva Foundation with the support of the UP´s Graphic Document Restoration Workshop (GDI - UP Digital) recorded some very impressive numbers in May:

- 4779 records (written items and drawings) belonging to the collection of the architect António Teixeira Guerra, dated between 1946 and 2004, relating to his training period and more than 100 projects, in addition to 13 boxes of diverse documentation and photographic records;
- 8935 records of the disciplinary practice of the architects Maurício Vasconcellos and Luíz Alçada Baptista (individual and joint collections: GPA/Planning and Architecture Group), dated between 1954 and 1996, relating to around 300 projects;
- 23 boxes of varied documentation, produced and assembled in the most diverse contexts by the architect Nuno Portas, from bibliographical records, personal documents (curricula, correspondence, ...), texts, pedagogical content, legislation, clippings, travel records, etc.;
- 1109 documents from the professional collection of Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira, dated between 1982 and 2002, relating to around seven dozen projects, plus 18 boxes of assorted documentation.

This means that a further 21,923 documents have been entered and can now be consulted (mostly drawings, many of them unpublished) and 54 boxes with written documentation and photographic records. This activity will now continue internally, with a new document digitisation campaign being prepared which will not only expand consultation possibilities but also strengthen access to documents via the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Digital Archive.
 

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19 May 2022
"Streets and Roads", by Manuel Graça Dias
Today is Selected Writings day

Manuel Graça Dias liked to talk about life in and around cities, about "life that can still be generous, complex, unforeseen, chaotic, multiple". In this text of 2005, he discusses the way in which the terms “street” and “road” have come to be used, appropriated, added, relocated, ...

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18 May 2022
Exhibition "NO SITE IS A DESERT. Álvaro Siza: Tidal Pool (1960-2021)"
18 May to 1 July 2022
FAUP Exhibition Gallery

In 1960 Álvaro Siza began to design the Tidal Pool in Leça da Palmeira. Classified as a National Monument in 2011 and included in the “Catalogue of Architectural Works of Álvaro Siza” recorded in the World Heritage Indicative List (2017), it is a work that stands out for its exceptional cultural and scenic values, and for being an international reference of modern architecture still in full use by local communities. Between 2018 and 2021 it was the subject of a series of requalification and restoration works by Álvaro Siza himself, carried out by Matosinhos Municipal Council. A study of the management and conservation of the complex was also carried out, coordinated by Teresa Cunha Ferreira (CEAU-FAUP), financed by the Getty Foundation, as part of the Keeping It Modern programme.
 
The exhibition “NO SITE IS A DESERT. Álvaro Siza: Tidal Pool (1960-2021)”, which opens today at FAUP at 18:00, curated by Teresa Cunha Ferreira and Luís Urbano, is now proposing a renewed look at this work of reference in the context of world architecture, illustrating its multiple lives through a set of drawings, photographs, audio-visual items, models, a few books and periodicals made available by the Marques da Silva Foundation, and objects – many of them unpublished – which allow us to reconstitute a critical narrative of the process of the design, construction and renovation of the building over the last six decades. A catalogue will also be launched which offers time travel through the work, to accompany the exhibition. This initiative seeks to open new interpretative perspectives and, at the same time, to inspire the teaching and the practice of architecture for future generations.
 
Entrance to the exhibition is free and can be visited from Monday to Friday, between 9:00 and 20:00.
 
+ info: www.arq.up.pt
 

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17 May 2022
International Museums Day / 18 May:
free entrance to the exhibitions

On International Museums Day, which is celebrated annually on 18 May, come on a free visit to the Marques da Silva Foundation´s exhibitions.
Enter the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, for "This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence" and be surprised by what can be seen of the many lives of António Cardoso, from collector to painter, from researcher to professor, from traveller to author and art critic. And in the corner that closes the exhibition, take the electric tram and travel along line 22 in his company to see the architecture of Marques da Silva that can be seen from there.
There are other possible journeys if you enter the Lopes Martins Mansion, in this case with Mozambique as your destiny. Here you can access the mapping of this territory´s modern architecture, get to know the design for "Beira Central Station" and also admire José Porto´s drawings for the Grand Hotel of this same city.
We are waiting for you!
 

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17 May 2022
Exhibition "Manuel Botelho Territory"
Closing Session: guided tour, book presentation and round table
18 May, from 17:00, Garagem Avenida Gallery
entrance free

A guided tour by Carlos Maia and Duarte Belo, starting at 17:00; the presentation of the book Manuel Botelho Territory, by Duarte Belo and Bruno Baldaia, at 17:30; and, at 18:00, the round table "Culture and Context", with Filipa Guerreio, Luís Tavares Pereira, Mariana Carvalho and Paolo Melis, moderated by João Cabeleira, five architects who in various circumstances have crossed paths with Manuel Botelho, are the initiatives proposed to mark the closing of the exhibition "Manuel Botelho Territory", which opened on 6 April in the Garagem Avenida Gallery in Guimarães. On this occasion, the agreement will also be formalised for the transfer of around 1500 books from the library of Manuel Botelho to the School of Architecture, Art and Design (EAAD) of the University of Minho, represented by its Director, Paulo Cruz.
 
This exhibition, curated by António Neves, Bruno Baldaia, Carlos Maia and Duarte Belo, focuses on the three decades of work in Manuel Botelho´s architectural studio, covering architecture, object design, theoretical reflection, writing and teaching, and results in a partnership between the Laboratory of Landscape, Heritage and Territory (Lab2PT), the EAAD, the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP). This achievement is part of a cycle of different exhibitions on the life and work of Manuel Botelho begun in January at FAUP, and which, before returning to Porto, will also go to Coimbra.
 
The delivery of Manuel Botelho´s library to the EAAD is the result of the cataloguing of his work carried out by the curators of the exhibition and by the fellows of the University of Minho, while his professional archive, documentation relating to 67 projects from housing to public facilities, has already been donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 
All of these initiatives also have the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Order of Architects – Northern Regional Section.
 
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16 May 2022
"Beira Central Station", an exhibition to visit, a heritage to preserve

Beira Central Station, currently managed by the Railway Company of Mozambique, was built between 1962 and 1963, from the collaborative work of a team of architects (João Afonso Garizo do Carmo, Francisco de Castro and Paulo de Melo Sampaio) led by Bernardino Ramalhete. Even so, its design exhibits a strong unitary character, in which the impressive arch stands out, with a 55m span that welcomes those who approach it. This project arose at a time when Portugal, as a pluricontinental territory, sought to affirm an image of modernism, progress and a desire for permanence through a considerable investment in large scale infrastructure construction. Beira Central Station is part of this historical cycle and is an example of that architecture, guided by criteria of quality and speed in the construction process. Surviving the wear and tear imposed by the multiple adverse situations it has had to face, it continues to be an identifying symbol of Beira´s urban heritage and of architecture of Portuguese origin which can only be found in Africa.
 
It is the importance of this railway station, in terms of architecture and heritage, which is at the basis of the research project coordinated by Paulo Lourenço and Elisiário Miranda. With this, it is hoped to be able to lay the foundations for a programme of intervention and preventive action, such as obtaining its future classification. The project, financed by the Getty Foundation, also involves the holding of knowledge-sharing seminars and initiatives, with the current exhibition being one of the steps to be taken. After being presented in Guimarães and before arriving in Beira, it can be visited at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the space where the work of other architects is documented who also designed for Lusophone Africa, meaning that some records of another Beira project can also be made known, the Grand Hotel designed by José Porto in 1949, the same author, with Ribeiro Alegre, of the urbanisation plan that currently continues to manage Beira´s urban topography.
 
The exhibition, which opened last Saturday, 14 May, can be visited from Monday to Friday, between 14:00 and 18:00, in the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Lopes Martins Mansion until 18 June.
 

