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

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

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

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

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

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

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira was born on 24 November 1931.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Congress programme

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

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

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

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

Full programme and other information: www.teamtenfarwest.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Entrance is free but pre-booking is required.

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6 November 2019
Alcino Soutinho, the permanent traveller

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

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

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

Alcino Soutinho was born on 6 November 1930.

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

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

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

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

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4 November 2019
The many “ways of doing nothing”

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

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

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

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31 October 2019
Newsletter #40 | October 2019

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

See Newsletter #40 | Outubro 2019

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29 October 2019

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18 October 2019
José Marques da Silva: 1869-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This multidisciplinary cycle continues until 29 October (see programme)

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

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

(Jorge Figueira)

 

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

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

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

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10 October 2019
José Porto, an unusual architect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1 October 2019
European Day of Foundations and Donors

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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16 September 2019
Fernando Lanhas or the restlessness of knowledge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today marks 105 years since the birth of Maria José Marques da Silva. Daughter of José Marques da Silva, she became the first woman to train in Architecture in Porto. She built a long career as an architect, in partnership with David Moreira da Silva, and she did not give up fighting for the discipline and its standards as an association leader. But in parallel with her own life was also her defence of the legacy left by her father, for example in 1953, where we see her in the photo, unveiling the facsimile of José Marques da Silva´ s signature on the facade of the S. João Theatre, as part of the tribute organised by ESBAP, ANBA and SNA, and in what today is the most visible aspect of her actions, the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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6 September 2019
Foundation publications at the Porto Book Fair 2019

The Avenida das Tílias, in the Crystal Palace Gardens, welcomes back the Porto Book Fair, and the Marques da Silva Foundation, again in the University of Porto Pavilion (pavilion 4), will also be represented with its publications.

This year the Book Fair will bring together 128 exhibitors – including publishers, booksellers, book dealers, distributors and institutions – spread over 130 pavilions. The programme, which includes a homage to the teacher and essayist Eduardo Lourenço, an evocation of Fernão de Magalhães´ s circumnavigation of the earth, 50 years since man set foot on the Moon, and the 100th anniversary celebration of Sophia and Sena, includes debates, spoken word sessions, lessons, a film cycle, an exhibition, workshops, and educational and animation programmes.

The Fair begins tomorrow, 6 September, at 1200 hrs, and will remain open to the public until the 22nd, from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays it begins at 1100 hrs. It closes at 2130 hrs from Sunday to Thursday and at 2300 hrs on Friday and Saturday. Entrance is free.

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25 August 2019
Fernando Távora and the Covilhã House, or the story of a romance
Casa e Quinta da Covilhã, photo by Rui Morais, 1992

“We have known each other for a long time …
But I only began to know her better when, together, we began the romance of her – and our – transformation. I had to touch her, and touching her was an act of love, long and slow, persistent and cautious, with doubts and certainties, it was a sinuous and flexible process and not a drawing board project, it was the method of a man in love, not of a cold technocrat, it was a drawing of a gesture rather than a drawing on paper.
Thus it was, ten years of many long gestures and a small amount of paper, ten years of fixing and deciding with caution the transformations which both – she and I – were lovingly accepting.
Thus our lives crossed: today she is continuing in her space and in her time, and her design is there, writing and recording the story of our romance.
We have known each other for a long time.”

(Fernando Tavora, "Prologue", Fernando Távora, My House, C3, pp. 44-45)

 

So writes Fernando Távora, who today, 25 August, would have been 96 years old. The Covilhã House in Guimarães already had a long history when, in 1973, this architect, knowing something of her soul and of her body, began its restoration and renovation. Ten years later, at the end of the quoted text, destined for the catalogue of Eleven Porto Architects. Recent works, he acknowledged that "now we know each other better and are both different".

The House, through his son, the architect José Bernardo Távora, continues to perpetuate the story of this romance and remains literally and symbolically alive. Its heritage value - architectural, historical, artistic, symbolic - should soon be recognised, as the building is in the process of being classified.

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19 August 2019
When photography captures what time has erased …

On World Photography Day, we are sharing two photographs dating from the early 20th century which capture the moment of construction and the interior of a sacred space situated in the region of Greater Porto. But only a careful look could identify the church designed by Marques da Silva for the Parish of S. Martinho de Cedofeita, in 1899, for the life and materiality that they exhibit have long been swallowed up by time.

The images are almost 30 years apart, with the opening for worship of the main chapel meriting the honours of the press: "The new church of Cedofeita was given a solemn opening on Sunday – a costly work, for many years paralysed for lack of resources, but which the generous pockets of the Catholics, some of them to the point of sacrifice, managed to accomplish, not yet completely, but in such a way that this church might already host divine worship.” (“The new church of Cedofeita”, Comércio do Porto, 12.11.1929)

Advances and setbacks would lead to the partial demolition of the ‘new’ church and pastoral centre, with the consequent abandonment of the function initially envisaged for the remainder. Proposals followed from António Agnelo Barbosa de Abreu, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and Fernando Abrunhosa de Brito, and it would fall to Eugénio Alves de Sousa in the 1970s to produce the design for the finished Church, which today we can see near the Romanesque Church. The current invitation is to compare the photographic images with the place, an invitation to tour Cedofeita and to discover in the immediate vicinity of the new temple the ghostly presence of other tastes, desires and ambitions.

For those who would like to know more:

António Tomás Duran Castro recently completed some research work which offers “A critical look at the history of the pastoral centre of the church of Cedofeita – From concept to completion”. These and other images, as well as the survey of unpublished material which documents the long and peculiar history of the construction of the church(es) of Cedofeita, can now be consulted in his Masters dissertation, supervised by João Luís Marques and recently defended at FAUP.

Marques da Silva´ s design can be viewed in the Gallery and the FIMS Digital Archive.

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16 August 2019
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras between the pages of his books
António Côrte-Real, Francisco Pereira da Costa, José Luís Tinoco, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Carlos Carvalho Dias and Eduardo Iglésias; January 1953

The habitat problem is a constant with Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, who was the Zone II team´ s coordinating architect in Portugal´ s Popular Architecture Survey, the teacher who promoted the Urban Surveys as part of the discipline of Analytical Architecture, the active participant in many meetings, national and international, of architecture and urbanism, and the author of texts such as “The social function of the architect” and “The Genesis of the Habitat Charter”, both during the 1960s.

It is therefore not surprising that, in the library donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, there are several titles relating to this theme, as in the case of “La Charte d’ Athènes”, offered ‘to Octávio’ by Fernando Vieira Campos, with underlinings giving evidence of careful reading, or of the book by Heath Licklider, “Architectural Scale”, acquired in February 1967, in which are hidden handwritten notes on Ricci and Savioli, echoes of the first biennial of the Inhabited House, which took place in 1965 in Florence, and dedicated to “today´ s interiors”.

With close to a thousand records relating to multiple fields and areas of interest, the professional library of this architect, born in Porto on 16 August 1922, is practically inventoried and will soon be available for viewing.

The photograph which accompanies this item, dated January 1953, was supplied by Carlos Carvalho Dias and was taken at Francisco Pereira da Costa´ s studio. From left to right are António Côrte-Real, Francisco Pereira da Costa, João José Tinoco, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Carlos Carvalho Dias and Eduardo Iglésias. The photographer is unknown.

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14 August 2019
Conferences, conversations and guided visit mark the close of the exhibition in Cali

The flow of visitors which always guided the actions of the participants Manuel Mendes, Benjamín Barney-Caldas and Andres Erazo in Cali, was very revealing of the interest aroused by the Architecture of the three architects represented in the exhibition “The Character of Tradition in the Architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch”. A conference, the conversation and guided visit which took place at the Museum thus mark the closing programme of an exhibition which is now preparing to go on tour. At the same time, a Class by Manuel Mendes also took place for the opening of the Semester, in the Faculty of Architecture, University of San Buenaventura.

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9 August 2019
"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: a formação do arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)"
Book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz newly available in the FIMS online bookstore

"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: A formação do Arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)" [Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the Architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)], a book by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, published in partnership by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Afrontamento Editions, traces the trajectory of the construction of a paradigm in the modern teaching of Architecture in Portugal. The work, which analyses the everyday life of the two schools then responsible for the training of Portuguese architects, allows us to think again about the role of the architect during a central period in Portuguese architecture, but also to reflect on the school of Architecture today, 40 years after its entry into the democratic university system. As José António Bandeirinha states in the book´ s Preface, it is a valuable tool for thinking about pedagogy throughout the modern period, and that makes it a precious document, also in the field of theory and criticism of architecture.

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7 August 2019
José Pedro Tenreiro, Ventura Terra e o Porto [Ventura Terra and Porto]

Miguel Ventura Terra´ s links with Porto are not well known, even though it was the city where he received his first training in Architecture, where he formed friendships, and where he would eventually be called upon to work at various moments in his life.

José Pedro Tenreiro has investigated and traced these links to the area and with the other professionals working in Porto at that time. Ventura Terra and Porto is the result of the research carried out.

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2 August 2019
"Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)"
Lecture and book launch by Gonçalo Canto Moniz
5 August, Faculty of Architecture, UFB

The book "O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: a formação do arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)" [Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)], by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, jointly published by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento, will have its first public presentation on 5 August, in the Faculty of Architecture of the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil).

The launch of the book arises in the context of the seminar and conversation which Gonçalo Canto Moniz will carry out with Nivaldo Andrade and Edson Fernandes, on the subject of "modern teaching" in contemporary pedagogical practices.

"O Ensino Moderno da Arquitectura: a formação do arquitecto nas Escolas de Belas-Artes em Portugal (1931-1969)" [Modern Teaching in Architecture: training the architect in the Schools of Fine Art in Portugal (1931-1969)] traces the slow trajectory of the construction of a paradigm in the modern teaching of Architecture in Portugal, in a particularly rich period for Portuguese society and for international architectural culture. A period in which are concentrated the most significant pedagogical transformations for the understanding of our contemporaneity. It analyses this complex process of the formalisation of experiences which then sought to implement a theoretical body and common practice, internationally recognisable, in the country´ s two unique Schools of Fine Art, located in Porto and Lisbon. Relationships, balances and tensions are addressed from the perspective of their protagonists: legislators, politicians, teachers, students and architects, as well as the spaces that shaped and reflected them.

The book will soon be available nationally.

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25 July 2019
Fernando Távora in Colombia

After the António Armesto conference, at the inaugural session of the exhibition The character of tradition in the architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch (La Tertulia Museum, Cali, Colombia), it will now be the turn of Manuel Mendes, on 1 August, to give the last seminar in the programme of activities running alongside the exhibition. It will take place in the auditorium of the Cinematheque Museum, entitled "Fernando Távora. The circumstances: historical traditional modern, operativity objectivity authenticity, humanity". This will be followed by a conversation with Benjamín Barney and Andrés Erazo.
 
On this trip to Colombia, Manuel Mendes will also, together with Andres Erazo, be conducting a guided tour of the Exhibition and, on 31 July, marking the opening of the second semester of the Architecture Course in the University of San Buenaventura´ s Faculty of Architecture with a class on "Álvaro Siza, the naturalness of synthesis in the free evolution of thought in drawing: perhaps begin the journey again?"

The exhibition The character of tradition in the architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch will remain open to the public until 18 August.

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17 July 2019
"(EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture", a project which seeks to take a new look at Portuguese Architecture

Yesterday, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, the intentions of (EU)ROPA: Rise of Portuguese Architecture were revealed. Admittedly polysemic, transversal and open to participation and internationalisation, this project´ s main purpose is to take a new look at Portuguese Architecture and its connection with today´ s world. To outline a new perspective on what defines its identity, the way in which it has been constructed and, as has been stated, to propose ten interpretative keys to set off a dialogue of different voices, generations, times and geographies.

After hearing from the chief researchers, Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, with their definition of the general structure of the project, it was the turn of each of the researchers invited to coordinate the various thematic lines - Ana Vaz Milheiro, Carlos Machado e Moura, Carolina Coelho, Eliana Sousa Santos, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nuno Grande, Patrícia Pedrosa and Rui Lobo - to present their positions and methodologies.

The different angles of approach and critical questioning of the phenomenon of the ‘rise’ and dissemination of Portuguese Architecture thus pass through their analysis from the point of view of History, Historiography, Fascism, Colonialism, Society, Education, Research, misaligned and alternative Practices, and Gender, what it means to be Portuguese.

The session, opened by the President of the Marques da Silva Foundation, who emphasised the relevance of the partnership established with CES for the realisation of (EU)ROPA: Rise of Portuguese Architecture, was a first opportunity to share with the public some forthcoming new developments.

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16 July 2019
Newsletter #39 | July 2019

Today at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier we are talking about Portuguese Architecture as part of the project (EU)ROPA: Rise of Portuguese Architecture, the first highlight in Newsletter #39.

See   Newsletter #39

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12 July 2019
A trip of immersion in the works of Hestnes Ferreira

The photograph was taken in front of the mythical House of Albarraque, designed in 1960 by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira for his father, the writer José Gomes Ferreira, and well reflects the lively atmosphere during the trip which made possible a visit to 18 works by this architect in Lisbon, Avis, Beja, Évora, Moita.

A trip which also transported the group into the personal universe of Hestnes Ferreira, evoking stories of childhood shared by Pitum Keil do Amaral, to the sound of the songs that formed part of his daily life.

This initiative was organised by Alexandra Saraiva and Paulo Tormenta Pinto, researchers at Dinâmia (ISCTE-IUL), and was supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation which was represented by its Vice-President, Luís Urbano.

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9 July 2019
Presentation of the Project "(EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture"
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
16 July, 1830 hrs

With the participation of Jorge Figueira (Chief Researcher), Bruno Gil (Chief Co-Researcher) and Ana Vaz Milheiro, Carlos Machado e Moura, Carolina Coelho, Eliana Sousa Santos, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nuno Grande, Patrícia Pedrosa and Rui Lobo there will be a presentation of the project (EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture: Fundamentals, Platform, Progression. It will take place on the 16th, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, starting at 1830 hrs.

This project, which is based at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, with the partnership of the Marques da Silva Foundation, aims to identify, systematise, characterise and reveal one of the most celebrated phenomena of contemporary culture – Portuguese architecture – and consider its history, ideas and methods, with a world in transformation.  Bringing together a group of researchers with significant experience in this area, the project takes advantage of their experiences in the creation of an innovative reading of Portuguese architecture, launching a new critical dimension and global relevance.

Entrance is free.

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5 July 2019
Activity and Management Report 2018

Available for public consultation, the Report on Activities and Management for the year 2018.

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1 July 2019
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira in the spotlight: guided visit to works designed in the south of the country and talk by Alexandra Saraiva in an international colloquium
Raul Hestnes Ferreira at José Gomes Ferreira Schoo. Photo by Inês Soares, 2009

On 5 and 6 July we will Dive into the South of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira. The visit, organised by Alexandra Saraiva and Paulo Tormenta Pinto of Dinâmia ISCTE-IUL, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will allow another visit to an important set of works designed by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira in locations such as Lisbon, Évora, Avis, Beja, Moita and Albarraque.

In anticipation of the start of the Itinerary, at 0900 hrs on the 5th, at ISCTE-IUL, it will be possible to attend the Seminar which brings together the testimonies of former colleagues at Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´ s atelier, and of the organisers, Luís Urbano, representing the Marques da Silva Foundation, and Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues, Rector of IUL.

Also taking part in the visit will be Ana Tostões, António Bandeirinha, António Batista Coelho and some of the former colleagues at Hestnes Fereira´ s atelier.

Already available for online viewing is Alexandra Saraiva´ s talk to the Education, Design and Practice Colloquium - Understanding skills in a Complex World, which took place in New York between 17 and 19 June, Hestnes Ferreira between European timelessness and North American classicism. Also to note that Alexandra Saraiva, with a Post-Doctoral Scholarship from FCT, as a researcher at ISCTE-IUL, with a doctoral thesis on the influence of Louis Kahn on Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, is supporting the handling process of this architect´ s collection at the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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27 June 2019
The Ethics of Things – Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, architecture 1953-2012
Exhibition
Rooms of the Novitiate, Christ´ s Convent, Tomar
29 June to 15 September

Opening tomorrow, 29 June, at Christ´ s Convent in Tomar, the exhibition "The Ethics of Things – Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, architecture 1953-2012". Organised in partnership with the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage – Christ´ s Convent and the Delegation of the Centre of the Order of Architects – Southern Regional Section, together with the Commission of the Festival of the Tabuleiros and the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, the exhibition gives an overview of 18 representative designs from the various fields in which the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral took part, from educational institutions to a range of equipment, through to individual and collective housing.

The Marques da Silva Foundation, the institution which will receive the professional archive of the Architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, congratulates the organisers of this initiative and looks forward to shortly being able to contribute to the study and dissemination of his work, namely by providing a vast body of documents for consultation and research.

The exhibition will be open to the public until 15 September, in the three rooms of the Novitiate, a space which has already hosted exhibition projects dedicated to Nuno Mateus and José Mateus (ARX Portugal), Souto de Moura, Carrilho da Graça.

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26 June 2019
The guided visit to the exhibition "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings"

Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa returned yesterday to the exhibition space proposed by them for the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, together with Luís Viegas, and shared with the group of visitors the circumstances, and how “e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings” came about and was put together. Continuing for a while longer, the exhibition looks ahead to what the collection still being researched can offer, a set of documents with multiple meanings and whimsical forms of expression. But it is already offering us mostly unpublished testimonies of an architect with an urban consciousness, for whom the human informs and conforms, but above all with an enthusiasm to learn, to recognise and to show to others.
 
The exhibition will remain open to the public until 30 June.

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25 June 2019
"e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings"
Guided visit by the curators
Today, at 1830 hrs

Taking place today a guided visit by Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa to the exhibition e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings. The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until 30 June, occupies the main floor of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. There are four documentary sections, with records of designs, details of construction and furniture, writings, photographs, drawings and maps representing the many interests of an extraordinary architect.

The visit begins at 1830 hrs.

