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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.
 
+ info here

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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.
 
+ info here
 

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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.
 
+ info here
 

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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.

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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
See Press Kit

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
 

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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.
+ information: www.casadaarquitectura.com

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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.
 

+ info: www.arq.up.pt
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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: the workshop in the 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!

See video: here

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

We are expecting you!

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

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

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

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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.

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7 September 2021
E.M. - Miradouro Building

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

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

 

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2 September 2021
End of Zoom in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open for visiting in Porto and Lisbon until 12 September.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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19 August 2021
INTERBAU 57

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


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

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17 August 2021
After the beach, country life

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

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

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

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

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

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13 August 2021
Summer cleaning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 August 2021
Newsletter - August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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+ info: www.ccb.pt

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3 August 2021
Zoom-in #1

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

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

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

Photograph: João Lima, 2021.

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30 July 2021
8 Fernando Távora Models come home!

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

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

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

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

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

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16 July 2021
Career Award given to Fernando Távora
Viana Praxis

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

+ info: www.porto.pt

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8 July 2021
There are children in the Foundation gardens

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

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

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

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

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6 July 2021
Activity Report 2020

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

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

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

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

The book is here to be read!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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23 June 2021
João Queiroz through his books

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

João Queiroz was born on 23 June 1892.

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

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

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

About the book: + info
 

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

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

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

+ info here

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

See Presentation Video
 

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

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17 June 2021
Perspectives on urban living #1

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

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

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16 June 2021
Newsletter - June 2021

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

Read here: Newsletter - June 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8 June 2021
Porto Canal at the Marques da Silva Foundation

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

See here N´Agenda (5 June 2021)

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3 july 2021
António Cardoso (1932-2021)

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

See room leaflet.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

+ info: www.edizioninottetempo.it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 May 2021
Visiting hours

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

We are waiting for you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click  here

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

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

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

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29 April 2021
World Dance Day

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

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

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

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

 

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

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26 April 2021
António Menéres, architect

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

 

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

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

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

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

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25 April 2021
"Field Journal"

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


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

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

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

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23 April 2021
"Urban landscapes"

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

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

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21 April 2021
Newsletter FIMS - April 2021

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

It´s next Saturday!
 
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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
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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.

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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.
 
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16 February 2021
Because today is Carnival!

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1 February 2021
On World Read Aloud Day

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

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

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

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

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28 January 2021
David Moreira da Silva, out there

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Here: January 2021 Newsletter

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

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

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

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18 January 2021
At "home", but still working

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4 January 2021
Happy New Year!

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

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21 December 2020
Happy Holidays!

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See video: #01 In school-Sergio Fernandez

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

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

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

Congratulations, Mr Architect!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with Raúl Hestnes Ferreira: see here

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

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

Looking forward to seeing you!

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11 November 2020
Marques da Silva 2020 Seminar: Postponement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free entrance

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

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

See here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The session will be streamed via OASRN on Facebook.

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

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

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

www.fims.up.pt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just write the name correctly in the place indicated!

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16 September 2020
The House that Fernando Lanhas designed for himself

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

Fernando Lanhas was born on 16 September 1923.

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

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

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

See: Digital Archive and Website

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

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

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

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

 


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"A Encomenda", Manuel Graça Dias, 2013


 

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8 September 2020
Carlos Carvalho Dias in an interview with Archivoz

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

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

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

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

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4 September 2020
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and the Tender for Amsterdam

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

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

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

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

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25 August 2020
Trail(s)

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

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

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19 August 2020
Meetings
World Photography Day 2020

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

Today we are celebrating World Photography Day.

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

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

Selected Writings will return in September.

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

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

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

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

+ info: Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos.org

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12 August 2020
New Architecture Maps!

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

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

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

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11 August 2020
16th Fernando Távora Prize
New date!

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

+info:  fims | oasrn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11 July 2020
The Coliseum dreamed of by José Porto

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

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

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

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

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

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

#12 Selected Writings - Arménio Losa


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

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

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

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30 June 2020
Activity and Management Report - 2019

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

See  Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

These are the three new Marques da Silva Foundation podcasts.

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29 April 2020
International Dance Day

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

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

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

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

 
 

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

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

On World Book Day we offer it as recommended reading.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Catalogue of the Painting Colllection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21 March 2020
On World Poetry Day


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

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

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13 March 2020
Closure of facilities

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the Presentation Teaser

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

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

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

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1 March 2020
Alfredo Matos Ferreira