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13 May 2022
"Beira Central Station. Keeping it Modern"
Opening of the Exhibition and introducing the project
With Paulo Lourenço and Elisiário Miranda, moderated by Luís Martinho Urbano
14 May, 16:00, Marques da Silva Foundation

Tomorrow at 16:00 the Lopes Martins Mansion at the Marques da Silva Foundation will host a new exhibition: "Beira Central Station. Keeping it Modern". This is a project developed as part of the Keeping It Modern programme, an initiative of the Getty Foundation of Los Angeles, which in 2019 awarded a grant to the conservation and maintenance project of Beira Central Station (1957-1966) in Mozambique.
 
To mark this inaugural moment, the project coordinators, Paulo Lourenço and Elisário Miranda, respectively from the School of Engineering and the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho, will present the project, in a conversation moderated by Luís Martinho Urbano.
 
In its visit to Porto, since it is a touring exhibition, there will also be an extension to the project to show some drawings and photographs of the period relating to the iconic Beira Grand Hotel, from the collection of the architect who designed it in 1949, José Porto.

On this day, entrance is free.
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12 May 2022
Manuel Aires Mateus invited, Ricardo Bak Gordon accepted
There is a new "Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture" to listen to

It is on the banks of the Tagus that Ricardo Bak Gordon finds the subject for this Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture, a work that, although not an architect´s project, constitutes an object of value and architectural meaning: the Bridge over the Tagus or the 25th of April Bridge.

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Picture: Opening day of the Bridge over the Tagus, 6 August 1966 (in DN/Lisbon of Old)

 

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11 May 2022
The collection of the architect Manuel Botelho is now part of the Marques da Silva Foundation

While the diversified programme of initiatives designed around the work of Manuel Botelho was taking place, on 7 May the donation contract was signed for the professional collection of this Architect to the Marques da Silva Foundation. A session that was also attended, in addition to the Donor, and the Chair, Fátima Vieira, and Vice-Chair of the Foundation, Luís Martinho Urbano, by the architects António Neves and Bruno Baldaia. It was a symbolic moment, but one which already formalises the integration of documents relating to 67 architectural designs and to his training period in Italy at the institution´s Documentation Centre, in anticipation of the activities that will soon take place at the Marques da Silva Foundation itself. At this moment and following those that have already been held at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto between January and March of this year, the exhibition "Manuel Botelho Territory" is open to the public at the Galeria Garagem da Avenida in Guimarães, which will close on 18 May.
 
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10 May 2022
"This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence",
the new exhibition at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

"This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence" there it is, to make known António Cardoso, who he was, the many things he did, how much he left us. An exhibition that begins with a gesture of recognition, but which surprises by the many things it found to tell. António Cardoso dedicated a large part of his life to taking care of memory, to researching the history and meaning of the work of José Marques da Silva and Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, and everything and everyone who made it possible to understand them, but he also lived his time in an unusually committed way, as an artist, as a man of action, in a continuous movement of consecration of the art of sharing and dialogue.
 
With this exhibition, invaded by colour, the Residence-Atelier is once again a meeting place. There are five spaces to go through: the room of "altars", of "oils", of "intersecting geometries", of "other paths" and the "nooks". On the day its doors opened many came to visit. Come too, we are waiting for you.
 
The exhibition can be visited until 17 September.
 
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9 May 2022
"Beira Central Station. Keeping it Modern"
Exhibition and Colloquium with Paulo Lourenço, Elisiário Miranda and moderated by Luís Martinho Urbano
14 May, 16:00, Marques da Silva Foundation

The Beira Central Station exhibition. Keeping It Modern will open its doors to the public on 14 May at 16:00. In its transition to the Marques da Silva Foundation, after appearing at the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho, it will include a set of original drawings by José Porto, an architect with several works designed for the city of Beira in Mozambique in the mid-20th century, one highlight being the Beira Grand Hotel.
 
To mark the opening of the Exhibition, a colloquium will take place to present the Beira Central Station project, with contributions from Paulo Lourenço and Elisiário Miranda, moderated by Luís Martinho Urbano.
 
It will be open for visiting until 18 June, in the Lopes Martins Mansion (Marques da Silva Foundation), from Monday to Saturday, between 14:00 and 18:00.
 
+ info here
 

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7 May 2022
"This is not just a picture:
António Cardoso beyond the evidence"
Today at 16:00

Today, from 16:00, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, you can now discover what the exhibition This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence has to reveal. Come and visit.
Entrance free.
 

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6 May 2022
Newsletter - May 2022

With the exhibition This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence about to open, we publish a new Marques da Silva Foundation Newsletter.


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5 May 2022
António Cardoso: “Orange: a poetics of freedom and rigour”
There is a new Selected Writings

In “Orange: a poetics of freedom and rigour”, a text dating from 1985, António Cardoso seeks the immanent poetry in the physical work of Francisco Laranjo, transforming the word itself into poetic material. It is another Selected Writings.
 
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04 May 2022
This is not just a picture
António Cardoso beyond the evidence

7 May, 16:00, Marques da Silva Foundation

The exhibition This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence takes a look at the life of António Cardoso, a figure who traversed multiple fields and left a legacy visible today in his artistic output, in the various generations of students he helped to train, and in laying the groundwork for what are today the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Amadeo Souza-Cardoso Museum.
This is a retrospective reading, the first to take place after his death last June, defined between Porto and Amarante, between the work developed on José Marques da Silva and Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, showing the plurality of interests that moved him. Historian by training, artist by conviction, António Cardoso worked on memory without ever losing a sense of his own time.
The exhibition opens on 7 May at 16:00, in the Residence-Atelier designed by Marques da Silva. It will remain open to the public until 17 September of this year. Open from Monday to Friday between 14:00 and 18:00.
 
+ info here
 

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3 May 2022
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction
final days

Last Saturday, Rui Mendes led a guided tour of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction and spoke of the interventions underway at the Bloco das Águas Livres, as well as what is in development for the Castelo School and the Martim Moniz Building. It was the final guided tour of this exhibition, which can still be visited until 7 May, between 1400 and 1800 hrs, at the Marques da Silva Foundation
 

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29 April 2022
The "dance of shapes" at the Hotel Bergere Bar, by José Porto

Today is World Dance Day, but concepts like "space", "body", "movement", "rhythm" and "lightness", to name but a few, are  concepts which inhabit territories common to other languages, to other worlds. Like architecture. As in this study for the floor of the Hotel Bergere, influenced by the geometry of the floor plan, which José Porto developed during his stay in Paris in the 1920s. In it, the shapes "dance" to the rhythm of the colours. If it materialises, if it is able to provide the experience of a real body travelling through it, it will be another story, still waiting for whoever comes to tell it.
 

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26 April 2022
This is not just a picture
António Cardoso beyond the evidence

Opens on 7 May at 16:00 hrs
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

The exhibition This is not just a picture: António Cardoso beyond the evidence follows the route of the many paths taken by António Cardoso  – artist, professor, researcher and museologist who died in June 2021 – to make known the web of interests and passions that shaped his life and the importance of his legacy. It opens on 7 May, at 1600 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.
 
Curatorially developed by a collective formed by Susana Cardoso (daughter), Laura Castro (DRCN), Domingas Vasconcelos (CMP), Celso Santos and Leonor Soares (FLUP) and Paula Abrunhosa (FIMS), this exhibition is a Marques da Silva Foundation initiative, with the support of António Cardoso´s family, the Directorate-General for Northern Culture, the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Municipal Museum, Porto City Council, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the same University.

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28 April 2022
Yesterday at the Foundation we spoke about "Mortars for the conservation of early 20th century buildings - Compatibility and Sustainability". The S. João Theatre and the "Nacional" building were case studies.

The 2nd CemRestore seminar took place yesterday at the Foundation. That is to say, we talked about "Mortars for the conservation of early 20th century buildings - Compatibility and Sustainability". Combining research and constructive practice, the perspectives of architects, engineers and historians on this theme intersected here, highlighting the relevance of the CemRestore project and the need to continue to promote the link between centres of research, building technology and methods of intervention in heritage. And given the nature of the institution and the architects who are documented in it, the Foundation proved to be an ideal place for bringing these discussions together. It was not by chance that two of the case studies presented were two works by Marques da Silva: the S. João Theatre and the "Nacional" building.
 