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23 June 2019
João Queiroz and the "Innovative house for all"

Today, when the city of Porto prepares for another St John´ s Festival, is also the 127th anniversary of the birth of João Queiroz. The documentary memory project and the professional library of this architect strongly linked to the city of Porto are now to be analysed by Clara Pimenta do Vale who will soon be taking a fresh look at his work. An analysis which seeks to interpret it by establishing a dialogue with the 90 or so books contained in the collection donated in 2015 to the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 
As is already the case with the building Innovative house for all, located in the Rua da Boavista, a set of affordable dwellings designed in 1930, where João Queiroz ingeniously designed a system of access that ensures the independence of the six occupants, distributed over two floors, and with separate access both to the cellars and the back gardens. A constructed work that in itself explains his interest in books such as “Da propriedade horizontal ou por andares” [A single-storey property or one with floors] by Luiz da Cunha Gonçalves, or even from another perspective “Decorative Lighting” by the American Company John C. Virden and “Le Luminaire”, a book that presents lamps and other lighting fixtures belonging to the new and modern forms of electric lighting. But more of that another time. For now, we remember the anniversary and wish everyone a happy St John´ s Festival!

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18 June 2019
Guided visit to the exhibition "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings"
25 June, 1830 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

With "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: topics in his drawings", Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa begin to uncover the thinking and the design process of an extraordinary architect, Fernando Lanhas. From the mapping of slow transformations to the designs for single family and multi-family housing, passing through the presentation of elements of other projects such as the museological ones or some unique writings and compositions, the first floor of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier offers a first immersive look at the collection now donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

On 25 June, starting at 1830 hrs, a guided visit by the curators will take place to the exhibition which will remain open to the public until the end of June. To take part simply register in advance by email to fims@reit.up.pt or telephone 22 5518557. The maximum number of participants is 30 and the minimum is 10.

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13 June 2019
Extension of the exhibition "One building, many museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism" until 29 September

This is one of those rare exhibitions which add material to the study of architecture, and expose unpublished material to the light of museography, technology and current academic parameters.

José Pardal Pina, "The architectural exhibition as an exercise in research", in Umbigo

 

For those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit the exhibition open to the public at the Museum of Neo-Realism in Vila Franca de Xira, it will still be possible until 29 September, from Tuesday to Sunday.

Commissioned by Helena Barranha and organised by the Vila Franca de Xira Municipality in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation, the exhibition weaves the narrative of a long journey from the time of Alcino Soutinho´ s training, in Italy, to the outlining of the synthesis project for the Museum of Neo-Realism, opened 12 years ago. An expository route that shows the Museum´ s continuing experience of interpretation as an architectural typology, on the part of an architect who always claimed to like Museums. And among the many records of his practice, between trips and projects, there is the exhibition to demonstrate it.

Entrance is free.

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11 June 2019
"Marques da Silva Foundation will open its mansion to the city"
Article by Sérgio Costa Andrade, published today in Público

The Marques da Silva Foundation, in full process of expansion and in a year marked by many events, has a plan underway for the renovation and reorganisation of its spaces. And this is the subject of the article by Sérgio Costa Andrade, published today in the Público newspaper, "Fundação Marques da Silva vai abrir o seu palacete à cidade" [Marques da Silva Foundation will open its mansion to the city].

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5 June 2019
“Poética Urbana” [Urban Poetics], the launch of the book

Marta Llorente is an architect who is sensitive and attentive to the literary incidences of architecture. She is an architect who reads and who finds in literature a device for interpreting urban territory, a tool for thinking and acting. In the texts and poems that populate the personal universe of their authors she seeks the voice, the knowledge of place, the relationship of human beings with the spaces which they inhabit, whether they are distant in time or the peripheral and fragile corners of the great metropolises of our own times.

Yesterday, at the launch of “Poética Urbana” [Urban Poetics], in a session where we read Federico Garcia Lorca and Jaime Gil de Biedma, we talked about how the city offers itself to literature and how literature can transform our view of the city. From the author´s conversation with Fátima Vieira to António Guerreiro´s analysis, we spoke of the consubstantiality between city and poetry, of the city as prose of the world, of the reciprocity between text and city, of the urban landscapes identified with the authors who represented and recreated them, such as the Lisbon of Pessoa, the Dublin of Joyce and the Prague of Kafka.

This book by Marta Llorente begins with the emergence of the urban phenomenon in literature to highlight Cervantes, Baudelaire, Eliot, Lorca, Martín Santos, Jaime Gil de Biedma, on a journey that ends … or opens to the words of Javier Pérez Andújar. The interested reader can now find it in the Marques da Silva Foundation online shop. Happy reading!

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22 May 2019
"Urban Poetics: The city of the literary word"
Launch of the book by Marta Llorente
Introduction by António Guerreiro with the participation of Fátima Vieira
4 June, 1830 hrs, Main Hall of the Bolhão Palace

The image of the city, understood as a universal idea or as a a concrete place in the world, starting from urban literature, that is, from the set of texts which possess an aesthetic intention in relation to the urban context, is the point of departure for the author of this book. Marta Llorente, speaker at the 2016 Architect Marques da Silva Seminars, proposes in Poética urbana. A cidade da palavra literária [Urban poetics. The city of the literary word] to look at the relationships between literature and central inhabited space in the literary tradition in the Castilian language, while also establishing its relationship with European literature, with other literatures and cities which form the spaces where our lives and our culture have been unfolding.

The launch session, introduced by António Guerreiro and with the participation of Fátima Vieira, Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, will take place on 4 June, in the Main Hall of the Bolhão Palace.

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21 May 2019
S. Bento Station: the launch of the new edition

The clock tower room, a space of singular constructive characteristics situated in the north turret of S. Bento Station, currently managed by The Passengers Hostel, proved itself the ideal place to host the launch of the second edition of "Estação S. Bento. [S. Bento Station.] Marques da Silva". There we talked about the timing of this book, of how these devices appear as palimpsests, as structures of continuity which preserve the depth of history and the questions which each period asks of itself and of them. Of how this Central Station, which was built when the train was the era´s principal means of transport, with obvious modernity, continues, in our own day, to be travelled through by around 11 million passengers per year, and to arouse new looks at its authors, José Marques da Silva and Jorge Colaço, its engineers, its builders; on the style and form of construction; on the aesthetic values which it reflects and the political contexts which intersected and acted upon it.

The book, through its three authors, contains the views of an historian who "lived" in close intimacy with José Marques da Silva, António Cardoso; of an architect who practises and studies architecture, Domingos Tavares; of a doctoral researcher on Jorge Colaço, Cláudia Emanuel. While one offers us an historical narrative, another adds to the reinterpretation of the design(s), giving space to an analysis of the 26,352 blue tiles of Jorge Colaço, in what was his third big commission and the first of other important works also carried out in the city of Porto.

Raquel Henriques da Silva introduced the book and moderated the authors´ participation. In the opening of the session, which took place on the 144th anniversary of the railway link with Minho, an historical scene represented in the blue tile decoration of the foyer, Luís Urbano and José Ribeiro contributed, representatives respectively of the Foundation and of Edições Afrontamento, co-publishing institutions, and also Paula Azevedo, representing IP Infraestruturas de Portugal, managing organisation of this location.

The book, lavishly illustrated, is now available for sale in the Marques da Silva Foundation online shop.

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20 May 2019
Launch of the second edition, revised and expanded, of the book S. Bento Station
Introduced by Raquel Henriques da Silva
With António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares and Cláudia Emanuel
20 May, 1800 hrs, Clock Tower Room (The Passenger Hostel)

Today, 20 May, at 1800 hrs, on the 144th anniversary of the first Porto-Braga railway link, an historical fact represented in the blue tile composition that decorates the foyer of S. Bento Station, the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento will launch the second reformulated edition of the book "Estação S. Bento" [S. Bento Station].

The work will be introduced by Raquel Henriques da Silva. To open the session, where the three authors - António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares, Cláudia Emanuel - will be present, will be the representatives of the bodies involved in its organisation: Luís Urbano from the Marques da Silva Foundation and José Ribeiro of Edições Afrontamento, Paula Azevedo of IP Infraestruturas de Portugal, and Rosa Gomes of CP Comboios de Portugal.

It will take place in the Clock Tower Room of The Passenger Hostel, situated on the top floor of the north wing of the S. Bento Station building, via the entrance from the Station platform.

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19 May 2019
International Museums Day at the Marques da Silva Foundation

On International Museums Day, the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier opened its doors to offer a first look at the architectural collection of Fernando Lanhas. "e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings" is the exhibition which offers answers from the three curators, Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa, to the challenge posed by the documentation donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, to reinterpret the thought and design processes of a unique architect, through the constellation of areas that aroused his interest and action, through constant restlessness, through the desire to understand everything. The topics now e-announced, found in mostly unpublished records, confirm the richness of the donated documentation and point towards promising future lines of study and research on Fernando Lanhas.

The opening of the exhibition was thus the symbolic moment chosen to formalise the donation of this important documentary collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation, with Luís Urbano representing the Marques da Silva Foundation, and Pedro Lanhas representing Fernando Lanhas´s family, to proceed with the signature of the donation contract. On this occasion, the Foundation´s Vice-President spoke of the significance of this gesture in the context of the institution´s Documentation Centre and of the University of Porto, anticipated future developments which will soon be made public, and outlined, in general terms, the ongoing plan to expand the conditions of reception, treatment, study and dissemination of architectural collections. Pedro Lanhas shared his surprise and happiness in (re)discovering the work of his father, and Nuno Tasso de Sousa, in an evocation of Abel Salazar, praised the multiplicity of Fernando Lanhas´s interests as a distinctive sign and qualifier of his way of making architecture and of being in the world.

The exhibition can now be visited from Monday to Friday, between 1430 hrs and 1700 hrs.
 

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17 May 2019
e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings
18 May, 1600 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
International Museums Day

"(...) It seems that nothing exists without having a reason. (...) Mankind always notice everything they observe. To repair is to attend to what awakens the intuition. (...) Mankind, as a phenomenon, continues itself in Art. (...) Mankind has not yet arrived. Art comes in the meantime."

Fernando Lanhas


"e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings" opens tomorrow, at 1600 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. From the proposal for a presentation of the mapping of the slow and capricious mutations observed and recorded by Fernando Lanhas, to a first overview of the elements which document his design process, in emphasising the insterstitial relationships between text and image, or the symbiotic relationship between abstract and figurative, Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa trace the journey which explains to us Fernando Lanhas´s way of seeing.

It is a journey constructed from Fernando Lanhas´s architectural archive which will be formally donated tomorrow to the Marques da Silva Foundation, with the signature of the Donation Contract. A reading proposal which is not so much a point of arrival than a point of departure for new and continuing research.

Entrance is free. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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16 May 2019
"The character of tradition in the architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch"
The opening of the exhibition

We are sharing some photos illustrating the interest aroused by the opening of the exhibition "El carácter de la tradición en la arquitectura de Barney, Távora, Coderch"", on 10 May, at La Tertulia Museum in Calí.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 18 August.

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14 May 2019
Newsletter #38 | May 2019

We are publishing today Newsletter #38, highlighting the several exhibition projects, about to open or already underway, as well as the forthcoming launch of two new publications.
 

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13 May 2019
e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings
Opening of the Exhibition and Signing of the Donation Contract
18 May, 1600 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
International Museums Day

To mark International Museums Day, the Marques da Silva Foundation will present, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, curated by Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Catarina Alves Costa, the exhibition e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his Drawings.

This is a first presentation of materials belonging to the collection donated to the Foundation, representing, like constellations, the artist´s universe, intersecting some of the various fields in which he divided and multiplied his interests. This event, designed in the context of the research which is currently underway, will also be an opportunity to go ahead with the formalisation of the donation, through the signing of the Donation Contract, to take place between the representatives of the Foundation, Professors Fátima Vieira and Luís Urbano, with the representative of Fernando Lanhas´s heirs, the Engineer Pedro Lanhas.

As a statement led by topics designed by the author, Man of the line, letter and number, in the appreciation of what can be revealed, the purpose of this public celebration is to “offer a view” of the multiple contours and confrontations, between estrangement and restlessness, of a “proper” artistic practice of architecture. This event will also include the showing of the documentary “LH: To know how to see takes time”, by João Trabulo, made in 2001, which shows not only his biographical and artistic journey, but also includes moments from the assembly of the exhibition organised at the Serralves Museum in that same year.

The exhibition, which begins at 1600 hrs on 18 May, will remain open to the public until 18 June. It is also part of the programme for International Museums Day which in 2019 brings together the participation of more than 30 Museums with more than 70 activities open to the public.

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10 May 2019
Launch of the second edition, revised and expanded, of the book Estação S. Bento
Introduced by Raquel Henriques da Silva
With António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares and Cláudia Emanuel
20 May, 1800 hrs, Clock Tower Room - The Passenger Hostel

On 20 May, introduced by the historian Raquel Henriques da Silva in the presence of the authors - António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares and Cláudia Emanuel - will be launched the second, reformulated edition of the book Estação S. Bento [S. Bento Station].

The session will take place in the Clock Tower Room of The Passenger Hostel, on the top floor of the north wing of the building.
 
Dedicated to the genesis of this project by Marques da Silva, the monograph "Estação S. Bento" by António Cardoso, published in 2007 and now sold out, has become through its narrative, the quality of its illustrations, documentation and graphics, a book of reference. Its reformulation, reflected in this second edition, which continues to ensure a high graphical standard, includes new texts by two additional authors: Domingos Tavares, with an analysis of the design(s), and Cláudia Emanuel, on the 20,000 blue tiles designed by Jorge Colaço to cover the entrance hall of the Station.

This is a publishing project carried out jointly by the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento, which closes the programme to celebrate 150 years since the birth of Jorge Colaço.


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8 May 2019
"The character of Tradition in the Architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch"
La Tertulia Museum - Cali (Colombia)
10 May to 18 August 2019

Benjamín Barney (Colombia, 1941), Fernando Távora (Portugal, 1923-2005) and José Antonio Coderch (Spain, 1913-1984). Works by these three architects, originating from three separate countries and from three different generations, are the basis of this exhibition curated by Andrés Erazo Barco (University of San Buenaventura, Cali, Colombia), Antonio Armesto (UPC, Spain) and Manuel Augusto Mendes Soares (University of Porto, Portugal), which aims to reflect on the ethos, the very nature of Architecture.

In the context of the Exhibition, the work of Távora evokes the idea of permanent modernity, which he expounded so well in the Lição das Constantes, as the essential condition, sense and value of Architecture. There he explores his interest in Portuguese Architecture, erudite and popular, as a condition of modernity. For this purpose, he returns particularly to the design process of the House of Dr Ribeiro da Silva in Ofir, a contextualising design and work in a synthesis which extends to the Municipal Market of Feira, the Quinta da Conceição Tennis Pavilion, and the Cedro School in Gaia. The evocation values and highlights the meetings and practical intersections which Távora always sought and synthesised between his trips through CIAM and Portugal, particularly in the Minho region.

Following the meeting with Andres Erazo in 2018, the Marques da Silva Foundation has, from the beginning, been involved in the evolution of this project. An activity which has involved continuous and persistent work, with constant updating, which this Foundation develops in the promotion of Portuguese architecture, its study and research, namely concerning the person and work of reference Fernando Távora.

"The character of Tradition in the Architecture of Barney, Távora, Coderch" opens on 10 May, at La Tertulia Museum in Cali (Colombia), where it will continue until 18 August. The exhibition, which is itinerant in character, will travel to other destinations in South America, subsequently appearing in Portugal and Spain.

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30 April 2019
"The architecture exhibition as an exercise on research"
José Pardal Pina´s look at the exhibition "One building, many museums: Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism"

"Shortly put Um edifício, muitos museus: Alcino Soutinho e o Museu do Neo-Realismo rehearses the exhibition of architecture as an exercise in research, emphasizing different lines of research based on a name of Portuguese architecture that finds here the first step for an updated monograph. This is one of the few exhibitions that add subject matter to the study of architecture, exhibiting unpublished material under the light of the demands brought by the current museography, technology, and academic parameters."


"The exhibition of architecture as a research exercise" or José Pardal Pina´s look at the exhibition "One building, many museums: Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism" published in Umbigo,  "The architecture exhibition as an exercise on research"

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30 April 2009
Ventura Terra (Seixas, 1866 - Lisbon, 1909)

Miguel Ventura Terra was born in Seixas on 14 July 1866 and died in Lisbon on 30 April 1919, at the age of 53. He studied at the Porto Academy of Fine Arts and, like José Marques da Silva, obtained his Degree in Architecture from the French Government, having passed through the Atelier of Jules André and Victor Laloux. As an architect he was awarded many Valmor Prizes: 1903, 1906, 1909 and 1911.
In Lisbon he left his signature on buildings such as the Alfredo da Costa Maternity Hospital, the Pedro Nunes, Camões and Maria Amália Vaz de Carvalho High Schools, the Lisbon Synagogue and several Mansions (for example the Mendonça Mansion) and single-family houses in the Rua Alexandre Herculano, including his own house. The reconstruction project for the Chamber of Deputies, destroyed by a fire in 1895, was by him, as was the requalification of the then Cortes Palace, today the S. Bento Palace. In the north, it suffices to mention the Santa Luzia Sanctuary in Viana do Castelo and the Esposende Hospital.
He took an active part in the struggle to defend the interests of architects and by affirming the status of the Architect. He was also a political activist engaged in the construction of a fairer social order, having joined the first republican formation of Lisbon City Council.
Raquel Henriques da Silva, in the Exhibition catalogue on his work, promoted by the Republican Assembly in 2009, emphasises that "as an architect and as a municipal leader, he was almost always thinking of the future". He also left in his will the express desire to create a pension fund to support those who dedicate themselves to the study of Fine Arts in the Lisbon and Porto Schools, to whom he gave the remainder of his inheritance.


He will be discussed today in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, at 1830 hrs, as part of the programme marking the centenary of his death.

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24 April 2019
Centenary of the death of Ventura Terra
30 April
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and Casa Comum Auditorium (U. Porto Rectory)

A conversation and the screening of the documentary "Ventura Terra - Designing Modernity" represent the two parts of a programme which, on 30 April, seeks to mark the centenary of the death of Miguel Ventura Terra.

At 1830 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, Alda Serra and José Tenreiro will present their views on this architect whose course of training, both personal and professional, coincided with that of José Marques da Silva. The session will be opened by the Chair of the Foundation, Fátima Vieira.

In the evening, in the recently opened Casa Comum Auditorium, at the U.Porto Rectory, the programme continues with the screening of the documentary “Ventura Terra - Designing modernity” with the involvement of the historian Ana Marques.