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27 April 2022
Guided tour by RUI MENDES: registration open

Rui Mendes, architect, researcher, teacher and co-author with Bartolomeu Costa Cabral of the rehabilitation projects currently being carried out and/or developed for the Bloco das Águas Livres, the Martim Moniz Building and the Castelo School, will give a guided tour of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction, focusing on these projects.
 
It will be a unique opportunity, in these final days of the exhibition, to understand the singularities of these works and the renewed existence to which they aspire. Rui Mendes is also author of the models of the Martim Moniz Building and the Castelo School which can be seen on display, and a book by him on these two designs is expected shortly, to be published by Circo de Ideias.
 
The guided tour will take place next Saturday, 30 April, starting at 15:00 and lasting approximately 1 hour/1 hour 30 minutes. Entrance is free, subject only to prior registration via email to fims@reit.up.pt. Maximum capacity 20 participants.
 
More information: here
 

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27 April 2022
2nd CemRestore seminar | Mortars for the conservation of early 20th century buildings - Compatibility and Sustainability
Today, 27 April, 1500-1930 hrs, at the Marques da Silva Foundation

Today at the Marques da Silva Foundation, José Pedro Tenreiro, Tiago Inácio, Ana Velosa, António Santos Silva and Luís Almeida, and Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos will address the use of cements, explaining their development and application in various contexts, national and international.

Their contributions take place as part of the 2nd CemRestore Seminar, a project coordinated by Ana Velosa (UA) and António Santos Silva (LNEC), with the participation of Clara Pimenta do Vale (FAUP).

Proceedings begin at 15:00 and continue until 19:30. The opening session will have contributions from Luís Urbano, Vice-Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, João Pedro Xavier, Director of FAUP, and Ana Velosa, coordinator of CemRestore from the University of Aveiro.

Entrance is free.

+ info: www.arq.up.pt

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22 April 2022
António Menéres and the "passport" to the Survey

In 1953, António Menéres was still a young student of Architecture with a particular interest in photography. And it was with his Zeiss Ikon that, in Veiga, a poor and isolated village in the parish of Quintela de Lampaças, near Bragança, he captured the image of these two twin children roughly accommodated in a cart skilfully constructed from soap boxes. But what António Menéres had not anticipated at the time was that, around two years later, the photographs taken in Veiga would authorise his participation in a decisive and unforgettable experience: the Survey into Popular Architecture in Portugal.
 
By that time, Fernando Távora had been invited by Carlos Ramos to lead Zone 1 of the Survey and form the team that would cover Minho, Douro Litoral and Beira Litoral. António Menéres, then a co-worker at the Ministry like Rui Pimentel, immediately expressed his desire to join the team being formed. But if, in the case of Rui Pimentel, the decision was peaceful, the same was not the case with António Menéres as he did not fulfil one of the conditions imposed for this commission by the SNA: to be a trainee architect. Távora ended up accepting his collaboration, but it would be up to Carlos Ramos to decide. And so António Menéres went to the School to defend his cause, presenting this and other photographs taken in Veiga. The support of Carlos Ramos was immediately won, but the final word would now have to come from Inácio Peres Fernandes, then president of the SNA. Persevering, António Menéres did not hesitate but went to Lisbon, where he again showed the photographs which, once more, made a positive impact. And so, with the promise made to Peres Fernandes that he would complete the Higher Course of Architecture, offering himself to the "Great Composition" competition, the discipline missing from his academic curriculum, he overcame the last hurdle and finally obtained the desired authorisation to be part of the team. The rest is already public knowledge. His work resulted in important photographic coverage of the territory assigned to him and the fulfilment of the promise. He obtained his Architect´s Degree in 1961, with an urban renewal project that proposed the remodelling and improvement of the Leça Fort with the reinstallation of the Captaincy Services.
 
António Menéres was born on 26 April 1930.
Congratulations, Mr Architect!
 

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25 April 2022
Sergio Fernandez: modest and incisive

On the birthday of the Architect Sergio Fernandez we have retrieved an excerpt from the eulogy given by Jorge Figueira at the donation session of his collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation on 13 April:

"Sergio is a unique architect and, more than that, he is a remarkable man [...] how do you give the eulogy of a modest man?
In any case, Sergio´s modesty is neither simple nor cultivated as a style; being temperamental, it also passes into the realm of the architectural profession. And it is a modesty that does not signify acceptance, or resignation, much less minority or secondary status. It is an active modesty, an intelligent modesty; and perhaps even, at heart, a plan of attack.
[...] Just now I found him at the rehabilitation work being carried out at the Batalha Cinema.
The workplace is a difficult location, where modesty, even active modesty, survives with difficulty.
Undoubtedly, the resilience we find in many architects has to do with the experience of these hard struggles at work.  
Sergio has found his way by being very modest and also very incisive, in his work, just as in his teaching, and in his life. It´s a seemingly impossible equation. Very modest and very incisive."


Congratulations, Mr Architect!
 

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23 April 2022
Books under construction: books even before they were books

There is a long road to travel before a book is a book. And not all book promises materialise. Sometimes they even have to wait for someone other than the author to give it that desired form. In Raul Leal´s collection there are many manuscripts that witness to the obsessive impulse towards writing. There are many revisitations to the same idea, many versions that precede the moment of publication or even follow it. Others record what remained in a dialogue between the author and himself or in an unfulfilled desire to take on the form of a book. But the collection has withstood time, thanks to a collector such as Fernando Távora and also a group of researchers (Rui Lopo, Renato Epifânio and Celeste Natário) who, transcribing, deciphering and organising the original manuscripts, will soon begin the publication of these surprising and hitherto unpublished materials.

Today, 23 April, we are celebrating World Book Day.
 

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22 April 2022
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction
Extension of the exhibition to 7 May

If you have not yet had the opportunity, or wish to revisit this exhibition on a remarkable architect, Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, curated by Paulo Providência, Pedro Baía and Mariana Couto, you can still do so until 7 May, from Monday to Saturday, between 1400 and 1800 hrs, at the Lopes Martins Mansion.
 
+ info: Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction

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21 April 2022
"Remembering" | Church of São Carlos Borromeu in Angra do Heroísmo
Season I of the exhibition cycle SACRED PLACES
23 April to 24 July 2022

Between 1984 and 1990, following the earthquake that struck Terceira Island in 1980, the Architects Fernando Távora and José Bernardo Távora designed the New Church of São Carlos Borromeu in Angra do Heroísmo. This "Sacred Place" will now host the first season of an exhibition cycle scheduled by the Regional Directorate of Culture - Government of the Azores, to appreciate the cultural heritage of religious themes in the Azores.
 
The exhibition conceived for this space - Remembering - presents the result of a selection of objects with relevant symbolic and artistic value for the community of São Carlos, together with a set of unpublished documentation related to the project, belonging to the collection of the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 
Opens on 23 April and can be visited until 24 July 2022.
 
For more information: www.culturacores.azores.gov.pt
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19 April 2022
2nd Colloquium "Organising, Preserving and Communicating the Memory of Architecture: the Architects and Architectural Archives of Portugal, England and Brazil"
Webinar, 20 April, 1700-1830 hrs

Luís Urbano, Vice Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will be one of the speakers at the 2nd Colloquium "Organising, Preserving and Communicating the Memory of Architecture: the Architects and Architectural Archives of Portugal, England and Brazil", an initiative with scientific coordination by Paulo Batista, researcher of the Interdisciplinary Centre for History, Cultures and Societies of the University of Évora (CIDEHUS). It will be his second participation in this meeting, this time to talk about the archive of the Architect José da Cruz Lima.
 
The colloquium, in the form of a webinar, will take place tomorrow, 20 April, from 1700 to 1830 hrs, and will be broadcast live, via CIDEHUS Facebook.
 

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19 April 2022
2nd CemRestore seminar | Mortars for the conservation of early 20th century buildings - Compatibility and Sustainability
27 April, 1500-1930 hrs, Marques da Silva Foundation

O CEMRESTORE, a project coordinated by Ana Velosa (UA) and António Santos Silva (LNEC), with the participation of Clara Pimenta do Vale (FAUP), will promote the second Seminar dedicated to the study of mortars from the beginning of the 20th century in Portugal. It will take place at the Marques da Silva Foundation and will feature three sessions and five presentations: José Pedro Tenreiro, Tiago Inácio, Ana Velosa, António Santos Silva and Luís Almeida, and Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos.

Entrance is free, by prior registration via online form.

+ info: www.arq.up.pt

 

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16 April 2022
Manuel Teles and the time to "become an architect"

A retrospective look at Manuel Teles´ career, about the moment when he began his architectural practice, brings back a set of names and projects that marked his and our time. Trained at the Porto School of Fine Arts where he was a colleague of Álvaro Siza, Manuel Teles started working, while still a student, in João Andresen´s studio. Between 1968 and 1970, while working with Viana de Lima, he took part in the project that he was then developing with Oscar Niemeyer for Funchal: the audacious Casino Park Hotel. He then joined the staff of Porto City Council, with duties which led him to the Campo Alegre Plan and his participation in the SAAL Process and in the Commission for the Renovation of the Ribeira-Barredo urban area, where he crossed paths with Fernando Távora. Formative experiences for the building of what turned out to be a substantial career as an architect and teacher.
Manuel Teles was born on 16 April 1936.
 
Photo credits: Joana Laranjinha, 2022.

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14 April 2022
Easter 2022:
Exhibition "Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction"
Closes today and reopens on 18 April

Please note that over the Easter period, from 15 to 17 de April, the Marques da Silva Foundation will be closed to the public. The exhibition "Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction" will reopen its doors next Monday, 18 April.
 

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13 April 2022
Donation of the Collections of Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez
/Merger of the FIMS and FAUP Documentation Centres
- 13 April, 1800 hrs, Marques da Silva Foundation -
with direct transmission via Facebook from the Marques da Silva Foundation

Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez are two Porto architects who, since the 1970s, with the foundation of Atelier 15, have shared the authorship of a vast body of work, designed and built, and almost entirely realised. An intensive activity which also extends to the field of teaching and the dissemination of architecture, documented in their respective archives which from 13 April will become part of the documentary heritage of the Marques da Silva Foundation. The donation to this institution will include, in addition to the architectural processes and an extensive set of publications, the set of theoretical authorial work, published and unpublished, by Alexandre Alves Costa, produced as a professor and critic of Architecture.

On the same day, the protocol will also be signed to establish the merger of the two institutions which, under the aegis of the University of Porto, are dedicated to the collection, study and dissemination of architectural documentary collections: the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Documentation Centre of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. Together, they will begin to put together the documentary memory of about 60 architects´ collections which are helping us to recount and understand the history of architecture and urbanism in Portugal from the late 19th century to the present day.

The session, with restricted access, will begin at 1800 hrs in the Lopes Martins Mansion and will be available on the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Facebook channel. It will be attended by the Rector of the University of Porto, António Pereira de Sousa, the Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Fátima Vieira, and the Director of the Faculty of Architecture, João Pedro Xavier. Álvaro Siza, the author of the design for the future Documentation Centre to be built in the Marques da Silva Foundation gardens, will be introduced by Alexandre Alves Costa, while Sergio Fernandez will be introduced by Jorge Figueira.
 
See Leaflet
See Biografical Note of the Architects Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez and selected works
 

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11 April 2022
Manuel Graça Dias and the free "meeting" of colours

There are drawings that immediately reveal their author, even if there is no signature on them. That is the case with this one, where stroke and colour reveal the name of Manuel Graça Dias. It´s not that he cared so much for combinations, he used the colours as he felt them, letting them "touch". And the meetings were generally effective.

In addition, this drawing belongs to the project which Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira developed for the new headquarters of Expresso/Sojornal at the Bela Vista roundabout in Lisbon, in the late 1990s.

Manuel Graça Dias was born on 11 April 1953. He would have been 69 today.
 

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10 April 2022
Guimarães Dual Fuel Station by Fernando Távora proposed for MIP classification

The decision to classify the Dual Fuel Station designed by Fernando Távora for Covas/Guimarães as a monument of public interest (MIP) has been published in the DR (Announcement 68/2022).

The process was started in 2014 by the Marques da Silva Foundation in an attempt to preserve the harmony, and compositional, formal and physical balance of the original design, at that time under threat. The relevance of the proposal was recognised in 2015, with the decision to open the classification procedure. Today´s announcement is another important step towards preserving this evidence of Fernando Távora´s architectural, landscape and urban planning thinking. Dating from 1959, it expresses the ability of this architect to formulate methods and processes which reflect the canons of the modern movement, problematised on the basis of a reality that is close to him, interpreted from his history and identity.

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7 April 2022
Gonçalo Byrne invited, Manuel Aires Mateus accepted.
There is a new Word-of-Mouth to listen to.

Manuel Aires Mateus is the voice of this new, 16th Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture. And on hearing him we will get to know the reasons why, when he visits Rome, it is always to San Carlino that he returns.

Listen here


Note on the picture: Francesco Borromini, San Carlo alle quatro fontane, in Paolo Portoghesi, Francesco Borromini, Electa, Milan [1984] (monograph 2262 in the Fernando Távora Library).

 

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4 April 2022
‘Manuel Botelho Territory’
Exhibition
Garagem Avenida, from 6 April to 18 May 2022

On 6 April at 1700 hrs, at the Garagem Avenida in Guimarães, with a session that will include the Contributions of Paulo Cruz, Carlos Maia, Duarte Belo and Manuel Mendes, the exhibition ‘Manuel Botelho Territory’ will open. This is the second point of a cycle of different exhibitions designed around the work and collection of the architect Manuel Botelho, curated by António Neves, Bruno Baldaia, Carlos Maia and Duarte Belo, which started exactly two months ago at FAUP with the exhibition ‘Manuel Botelho. Design and Work’.
The exhibition ‘Manuel Botelho Territory’ proposes a broad look at the work of this architect, whose unique production spans more than three decades and traverses architecture, object design, theoretical reflection turned into writing, and teaching, "crossing two distinct perspectives that intersect and relate: on the one hand the documentary photographic record, produced by Duarte Belo (photographer, architect and former student of Manuel Botelho), of the journey through the territory of the architect´s constructed spaces and objects as well as the spaces of his daily life; on the other hand, through the Models made for this show, by the EAAD-UM recipients (Bruno Castro, João Costa and Rui Ferreira), as well as drawings and sketches and photographs, seven definitive works are presented which allow us to understand and characterise the production of the Manuel Botelho Workshop over time."
 
This exhibition cycle is also intended to mark the safeguarding of the records of this architect´s work through the depositing of his professional collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation and the placing of his library with the School of Architecture, Art and Design, University of Minho, institutions which belong naturally to the partnership which embodies the project and which also include, as partner institutions, the Laboratory of Landscape, Heritage and Territory and the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. The Northern Regional Section of the Order of Architects is also present, ensuring support for its dissemination.


The exhibition ‘Manuel Botelho Territory’ can be visited from Monday to Friday, between 1000 hrs and 1700 hrs (closed on holidays). Entrance is free.
 
+ info on www.eaad.uminho.pt
Read Sérgio C. Andrade´s article,Manuel Botelho, um arquitecto a descobrir entre o Porto e Guimarães [Manuel Botelho, an architect to discover between Porto and Guimarães]
 

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5 April 2022
The Foundation in Nothing will be like Dante

On 29 March, the Marques da Silva Foundation welcomed Pedro Lamares and the production company "Até ao Fim do Mundo" [Until the End of the World] for filming which will form part of the next programmes of Nada será como Dante [Nothing will be like Dante], a weekly series on literature broadcast on RTP2 on Tuesday evenings. There is nothing like seeing, hearing, but also recognising the chosen spaces.
 