The initiative, organised by the Ventura Terra Association, is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation, the U. Porto Rectory and Lisbon City Council.

Entrance is free.

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23 April 2019
Architects´ libraries

"By this time [in his passage through the School] there was a work by Spengler, The Decline of the West, which influenced me a lot, because it opened up to me a more universal vision of the world and other perspectives on History, but, above all, with regard to the way of relating things, which is sometimes more important than the things themselves. I began to realise how much the thought of a king can generate a palace, and I continue to see that those subterranean and complex relationships are often decisive"

Fernando Távora, Interview with Bernardo Pinto de Almeida, 1993, in Prólogo, [C-3]-51.


 
The books which architects gather together throughout their lives, bringing them together and keeping them close to their personal and professional sphere, and in particular in their Studios, represent privileged doors of access to revealing worlds of the singularities of their collectors, but also of so many other circumstances that dictate their presence in those universes. Of the many collections gathered and reunited at the Marques da Silva Foundation, libraries thus represents an important dimension in the interpretation of those architects and their references, allowing for many questions and intersections. There are already more than 13,000 titles, taking up about 250 linear metres, where an example of The Decline of the West can be found which, by way of an epigraph, today evokes World Book Day, recognising its formative role as a transmitter of culture and information.

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17 April 2019
"e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his drawings"
18 May, 1600 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

"e-Announcing Fernando Lanhas: Topics in his drawings" offers a first opportunity to show the contents of the collection donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation. In the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier representative materials will be on display, as constellations of the artist´s universe at the intersection of the various fields in which he divided and multiplied his interests, between panoramic views and approaches, restlessness, awakenings, organisations and communications.

The exhibition, curated by the two professors and researchers Luís Viegas and Rui Américo Cardoso (DiPDArq/MDT/CEAU-FAUP), with Dr Catarina Alves Costa, marks the participation of the Marques da Silva Foundation in the International Museums Day programme. It opens on 18 May at 1600 hrs, remaining open to the public until 18 June.

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16 April 2019
Manuel Teles, the topicality of a collection

The Renovation Study of the Ribeira-Barredo Urban Area dates from 1969, coordinated by Fernando Távora for the CMP. With its first commissioner Jorge Gigante, the C.R.U.A.R.B. was founded in 1974, moving forward with a programme to preserve this urban area, marked by the degradation and marginalisation of its populations, without altering the existing urban fabric. The scope of the renovation area was also widened in the light of the study carried out in 1969, extending it to the Fonte Taurina and Reboleira areas. The year 1974 also marked the creation of S.A.A.L., coordinated in the North by Margarida Coelho. Manuel Teles was then named as point of contact with the Council - F.F.H./S.A.A.L. The Report presented in 1976 by the group of architects involved in the Urban Renovation of the Ribeira-Barredo area was signed by Fernando Távora (consultant), António Madureira, Manuel Teles and Ricardo Figueiredo (C.R.U.A.R.B.), Álvaro Siza, B. Ferrão and Francisco Barata, Francisco Guedes and Rolando Torgo. However, the construction of the Aleixo district for the housing of disadvantaged populations, designed by Manuel Teles, was already a reality. It would also fall to Manuel Teles to present a proposal to intervene in Barredo´s Third Quarter, dating from 1981.

These are important moments in the deep transformation of the reality of urban Porto, documented in this architect´s collection, donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation in 2016, which are now becoming available for viewing.

Manuel Teles was born in Colimbra on 16 April 1936.

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16 April 2019
Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

Fernando Távora, 9 September 1962

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11 April 2019
Newsletter #37 | April 2019

The Marques da Silva Foundation Newsletter is back with news of a set of initiatives where the focus is on exhibition projects. And there are three, in three different places, to evoke as many architects: in Vila Franca de Xira, with Alcino Soutinho; in Porto, at the Residence-Atelier, with Fernando Lanhas; and in Cali, in Colombia, with Fernando Távora.
 

Read Newsletter #37 | Abril de 2019

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3 April 2019
"Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism:
from design to building, from exhibition to city"
Guided visit to Vila Franca de Xira, with Helena Barranha and Pedro Nogueira
13 April 2019

The guided visit to Franca de Xira goes beyond place and time. The purpose of the building, the Museum of Neo-Realism, and of the exhibition which is now taking place there, “One building, many museums”, opens up the possibility of approaching the project and Alcino Soutinho´s many forms for the architecture of museological spaces. And hence the journey, the training and the passage through Italy, to the approximately 17 designs which he developed. But the visit also allows us to note the impact of this building, opened in 2007 in the urban city centre. And to see what the present time has added, with the visit to the Public Library, the Word Factory, of Miguel Arruda, opened in 2014, and the layout of the riverfront, carried out by the Topiaris-Arquitetura Paisagista [Landscape Architecture] workshop.

Leading the visit, Helena Barranha, curator of the exhibition, and Pedro Nogueira, from the Miguel Arruda Arquitetos Associados workshop.
Come and join us!
The individual cost is €35.00 (lunch not included). Departure from Porto at 0800, return at 2000.

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4 April 2019
17th U.Porto Show
4 to 7 April - Largo Amor de Perdição

Today begins the 17th U.Porto Show, in the Largo Amor de Perdição, next to the Cordoaria Garden (opposite the old Relação jail). There will be 4 days to get to know the University of Porto´s study options. All the Faculties, Research Centres, Museums, UPTEC and Central Services will be present. Among them, U.Porto Publications, with around 120 titles available, including several books published by the Marques da Silva Foundation.

The Show´s programme also includes, between 1100 and 1300 on the 7th, an extraordinary session of the Didactic Workshop The Thinking Hand "The House of Space" (FLanhas, 1958/62), with input from Professors Luís Viegas, Rui Américo Cardoso and Assucena Miranda.

The Show will take place at the following times:
- Thursday and Friday: 1000 » 1900
- Saturday: 1100 » 2000
- Sunday: 1100 » 1900
 
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29 March 2019
The Foundation is moving

In the apparent serenity of gardens that proudly announce the arrival of spring, gestures are made that will bring new life to the Foundation´s houses. Spaces must be emptied to receive new challenges, others are awaiting renovation, and others are already set to take on new functions. The Foundation is moving …

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26 March 2019
"Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism: from design to building, from exhibition to city"
Guided visit with Helena Barranha and Pedro Nogueira
13 April 2019

To mark its participation in the International Day of Monuments and Sites on 13 April, earlier this year owing to the Easter season, the Marques da Silva Foundation, with the support of the Museum of Neo-Realism, will be organising the guided visit "Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism: from design to building, from exhibition to city".

The visit will be guided by the architects Helena Barranha (curator of the exhibition "One building, many museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism") and Pedro Nogueira (from the workshop of Miguel Arruda Arquitetos Associados, author of the Word Factory project). The proposed itinerary, in addition to visiting the Museum and the Exhibition currently open to the public, includes a riverside walk and a visit to the Public Library/Word Factory.

With an individual cost of €35.00 (lunch not included), the visit can only take place with a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 35. Bookings can be made by email: fims@reit.up.pt, or by telephone: 22 55185587.

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27 March 2019
"Heads and Tails
20 sheets of paper with notes and drawings by the Architect José Marques da Silva."
By: Luís Soares Carneiro

It is opportune to remember — on World Theatre Day — that in the Archive of the José Marques da Silva Foundation there exist, among many other documents relating to the theatres designed by that great architect, a set of small single sheets, with writings and drawings on both sides, with notes, observations, sketches and various records, but in which theatres have particular relevance. A brief study of these sheets of paper which, just like coins, have a head and a tail, with the absence of hierarchy in their faces, will shortly be published by the professor and architect Luís Soares Carneiro, unveiling the process as José Marques da Silva, regardless of the talent that he possessed, researched, studied and prepared himself to approach such a complex subject as the Theatre.

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25 March 2019
Manuel Graça Dias (1953-2019)

He arrived at the Foundation in 2016 to help us welcome Raúl Hestnes Ferreira and show the film about the House of Albarraque. He was then busy, amongst his many projects, with the publication of Fernando Távora´s lessons on General Theory and Spatial Organisation. This will now become a task for others. Architect, professor and tireless promoter of Architecture, perhaps the most active in Portugal during the last decades, he passed away yesterday, in Lisbon. The work developed in partnership with Egas Vieira, at the Contemporânea workshop, left its mark on the land. His Architecture was alive, optimistic and original. So also was his voice, critical, questioning, discursive, to whom today we offer our homage.

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22 March 2019
Team 10: Debate and Media in Portugal and Spain
Call for papers - JOELHO 10 (2019)
Jerzy Soltan, Alfredo Viana de Lima, Oskar Hansen, Ralph Erskine, Kenzo Tange, no último CIAM de Otterlo, em 1959 (ASP Archive, Warsaw).

Between 28 and 30 November 2019, 60 years after the last CIAM, in Otterlo, the International Congress «Team Ten Farwest: Critical Revision of the Modern Movement in the Iberian Peninsula, 1953-1981» will take place in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation. With two preparatory meetings already having taken place (Guimarães, 2017 and Barcelona, 2018), Team Ten Farwest is a research project which has arisen as an Iberian answer to the Team 10 East project. With the aim of exploring the relationship between Portugal and Spain in the discussions which took place around the ideas, works and protagonists of Team 10, the proposal is to discuss the processes of reception and assimilation of the ideas of this group of architects in the critical revision of the modern movement in the Iberian Peninsula.

Issue number 10 of the magazine Joelho, «Team 10: Debate and Media in Portugal and Spain», coordinated by Nuno Correia, Pedro Baía, Carolina B. García Estévez, in line with the thematic focus of the Congress, the context in which its launch is expected to take place, aims to deepen the knowledge on the means of dissemination in the Iberian Peninsula of the ideas that arose from the Team 10 meetings which were held between 1953 and 1981.
 
From now until 17 June, the submission period will be open for articles for publication on the three central themes proposed: debate; media; protagonists.

For more information on the contents, conditions of admission and timetable, see Joelho 10.
 
In the photograph: Jerzy Soltan, Alfredo Viana de Lima, Oskar Hansen, Ralph Erskine, Kenzo Tange, at the last CIAM in Otterlo, in 1959 (ASP Archive, Warsaw). Please note that this photograph accompanied the ‘call for papers’ for the «Team 10 East» seminar (2013), and its sharing gave the opportunity to Pedro Baía to point out that the architect who remained unidentified was Viana de Lima.

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21 March 2019
Why poetry goes beyond the word

Fernando Távora came across “Mensagem”, the “book” of his life, when he was 14 years old. Around the age of 20, when he made a point of recording a note of his own, next to an autograph of Fernando Nogueira Pessoa dating from 1909, he began what would become one of the most important individual collections of manuscripts, typescripts and printed material by this writer. Important for the richness of the documents carefully reunited throughout the decades, important for the web of relationships and affections that comes from it. Such as in the small piece of paper which Mário de Sá Carneiro addresses to Pessoa, once belonging to João Gaspar Simões, that Manuel Ferreira acquired and offered to Fernando Távora, today held at the Marques da Silva Foundation. Because poetry goes beyond words and extends to the nobility of gestures which enhances and perpetuates the action of those who perform them.

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18 March 2019
3rd Didactic Workshop The Thinking Hand "The House of Space" (F Lanhas, 1958/62)
19 March, 0900 hrs - 1300 hrs, Room TF 2.2 - FAUP

The children from the Nursery of the Folgosa School Centre (Levante da Maia Group) imagined the "House of Space". Last December they were at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier to take part in their project with a physicist, Manuel Marques, an illustrator, Elsa Lé, a writer, José António Gomes, future architects, and Pedro Lanhas, son of Fernando Lanhas, the architect and author of "The House of Space", a text/essay developed between 1958 and 1962, now the starting point for this 3rd Didactic Workshop "The Thinking Hand". Tomorrow, 19 March, between 0900 hrs and 1300 hrs, will be the time to bring to fruition the four physical models (maquettes) representing their version of "The House of Space".

This initiative, a component in the research and teaching of the DiP DArq, under the guidance of Assucena Maria Miranda, Rui Américo Cardoso and Luís Viegas, will take place at FAUP, in room F. 2.2.

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11 March 2019
Urban Sketchers visit “One Building, Many Museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism”, accompanied by Eduardo Salavisa
16 March, between 1500 hrs and 1800 hrs

“One Building, Many Museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism” hosts a meeting of Urban Sketchers, with the participation of Eduardo Salavisa.
It takes place this Saturday, the 16th, between 1500 hrs and 1800 hrs, and includes a guided tour by the exhibition´s curator, Helena Barranha.

"The meeting is open to the general public, who will be able to join the group and take part in the session. The only condition is to bring your passion for drawing and something to do it with."

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7 March 2019
TNSJ: 99 years as a Theatre, 109 as a design

The S. João Theatre blows out the candles for its 99th birthday and the Marques da Silva Foundation shares, by way of a present, a longitudinal cross-section of the building, one of the many documents which record the way in which the Theatre was born, its design.

Developed between 1909 and 1918 by José Marques da Silva, the Theatre opened on 7 March 1920. As Luís Soares Carneiro, author of "A Estranheza da Estípite. Marques da Silva e o(s) Teatro(s) de S. João / The Strangeness of the Estipite. Marques da Silva and the S. João Theatre(s)" is keen to mention, Marques da Silva knew his public; knew his city; understood the desires and the needs of the bourgeoisie of Porto. He also knew how to perceive and interpret the "mix" between continuity and novelty that the city would comprehend and accept as a balance between a wistful backwards glance and the aspiration for innovation. 

A living entity, the TNSJ is preparing to celebrate 100 years. Congratulations!
 

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1 March 2019
Alfredo Matos Ferreira and the design for the Rua da Friagem

The collective housing building designed in the late 1950s for the then Rua da Friagem was the first work of a certain magnitude and urban expression developed by Alfredo Matos Ferreira. At the time he had not yet completed the Higher Architecture Course and was sharing workshop space with other colleagues (Alberto Neves, Álvaro Siza, António Menéres, Joaquim Sampaio and Luís Botelho Dias). Careful construction, internal organisation and an adjusted insertion into the area are characteristics highlighted by Álvaro Siza, who came to live there and who considers it to be a contribution to the architectural evolution then underway. Alfredo Matos Ferreira in his “Memória” recognises in this conceptual and constructive experience the character of a true professional internship. He would eventually install himself there, adopting it as a space for life and for work. In a premonitory gesture of still distant times, the Rua da Friagem would come to be renamed the Rua Arquiteto José Marques da Silva.

Alfredo Matos Ferreira was born on 1 March 1928.

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22 February 2019
The blue tiles for S Bento Station

Tomorrow, 23 February, at the Museum of Ceramics in Sacavém, a conference will take place entitled The presence of Jorge Colaço at the Loiça Factory in Sacavém. This initiative is part of the programme which since 2018 has been commemorating 150 years since the birth of Jorge Colaço, the author of the decoration of the atrium of S Bento Station.

In a country with centuries of blue tile tradition, the choice of this material is not surprising.  Its use has brought brightness, luminosity, delicacy and ease of cleaning to the space, reinforcing the monumental and artistic character of the architecture designed by José Marques da Silva. In total around 25,000 blue tiles were used from the Sacavém Factory, covering 551 square metres. Jorge Colaço began the task in 1905 of decorating this emblematic space, running through a programme of historical, religious, picturesque and customs subjects, in harmony with the dominant ideology and the characteristics of place, time and geography dictated by the railway company, finished off by a set of allegorical images. 

In terms of the creative process of these blue tiles, both the Archive of the Loiça Factory in Sacavém and the National Museum of Blue Tiles (MNAz) still hold a significant collection of records. The illustration, a photograph belonging to the Jorge Colaço collection at MNAz, documents the execution of the panel relating to Egas Moniz, when he presented himself, with his wife and son, to the king of Leão. 

The programme celebrating this anniversary, which brings together contributions from several institutions, including the Marques da Silva Foundation, will be rounded off with the publication of a new edition of the monograph Estação S. Bento. Marques da Silva, revised and expanded. In this new edition are included texts by António Cardoso, Domingos Tavares and Cláudia Emanuel. The launch will be announced shortly.
 

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21 February 2019
"Ruy d´Atoughuia", new title available in the FIMS online store

The critical monograph on the work of Ruy Jervis d´Athouguia (1917-2006) by Graça Correia, published by Edições Afrontamento, is now available for purchase from the Marques da Silva Foundation online store.

The book traces the career of this important modernist architect and includes a set of texts by several architects (Ana Tostões, Eduardo Souto Moura, Helio Pñon, João Luís Marques, João Pedro Falcão de Campos and João Manuel Santa Rita, José Fernando Gonçalves, Manuel Mateus, Nuno Brandão Costa, Ricardo Carvalho) who in the last twenty years have shared and promoted the study of his work, which is widespread today.

It should be noted that Ruy d´Athouguia contributed to the renovation of the city of Lisbon from the 1950s to the 1970s, namely with his intervention in the Bairro de Alvalade, where he designed several residential buildings and two schools, and with the design of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation headquarters in the Avenida de Berna, in collaboration with the architects Pedro Cid and Alberto Pessoa.
 

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18 February 2019
São Torcato, the construction of a Sanctuary

Last Saturday, at São Torcato, memories and readings brought a new understanding of the history and the signs of affirmation of a cult whose origins precede nationality itself, becoming a central point in this town of Guimarães.

João Luís Marques, representing the Marques da Silva Foundation, took up the challenge of bringing together and reinterpreting references and documents relating to the construction of the Sanctuary which was first thought of in the 1820s - to receive the body of a bishop who lived in the 7th and 8th centuries, transferred from the Hermitage of Fonte do Santo, the location of his martyrdom in battle against the Moors - and which would not be completed until the 21st century. The journey undertaken to trace this long process indicates the quality of the research carried out in this institution´s collection, bringing together the contributions of other authors, other archives, national and international, and the comparison of documentary and bibliographical sources with the actual object. João Luís Marques has thus recovered and repositioned the role played by a group of actors who, according to their respective contexts, became decisive in this process of the realisation of a wish that goes far beyond the scale of the place. A journey begun by Luís Inácio de Barros Lima, but with unforeseen passages through Brussels, Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Paris and Porto, cities which influenced the choices of Cesário Augusto Pinto, Ludwig Bohnsted and José Marques da Silva. The form of the actual building, substantially affected by the delays suffered and calling on the actions of another generation of architects for its completion, Maria José Marques da Silva and David Moreira da Silva, acquires in this reading a new framework, both in the history of religious architecture in Portugal, and in terms of the international trends of the 19th century.

A reconstitution to highlight the richness of the Marques da Silva Foundation´s collection and the importance of research in the construction of knowledge which, in the case of the São Torcato Brotherhood, will also serve to support the aspiration to see the Sanctuary recognised as a Basilica in the future.

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14 February 2019
"São Torcato, the construction of a Sanctuary"
Views of São Torcato
16 February, 1430 hrs, São Torcato Brotherhood

On the subject of the construction of the Sanctuary of São Torcato, Fialho de Almeida wrote in ‘Estancias d’arte e da saúde’ (1921):

“(...) to treat oneself to a joujou which is simply beautiful and without type, of that architecture which draws from the Roman, from the Renaissance and from the Gothic, pieces bound together by a salad process, giving that catitismo described as modern in architecture, one of those fricassées reheated to the annoyance of French Beaux Arts travellers, with a confused ignorance of the antique.”

In this caustic account from the final years of the 19th century, the criticism becomes evident of the architectural model chosen by the jury in the international competition for the new Minho sanctuary to replace the one begun in 1825, following the Baroque design of Luís Inácio de Barros Lima. After the death of the promoter of the new construction, Cesário Augusto Pinto (1825-1896), and of the author of the winning design, the Russian architect trained in Berlin, Ludwig Bohnested (1822-1885), it was José Marques da Silva who, back from Paris, took up the  São Torcato brotherhood´s commission. Throughout the following five decades, the master Marques da Silva would contribute to the completion of the inherited work and would extend the design to the arrangement of the surrounding area. The completion of the dome in 2006, designed by Marques da Silva and redesigned by his daughter and son-in-law, is a mark of this long process, with a duration of more than 110 years.
 
On Saturday 16 February at 14.30, at the São Torcato Brotherhood, João Luís Marques will share this(these) story(stories) based on his research centred around the material held at the Marques da Silva Foundation, such as this poster design, which shows us what had been built at the moment when José Marques da Silva was invited to take part in the process. It will be one of the seminars to be presented as part of the "Views of São Torcato" cycle.


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8 February 2019
"One building, many museums.
Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism"
9 February to 26 May

Opening tomorrow, at the Museum of Neo-Realism in Vila Franca de Xira, the exhibition "One building, many museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism". A proposed reading of the design that Alcino Soutinho began to develop for a concrete, rooted space in Vila Franca de Xira, in 2001, in full maturity, as a point of convergence for his approaches to the idea of a museum and from where paths radiate for future approaches.

Here the curator of this exhibition, Helena Barranha, found references to the great themes in the history of museum architecture, from Karl Friedrich Schinkel to Frank Lloyd Wright; as this cross-section shows the vertical emptiness between floors that dominates the entire exhibition area, where an ascending line is drawn and the monumentality of the central atrium is accentuated.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 26 May.

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6 February 2019
Newsletter #36 | February 2019

In the week in which the exhibition "One building, many museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism" opens, the Marques da Silva Foundation launches the first Newsletter of 2019.

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28 January 2019
A "Palace" that continues to "make" a city

The Palace of Commerce was "conceived in such a way as to be able to contribute to a high degree to the full aesthetic and functional appreciation of the city centre, (...) as much from its privileged position, large composition and unusual dimensions, as through its noble and rich materials" (Descriptive Record, 1946). Designed by David Moreira da Silva and Maria José Marques da Silva, its purpose was to be "for the coming years, a striking, expressive and dignifying benefit" from the period in which it was created.

Completed in 1954, the construction of this block building witnesses the visionary entrepreneurship of Delfim Ferreira and the ability of the appointed architects to design and create it. In today´s city, the Palace of Commerce continues to be a singular monumental reference, through its volumetric, spatial, formal and constructive organisation and composition, an architectural organism cohesive in the expression of its morphological, functional and plastic qualities.

We take another look at this building which brought a new matrix to Porto´s central district, showing one of the many detailed drawings, on the 110th anniversary of the birth of David Moreira da Silva, one of the two architects who signed his final design, but also the author, as early as 1940, of the first study to anticipate the presence of a "block building" as a response to the municipal desire to reformulate this urban area.

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25 January 2019
"One building, many museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism"
Exhibition
9 February to 26 May 2019
Museum of Neo-Realism, Vila Franca de Xira

Opening on 9 February at 1600 hrs, the Exhibition “One building, many museums. Alcino Soutinho and the Museum of Neo-Realism”, in a partnership between the Vila Franca de Xira Town Council/Museum of Neo-Realism and the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Curated by Helena Barranha, the Exhibition “offers a reading of the Museum of Neo-Realism as a space of convergence of several museological journeys, researches and projects which mark the life and work of Alcino Soutinho. Articulating the records of the museums visited in different countries, and the exhibition spaces which he himself designed, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate the way in which the Museum of Neo-Realism reflects and synthesises those many references in an exemplary way, relating them to the specificity of the urban context of Vila Franca de Xira and to a notable museological programme.”

It will remain open to the public until 26 May 2019 and entrance is free.
 
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18 January 2019
"Views of São Torcato"
Seminars with José Afonso Ferrão, Aires Fernandes, Maria Inês Gonçalves, João Luís Marques and Dom Jorge Ortiga
16 February 2019 | 1430 hrs | São Torcato Brotherhood

On 16 February, at the São Torcato Brotherhood in Guimarães, a broad panel of specialists will present their views of São Torcato. This is a cycle of seminars organised by the Brotherhood with the purpose of promoting new readings on the Saint, the cult and the Sanctuary built in his honour, from multiple perspectives: historical, artistic, architectural and religious. The Church currently in existence, whose construction began in 1871, is the result of contributions from several authors, in particular José Marques da Silva, who developed numerous interventions throughout several decades, and of Maria José and David Moreira da Silva who completed it.

João Luís Marques, on behalf of the Marques da Silva Foundation which is thus associated with this initiative, will develop the theme São Torcato, the construction of a sanctuary - a reading of the design from the Marques da Silva archive.
  

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17 December 2019
Happy Holidays!

It is with a photograph from the collection of the Architect Fernando Lanhas, created by Rui Guimarães, that the Marques da Silva Foundation wishes everyone Happy Holidays and an excellent New Year!

We would like to mention that the Foundation will be closed between 24 December and 1 January 2019.

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7 December 2018
Alfredo Leal Machado´ s design for the Porto de Mós Town Hall: what can a plan tell us?

Alfredo Leal Machado, Design for the expansion and renovation of thePorto de Mós Town Hall: plan, n.d.

 

In 1939, Alfredo Leal Machado signed his design for the building of Espinho Town Hall. This architect trained in Porto in the 1920s; in his collection, held by the Foundation, can also be found documents of a design for the expansion and renovation of the Porto de Mós Town Hall. The date of the design and the level of execution are not known, but the plan, in addition to his work as an architect, gives us the portrait of a time in history. Here can be seen the features, the scale of the spaces and their distribution in the plan of the ground floor.

Alfredo Leal Machado was born on 7 December 1904.
 

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2 December 2018
A return visit to the D. Henrique Hotel on an anniversary day

The D. Henrique Hotel, designed in the mid-1960s by José Carlos Loureiro, in collaboration with Luís Pádua Ramos and Carlos Chaves de Almeida, for the businessman and banker Afonso Pinto de Magalhães, still continues today to stand out in the urban landscape of Porto.

The tower, of 18 floors, constructed a few hundred metres away from the City Hall, stands up like a sculpture, as an entire object, although organically modelled, to finish off a compact block. The directives of the Municipal Master Plan of Auzelle, of 1962, and the proximity of a non-residential building, the Silo-auto, allowed for the achievement of height on uneven ground which accentuates that verticality and optimises the play of light and shade which extends from the facade to the interior spaces.

With the sharing of two drawings which show the entrance of light during the summer solstice and the equinoxes, we wish a happy birthday to its author, who today celebrates 93 years. Congratulations, Mr Architect José Carlos Loureiro!

 

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30 November 2018
"The associate movement of Portuguese Architects"
Until 11 February 2019, at the Headquarters of OASRN

First page of the undated working document of the statutes of the Society of Northern Architects, with handwritten notes by José Marques da Silva. It should be noted that Marques da Silva, actively engaged in the creation of the Society of Northern Architects, took on in 1920 the function of Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Statutes. Members were Correia da Silva, Balatzar de Castro, António Peres Guimarães, Francisco de Oliveira, Leandro de Morais and Rogério de Azevedo.
 

Yesterday the exhibition "The associate movement of Portuguese Architects" opened, curated by Ana Isabel Ribeiro and Cláudia Antunes.

The initiative, organised as part of the 20 years´ celebration since the creation of the Order of Architects, offers an opportunity to follow the main moments in the creation of the profession´s associative movement, at national level and in the north of the country, bringing together a wide-ranging set of documents, some of which are until now unpublished, belonging to the Marques da Silva Foundation collection.

Until 11 February of next year it can be visited from Monday to Friday, between 1000 hrs and 1900 hrs, at the headquarters of OASRN (Rua Álvares Cabral, 144).

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28 November 2018
Imagining the "House of Space"

The children from the Nursery of the Folgosa School Centre (Levante da Maia Group) came to the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier to imagine the House of Space. Waiting for them were a physicist, a writer, an illustrator, future architects and even Pedro Lanhas, the son of the architect who dreamed of a House of Space. Together, they continued to trace the outlines of that House which they had already begun to dream. It will continue to grow, between planets and galaxies which will take shape in the fantasy of those who are bringing them to life. Following this, early next year, will be the Didactic Workshop The Thinking Hand, in the University of Porto Faculty of Architecture, for the construction of three-dimensional models. 

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27 November 2018
"The associate movement of Portuguese Architects"
Headquarters of the Order of Architects - Regional Section North
from 29 November 2018 to 11 February 2019

"The associate movement of Portuguese Architects" is the title of the exhibition which will open on 29 November, at 1800 hrs, at the headquarters of OASRN.

Curated by Dr Ana Isabel Ribeiro and the Architect Cláudia Antunes, the exhibition offers an approach to the associative history of Portuguese Architects and to the recognition and appreciation of the profession of Architect, from the 15th to the 21st century. The Marques da Silva Foundation, an organisation holding a significant set of documents relating to this movement, with a particular focus on records relating to the activities of José Marques da Silva and his daughter and son-in-law, Maria José Marques da Silva and David Moreira da Silva, is taking part in the 20 years´ celebration of the Order of Architects and supports this initiative which will make known the fundamental moments of a process begun in 1863, with the foundation of the Association of Portuguese Citizen Architects.

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26 november 2018
The "house of space" of the children of the Folgosa Nursery

The children of the Folgosa Nursery are already working on Fernando Lanhas´s House of Space. Among various activities and experiences, from drawing to the painting of "pebbles", they begin to imagine and to tell the story of the House of Space:

"The house of space is on the planet Earth. It has no ceiling. It has a door. On the right of the door there is a cupboard where the "things" are arranged. On the left is a kitchen. In the kitchen is a round table with a square cloth with little pink, yellow and green flowers. There are also four round benches. In the fridge is a lot of food and, for relaxing, the warm sofa and a television for the cartoons. From the front door you can see some stairs. From those stairs comes a handrail.
Outside the house of space is a park for playing some nice games, there is a pool, a sandpit, two swings and grass with little flowers. We have to water them and say beautiful things to them.
The handrail takes us into space, where we see things that leave us gaping. The first stop is on the planet Venus, which is a pink-coloured heart because it is the planet of Love. Then we move on to Saturn, which is brown and has a very cute ring. The handrail takes us to Jupiter, which is green because that is where the extraterrestrials live, who are green boys and girls.
From the planets we can see marvellous things, ships and rockets. The extraterrestrials travel in the ships and the astronauts in the rockets.
It is all very pretty and spectacular!"

Tomorrow, they will be in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier for a meeting with Manuel Marques, physicist, Elsa Le, plastic artist, José António Gomes, writer, and the architecture students Ana Gabriela Gomes, Rute Castro and Inês Giro.
 
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24 November 2018
The twin houses of Queijas or construction as the basis of architectural form
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, Casa de Queijas, photo by Manuel Miranda

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, House of Queijas (1968-1973), photograph by Manuel Miranda 


"In the designing of this house, with an unusual programme, created for two families with several generations, for better integration into the site, we opted for a dominant vertical to get the most out of a rather difficult terrain. (...) To give more “weight” and consistency to its construction, and to its complex design, and to allow for better maintenance of the house, we opted to build in brick, not very traditional in the country after the industrial riverside buildings of the early 20th century, and which, if on the one hand it proved very demanding in its design, in order not to trivialise the material, on the other hand it stimulated the builder and the person in charge of the work who used his knowledge of the old Portuguese masters and workers." These were Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s words about the design for the Queijas Houses (Oeiras), begun in 1968 and completed in 1973. 
 
This work is the first practical example in Portugal of applying a self-supporting facade, appearing on the front cover of the magazine Arquitectura, issue no. 129 of 1974. It also served as a first attempt at what would later be applied to works such as the Beja House of Culture and Youth and the Avis General Deposit Agency.
 
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira was born on 24 November 1931.

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20 November 2018
Teaching Workshop The Thinking Hand “The House of Space” by F Lanhas
27 November, 0930 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

On 27 November, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 24 children will be received from the Folgosa School Centre (Levante da Maia Group). They will be accompanied by Teacher/Educationalist Assucena Maria Miranda and will be welcomed by Manuel Marques, physicist, Elsa Le, plastic artist, José António Gomes, writer, and by the architectural students Ana Gabriela Gomes, Rute Castro and Inês Giro. Using the text/essay "The House of Space" by Fernando Lanhas together will imagine "their" house of space. Three-dimensional models will be made later in the third Teaching Workshop The Thinking Hand, at the University of Porto Faculty of Architecture.

This is the second initiative proposed by Luís Viegas and Rui Américo Cardoso as part of the celebration programme for the donation of Fernando Lanhas´s architectural collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation, of which they are the curators.

The children´s visit, guided by Teacher/Educationalist Assucena Maria Miranda, carried out with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Maia City Council, represents the network: Folgosa Town Council, Federation of the Parents´ Association of the Municipality of Maia – FapMaia, Folgosa Parents´ Network and the Vilar de Luz Day Centre.

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19 November 2019
Giorgio Grassi, in Porto, conversation with students and signing of protocol

Giorgio Grassi returned to Porto and the promised conversation took place in a crowded auditorium, those present becoming students of his works, writings and designs.

The launch of Escritos escolhidos [Selected writings], 1965-2015 was the reason for this meeting, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, University of Porto Faculty of Architecture, where all the speakers emphasised the relevance and timeliness of the thought of Giorgio Grassi. The constellation of collected texts in this anthology - with developments and references to areas that extend beyond the field of architecture, diluting the diachronic dialogue starting with figures of this and other times, reflecting on the form of working, the way of looking at the discipline, and the city as a space of intervention – thus provided material for reflection and discussion on the thought of an architect who writes in order to answer the questions which always beset him as an architect who designs. A significant set of texts produced throughout a symbolic timescale of 50 years, which helps us to understand and question the reality of our time and which, through the project Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic, the collection which includes the book has become available in Portuguese.

The challenge involved in translating an author was also mentioned in this conversation. And it was to go beyond mere reading, the desire to understand the interstices of the writings of Giorgio Grassi, that José Miguel Rodrigues, a confessed admirer of the work and thought of Giorgio Grassi, began with Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic, the translation proposal that the Marques da Silva Foundation has welcomed. After two published volumes, this editorial project has just received an important incentive and recognition on the part of Giorgio Grassi with the signing, last Friday, during the course of a visit to the Marques da Silva Foundation, of the protocol under which the exclusive translation rights into Portuguese have been assigned to José Miguel Rodrigues, author and scientific coordinator of the translation project, to the Marques da Silva Foundation as publisher responsible for its publication, and to the University of Porto Faculty of Architecture as supporting entity.
 

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16 November 2018
Architecture and Heritage: without a glass dome
Video of the Marques da Silva 2018 Seminar now available

On 25 October, at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, as part of the Marques da Silva Seminars, Nuno Valentim was invited to speak on Architecture and Heritage: without a glass dome.

The video of the seminar, made by TVU, is now available for those who were not there, or who wish to see it again.

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15 November 2018
Newsletter #35 | November 2018

A few hours before a Conversation with Giorgio Grassi, still time to publish Newsletter #35.

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15 November 2018
Giorgio Grassi, José Miguel Rodrigues, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Machado and Marco Ginoulhiac
Conversation with students #2
Today, at 1830 hrs, in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto

Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings], 1965-2015, the most complete anthology of Giorgio Grassi´s texts, translated and with an introductory note by José Miguel Rodrigues, was recently published by the Marques da Silva Foundation, in partnership with Edições Afrontamento. There is also a unique set of illustrations to accompany the written text, showing sympathies and presupposed affinities which, inevitably, contribute by giving shape to his designs.

Today, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, Giorgio Grassi, in connection with this publication, will return to the UP Faculty of Architecture (FAUP) for a conversation with students, but open to all those interested in the work and thinking of this architect who designs and writes. Accompanying Giorgio Grassi will be José Miguel Rodrigues – author, coordinator and translator of the entire translation project of Giorgio Grassi´s written works into Portuguese (Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic) – and three architects and professors of FAUP linked, for different reasons, to his work: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Machado and Marco Ginoulhiac.

To anticipate and prepare for this conversation, on Tuesday 13 November a conversation with students #1 took place, organised by the Matéria. conferências brancas cycle, who are thus associated with this initiative. This first conversation was moderated by Joana Couceiro and was attended by the organisers of the cycle, José Miguel Rodrigues, Hélder Casal Ribeiro and Pedro Borges de Araújo.

This second conversation will take place in Portuguese and Italian, with language interpretation. Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.

The Conversation with students #2 is an initiative of the Marques da Silva Foundation, with the support of FAUP, the Matéria. conferências brancas cycle, and the FAUP Students´ Association. The Conversation with students #1 is an initiative of Matéria. conferências brancas, with the support of FAUP, the Marques da Silva Foundation, and the FAUP Students´ Association. The two initiatives were sponsored by the JOFEBAR company.