 

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01 April 2022
What? When? Why not? Portuguese architecture
2nd debate in the cycle "Contemporary themes in Portuguese architecture"
Casa da Arquitectura, 2 April, 1630-1930 hrs

The second debate in the cycle "Contemporary themes in Portuguese architecture", designed in the context of the exhibition “What? When? Why not? Portuguese architecture” will take place tomorrow, at the Casa da Arquitectura. And it will be time for Carolina Coelho, Bruno Gil, Mário Krüger and Gonçalo Byrne to address the question "What research?".

This cycle, with scientific coordination and moderation by Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, was organised by the Social Studies Centre of the University of Coimbra and by the Casa da Arquitectura in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space and the collection of a ticket on the day from 1000 hrs.

+ info www.casadaarquitectura.com
 

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1 April 2022
Launch of the 18th Fernando Távora Prize
With the participation of Armando Rabaça, Maria Neto, Paulo Moreira and Susana Ventura
OASRN Head Office, 4 April, 1800 hrs

The launch of the 18th Fernando Távora Prize will take place on 4 April at OASRN´s head office, with the participation of some of the winners of previous years. After the opening words and presentation of the rules, Armando Rabaça, Maria Neto, Paulo Moreira, Susana Ventura will share their experiences as participants and winners of the Prize. It will be a reflection on the role played by travel in their professional careers and an occasion for reflection on the future possibilities of the Fernando Távora Prize itself.
 
The Marques da Silva Foundation is a partner in this initiative of the Northern Region Section of the Order of Architects (OASRN), which also has partnerships with the Municipality of Matosinhos and the Casa da Arquitectura, as well as sponsorship from Ageas Seguros.
 
Entrance is free subject to the availability of space.
 
+ info: www.oasrn.org

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31 March 2022
“Just Two Words” by Agostinho Ricca:
and another Selected Writings
[image]

"Just two words" is the title of the text prepared by Agostinho Ricca in 2001 for the launch session of the monograph which brings together 37 of his designs and works. Another Selected Writings is on the air.

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30 March 2022
The cleaning and digitisation of documents

In the picture we can see two drawings from the design for the Avis Cinema, dated 1956, by Maurício de Vasconcellos. These are just two from a set which already amounts to more than 8,500 drawings undergoing cleaning and reconditioning. But this week the Marques da Silva Foundation also began another large digitisation project which these documents will also be part of. Soon around 1,000 new digital images relating to designs by the architects José da Cruz Lima, António Teixeira Guerra, António Menéres, Manuel Graça Dias and Maurício de Vasconcellos will be available.
 

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29 March 2022
Bernardo Ferrão and the Decorative Arts in the East and in the World:
A conference giving continuity to the legacy of Bernardo Ferrão

It was at the Marques da Silva Foundation, in a space where the two brothers (Bernardo and Fernando Távora) symbolically reunited and on a morning dedicated to the vast and sumptuous universe of the art of gold and jewellery which ended the international conference Bernardo Ferrão and the Decorative Arts in the East and in the World. An initiative of the Dr José de Figueiredo Circle - Friends of the MNSR, which thus continues to pay homage to the pioneering and still essential work of Bernardo Ferrão in the field of decorative arts, and in particular on the artistic production of the "Portuguese East". On this same day the Conference Proceedings Book was launched.
 

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28 March 2088
A full room to welcome Giorgio Grassi

Last Friday, in front of a crowded room, Fátima Vieira, José Miguel Rodrigues, Nuno Brandão Costa and Luca Ortelli, in a series of contributions completed by Giorgio Grassi himself, made it clear why it is worth reading and getting to know "An Architect´s Life". This retrospective analysis of the life of Giorgio Grassi represents a lesson that, even beyond the strict field of architecture, gains meaning, offering multiple perspectives of reading. Speaking directly and sincerely, and not avoiding the experience of learning and teaching a craft whose difficulties he does not hide, Giorgio Grassi made it understandable to all the how and why of the projects he has made. Choices of great coherence that led, at the same time, to the rediscovery of characters who are fundamental today, his Masters, his spiritual family, inseparable from his practice, from his architecture, also presented in this book where the beauty of his drawings is noticeable and the friends who accompanied him are not forgotten.
 

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27 March 2022
A big theatre and a big theatre

On World Theatre Day we are sharing a drawing from the requalification project (remodelling and expansion) of the Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon, carried out by Maurício de Vasconcellos in the early 1990s. The Coliseu is a theatrical facility that follows a specific typology. The circularity that distinguishes it is shown in this plan drawing, found during the cleaning and repackaging of documents that is underway at the Marques da Silva Foundation. In it can also be observed a small sketch for the study of the benches, since one of the questions that is always asked in this type of project is to ensure good acoustic and visibility conditions for the audience. The then hundred-year-old Coliseu dos Recreios reopened its doors on 26 February 1994.

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25 March 2022
>i>Uma Vida de Arquitecto [An Architect´s Life]
Launch of Giorgio Grassi´s book, translated by José Miguel Rodrigues
today at 2200 hrs at the Marques da Silva Foundation

Giorgio Grassi is back in Porto and at the Marques da Silva Foundation for the launch of one more book in the collection Giorgio Grassi - opera omnia sic. It is "Uma Vida de Arquitecto [An Architect´s Life]", the third volume to be published, translated and with a preface by José Miguel Rodrigues, in an editorial partnership between the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento. To present it, in addition to the authors, will be present Fátima Vieira, Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Luca Ortelli, former colleague and friend, and Nuno Brandão Costa, as well as José Miguel Rodrigues, architect and professor at FAUP.
 
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Picture credits: Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos/Fotobanco.pt
 

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24 March 2022
Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture is back with Gonçalo Byrne

Can a house be a poem? It is with this question that another new season of Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture, begins. The person giving us the answer will be Gonçalo Byrne.

Listen here

About the picture: with thanks to Ana Luísa Rodrigues and Luís Urbano
 

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23 March 2022
Bernardo Ferrão and the Decorative Arts in the East and in the World
International Congress
Porto, 24 to 26 March 2022

On 26 March the Marques da Silva Foundation will welcome the international conference, Bernardo Ferrão and the Decorative Arts in the East and in the World.  It will be the third and final day in a programme which seeks to approach different themes: "The Art of Ivory", "Furniture and Carving", Textiles and Ceramics" and "Gold and Jewellery".
This initiative of the MNSR Circle of Friends - Dr José de Figueiredo has the collaboration of the host institutions - the Soares dos Reis National Museum, the University of Porto Rectory, and the Marques da Silva Foundation - and the support of the CMP.

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22 March 2022
"Book Requests" takes Raúl Hestnes Ferreira to the exhibition Sound it: Rádio Antecâmara

Today Susana Ventura begins her intervention in the most recent project to occupy CCB´s Garagem Sul, Sound it: Rádio Antecâmara. That is to say that until 25 March the radio programme "Book Requests" will be broadcast live from this exhibition space where all the proposed experiences are designed from a dimension of sound. Susana Ventura´s programme begins with a preliminary request to the architects José Neves, Pedro Maurício Borges, Luísa Bebiano and Inês Dantas, to select an excerpt from a book of fiction or a poem that will serve as a starting point for a conversation about literature, architecture, cinema, among other artistic expressions. But the relationship between literature and architecture will also be explored through a set of items selected by the author, including some drawings and photographs relating to the Casa de Albarraque, designed by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira for his father, the writer José Gomes Ferreira, in 1960, from the collection of this architect in the archives at the Marques da Silva Foundation. These records thus become part of the exhibition which can be visited until 4 September.
 