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13 November 2018
about Giorgio Grassi | conversation with students #1
FAUP Library, 2130 hrs

A first conversation "about Giorgio Grassi", with "Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings], 1965-2015" as background, takes place today, at 2130 hrs, in the UP Faculty of Architecture Library.

Moderated by Joana Couceiro, participants will also include José Miguel Rodrigues, translator and author of the book´s introductory note, and Hélder Casal Ribeiro and Pedro Borges de Araújo, organisers of the Matéria.conferências brancas cycle.

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09 November 2018
Giorgio Grassi, Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings], 1965-2015

Giorgio Grassi: Groningen, public library, facade facing the Oude-Boteringestraat
 

From a practical point of view, a design (for example a building) is always and in any case a transformation of what exists before (the place) and the relationship between the two certainly cannot be ignored. Of the two, what already has a form (which has already given its answer) is the place, therefore, theoretically, but also technically, is the design which conforms to the place. But from the practical point of view, in this encounter the place is equally modified (the place assumes a new form). And this means that when we make a design, for all intents and purposes we also design a place. (Giorgio Grassi, Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings] 1965-2015, p. 369)
 

On the 15th, at 1830 hrs, Giorgio Grassi will be at the UP Faculty of Architecture (FAUP) to answer questions posed about the recent launch of Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings] 1965-2015, the second volume to be published as part of the Giorgio Grassi collection, opera omnia sic. In this conversation, which will follow a conversation organised on the 13th by the Matéria.conferências brancas cycle, Giorgio Grassi will be accompanied by the translator and author of this editorial project, José Miguel Rodrigues, by Eduardo Souto de Moura and by Carlos Machado. Marco Ginoulhiac will ensure the dialogue between the public and Giorgio Grassi, translating questions and answers.

The session on the 15th, Conversation with students #2, is a Marques da Silva Foundation initiative, supported by FAUP, by the Matéria. conferências brancas cycle, the FAUP Students´ Association (AEFAUP) and the JOFEBAR company which is sponsoring the initiative.

The Conversation with students #1 is a Matéria. conferências brancas initiative, supported by FAUP, by the Marques da Silva Foundation, the FAUP Students´ Association (AEFAUP) and the JOFEBAR company which is sponsoring the initiative.

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8 November 2018
Rui Goes Ferreira and the recognition of the place

Rui Goes Ferreira became an architect in Porto, during the 1950s, but it would be in Madeira that his work gained full expression. Attentive to place, to its urban and landscape context, he designed in line with the modular principles of a modern training, but sensitive to the preoccupations and needs of a community with a very particular character. As, for example, in the arrangement and proposal to build a shelter for the Pico do Areeiro viewing point. This shelter has since been demolished, but remains in photographic and documentary memory, as exemplified by this study, in pen and pencil on tracing paper, of 1964.

The recent transfer of this architect´s collection, born on 8 November 1926 and dying prematurely in 1978, to the Marques da Silva Foundation will make possible new approaches to his legacy, creating a favourable context for carrying out activities which promote the knowledge and study of an architecture which still today marks the territory where it was constructed.

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6 November 2018
Alcino Soutinho and the construction of a look at the organisation of museological spaces

In 1960, the young architect, Alcino Soutinho, went to Italy to visit twenty museums. It was part of his scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and a requirement of a programme of study on museology. Of this long stay, in addition to the Report, several testimonies survive which reflect the architect´s attentive look at the different aspects, from the overall framework and the organisation of architectural space, to the constructive details of the museographical solutions he visited. As is the case with this sketch of the Sforza Castle in Milan, taken from one of his sketchbooks. An apprenticeship which would be reflected in the many designs developed throughout his career and which will now be the focus of a review of the exhibition which the Museum of Neo-Realism is preparing to present, taking place more than a decade after the opening of the building designed by Alcino Soutinho, curated by Helena Barranha and in partnership with the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Alcino Soutinho, born on 6 November 1930.

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6 November 2018
Conversation(s) with students about Giorgio Grassi
#1 | 13 November 2130 hrs, FAUP Library
#2 | 15 November, 1830 hrs, Fernando Távora Auditorium, FAUP

Following the recent launch of the book Escritos Escolhidos [Selected Writings], 1965-2015, Giorgio Grassi will return to Porto and the UP Faculty of Architecture in what has resulted in a partnership between the Marques da Silva Foundation and Matéria. conferências brancas, to take part in a session which selects students as his main interlocutors.

Taking place on 15 November, in the Fernando Távora auditorium at 1830 hrs, "conversation with students #2" will include, in addition to the participation of the book´s author, José Miguel Rodrigues - author, coordinator and translator of the full translation project of Giorgio Grassi´s written work into Portuguese (Giorgio Grassi, opera omnia sic) - and three architects, for different reasons interested in Giorgio Grassi´s work: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Machado and Marco Ginoulhiac. But all of those present at this launch, which takes place with the book already in circulation, are invited to question the author. It is in this sense that this conversation with students assumes that at that moment all those who so wish can be considered students of the topics under debate on this occasion. The event will take place in Portuguese and Italian and will have the possibility of simultaneous translation by professor Marco Ginoulhiac of the questions asked by those present.

This conversation will be preceded, on 13 November, by an informal conversation about Giorgio Grassi, entitled "conversation with students #1", around the central table of the FAUP library, moderated by Joana Couceiro, starting at 2130 hrs. It will be an opportunity to make a free analysis of Grassi´s selected texts for this Portuguese edition in a first conversation, organised by Matéria, conferências brancas, which will include the attendance and participation of this project´s organisers, José Miguel Rodrigues (translator of the book), Helder Casal Ribeiro and Pedro Borges de Araújo.

 

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27 October 2018
Architecture and Heritage: without a glass dome
Nuno Valentim´s seminar

Nuno Valentim, an architect who combines design practice with research, responded yesterday to the challenge offered by the Foundation and shared, in the 12th Marques da Silva Seminar, his understanding of the contribution that architecture can make to heritage. Starting from a panoramic review of a set of works developed by him over the last decade, this professor from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, reflected on the five distinct ways of constructing the already constructed. He made many points in his presentation concerning the tense relationship between, on the one hand, the uniqueness of each object and the circumstances in which it exists, conditioning the interventions adopted, and, on the other hand, the past and the present which, in the whole complexity of the architectural work, are placed in a dynamic dialogue, fundamental for a transformation with a sense of the future.

The opening of this session of the Marques da Silva Seminars, under the charge of Professor João Pedro Xavier, representing the Director of the Faculty of Architecture, also marked the first public appearance of Vice-Rector Fátima Vieira in her capacity as President of the Marques da Silva Foundation, adding to the occasion by presenting her vision of the institution, the work which has been achieved and new objectives to be fulfilled.

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26 October 2018
Exhibition: Porto´s S. Bento Station and the work of Jorge Colaço
S. Bento Station Foyer
28 October, from 1500 hrs

From 1500 hrs on 28 October in the foyer of S. Bento Station, it will be possible to visit the exhibition “Porto´s S. Bento Station and the work of Jorge Colaço”, which will remain open there until 3 December.

The initiative, part of the programme to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the painter and caricaturist Jorge Colaço, is an opportunity for a brief look at the city of Porto, in its transition into the 20th century, revisiting the process which made possible the construction of S. Bento Station, of its importance for the definition of the railway axis of the Douro and Minho lines, and its impact on the consequent urban reconfiguration of the city´s historic centre.

To mark the opening of the exhibition to the public, there will be a guided tour by the Architect Paula Azevedo (IP Património) and by Dr Ana Sousa (CP-Comboios de Portugal).

As part of this commemorative programme, jointly organised by IP - Infrastructures of Portugal, CP - Trains of Portugal, the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Sacavém Museum of Ceramics and by the researcher Cláudia Emanuel, an exhibition will also take place, "Jorge Colaço and the Figurative Blue Tiles of his Time" in December 2018 at the National Blue Tile Museum, and the launch of the monograph dedicated to the Station, by Professor António Cardoso, in a revised and enlarged version with contributions by Professor Domingos Tavares and the researcher Cláudia Emanuel, on 26 February 2019.

Image: Plan of the city, Telles Ferreira, 1892, indicating the various stations of the city of Porto, with graphic design by João Bravo (IP).

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25 October 2018
Marques da Silva Seminars 2018
Today at 1830 hrs, with Nuno Valentim, at FAUP


"We are living at a unique moment for intervention in Architectural Heritage – which is due to the (unexpected?) growth of work on existing buildings, after a few years in the desert, with isolated efforts and even a lack of attention to this challenge.
The urgency for the debate to be extended calls on architecture and architects to take on increased responsibility in these circumstances, otherwise the discipline could be overtaken by ideological, technical or economic manipulation. These partial views are incapable of dealing with the richness and complexity of the realities in which we have to operate.
Architecture - from design to reflection on the practice (in which the Schools are included) - plays a decisive role: in the strategic-political debate, in the concrete form of action and in the evaluation/production of knowledge from the work.
The “Marques da Silva Seminars 2018” will be an opportunity, through our practices (of design, research, collaboration …), to document the work, the reflection and the struggle which are required by interventions in the Heritage of cities." (Nuno Valentim)

Today at 1830 hrs, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, FAUP.  Entrance free, subject to the availability of space.

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22 October 2018
"Architecture and Heritage: without a glass dome"
Marques da Silva Seminars 2018
25 October, 1830 hrs, FAUP

Nuno Valentim will be the speaker at the 2018 Marques da Silva Seminars, which take place on 25 October at 1830 hrs, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.

With a degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto (1995), a Masters in Renovation of Built Heritage from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (2007) and a PhD in Architecture (FAUP, 2016) with the thesis Design, Architectural Heritage and Contemporary Regulation – On renovation practices in current heritage, Nuno Valentim has been working independently as a professional since 1994. In 2005 he began his collaboration with FAUP, as a teacher on the Integrated Masters in Architecture, and since 2017, with Francisco Barata, on CEAPA - the Advanced Studies in Architectural Heritage Course.

From the many examples of his work, main prizes/nominations include: Nomination for the Mies Van Der Rohe Prize  - European Prize for Contemporary Architecture – for the renovation work carried out in Porto´s Botanical Garden: Andresen House/Biodiversity Gallery, Salabert House/E-learning café and greenhouses by Franz Koepp (2018) ; 2017 IHRU/Nuno Teotónio Pereira Prize and National Prize for Urban Renewal, for the renovation work on the Porto Night Shelters (in collaboration with Frederico Eça and Margarida Carvalho); João de Almada Prize: for the Design for the Renovation of the 1928 Building in the Rua Alexandre Braga by the Architect José Marques da Silva, in collaboration with Francisco Barata and José Luís Gomes - FAUP Study Centre (2014 ).

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19 October 2018
"Porto´s S. Bento Station and the work of Jorge Colaço"
Exhibition on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jorge Rey Colaço
Foyer of S. Bento Station
28 October to 3 December 2018

As part of the programme for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the painter and caricaturist Jorge Colaço, an exhibition will open on 28 October in the foyer of Porto´s S. Bento Station, designed by José Marques da Silva, in the space covered by the celebrated panels of blue tiles by Jorge Colaço, jointly organised by IP - Infrastructures of Portugal, CP - Trains of Portugal, the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Ceramics Museum of Sacavém and by the researcher Cláudia Emanuel.

The exhibition offers a good opportunity to take a brief look at the city of Porto, in its transition into the 20th century, revisiting the process which made possible the construction of S. Bento Station, its importance for the definition of the railway axis of the Douro and Minho lines and its impact on the consequent urban reconfiguration of the city´s historic centre.

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18 October 2018
José Marques da Silva, municipal architect

José Marques da Silva (18.10.1869-6.06.1947) carried out the functions of municipal architect between 14 April 1904 and 31 August 1907, a position in which he directed and designed works such as the working-class district and the enlargement and construction of the Anjo Market, and advised on the "improvement of the architectural and health conditions of the city´s buildings". He believed in and established the competence of the architect in validating a new urban landscape and architecture, who also seeks to demonstrate and create his own projects, as with the building for the Rua das Carmelitas of 1905. In his vision of the future, "Porto will know how to follow the progress of modern cities, in the way in which city centre buildings should be made, as demonstrated in the country dwellings called "villas" of which the Bairro da Foz is a worthy example ...".

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16 October 2018
Marques da Silva Seminars 2018

On 25 October one more Marques da Silva Seminar will take place. This year, the challenge was given to the Architect and Professor Nuno Valentim, in the form of a question: What contribution does Architecture make to Heritage?  The seminar, entitled "Architecture and Heritage: without a glass dome", will take place in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, partner organisation, and is part of the programme ARQ OUT 2018.
 

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11 October 2018
Petra Čeferin, Juhani Pallasmaa, Pedro Borges da Araújo and Paula Menino Homem, "Bridging Crossroads on Architectural Exhibitions", at the Marques da Silva Foundation

The exhibitions on Finnish architecture promoted between 1957 and 1967 from the Finnish Museum of Architecture, one of the oldest museums in the world to dedicate itself entirely to Architecture, and its importance on a national and international level, were at the centre of the session which the Autofocus cycle of seminars proposed in 2018 for the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

A theme presented by Petra Čeferin, which showed their underlying idea and design, their agents and the theoretical reflection which brought them into being, as well as their effectiveness as an instrument for validating Finnish architecture, its vitality and modernity. Showing it to the world, they made it a reality, projecting it into the spaciality of the exhibitions themselves, whose echoes spread through the architectural magazines of the time. Lines that intersect and contribute to the understanding of Finnish architecture as architecture, according to a universal line of thought, free from confinement to a mere expression of local nature. Juhani Pallasmaa, personally involved in this process, complemented this reading by highlighting the internal impact of the success achieved by the defined strategy and the context that provided the means to achieve it. A fusion of circumstances, cultural, political and historical, which were crucial in managing and maintaining the enthusiasm around these exhibitions, developed in a team, with great creative freedom although previously submitted to a jury, and driven by a grand idealism. The role of photography was also mentioned, compensating for the absence of architectural objects, and the passage through Portugal in 1960 was mentioned, where a highlight was the intervention of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, given his direct knowledge of the Finnish reality.


The presentations by Petra Čeferin and Juhani Pallasmaa were framed by Pedro Borges de Araújo and Paula Menino Homem, fostering an animated dialogue which extended itself to the audience.
 

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10 October 2018
On the vicissitudes of a project: the Hotel for D. João I Square

"In any given work, what most strikes us in the first place is its outward appearance. For many this will be the only interesting aspect of the problem in question, ignoring everything or almost everything that contributed to its realisation and the obstacles and difficulties encountered in the course of their study. [...]
The existing D. João I Square is a remarkable undertaking on the part of our municipality, whose daring grandeur deserves the admiration of all, from Porto or not, because we can see in this work the encouragement and hopes of new achievements, of future transformations, and also the assurance that the progress of our city will be able to follow the path now designed and initiated, with the utmost certainty of complete success."


Extract from a text by José Porto, The Urbanisation of D. João I Square, for the book published in 1951 on this Square and its Atlantic Palace. José Porto, an architect born in Vilar de Mouros on 10 October 1883, then developed, starting from Porto, an intensive activity, with work for his own city, for Minho and for the city of Beira in Mozambique. The hotel, designed in 1947 as a commission for the industrialist José Dias de Oliveira, would have a difficult life, in part due to the premature death of the client. The work, however, was done, and set the scene for D. João I Square but, unlike the Emporium or the twin residential block, works by the same architect, which helped to define the contiguous Rua de Sá da Bandeira, its presence can only be found in the photographic memory of a Square where it aspired to compete with its "harmonious grandiosity".

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8 October 2018
Bridging Crossroads on Architectural Exhibitions
Juhani Pallasmaa, Petra Čeferin, Paula Menino Homem and Pedro Borges de Araújo
Autofocus Seminars 2018
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 9 October, 1600 hrs

In Constructing a legend, Petra Čeferin presents a critical approach to the universe of international exhibitions on Finnish Architecture, taking place between 1957 and 1967. The book of this architect, teacher and researcher, with a particular interest in intersecting the fields of architecture and philosophy, transforms the results of her doctoral thesis, written in the Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana, under the guidance of Juhani Pallasmaa.

Both will now be present for the session which the Autofocus Seminars are promoting in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, for a conversation on architectural exhibitions, which will also have contributions from Paula Menino Homem and Pedro Borges de Araújo, both teaching in the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, linked to the Masters in Museology and members of the Department of Heritage Sciences and Techniques of that academic institution.

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1 October 2018
On the session "Five fingers of a hand: conversation based on Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s design for the Benfica School"

For Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, people were the most important, to know them and understand what they require, so that he could then design. And then, to do what he thought should be done, give significance, meaning, ensure consistency and respect the ethics of construction, through design, through order, through form, through the assertiveness of the materials. And the fact that the Benfica School, since 2005 the José Gomes Ferreira Secondary School, as an architectural space was capable of creating and transforming itself into a space and experience of life for a whole group of people became evident in all the accounts shared in last Friday´s session, in the Residence-Atelier. A sharing of memories, with affection, humour and connection to the place, from those who have not lost the desire to continue to build in the future, in the case of Manuel Esperança and Nuno Markl; the sharing of a willingness to understand the design and what is learned through it, in the case of Alexandra Saraiva and Anselmo Canha.

This was also an opportunity to hear Adriana Hestnes, representing the family, and the President of the Foundation, Maria de Fátima Marinho, in what was her last public engagement in that role, recalling the architect and the significance of his donation to the Marques da Silva Foundation, his entrance into a new “house”, which will take care of the collection and will make possible the study and dissemination of work developed over 60 years of activity in the exercise of architecture.

The two rooms with items belonging to the collection remain available to visit, on request.

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28 September 2018
That is why we will always be with those who “live" it.

For the Book of Honour of the José Gomes Ferreira School:

When I have the joy of returning to this “school” (the magic word, equivalent to the exchange of knowledge, which guided our work) to talk to the students, to attend their festivals and exhibitions, not only do I “feel at home”, by the way I am received and by the memory of the process that led to its construction, but I also feel that in it there persists the informality, the curiosity and the imagination which marked my father´s personality.
That is why we will always be with those who “live” it.


Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, 11 October 2005

Today, at the Marques da Silva Foundation, we will talk about Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, about architecture and life.