 + info: https://www.ccb.pt
 

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21 March 2022
Newsletter - March 2022

This week at the Foundation we have the launch of the most recent book in the collection Giorgio Grassi - opera omnia sic and the closing session of the international conference, Bernardo Ferrão and the Decorative Arts in the East and in the World. We are counting on you, but there is more to come. The Marques da Silva Foundation´s Newsletter has just come out.

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15 March 2022
The Life of an Architect
Launch of Giorgio Grassi´s book translated by José Miguel Rodrigues

In Uma Vida de Arquitecto [The Life of an Architect], Giorgio Grassi makes a "thought experiment" on his career and accompanies it with a record of work, a kind of explanatory guide to his work, and with an album of friends who, as he tells us, he was lucky enough to meet. This is the third volume to be published as part of the project to translate into Portuguese the whole of Giorgio Grassi´s written work, coordinated and translated by José Miguel Rodrigues, published jointly by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento. And on 25 March the book will be presented at the Marques da Silva Foundation in the presence of the authors, as well as Fátima Vieira, Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, and the Architects Luca Ortelli and Nuno Brandão Costa.

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

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17 March 2022
The Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts are back

The Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts are back. Starting from today, always on Thursdays, will come out alternately Selected Writings and Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture.
And it is with “From abstract architecture to realist architecture”, a text by Mário Bonito published in 1956 in the magazine Lusíada, that Selected Writings resumes today, as tomorrow, 18 March, marks 101 years since the birth of this architect.
Listen here
Next Thursday it will be the turn of Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture.

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16 March 2022
Domingos Pinto de Faria, the most recent collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation

It was with a project to renovate a block in Covelo that, in 1965, Domingos Pinto de Faria (1934-2002) obtained his Architect´s Diploma at the Porto School of Fine Arts, but his training also included attending a course in construction economics with D. A. Turin. But his professional career began in the late 1950s, at Porto City Council, together with Auzelle and as a member of the team responsible for the Plan to improve living conditions for the inhabitants of impoverished neighbourhoods. The 1970s marked his entry into the Housing Promotion Fund where, in the 1980s, he became Director of the Northern Housing Directorate. Of the work developed as a liberal professional, highlights include, in the city of Porto, the designs for the Catholic University of Porto, the Diocesan Centre - Casa de Vilar and the reconstruction of the Boa-Vista Hotel. And his work extends to Braga, Póvoa de Varzim, Cinfães, Marco de Canavezes, Gondomar, Francelos and Famalicão.

The Domingos Pinto de Faria collection is now part of the Marques da Silva Foundation Archive.

 
Photograph:
Domingos Pinto de Faria with his son Luís Pinto de Faria, also an architect and current Director of the Architecture Course at the Fernando Pessoa University, at the Travessa das Antas workshop in Porto.

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14 March 2022
Bernardo Ferrão and the Decorative Arts in the East and in the World
International Congress
Porto, 24 to 26 March 2022

The international conference Bernardo Ferrão and the Decorative Arts in the East and in the World will bring together 25 specialists in the Decorative Arts for three days (between 24 and 26 March) to traverse different periods and geographies, present and debate the results of the investigations that they have been undertaking. After a plenary session, in four sessions, themes will be addressed as diverse as "The Art of Ivory", "Furniture and Carving", Textiles and Ceramics" and "Gold and Jewellery". This is an initiative promoted by the Circle of Dr José de Figueiredo - Friends of MNSR who in 2017 received the donation of the documentary collection of the engineer Bernardo Ferrão, currently deposited at MNSR and already available for virtual consultation on the AtoM platform. The conference will take place at the Soares dos Reis National Museum (24-25), the University of Porto Rectory (25) and the Marques da Silva Foundation (26). In addition to the support of these institutions, it also has the support of the CMP.
 

More info here

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14 March 2022
There is more colour in S. Bento Station

Anyone who has recently passed through the lobby of S. Bento Station will certainly not have missed the presence of colour on the ceiling where the first destinations are proudly displayed of what was, and continues to be, Porto´s Central Station: Minho and Douro.
The subtle change, which marks a return to the original colours, and the most visible to those who walk through the space, is part of the Ceiling Repair, Covering and Installation of Walkways recently undertaken by Infrastructures of Portugal. The colour choice results from in-depth research supported by the DRCN technical team. As a whole, the interventions carried out in this Station designed by José Marques da Silva aim to improve the safety conditions for people and property, but also to preserve and enhance the image of a public facility of recognised heritage importance.
There is more colour in S. Bento Station and a new reason to visit.
 

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11 March 2022
Luiz Botelho Dias

It´s a simple sketch drawn on a paper napkin, perhaps even done at "Chaleira", the cafe that Luiz Botelho Dias and Manuel Marques de Aguiar used to frequent, in Foco, very close to their architecture office. The year was 1987. They were united by a long friendship, strengthened by the now distant times of the formulation of the partial urbanisation Plan of the area between Leça da Palmeira and Lugar da Boa Nova, where Botelho Dias and Álvaro Siza formed the team led by Marques de Aguiar. However, they had made the decision to literally tear down the wall that separated them and start to embrace the challenge of designing together. It was already in the context of this partnership that they thought about the School, the Communal Oven and the Market for Montalegre, and also, together with Diogo Alpendurada, they were actively involved in the Support Commission for the Nevogilde , to protect the waterfront at Foz.

And with this drawing by Manuel Marques de Aguiar, which reveals to us much more than a mere meeting between a person portrayed and the person portraying him, we mark the birthday of Luiz Botelho Dias, 11 March 1929.

 

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08 March 2022
Graça Correia Ragazzi, Andreia Garcia and Sandra Barclay: the female voices of Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture

In March, the Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts will return. And because today is Women´s Day, in this Foundation where the decisive role of a woman architect, Maria José Marques da Silva, stands out, we suggest a return to the voice of other women architects. In Word-of-Mouth: let´s talk about architecture, Graça Correia, Andreia Garcia and Sandra Barclay travel and take us on a journey through works of architecture that fascinate and inspire them.

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Graça Correia - Lafayette Park, Detroit, Mies van der Rohe
Andreia Garcia - Chapel of the Capuchin Convent, México, Luis Barragán
Sandra Barclay - Curutchet House, La Plata-Buenos Aires, Le Corbusier

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03 March 2022
What? When? Why not? Portuguese architecture
First debate in the Cycle “Contemporary Themes in Portuguese Architecture”
Casa da Arquitectura, 5 March, from 1500 hrs

The First Debate in the Cycle “Contemporary Themes in Portuguese Architecture, organised by the Social Studies Centre of the University of Coimbra and by the Casa da Arquitectura in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation, comes from the context of the exhibition “What? When? Why not? Portuguese architecture”. It will take place on 5 March, starting at 1500 hrs in the Casa da Arquitectura. The scientific coordination and moderation will be by Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil. At the opening, the Marques da Silva Foundation will be represented by the Chair of the Board of Directors, Fátima Vieira, together with Nuno Sampaio, Executive Director of the Casa da Arquitectura. The programme will be as follows:
 
What Colonialism?
Ana Vaz Milheiro (Dinâmia´cet-ISCTE, FAUL)
José Pedro Monteiro (CECS-UM)
Ana Fernandes (Dinâmia´cet-IUL, FAUP)

What Women?

Patrícia Santos Pedrosa (CIEG/ISCSP/UL, UBI)
Jorge Figueira (CES-Darq/FCTUC)
Helena Souto (IADE-UE)
Zaída Muxi (ETSAB-UPC, Spain)
 
Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space and ticket collection on the day from 1000 hrs.
The second debate will take place on 2 April.
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1 March 2022
Alfredo Matos Ferreira, a man in harmony with (his) time

Alfredo Matos Ferreira was always a man of strong convictions and multidisciplinary in his actions. As an architect and as a citizen he sought to maintain an ethical position in the face of the challenges which he embraced, and always defend his creative freedom. He considered SAAL to be the most rewarding experience of his entire career as an architect. And he lived it intensely, not only as head of the Lapa team (Porto), intervening in the field, but also filming various moments in a period of strong convulsions and political and social transformations. Alfredo Matos Ferreira was born on 1 March1928. We mark the day with an image taken from those films which today, even if it continues to be carnival time, takes on strange resonances.
 