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28 September 2018
Newsletter #34 | September 2018

With the new season the Residence-Atelier reopens its doors to give a first symbolic look at Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s collection and for a conversation whose starting point is the design for the José Gomes Ferreira Secondary School in Benfica.

Also time to launch the September Newsletter, with a look at future activities.


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27 September 2018
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira
In addition to the discussion, a glance at a collection to be discovered at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

And tomorrow the work of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira will be the subject of discussion at the Marques da Silva Foundation. But it will also be an opportunity for a first look at the donated collection and the many things which are there to be discovered, with two rooms displaying models, drawings, photographs and publications.

"Five fingers of a hand: a conversation beginning with Rául Hestnes Ferreira´s design for the Benfica School", with Alexandra Saraiva, Anselmo Canha, Manuel Esperança and Nuno Markl.

Begins at 1830 hrs, entrance free.

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24 September 2018
Bridging Crossroads on Architectural Exhibitions
Juhani Pallasmaa, Petra Čeferin, Paula Menino Homem and Pedro Borges de Araújo
Autofocus Seminars 2018
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 9 October, 1600 hrs

The Autofocus Seminars 2018 will bring Juahni Pallasmaa and Petra Čeferin to the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, on 9 October, for a discussion on the subject of Bridging Crossroads on Architectural Exhibitions.

Also participating in the session will be Paula Menino Homem and Pedro Borges de Araújo, both teachers in the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, associated with the Masters in Museology, and members of the Department of Heritage Sciences and Techniques of that academic institution.

The Autofocus Project is an initiative of the Institute of Philosophy, University of Porto, an R&D unit – a 2015-2020 strategic project financed by the FCT Foundation for Science and Technology - developed in partnership with the Rectory of the University of Porto, the Faculties of Architecture, Sciences and Arts, and the i3s institutes, the CEAU Centre for the Study of Architecture and Urbanism, the Marques da Silva Foundation Institute and the MMUS Masters in Museology.

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21 September 2018
Five fingers of a hand
Conversation on Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s design for the Benfica School

"In its multiplicity of aspects, with volumes governed by strict geometry, the building "makes" the site, offering itself to the city ..." (Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, Projectos 1959-2002, p.103)

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s design for the Benfica School began to take shape in 1976. As Willy Sermeels points out, in it is present the dialogue of complementary forms, in particular the curve and the line. Opened in 1978, as a form of homage to the architect, it was later given his father´s name, the writer José Gomes Ferreira. This will be the pretext for a conversation between Alexandra Saraiva, Anselmo Canha, Manuel Esperança and Nuno Markl and all are welcome!

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14 September 2018
Five fingers of a hand
Conversation on Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s design for the Benfica School

Memory, architecture and city will be in debate in Five fingers of a hand, a conversation which takes as its starting point Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s design for the Benfica School, the José Gomes Ferreira Secondary School.

The session will bring together Alexandra Saraiva, Anselmo Canha, Manuel Esperança and Nuno Markl, being also an opportunity to evoke Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, whose archive was recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Five fingers of a hand, an initiative included in the European Heritage Days programme, which this year has as its unifying theme "sharing memories", will take place on 28 September, at 1830 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

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16 September 2018
Fernando Lanhas and the city of Garrett

Fernando Lanhas, architect by profession, man of dreams and wide-ranging knowledge, also an artist of his city. At the time of the Book Fair, we remember the date of his birth, 16 September 1923, publishing the drawing which serves as the cover for the book, The city of Garrett. An anthology of prose texts by Eugénio de Andrade, from 1993, with original drawings by Fernando Lanhas, whom the writer, in the words of Pomar, called o mais desirmanado.

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13 September 2018
Architecture and Heritage: without a glass dome
Nuno Valentim
Marques da Silva Seminar 2018

October is approaching, and with it another of the Marques da Silva Seminars. This year, the challenge was given to the Architect and Professor Nuno Valentim, in the form of a question: What contribution does Architecture make to Heritage? The seminar, entitled "Architecture and Heritage: without a glass dome" will take place on 25 October, in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, partner organisation, and is part of the programme ARQOUT 2018.

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10 September 2018
The Martins Sarmento Society Headquarters

The galleries of the works of José Marques da Silva, Maria José Marques da Silva and David Moreira da Silva contain a new entry, dedicated to the design for the Martins Sarmento Society Headquarters building in Guimarães.

The texts, signed by Eduardo Fernandes and accompanied by a set of images, indicate the most important stages of the project, which José Marques da Silva was already beginning to think about at the end of the 19th century. In the 1930s, in a second phase of the building´s life, its enlargement was considered. These works, completed in 1967, with presidential honours at the opening ceremony, now involved the intervention of Maria José and David Moreira da Silva who, on the death of José Marques da Silva in 1947, took on the implementation and new authorship.
 

José Marques da Silva Gallery: Martins Sarmento Society Headquarters 1899 and 1934
Maria José and David Moreira da Silva Gallery: Design and completion of the building extension work

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7 September 2018
Maria José Marques da Silva on a visit to the Geira milestones

"Visit to the Geira milestones, September 44" is the handwritten note on the back of the photograph.

The seventh of that month and year marked exactly 30 years since the birth of Maria José Marques da Silva, photographed here with her father, José Marques da Silva, and her husband, David Moreira da Silva. And if the landmarks are a manifestation of the Roman presence in the Gerês National Park, the photographic image, beyond the moment that it preserves, carries to the present day the echo of the affinities which always united the lives of these three architects. It is to them that we owe the existence of the Marques da Silva Foundation.

 

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30 August 2018
Documentary memory of Rui Goes Ferreira at the Marques da Silva Foundation

Rui Goes Ferreira (1926-1978), from Madeira, graduated in Porto with the generation of Álvaro Siza and Alcino Soutinho, and returned to his island where he built several works of reference throughout the 1960s and 1970s, collaborating with architects of the continent such as Bartolomeu Costa Cabral and Manuel Vicente. His untimely death cut short his promising work (…)

André Tavares, “Rui Goes Ferreira: image of an interrupted work”, Crítical review
 
 

The career of Rui Goes Ferreira, precursor of modern architecture in the Madeira archipelago, along with Raúl Chorão Ramalho, reveals different fields of action and interest: Architecture, Urbanism, Art and Society. Through his studio passed names such as Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Manuel Vicente, Marcelo Costa, José António Paradela, José Zúquete and António Marques Miguel. Of the work carried out, highlights are the work in Funchal for the Federation of Pension Funds Economic Housing, several designs for individual and collective residential units, the monitoring of the Master Plan of the City of Funchal, coordinated by José Rafael Botelho, and the TEMPO Gallery of Decorative Arts cultural project, developed with the sculptor Amândio Sousa.

As noted by Madalena Vidigal, author of the dissertation, “Rui Goes Ferreira: Essays on an interrupted work. Madeira 1956-1978”), he took to Madeira the reflection of the architect´s social role. A work made by man for man who uses the landscape and the place as a cultural given to integrate into the final structure, humanising the architecture and drawing it on a natural scale.

The documentary memory of the work carried out in this architect´s studio - 20 years of activity, evidenced in more than 90 projects, dated between 1958 and 1978 - will become part of the constellation of architects´ collections represented at the Marques da Silva Foundation. From the sharing of the same training space, to the records that mark the uniqueness of his career, we will benefit from a context that encourages new studies and reflections on his way of thinking about and making architecture. Following the exhibition that recently took place at  Porta 33, the transfer of the collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation is underway. The donation formalisation session will soon be announced, as well as its availability for public consultation.

 

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25 August 2018
To travel, to run, to be constantly other

To paraphrase Pessoa, I also like "to travel, to run, to be constantly other". Besides that, as an Architect the quality of world construction is for me a permanent objective. (1988)

…I collect everything. Above all books of architecture and poetry, always connected with Pessoa. I am very interested in ancient architecture and still more in Greek architecture. My Dom Sebastião of architecture is Greek architecture. They are the gods who accompany me up there. I have a large collection of Portuguese statuary. I buy many things. I have a collection of classical books on architecture. Portuguese and French. There are many things of the past that I would still need to buy and many future things that I would like to see. (2002)


The fascination with Pessoa was crucial for Fernando Távora, his incessant collector. The recent transfer of the collection gathered together over a lifetime to the Marques da Silva Foundation has come to open new dimensions and meanings in the archive of this architect and teacher, who was born on 25 August 1923 and would have been 95 today.

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17 August 2018
Francisco Barata Fernandes (1950-2018)

He was born in Porto in 1950. He graduated in architecture from the Porto High School of Fine Arts in 1980, actively following the movement that, in that period, with the participation of professors and students, fought for the democratic management of the Architecture Course and for the reformulation of a course structure in line with citizenship and the autonomy of architecture. Motivated by the study of architecture of heritage value, by his experiences of urban renewal and theories of architectural intervention, he travelled to Italy on a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to do research on "The politics of urban development and the recovery of old centres".

He received his doctorate from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, with the thesis “Transformation and Permanence in Porto Housing – the form of the house in the shape of the city”, a dissertation co-supervised by Fernando Távora and Daniele Vitale, and a work of reference for the understanding of the urban shape of Porto based on theories of type-morphology, particularly of Italian origin. From 1980, teaching in the field of design was a constant activity. He lectured by invitation at foreign universities, and was a member of innumerable academic examination panels. As a Full Professor, he was Coordinator of the Study Profile – Architectural Heritage in the Doctoral Architecture Programme of FAUP.


He was President of the Board of FAUP and, at that time, was President of its Scientific Council. He developed research in the field of design and history relationships, being Coordinator of CEAU´s PACT line of research (Architectural Heritage of the City and Surroundings). He took part in conferences, seminars, colloquia. He is the author of a bibliography on the intersection of design, design methodology and heritage.
He was Coordinator of the USP/UP international partnership on "Architecture, Design and Representation: design methodologies in the teaching of Design".


He practised professionally while still a student in Fernando Távora´s office, later in association, firstly with Bernardo Ferrão, afterwards with Manuel Fernandes de Sá, and in his own office. He was co-author and author of numerous designs within house programmes and the renovation of existing buildings, highlights being the Massarelos Cooperative Project, Porto, (INH Prize 1996); Conservation and restoration project of the Castle of Santa Maria da Feira; Restoration Project of the Matriz de Vimioso Church; Renovation Project of the Páteo de S. Miguel, Évora; Design for the Praça da Cadeia da Relação and the Largo do Olival (Porto 2001); Design for the Rua do Almada (Porto 2001); and the Design of the Marginal de S. Paio Canidelo, Vila Nova de Gaia (Polis Programme).
He was, from the beginning, an active and committed member of the Marques da Silva Foundation´s General Council.

The passage, unexpectedly interrupted, which leaves a trace and an indelible memory of a life that brought together affection and joy, recognition and civic sense. The Marques da Silva Foundation pays tribute to the person, to the architect, to the teacher.
 

Caption to the image: 1975, movement for a new school, "grey proposal". On the right, profile of Francisco Barata between José Gigante (author of the comic record) in the background, and Fernando Távora.

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16 August 2018
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, in search of an operative look at heritage

On 16 August 1977, on the day he reached the age of 55, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras concluded the Report of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group, responsible for the study and inventory of the national architectural heritage in need of recovery. The team, supervised by this architect and made up of representatives from the Ministries of Public Works, Housing, Urban Planning and Construction, Commerce and Tourism and Secretary of State for Culture, also included the architects Manuel Fernandes de Sá and Nuno Guedes de Oliveira, as well as the designer J. Marcos.

The thoughts and solutions expressed in it reflected the result of approximately 5 months of work, about 150 cases inventoried in records specially designed for the purpose, where a smaller number of cases were highlighted, considering the proposed categories: Pousada/Tourism; Culture; Public Services; Social Services; Teaching; Protection of Property (as a monument)/Landscape.

Octávio Lixa Filgueiras concluded the Report in this way: (..) twenty years ago, the signatory was in charge of the "Regional Architecture Survey"; today he evokes with great longing the memory of Francisco Keil do Amaral to whom it would be a great honour to dedicate this broken lance at the sails of windmills...

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3 Auguste 2018
"Five fingers of a hand"
28 September, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 1830 hrs
European Heritage Days 2018
Raúl Hestnes Ferreira at Benfica School. Photo by Inês Soares, 2009

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira began the designs for the José Gomes Ferreira Secondary School in 1976. The way it is implanted on the land gives rise to the idea that the building was born from the architect placing his hand on a sheet of paper. More than 40 years later comes the memory of the design and its construction, the contribution to the effective urban renewal of the place and the many lives which have intersected in it and with it. On the occasion of the donation of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s professional archive to the Marques da Silva Foundation, the design for the Benfica School becomes a starting point for a homage to the architect and for a conversation, with a varied panel of speakers to be announced soon, on memory, architecture and the city.

"Five fingers of a hand", the conversation which will take place at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier on 28 September, starting at 1830 hrs, thus represents the participation of the Marques da Silva Foundation in the European Heritage Days which this year have the suggested theme of sharing memories.

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24 July 2018
The uniqueness of Fernando Távora´s Pessoa collection, recently received at the Marques da Silva Foundation, in the spotlight

Between the end of 2017 and April 2018,  the Fernando Távora collection, housed in this Institution since 2011, has been significantly extended with the incorporation of new sets of documents and, in particular, bibliographical material. 

Of the new registrations, numbering more than three thousand entries, a highlight is the collection brought together by the Architect Fernando Távora in relation to Fernando Pessoa and the Orpheus Generation. Now reunited with the existing collection and already treated, it contains an impressive set of manuscripts and typescripts by Fernando Pessoa, Mário Sá Carneiro, Alfredo Guisado and Ronald de Carvalho, among other names, with special relevance for the set of documents originally coming from the personal collection of Raúl Leal, most of them still unpublished.

The importance of this nucleus has been (re)discovered and recognised as a news item in the Observador, with the recently published article, Fernando Pessoa, the architect who met Pessoa ahead of time.

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18 July 2018
"Selected Writings, 1965-2015"
Already available, volume 3 in the collection Giorgio Grassi: opera omnia sic

This book represents the most complete anthology of texts by Giorgio Grassi, an architect irremediably critical of his time, which is also ours. It corresponds to a revised and augmented version in the original Italian, Scritti Scelti, 1965-1999: if, on the one hand, it gives notice of an extended chronology, with the inclusion of texts, some unpublished, after 1999, on the other hand it presents a new set of images directly related to the writing, framed by a testimony by the author expressly written for the current edition.

With a translation and introductory note by José Miguel Rodrigues, this publication is volume 3 in the collection Giorgio Grassi: opera omnia sic.

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11 July 2018
Collection of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira in the Marques da Silva Foundation

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira (1931-2018), a man of strong convictions, followed as an architect a unique and singular path. It suffices to mention the Albarraque house, the Beja Young People´s house, the Court and Library of Moita, the two houses of Queijas, the award-winning Avis Caixa Geral de Depósitos agency, the ISCTE facilities and the Faculty of Pharmacy Library of Lisbon University, some of his most iconic works, to understand his importance in the panorama of Contemporary Portuguese Architecture.

In the now dismantled workshop at Largo da Graça in Lisbon there was an impressive set of records documenting his uninterrupted Architecture practice over nearly 60 years, but also evidence of his student days and his teaching activity. With the exception of some pieces of furniture designed by him, donated to MUDE, and the monographs in his Architecture Library, donated to the Lusófona University, was this collection donated by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira´s heirs to the Marques da Silva Foundation. Already transferred to the Institution´s archive, it will now begin its technical treatment with a view to future public availability.

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06 July 2018
Carlos Carvalho Dias donates documentation relating to the Survey of Regional Portuguese Architecture to the Marques da Silva Foundation
Bóbeda, Chaves, manor house of Mr. Pinto, 1955

Carlos Carvalho Dias - one of the leading figures of the Survey of Regional Architecture in Portugal, as a member of the team responsible for the mapping of Zone 2, Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, headed by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and also including Arnaldo Araújo - has donated the records gathered together as part of the survey of that territory, created between 1955 and 1956, to the Marques da Silva Foundation. They are annotations, drawings, images and evidence which not only record a landscape in transformation, but also reveal the methodology followed in the field work.

The donation of this documentation includes the working models for the typesetting and printing of the book Memórias de Trás-os-Montes e Alto-Douro: nos 55 anos do "Inquérito à Arquitectura Regional Portuguesa" [Memories of Trás-os-Montes and Alto-Douro: 55 years after the Survey of Portuguese Regional Architecture].

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25 June 2018
Álvaro Cancela Meireles represented in the Foundation with academic works and the survey of the surroundings of the castle at Vila Nova de Cerveira

Two academic works, Fisherman´s House and Middle Class Dwelling, from 1963, created for Analytical Architecture, a discipline then taught by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, and a set of drawings with the survey of the surroundings of the Castle at Vila Nova de Cerveira, made while still a 6th year student on the ESBAP Architecture Course, but as a collaborator with Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, have been donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation.
 

This documentation has particular relevance in the context of this Foundation: the academic works are part of what came to be called Operation Matosinhos, and the survey´s intention was to study the possibility of integrating some of the houses surrounding the castle into its adaptation as a Pousada. The preliminary study was not taken up, and Alcino Soutinho later became the author of the final design.

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23 June 2018
João Marcelino Queiroz (1892-1982): architect and soldier

João Marcelino Queiroz was born in Porto on 23 June 1892. In 1911 he enrolled on the Preparatory Design Course at the Porto School of Fine Arts, later joining the Architecture course. During the First World War (1914-1918) he was mobilised and entered the Military College, having served at the Headquarters and in the Military Hospital. In 1926 he obtained his Architect´s diploma, after working for two years in the General Directorate of Buildings and Monuments of the North. In his atelier in the Rua de Santa Catarina, Captain Queiroz designed buildings, cinemas, cafés, shops, churches, schools, and a large number of dwellings. Above all for Porto, but also outside the city, he even received a commission for a sculpture in an improbable location. In Mondim de Basto, in the public garden now known as 9 April Square, can be found installed the Monument to the heroes of the Battle of the Lys, a work of his authorship, commissioned by Commander José de Carvalho Camões.

The monument and the garden purposely built to receive it were opened in 1930 and have since become an urban landmark. In 2018 this was one of the major locations for the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War in this district.

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22 June 2018
Architecture in discussion: the meeting "Invented City-Continuing City"

Yesterday, at the Bolhão Theatre, the architects had a voice. They talked about designing what has already been designed, but as a gesture which denounces the assertiveness of a present time and of an act which, between the understanding of the building and the reading of its history, is always, after all, about architecture. The cases discussed exemplified different typologies, conditioning, programmes and urban presence, exposing a complex universe of parameters and strategies which are posed before the opportunity of an intervention. The importance of discussion was also demonstrated, in particular at a moment of deep and rapid transformation which Porto is currently undergoing and where the competence and the thinking of the architect are determining agents.

This forum also represented the Marques da Silva Foundation´s aim of broadening its action, and its willingness to take part in the discussion on the big questions put to the architects, contributing to the production of knowledge which can be reflected in design practice.
 

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15 June 2018
INVENTED CITY-CONTINUING CITY
conserving . observing . designing
discussion meeting
Bolhão Theatre, 21 June, 0930-1030 hrs

“architecture will be useful when it throws onto heritage other lights and other shadows. When it initiates another representation which connects in another form all the dimensions of the temporality of memory – past, present and future –, when it allows us to celebrate a new representation of the Angel of History”
(I. Solà-Morales).

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12 June 2018
Drawings of Marques da Silva in the Laloux Atelier 1890-1896
South Garage of the CCB, Lisbon
Closes on 17 June

"More than a model, the Beaux Arts were a paradigm, a conception of the world, of artistic culture, of the profession, of the market, of patronage and criticism whose lineage went back to the Renaissance." (Joaquim Pinto Vieira)

17 June is the closing date of the first major display of the collection of drawings made in Paris by José Marques da Silva. Drawings of Marques da Silva in the Laloux Atelier 1890-1896 shows 62 drawings which reflect his architectural apprenticeship at the École des Beaux-Arts in a time that witnessed the great transformations devised by Haussmann, evoked in Paris Haussmann. Model of the city. These are the two architectural exhibitions which occupy the South Garage of the CCB and these are the last days for those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit them.

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 1000 to 1800 hrs.
The ticket price is 5.00. There is a 50% discount for students and those over 65. Entrance free for children under 18. The room leaflet is included with the ticket.


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8 June 2018
INVENTED CITY-CONTINUING CITY
conserving . observing . designing
Discussion Meeting

INVENTED CITY-CONTINUING CITY
conserving . observing . designing
Discussion Meeting
21 June, 0930-1730 hrs
Great Hall of the Bolhão Palace

 

The Marques da Silva Foundation is promoting the discussion meeting, Invented City-Continuing City: conserving.observing.designing, taking place on 21 June in the Great Hall of the Bolhão Palace, between 0930 and 1730 hrs. It is a meeting which, providing the presentation of a set of designs by the respective designers, seeks to initiate discussion and the questioning of the role of architecture and of the architect in the process of heritage reassessment taking place in the city of Porto, regarding the existing city and the values that contemporaneity can add to it. It is also an initiative which expresses the wish of the Marques da Silva Foundation to broaden its actions in support of architectural research, promoting the culture of the city and of the built heritage, the production and dissemination of knowledge in the discipline of architecture.

The programme is structured in two parts. During the morning, a first block groups together offices and equipment: building 156 in the Avenida dos Aliados, the “National” building, the "Alexandre Herculano High School" and the Bolhão Market. The second block, during the afternoon, groups together projects for residences and services, namely: the houses designed by Marques da Silva for the Rua D. João IV, a dwelling in the Rua Duque de Terceira e o Guindalense, the Urbana Bonjardim-Formosa-Sá da Bandeira units, and the “Palácio do Comércio” building.

Four observers - Domingos Tavares, João Paulo Providência, Manuel Mendes and Nuno Brandão Costa - will underline the most relevant aspects of the actions taking place, as well as moderate the discussion which closes each block. To precede the afternoon session, the architect José Gigante will present, in the form of a guided visit, the restoration project of the host location, the Bolhão Palace.
 

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.
 

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22 May 2018
South Garage exhibitions + Closing Discussion
Guided Visit with André Tavares
9 June (from Porto)

Registrations are open for a guided visit to the two exhibitions currently open to the public in the South Garage of the Cultural Centre of Belém in Lisbon, led by André Tavares, architecture programmer at the South Garage, architect and coordinator of Dafne Editora, and author of the monograph "In Granite. The architecture of Marques da Silva in Guimarães", published by the Marques da Silva Foundation.

The participants, as well as visiting Drawings by Marques da Silva in the Laloux Atelier 1890-1896, an exhibition which shows a set of drawings from the archive relating to José Marques da Silva´s training period in Paris, created between 1889 and 1896 as a student at the École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts and a disciple of Victor Laloux, the architect of the Gare d’Orsay, and the exhibition Paris Haussmann. Model of the City, which analyses and reveals the potential of the contemporary Parisian urban model in relation to the risks and challenges of the cities of tomorrow, there will also be the opportunity to hear the closing discussion, which begins at 1700 hrs, attended by the architects Eric Lapierre and Gonçalo Byrne, moderated by André Tavares.

Departing at 1000 hrs from Marquês do Pombal Square in Porto, there is an associated cost of 40 euros and a maximum of 30 participants. Registrations via fims@reit.up.pt, by 6 June.
 
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21 May 2018
Dialogues with Fernando Lanhas
International Museum Day at the Marques da Silva Foundation

Modern and from Porto, architect and man of Science, capable of acting in several spheres of a wide universe of interests, a pragmatic visionary, an artist with distinct and personal work, radically himself, with a relentless desire to know, a dreamer with eternal curiosity who, going beyond the visible and human dimension, never fails to return to the everyday and respond to the need to pass on knowledge.

These were some of the ideas expressed last Friday, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, by Luís Soares Carneiro, Manuel Marques and Lúcia Almeida Matos, first speakers at a session dedicated to the architect Fernando Lanhas, anticipating new and future activities to be promoted by Luís Viegas and Rui Américo Cardoso in the context of the donation of this architect´s professional collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation, announced by the President of the Foundation, Fátima Marinho.

A gesture of Fernando Lanhas´s heirs which was unanimously recognised by all participants, thus creating and promoting conditions for the study of and reflection on his architectural work, still waiting for sufficient examination for re-evaluation to take place. Work which Luís Soares Carneiro considers could be seen as a particular synthesis of a process of acculturation and domestication of the Modern, adjusted to the values of the time and place to which it belongs.

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18 May 2018
Newsletter #33 | May 2018

Dialogues with Fernando Lanhas, the conversation which will take place today at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier at 1800 hrs, with Luís Soares Carneiro, Manuel Marques and Lúcia Almeida Matos, moderated by Luís Viegas and Rui Américo Cardoso, is the highlight which opens Newsletter #33. Here are presented the initiatives relating to the month of May, but also anticipating other activities which will take place in June.
 

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17 May 2018
Guided Tour by André Tavares to the exhibitions at the South Garage (CCB)
poto by André Cepeda

For 9 June a guided tour is scheduled to the two exhibitions open at the South Garage, Drawings by Marques da Silva in the Laloux Atelier and Paris Haussmann, Model of the city, by André Tavares. The participants on the tour will also be able to hear the closing discussion in the exhibition Paris Haussmann, Model of the City, which will be attended by the architects Eric Lapierre and Gonçalo Byrne, moderated by André Tavares.


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5 May 2018
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15 Maio 2018
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12 May 2018
Activity and Management Report 2017

The Activities and Management Report for the year 2017 is now available for public consultation.

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8 May 2018
José Forjaz

José Forjaz was born in Coimbra and trained in Architecture at the Porto High School of Fine Arts. He has worked with Pancho Guedes, Fernando Mesquita, João Andresen, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Arnaldo Araújo, Conceição Siva, Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, Maurício de Vasconcelos and João José Tinoco. In 1968, he opened, in Swaziland, his first architectural workshop. From 1974, he adopted Mozambique as a privileged space of action. In this country he would also carry out governmental, representative and teaching functions. He has realised a vast range of architecture in several African countries. His professional activity also includes urban design, urbanism and regional planning.  As a teacher, speaker and author he has attained international recognition, in a career marked with multiple distinctions.

On 11 May at 1800 hrs he will be at the Marques da Silva Foundation for the launch of his book Forjaz • Pensar Arquitectura [José Forjaz • Think Architecture]
 

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7 May 2018
In conversation with Diogo Pimentel, Luiz Cunha, José Fernando Gonçalves and Paulo Providência, João de Almeida and Friar Bento Domingues

The architects who have created the exhibition in the Monastery of St Dominic (Alto dos Moinhos), which will be open for the next two months, have not repeated the past. They have opened new possibilities in the incarnation of the St Dominic project, in new forms and not only architectural. This inspires new architectures of life. (Friar Bento Domingues, "Architects and memory of the future", Jornal Público, 22 April 2018)
 

The conversation with Diogo Pimentel, Luiz Cunha, José Fernando Gonçalves and Paulo Providência, João de Almeida and Frei Bento Domingues will take place on Saturday 12 May at 1600 hrs, in the church of the Monastery of St Dominic (Alto dos Moinhos, Lisbon) and has as its theme the constructed works in Porto, Fátima, Ourém and Lisbon commissioned by the Dominicans.

A sharing of stories that is part of the parallel programme to the exhibition “Dominicanos. Arte e Arquitetura Portuguesa. Diálogos com a modernidade”, [Dominicans. Portuguese Art and Architecture. Dialogues with modernity], promoted by the Study Centre for Religious History of the Portuguese Catholic University and the St Thomas Aquinas Institute, with the Marques da Silva Foundation as one of the partner organisations.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 10 June. Entrance is free, with visiting times from Thursday to Sunday between 1600 and 1900 hrs.

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4 May 2018
Dialogues with Fernando Lanhas

Dialogues with Fernando Lanhas
With Luís Soares Carneiro, Manuel Marques and Bernardo Pinto de Almeida (to be confirmed)
Moderated by Luís Viegas and Rui Américo Cardoso
18 May - International Museums Day
1800 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

Dialogues with Fernando Lanhas,
the initiative which marks the participation of the Marques da Silva Foundation in International Museums Day, offers a first opportunity for reflection and discussion on this architect promoted by the institution, proposed and moderated by the Professors and Architects Luís Viegas and Rui Américo Cardoso, curators of the programme which is being prepared to mark the donation of his collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

The meeting brings together Architecture, Science and Art as pathways for dialogue, with an architect, Luís Soares Carneiro, a physicist, Manuel Marques, and an art critic, Bernardo Pinto de Almeida (still to be confirmed). They will be speaking in order to help us think about Fernando Lanhas, today.

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2 May 2018
José Forjaz • Pensar Arquitectura [José Forjaz • Think Architecture]
Forjaz House, Mabbane, Suazilândia

The experience, or political inexperience that characterised the first ten years of my return to Mozambique at the end of 1974, was an invaluable learning experience, both professionally and in terms of the importance of the ideological and political dimensions of the profession.

The range of responsibilities I took on demanded an openness to an overwhelming interest in the broader scope of the architect´s intervention, which impelled me into a practice which goes from graphic design, furniture, objects and buildings to the organisation of regional space, including urban design and planning, with the addition of landscaping.
(Translated by Gill Stoker)

José Forjaz • Pensar Arquitectura [José Forjaz • Think Architecture]
is a book which the author dedicates to his teachers, students and colleagues, a sharing of the evolution of a thought on the vast and integrating theme of the dedication of a life, the work of an architect, as an ongoing contribution to a common thinking.

With a presentation by Francisco Keil do Amaral and Elisiário Miranda, the launch takes place in Portugal on 11 May at the José Marques da Silva Residence Atelier.
 

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30 April 2018
The First of May 1974 and 1975 in the streets of Porto
Images by Alfredo Matos Ferreira

Porto: 1 May 1974 and 1975. Images recorded and later edited by Alfredo Matos Ferreira. A glance that shows us the collective euphoria of a moment of overflowing hope with the city as backdrop. A unique historical document which shows us another aspect of an architect who saw in SAAL´s actions the most rewarding experience of his long career.

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24 April 2018
José Forjaz • Think Architecture
Book launch

José Forjaz • Pensar Arquitectura [José Forjaz • Think Architecture]
Book launch
Presentation by Francisco Keil do Amaral and Elisiário Miranda
11 May, 1800 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
 

José Forjaz • Pensar Arquitectura [José Forjaz • Think Architecture] is an anthological collection of texts which, among reflections, declarations, contributions, thoughts and elegies, show the evolution of José Forjaz´s thinking, of his perspectives and perceptions. Forms of expression that the author, in his capacity as architect, has been maturing over the years, produced in the particularity of his return to Mozambique, in a post-colonial context, on a vast and integrating theme of a lifetime: Architecture. A book which claims to be “a contribution to a common thinking.”

The publication is a joint production by Caleidoscópio in Portugal and Kapikua in Mozambique. After the launch in Maputo, the launch in Portugal follows, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, in the presence of the author and with presentations by the architects Francisco Keil do Amaral and Elisiário Miranda. Opening the session will be the President of the Board of Directors of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Fátima Marinho. Jorge Ferreira will also be present, representing the publisher Caleidoscópio.

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23 April 2018
The visit to the Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira

If investigating from the reality was the motto of the publication Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, the guided visit gave all the participants a direct confrontation with the work of architecture. With each corner offering a different landscape and telling different stories, the force of a design was felt which was synonymous with life and emotions. We spoke of form and materials, from stone to concrete, from blue tiles to the slate of the benches, of the use of Colour and and Light, of the double game of opening to the city and enclosing a central space of cloistered inspiration. A stroll through the Market, punctuated by the interventions of Carlos Machado, José Bernardo Távora and Vincenzo Riso, to confirm the timelessness of the design, the need to preserve the memories which it draws together and to resolve the present-day problems in a fair compromise with a guaranteed future.

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23 April 2018
The book presentation session “Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira”
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

The Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, considered from the perspective of a didactic challenge, chosen object of study within the scope of the design discipline, with the purpose of guiding the students to compare hypothetical scenarios and solutions of intervention for the building. This is the starting point for a work of learning, research practice and synthesis which the book Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira sets out and communicates.

During the book presentation session - which is already available to view with free access in the repositorium of the University of Minhor – the pedagogical relevance of the exercise was highlighted, firmly anchored in the documentation held at the Marques da Silva Foundation, but also its sense of political and disciplinary opportunity.

The Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, a work designed by Fernando Távora in the 1950s, continues to mark the landscape which it is part of and to keep alive its aesthetic, architectural and urban value, values which confirm the genius of its creator and justify its classification as a Monument of Public Interest in 2012. The current study, in addition to the students´ proposals, includes the contributions of a panel of professors and authors invited to participate, constituting a combination of the three institutions involved, the Marques da Silva Foundation, the School of Architecture of the University of Minho, and the Santa Maria da Feira City Council, for the preparation of an application for international funds which will allow for the future validation of concrete redevelopment actions.

Participants in the session are Fátima Marinho, Jorge Correia, Gil Ferreira, Vincenzo Riso, José Bernardo Távora, Carlos Machado and Eduardo Fernandes.
 

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23 April 2018
A "virtual journey" through the Library of João Queiroz:
The book as a way of understanding the practice of architecture
World Book Day | 23 April

Some theoretical texts, a few, but above all monographs about architectures, residential buildings, urban and rural housing, on various typologies, cinemas, churches, theatres, garages, exhibition pavilions, gardens, cafes, bars and restaurants, decorative arts, furniture, sculpture, painting or stained glass, ceramics, blue tiles, forged iron, interior design, shop fronts, design objects, lamps and mirrors. There follow the technical books on metalwork and carpentry, generously filled with constructive details.

For the most part they are collections of loose prints, easy to handle, with photographs and drawings of works, actual or proposed, with designation of authorship where French culture predominates.

It is the Professional Library of João Queiroz, which he kept in his office. It follows very pragmatic objectives, of great operativity, exemplary, in the words of Alexandre Alves Costa, of the majority of libraries of many architects who did not travel, but whose study acquires particular relevance for deepening the understanding of current architecture practised in Porto, practically as far as the 1950s (in "João Queiroz, a quiet architect").

On World Book Day, FIMS is making available through its Virtual Bibliographical Catalogue the chance to discover 80 of the titles which make up the Professional Library of this Porto architect.

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20 April 2018
Visit to the Municipal Market of Feira with Carlos Machado and Vincenzo Riso

The visit to the Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira is tomorrow and will be led by the Professors and Architects Carlos Machado and Vincenzo Riso. It is the second part of the programme Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira.

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20 April 2018
Newsletter #32 | 20 April

On the day when the Municipal Market of Santa Maria de Feira is the subject under discussion, in a joint initiative of the Marques da SIlva Foundation, the University of Minho School of Architecture, and the City Council of Santa Maria da Feira, we present Newsletter #32. The month in focus is April, but we are already anticipating some of the activities taking place in May.

 

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18 April 2018
From Campanhã Station to S. Bento Station
The guided visit for the International Day of Monuments and Sites

(...) The train, arriving at São Bento, seemed to leave its lungs on the line; white, foam-like smoke flooded the platform; people surged through the doors in a hurry and suddenly broke their traveller´s ties and plunged into the city with their briefcases and parcels, ready to begin the urban day, to take a taxi, to recognise the family that stretches out its arms. (Agustina Bessa Luís, As Estações da Vida - Translated by Gill Stoker)


The visit with which the Marques da Silva Foundation, IP-Infraestruturas de Portugal and CP marked the International Day of Monuments and Sites, concluded at S. Bento, but had its beginning at Campanhã station, invoking other times and another city, also moulded and influenced by the rhythm imposed by the railway. We spoke of the construction of the Northern network and national investment, of the transformations that new technologies and cycles of life have imposed on the design of the land and on the influx of people who have operated in it or used it. We mentioned lines which had closed and which had gained new life with new projects and functions.

And it was a generous light which welcomed the group, on leaving the train at S. Bento station, according to the wish of the one who designed it. A time to speak about José Marques da Silva -  the architect, the man shaped and qualified by his experience in France - and of the design, a sign of modernity and in keeping with the desire for monumentality in the city. A story marked by multiple developments, whose meaning is discovered in the plans which preceded the design and construction, with a final reference to the blue tile panels which, as Agustina Bessa Luís states, "recite a whole poem".

The visit was led by Domingos Tavares, Paula Azevedo, Fernando Pereira, Ana Sousa and Luís Lopes.