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22 February 2022
The collection of Germano de Castro Pinheiro has become part of this Foundation

Germano de Castro Pinheiro (1913-1992), an architect who trained at the Porto School of Fine Arts, has a remarkable set of constructed work in the northern coastal region of the country, carried out between the late 1930s and the 1980s. The documentation recording the work developed in the office in the Rua de Santo António and later in the Rua Clemente Menéres in Porto has now been donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation by his son and grandson, both also architects, thus laying the foundations for a new context that will allow him to be rescued from a certain anonymity. While an integral and important part of the Archive of this institution, its preservation will now be safeguarded, as well as benefiting from conditions which will enable its study and dissemination.


About the pictures: the architects Germano Manuel Torres de Castro Pinheiro and Germano Manuel Novais de Castro Pinheiro today, at the Foundation; Germano de Castro Pinheiro, Perspective drawing of the "Maresia" set of bathing facilities (1972, Póvoa do Varzim).

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21 February 2022
Manuel Botelho . Professor
round table
23 February, 1830 hrs, Fernando Távora Auditorium (FAUP)

The round table  "Manuel Botelho . Professor" has arisen in the context of the exhibition "Manuel Botelho: Design and Work", currently available to the public in the FAUP Exhibitions Gallery, and will bring together six architects who, while students or teachers, coincided with Manuel Botelho in this institution: António Neves (introduction), Jorge Reis (moderator), Conceição Melo, Eduardo Fernandes, Inês Beleza and José Manuel Soares.
 

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18 February 2022
Libraries are more than books

Books occupy a special place in this Foundation. And one cannot simply speak of a Library. Yes, we have a General Library where our researchers can consult the most recent publications launched by the institution, as well as all the literature which has been gathered through offers, exchanges and acquisitions. But there are the "other" Libraries, those which reveal the interests and passions of the architects represented here. Studying the libraries of "our" architects is also a way of discovering and understanding them, from the work to the person. The most recent entry arrived from Architect Margarida Coelho, who has been enriching this collection with books covering the various areas of her professional career: architecture, urbanism and heritage. There are more than two hundred titles, including monographs and periodicals.
 

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09 February 2022
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral awarded the Degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique

The architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral was yesterday decorated by the President of the Republic with the degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. It was a moment of double celebration as the ceremony took place on his birthday.

"The Order of Infante D. Henrique is intended to distinguish those who have provided relevant services to Portugal, both at home and overseas, as well as services in the expansion of Portuguese culture or through knowledge about Portugal, its History and its values."

The Marques da Silva Foundation welcomes yet another important public recognition of the career and work of the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral.
 

Image credits: Rui Ochoa/President of the Republic

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8 February 2022
Bartolomeu Costa Cabral: Rua da Alegria

For more than four decades, it was on the third floor of number 25, Rua da Alegria, that Bartolomeu Costa Cabral devoted himself to the profession of architect. A space which in June 2019 would close its doors, but whose poetry that surrounded him can be seen in this film by Luís Urbano, made just before the transfer of the archive to the Marques da Silva Foundation. It is also one of the four videos which can be seen until 23 April in the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral /  an archive under construction. Today, 8 February, marks 93 years since the birth of Bartolomeu Costa Cabral. Congratulations, Mr Architect!

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2 February 2022
"Architecture
Energy - Marina Abramovic"
Alexandre Alves Costa

 

"Architecture. Energy - Marina Abramovic" is the title that points to some of the possible meanings of this drawing/collage by Alexandre Alves Costa, to which the caption, "With pleasure, Sebastian resisted while alive the adversity of martyrdom, with the energy of wanting to transform the world beyond all bitterness", offers other possible decipherings. It is for those who observe it to accept the challenge set by the author and thus discover the "arguments" that sustain their navigations. And Alexandre Alves Costa is an author who allows himself, through drawings and the written word, the freedom to go "drifting off" through unexpected geographies and destinations. Soon, the Marques da Silva Foundation, in partnership with the University of Porto Press, will launch a new book by this author. But for now, we celebrate his birthday today.
Congratulations, Mr Architect!

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28 January 2022
David Moreira da Silva and Juan Honold Dünner

This is an undated letter, but one which leaves no doubt as to who wrote it - Juan Honold Dünner - and to whom it was addressed - David Moreira da Silva. It also reveals the sharing of common ground between these two interlocutors - urbanism - and the willingness to compare the realities of their respective countries of origin - Chile and Portugal. The place or context in which they met is not clear, but it would have been around 1960, the year in which Juan Honold Dünner occupied the role of architect in the Planning Directorate of the Chilean Ministry of Public Works and the year in which he took on the role of coordinator of the Santiago Intercommunal Plan. The documents which accompanied the letter, as well as a hitherto enigmatic typed translation of the Chilean law (General law on constructions and urbanisation), can be found today in the collection of David Moreira da Silva who, at that time, was developing the plan for the city of Aveiro, after two decades of intensive activity in urban planning. The story continues for those who wish to investigate, and there would be much to explore, but we share it today to mark the birthday of David Moreira da Silva, born on 28 January 1909.

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12 January 2022
A new large-scale document cleaning campaign

A new extensive and intensive document cleaning campaign is underway at the Marques da Silva Foundation. If, between 2020 and 2021, the focus was on the collections of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and Francisco Granja, now drawings and written items produced by Maurício de Vasconcellos and Luiz Alçada Baptista, Manuel Graça Dias and José Egas Vieira, and António Teixeira Guerra, will be cleaned and reconditioned. The campaign, which covers thousands of items, is expected to be completed by the end of March this year. The process will be carried out by the Marques da Silva Foundation technical team, with support from the University of Porto Graphic Document Restoration Workshop (GDI - UP Digital).

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20 January 2022
António Silva Cardoso (1955-2022)

The Marques da Silva Foundation expresses its deep regret on the death of Professor António Silva Cardoso, Vice-Rector of the University of Porto and Full Professor in the Faculty of Civil Engineering (FEUP). Throughout his career there were several moments when his activities intersected with this institution, whether in the renovation of the built spaces, or in exercising the functions of Chairman of its General Council, a position he assumed in 2018. His serene and assertive way of being, his ability to achieve and bring together the contributions of all, will forever be remembered.
 
The funeral will take place this afternoon, in Murtosa, in the district of Aveiro, after the Funeral Mass which will take place at 1330 hrs, at the Church of Foco (Porto).

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14 January 2022
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12 January 2022
Manuel Botelho. Project and Work
Exhibition
FAUP Gallery, 26 January to 9 March 2022

On 26 January, in the Gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, the exhibition "Manuel Botelho. Project and Work" will open. This is a first initiative in the context of a wide range of activities whose purpose is to make known the unique career of Manuel Botelho, an architect whose production traverses the fields of architecture, the design of objects, the theoretical reflection poured into his writing and teaching. It also marks the safeguarding of this architect´s records of work, through the deposit of his professional collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation, an organisation established by the University of Porto (between 1980 and 2010 Manuel Botelho taught at this University), and the delivery of his library to the School of Architecture, Art and Design, University of Minho.

"Manuel Botelho. Project and Work" brings together a selection of designs of different scales, programmes and contexts, as well as objects which form part of the body of Manuel Botelho´s work. It is organised in two areas of the FAUP Gallery, forming two distinct views: along the circular gallery is shown the ‘Manuel Botelho Territory’, a documentary photographic record, produced by Duarte Belo (photographer, architect and former student of Manuel Botelho), a journey through the territory of the architect´s constructed spaces and objects, as well as the spaces of his daily life; in the central space, in a workshop environment, are shown drawings and original models as well as others produced for this show.

Curated by António Neves, Bruno Baldaia, Carlos Maia, Filipa Guerreiro and Duarte Belo (Manuel Botelho Territory), the Exhibition, which follows on from the identification and cataloguing of the Architect Manuel Botelho´s work carried out by the curators with the support of Bruno Castro, João Costa and Rui Ferreira, scholars of the University of Minho, is the result of a partnership between FAUP, the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory, and the School of Architecture, Art and Design, University of Minho.

The cycle which begins with the exhibition at FAUP will continue on tour at the partner institutions, accompanied by round tables and visits to the works of this architect. This process also includes the launch of two publications: a monograph, published by Circo de Ideias, and a record of visits to the works, published by the Landscape Museum.

The opening session will take place on Wednesday 26 January at 1830 hrs in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, with an introduction by João Pedro Xavier (Director of FAUP) and with contributions from Álvaro Siza and the curators.

The show, with free entry, will be available until 9 March, in the FAUP Exhibitions Gallery, from Monday to Friday, 0900 hrs to 2000 hrs (closed on holidays). Entrance is free.

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10 January 2022
"Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction"

Housing, City, University are the three focuses of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction which reopens its doors to the public from today, 10 January, in the Lopes Martins Mansion. Come and visit and get to know the many items brought together by the curators - Pedro Baía, Paulo Providência and Mariana Couto - to reveal the uniqueness of the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral´s professional career, extending from 1948 to the present day.

The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Saturday, between 1400 hrs and 1800 hrs (last admission at 1730 hrs).

 

Note on the image: photograph by Catarina Costa Cabral

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8 January 2022
Manuel Marques de Aguiar: a decade that heralds a whole future

The direction of Manuel Marques de Aguiar´s professional career was defined in the 1950s. In 1954 he completed his Urbanism degree in Paris, and returned to Porto to complete, in the following year, his architectural training at this city´s School of Fine Arts. His degree was distinguished with 20 merits. As for the professional practice, records can be found going back to the early 1950s in his collection, now in the care of the Marques da Silva Foundation, highlights being the Pedras Salgadas Anteplan and the Vidago Plan, both from 1954. Already as a newly qualified architect, he documented a project, and even contemplated making a model, for a Cine Theatre in Famalicão, a work of 1955 which did not come to fruition (see images). Then in 1956, he joined the urbanisation services of the Northern Region and remained there for several decades, transformed into a wide-ranging and recognised work that would extend to the Azores, without ever neglecting the parallel operation of his architectural workshop. It was as a liberal architect that, to complete the decade, he would develop the design for the emblematic Figueiredo building, located in what was then intended to become a Porto "boulevard", the Rua Gonçalo Cristovão. And of course he has always drawn compulsively, an activity quite recently highlighted in the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar.

Manuel Marques de Aguiar was born on 8 January 1929.

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3 January 2022
Happy New Year!

The Marques da Silva Foundation wishes to all a Good 2022 and announces that, in accordance with the measures in force to contain the pandemic, the opening to the public of the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction will only resume on 10 January. Until then, we continue to welcome researchers with previously arranged bookings.

Image: Exhibition "Bartolomeu Costa Cabral / an archive under construction", photograph by Catarina Costa Cabral.

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20 December 2021
Season´s Greetings!

It is with an engraving by António Cardoso - Landscape, 1978 - that the Marques da Silva Foundation sends its wishes for Happy Holidays and an excellent New Year.

A wish accompanied by thanks to all those who have trusted us, those who have visited us or collaborated with us, reinforcing the sense of fulfilling a project which, every year, is stronger and more consolidated. And in 2022 there will be many items of news to announce!

However, we would like to inform you that between 27 and 31 December the Foundation is closed, and will resume its activities on 3 January.

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15 December 2021
Third large-scale document digitisation operation

The end of the year is approaching, but there is still time to complete a new large-scale document digitisation operation, the third carried out in 2021, with the support of the Grafit company. This time, the focus will be on documents belonging to the collections of Rui Goes Ferreira, Manuel Marques de Aguiar, Manuel Graça Dias and Manuel Botelho.

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13 December 2021
Waiting for new projects

The walls that housed the exhibition of drawings by Manuel Marques da Aguiar are already bare. In the Mansion, the exhibition Bartolomeu Costa Cabral: an archive under construction is still open to the public, but new projects are already in preparation, and there will soon be new reasons to visit the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier ...

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9 December 2021
António Costa, artist

António Ferreira da Costa (1898-1961), artist, is an unusual figure. One highlight is the coherence and technical expertise of his work as a portrait and landscape artist, but also the staunch protection of political ideas that would lead to late completion of the Painting course at the Porto School of Fine Arts in 1933. Even so, he became artistic director of the National Drawing School in the same city, and achieved a remarkable success with correspondence courses in technical drawing. It is not surprising, however, that this student of João Marques de Oliveira is represented in the José Marques da Silva Painting collection, where there is an admirable portrait of a Poveiro (a pastel) and an expressive portrait of Marques da Silva himself (in oils). This presence, since 7 December, has now been extended to an academic work, Academia (male nude), donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation by the artist´s grandson, the Engineer Miguel Ferreira da Costa. The picture was received by the Chair, Fátima Vieira, and by the Vice-Chair, Luís Urbano, in the presence of Artur Vasconcelos, author of the Marques da Silva Foundation Catalogue of Paintings.

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7 December 2021
Alfredo Leal Machado

Few will be able to identify the young architect in the photograph, with a roll of paper and hat in hand, with his gaze directed towards something or someone not revealed to us. We do not know where he is, but we know that he is Alfredo Leal Machado. Born on 7 December 1904, he completed his architectural training at the Porto School of Fine Arts, where he was a student of Marques da Silva, in 1932. He left designed and constructed work in Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Espinho and Coimbra, the city where he even held the position of Councillor between 1942 and 1945. His premature death, in an accident which took place in 1955, brought his career to an end.

On his birthday, here is this piece of news, imagining the watchful eye of a researcher who might retrieve his work from the distance of time.

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2 December 2021
Júlio Resende Residence-Atelier: the meaning of a friendship, on the birthday of José Carlos Loureiro

The Residence-Atelier which José Carlos Loureiro designed for Júlio Resende began to take form in the early 1960s. Before that, he wanted to find the ideal solution for the life context of a friend who was also an artist. Built in the neighbourhood of his own house, it fulfilled the dream of the person who came to live there and who always made a point of talking "passionately" about it. It was classified in 2011 as a Monument of Public Interest.

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

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29 November 2021
Guided tour of the drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar

This visit to the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar took place last Saturday, on the main floor of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, in the company of the architects David Viana, Marta Aguiar and Sofia Aguiar. It was a unique opportunity to admire the diversity of drawings produced incessantly by this architect throughout his life. Drawings that reveal the "ground" on which his experiences were based and which become essential for a clear understanding of his journey, personal and professional. And if, on the one hand, these records of spaces, places, people, fix their gaze on the shared areas which he always chose as a form of being and acting, on the other hand their topicality and capacity for dialogue with our own times today became evident.

 
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25 November 2021
Newsletter - November 2021

With a focus on the guided tour that marks the closing of the exhibition The drawing of life in the work of Manuel Marques de Aguiar, we are publishing one more edition of the Marques da Silva Foundation Newsletter

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24 November 2021
Stretches of time, of place and project: the remodelling of the Évora Museum

It was in 1993 that Raúl Hestnes Ferreira won the Competition for the project to remodel the Évora Museum. The first sketches, drawings and a model date from then. In 2002 the execution project began and the work finally started in 2007. It lasted for two years. The "new" Museum, with the building´s volume and image stabilised, then revealed an interior spatiality completely updated and enriched, in dialogue - sought after and conscious - with the many lives of a place whose foundations go back to the time of the Roman Forum.

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira was born on 24 November 1931. He would have been 90 years old today.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

+ info:  www.ccb.pt

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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.

See programme
+ 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.

+ info here

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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 mor