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16 April 2018
Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira
Book presentation and discussion
20 April, 1800 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira
Book presentation and discussion
Fátima Marinho, Jorge Correia, Gil Ferreira, Vincenzo Riso, José Bernardo Távora, Carlos Machado and Eduardo Fernandes.
20 April, 1800 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

The Feira market is a work which is “tenser and for that reason too meaningful in our transitioning modern architecture for critical rationalism. A tension which comes from the dialectic between integration and rupture, between internal space (which is external and semi-external) and site; between movement and pause; between new technology and common construction; these terms – and others – always being assumed as opposites but resolved in simple ways. A work which transcends the Portuguese panorama to rank among the first works of European architecture of the 1950s” (Nuno Portas, in “Preface to the 1982 edition” of Fernando Távora´s book, Da Organização do Espaço - translated by Gill Stoker)


The Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, which Fernando Távora began to design in 1953, will be the focus of discussion in the 20 April session, in the Residence-Atelier. It is the first initiative in a set of three, based on the project led by Vincenzo Riso, Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, with a group of students on the Architecture Course at the University of Minho and, with the presentation of the results of the project transformed into a book, the proposal is to discuss possible and fundamental ways to approach the work and its renewal, both architecturally and functionally. A discussion which, centred on a concrete case study, seeks to reflect on pathways and methodologies of approach to the question of the preservation of Modern architectural heritage today.

The session will be attended by the Foundation´s President of the Board of Directors, Fátima Marinho, Jorge Correia representing EAUM, and Gil Ferreira, Councillor for Culture on the City Council of Santa Maria da Feira. The discussion will be attended by Vincenzo Riso, coordinator of the study and of the publishing project, José Bernardo Távora and Carlso Machado, two of the authors represented in it, and Eduardo Fernandes.

We wish to confirm that the visit to the Market, scheduled for the morning of 21 April, is already fully booked, though we are able to accept registrations for the waiting list.

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

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16 April 2018
Remembering Manuel Teles

Fifty years have passed since the first drawing for the Aleixo affordable housing project. At the heart of the programme guidelines set out by Porto City Council was the order for the construction of 320 social housing units. Complying with the dictates of the Auzelle Plan, it aimed to respond to the need to resettle disadvantaged people, in particular those who lived in very unsanitary conditions in the Barredo-Ribeira area.

Its author was Manuel Teles, with a design in which Alexandre Alves Costa also collaborated. He presupposed the construction of tower blocks, thereby marking a paradigm shift in the model adopted for residential architecture of a social character in Porto. Construction began in 1971 and the first towers were finished in 1973. The design was innovative because it combined two typologies, that of the high-rise building (a box with stairs and lift) with the gallery building (since the access to the apartments was via a gallery which led to a central hall which illuminated and ventilated those galleries). The construction of the Social Centre and the Day Centre was still to be completed. The impact of the social and economic transformations which the city went through, after 1974, the dilapidation of buildings, the overcharging of the resident populations and new political situations would lead to the decision to demolish, a process begun with the implosion, between 2011 and 2013, of two of the five towers and of the Arrábida School, which made up the neighbourhood. The dispute which then arose led to the suspension of the plan which was due to be implemented, keeping its future undecided, but also demonstrated, as stated by Ana Lima, the residents´ appreciation of their space and their creative ways of appropriating it.

The work developed by Manuel Teles extends from the north to the south of the country, with a particular focus on Barcelos, Mira, Cantanhede, Coimbra and Porto. His design work ranged from large public facilities to single-family homes, through to plans for urban renewal. He taught at ESBAP, and later in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. He was born on 16 April 1936.

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14 April 2018
Rui Goes Ferreira. Image of an interrupted work
Close of the exhibition
Guided Tours by Madalena Vidigal

Rui Goes Ferreira. Image of an interrupted work
Close of the exhibition
Guided tours by Madalena Vidigal

The exhibition “Rui Goes Ferreira. Image of An Interrupted Work” closes today, with guided tours by the curator, Madalena Vidigal, at 1600 hrs and at 1800 hrs.

Taking place at Porta33 (Funchal), it was motivated by the donation agreement of the collection of Rui Goes Ferreira to the Marques da Silva Foundation and took its shape from the research work of Madalena Vidigal, as part of her masters thesis in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. It features photographs by Duarte Belo and was realised with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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13 April 2018
International Day of Monuments and Sites 2018
Visit to the railway stations of Porto: from Campanhã to S. Bento
18 April, 1000-1200 hrs

Visit to the railway stations of Porto: from Campanhã to S. Bento
International Day of Monuments and Sites 2018

In the company of: Architect Domingos Tavares (FIMS); Architect Paula Azevedo and Engineer Fernando Pereira (IP-Infraestruturas de Portugal); Dr Ana Sousa and Dr Luís Lopes (CP Historical Archive)

Meeting point: 1000 hrs, Campanhã Station (Customer Information Office)
 

"The contrast that comes when you leave the darkness of a tunnel and enter an enclosed space where the light floods in must be an intensely true sensation. The whole conception of the project rested on this incontestable truth." (José Marques da Silva, Descriptive and explanatory note on the Design for the Central Station of S. Bento in Porto, [1900])


The programme opens with a guided visit to the station of Campanhã, followed by a connecting rail journey to S. Bento, and ends with a guided visit to S. Bento Station. An opportunity to talk about the Northern line and Porto´ s railway network, about the equipment, about the designs, about the architect and also about Jorge Colaço on the subject of the blue tile panels which line the entrance hall of S. Bento.


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12 April 2018
"Dominicans. Portuguese Art and Architecture. Dialogues with Modernism"
Exhibition, Guided tours, Conference
14 April to 10 June 2018
Monastery of St Dominic (Alto de Moinhos, Lisbon)


DOMINICANS. PORTUGUESE ART AND ARCHITECTURE. DIALOGUES WITH MODERNISM

Exhibition
14 April to 10 June
Monastery of St Dominic (Alto dos Moinhos, Lisbon)
Guided tours: 28 April, 26 May and 9 June
Conference: 12 May
 
In 2018 the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) celebrates the 800th anniversary of the opening of its first monastery in Portugal. To commemorate this date, the exhibition “Dominicans. Portuguese Art and Architecture. Dialogues with modernism”, curated by the Architects João Alves da Cunha, João Luís Marques, Paulo Miranda and Pedro Castro Cruz, will open next Saturday, 14 April at 1600 hrs, in the Monastery of São Domingos (Alto dos Moinhos, Lisbon).
 
Open to the public until 10 June, the exhibition, which is supported by the  Marques da Silva Foundation, highlights the contribution of the Dominican order to the renovation of sacred art and religious architecture of the 20th century, making known churches and monasteries built in Porto, Fátima, Ourém and Lisbon. Designs and plans which reflect avenues of approach to modern art and architecture – as witnessed by models, drawings, photographs, works of art and texts by various authors which are brought together in it, such as the architects Eduardo Raul da Silva Martins, Manuel da Silva Passos Júnior, Fernando Peres, Fernando Távora (with the design for the Civic Centre of Marechal Gomes da Costa, in Porto, and the draft design for the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Fátima), Luiz Cunha, Diogo Lino Pimentel, José Fernando Gonçalves, Paulo Providência and the plastic artists Ricardo Leone, Mário Costa, Maria Luísa Marinho Leite, José Grade, Maria do Carmo d’Orey with Manuel Costa Cabral, José Espiga Pinto, Isolda Norton, Georges Serraz and Ferdinand Gehr.
 
The exhibition programme includes guided tours to the exhibition and monastery, on 28 April, 26 May and 9 June, by the curators Paulo Miranda, João Alves da Cunha and João Luís Marques, respectively. There will also be a conference devoted to the theme of the exhibition, on 12 May. All of these activities will begin at 1600 hrs.

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12 April 2018
16th University of Porto Show
12 to 15 April
ICBAS/FFUP

Beginning today, on the premises of ICBAS/FFUP, the 16th UP Show, including new elements in several areas.

The UP Show offers a unique opportunity for the public in general and students in particular to gain detailed knowledge of the training offered by the University of Porto.

The Marques da Silva Foundation in line with tradition is taking part in this initiative, making available a set of its own publications which can be acquired at a reduced price.

With free entrance, the Show takes place on Thursday and Friday from 1000 to 1900 hrs, Saturday from 1100 to 2000 hrs, and Sunday from 1100 to 1900 hrs.

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11 April 2018
Opening of the exhibition "The Universalists: 50 years of Portuguese architecture"
Guided tour and discussion "Portugal, another universalism"
13 April, 2100 hrs
Exhibition Hall of the Casa da Arquitectura

The exhibition "The Universalists: 50 years of Portuguese architecture", a reprise of the exhibition presented at the Cité de l´Architecture et du Patrimoine in 2016, on the occasion of the celebration of 50 years of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundations presence in Paris, will now be given in Portugal, in the Exhibition Hall of the Casa da Arquitectura. This initiative, which is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation, is scheduled to open on 13 April and the moment will be marked with a guided tour by the curator, the architect Nuno Grande, followed by the discussion "Portugal, another universalism", moderated by Nuno Grande, contributions from Eduardo Lourenço, and the participation of the architects Alexandre Alves Costa and João Belo Rodeia.

It is a proposed interpretation of the thinking and production of Portuguese architecture of the last 50 years.  Fernando Távora and Alcino Soutinho, architects whose documentary archives are held by the Marques da Silva Foundation, are two of the names referenced in an overview of the works of key architects. In addition to Fernando Távora and Alcino Soutinho are represented Alberto Pessoa, Ruy d’Athouguia, Manuel Tainha, Pancho Guedes, Nuno Teotónio Pereira, Nuno Portas, José Carlos Loureiro, Álvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Manuel Graça Dias; and also some of the most promising Portuguese architects of the last few decades, such as Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus, ARX Portugal, Paulo David, Paula Santos, João Mendes Ribeiro, Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos.

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3 April 2018
Guided visit to the Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira
With Carlos Machado and Vincenzo Riso
21 April (Saturday), 1030 hrs
Registration in progress

Several structures of a protective nature are distributed to form a courtyard. Not just a place for the exchange of things, but for the exchange of ideas, an invitation for people to gather together.
An austere language, under the tutelary protection of the Castle. On the subject of this building, Aldo Van Eyck, at the Otterlo Congress, suggested that the current notion of space and time should be replaced by the more vital concept of place and occasion.
(Fernando Távora, 1980)

The visit to the Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, in the company of the Professors and Architects Carlos Machado and Vincenzo Riso, as part of the programme Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, is scheduled for 21 April, beginning at 1030 hrs.

Open to a maximum of 30 participants, free of charge, but with prior registration by email to: fims@reit.up.pt or by telephone: 225518557.
 
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29 March 2018
The representation of the Martyrdom in the José Marques da Silva collection of paintings

This small painting of the prefiguration of the Martyrdom and the symbolic representation of Heavenly Jerusalem in the background, probably dating from the late 17th century, belongs to the José Marques da Silva collection of paintings.

With this image we remember the time of year as shown in the calendar

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27 March 2018
World Theatre Day
José Marques da Silva, Apolo Theatre - Brejoeira Palace (built), Monção, 1912

"Be they ancient or modern, it is in the empty building, where we enter suddenly, where we allow ourselves to penetrate that singular empty space and the silence of the place, where we can gain a true idea of the theatre (…)." (Louis Jouvet)

Image: José Marques da Silva, Apollo Theatre - Brejoeira Palace (built), Monção, 1912

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20 March 2018
Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira
20 and 21 April 2018
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, Market of Santa Maria da Feira
Photo by Vincenzo Riso

Reclaiming the use of Fernando Távora´s Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira is the title of the publication which, taking the Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira, designed by Fernando Távora, as a case study, makes known the results of research work developed by a group of fifth year students on the Integrated Masters course at the School of Architecture, Minho University, under the direction of Professor Vincenzo Riso.

The work, framed by a programmatic line which aims to promote reflection on the architectural heritage of the 20th century and the issues raised for its contemporary preservation, has brought about the collaboration of a group of architects and teachers - José Bernardo Távora, Carlos Machado, Isabel Valente and José Luís Pita - who give their testimony in this publication, which also contains Álvaro Siza´s perspective on the work of Fernando Távora.

The relevance of the issues raised and the opportunity to rethink this work, designed in 1953, classified as a monument of public interest, practically 60 years after its construction, has brought together the Marques da Silva Foundation, the School of Architecture of Minho University and the City Council of Santa Maria da Feira in the drawing up of a programme which includes a book launch, on 20 April, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, a guided tour of the Market on the morning of the following day, and a third session, date to be advised, in Guimarães, at the School of Architecture, for a discussion forum on the pedagogical value of the architectural work of Fernando Távora.

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19 March 2018
Art and Space Programme
Continuing Education Courses

The Marques da Silva Foundation and the UP Faculty of Fine Arts will be organising the ART and SPACE Programme, an educational offer centred on the dissemination of knowledge and skills in the areas of intervention of each institution, directed towards specialists and those interested in the areas of painting, architecture, drawing and illustration.

The programme, scientifically coordinated by Rui Vitorino dos Santos and guided by FBAUP specialists, begins with the Course “Illustration and Space”. With classes on Saturday mornings, it takes place from 7 April to 14 July, in a total of 12 daytime sessions: 0930-1230 hrs.

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15 March 2018
Dominicans
Portuguese Art and Architecture
Dialogues with Modernism


Opening on 14 April at the Monastery of St Dominic (Alto dos Moinhos, Lisbon) will be the exhibition "Dominicans. Portuguese Art and Architecture. Dialogues with Modernism". The initiative is part of the programme proposed by the Centre for the Study of Religious History, Portuguese Catholic University, and the Institute of St Thomas Aquinas, to mark the passage of 800 years since the opening in Portugal of the first monastery of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and seeks to highlight the Dominican order´s contribution to the renovation of sacred art and architecture in the 20th century.

In this approach to modernism, the exhibition makes known churches and monasteries built in Porto, Fátima, Ourém and Lisbon, drawing together models, drawings, photographs and works of art coming from various archives and institutions, including the Marques da Silva Foundation, with documentation relating to two designs by the Architect Fernando Távora: the Marshal Gomes da Costa Civic Centre, developed during an early stage in his career while still an employee of Porto City Council; and the draft design for the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fátima, developed in 1962, but which would not be realised.

The exhibition will be open to the public until 10 June 2018.

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14 March 2018
Renovation of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier:
Delivery of the honourable mention in the João Almada Prize (17th)

The Architect Miguel Ribeiro received yesterday, on behalf of Atelier 15, authors of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier renovation project, and of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the honourable mention awarded as part of the 17th João Almada Prize.

The ceremony took place yesterday, in the lobby of the City Hall, following the opening of the exhibition which brings together the set of this year´s winning designs, alongside the display of examples from the Bank of Materials belonging to Porto City Council. The exhibition remains open to the public until May.
 

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7 March 2018
"Drawings of Marques da Silva in the Laloux atelier 1890-1896"
In the South Garage of the CCB, until 17 June

Beginning yesterday, in the South Garage of the Belém Cultural Centre, it is possible to view and enjoy a very significant display of drawings made by José Marques da Silva in Paris, as a pupil of Victor Laloux.

These drawings also allow us to reflect on and question the meaning and importance of this singular and probably unique collection in the country. Focusing on the period and subjects for which they were made, they are scholarly works which also encourage reflection on the learning of the architect´s craft today.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 17 June.

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5 March 2018
Newsletter #31 | March 2018

The Foundation is counting down to the exhibition Drawings of Marques da Silva in the Laloux atelier 1890-1896, opening tomorrow at 1900 hrs in the South Garage of the CCB, simultaneously with the opening of the Paris Haussmann exhibition, but still has time to launch Newsletter #31 for the month of March.

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2 March 2018
Drawings of Marques da Silva in the Laloux Atelier 1890-1896
Opens on 6 March, 1900 hrs
South Garage of the Belém Cultural Centre

As a pupil of the school, Marques da Silva attended the theory courses given by teachers such as Édmond Guillaume, Julien Guadet, Marcel Lambert, Paul Monduit, Lucien Magne, A. Ancelet and Eugène Boudin. As a pupil under the guidance of Victor Laloux, he had the opportunity to be part of an international community of young men aspiring to be architects, the leading names including Charles Lemaresquier, Jalabert, Charles Butler, Paul Norman, and also his fellow-countryman Miguel Ventura Terra.

From this period of training in Paris, the Marques da Silva Foundation holds an exceptional and significant set of items comprising 68 architectural drawings and 10 drawings of models and ornaments, signed by Marques da Silva as an élève de Mr. Laloux. Forty-four statements and two descriptive memoranda on academic designs, as well as other related documents, complement this documentation and allow us to clarify the contexts of their creation, giving a chronological and curricular coherence to the programme and the scale of the project.

In the exhibition opening on 6 March at 1900 hrs in the South Garage of CCB, the greater majority of this documentary collection, 62 academic drawings, will be on display for the first time.

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1 march 2018
Friendships and distances:
on the 90th anniversary of the birth of Alfredo Matos Ferreira

The photograph, probably taken by Luís Botelho Dias, was offered to the Marques da Silva Foundation by António Menéres. In it are pictured Alberto Neves, Alfredo Matos Ferreira and António Menéres himself. It captures, at the start of the 1950s, a moment of relaxation, in Marão, during one of the many trips he took to Urros, the location of Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s parents´ house. They were the architects of Room 35, a group which also included Álvaro Siza.

Today, Alfredo Matos Ferreira, whose work was recently evoked in three expository moments and two publications, "Memória" and "Construir um paraíso perdido" [Building a lost paradise], would have been 90 years old. He was born on 1 March 1928.

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28 February 2018
José Marques da Silva in Paris

On 10 December 1896, José Marques da Silva (1869-1947) completed his training as an architect at the École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts. He arrived in Paris in 1889, the year of the Centenary celebrations of the Storming of the Bastille, and of the Universal Exhibition which chose Gustave Eiffel´s Tower and Ferdinand Dutert´s Machine Gallery as referential symbols of progress and topicality. After a short time in Joseph-Charles Peigney´s atelier and with his success in the competition for admission to the category of élève definitif of the Architecture Section, he entered Victor Laloux´s recently established atelier, where he stayed until he obtained his diploma, with a design for Une Gare Central.

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20 February 2018
Drawings by Marques da Silva in the Laloux Atelier 1890-1896
6 March to 17 June
South Garage, Belém Cultural Centre

The Marques da Silva Foundation, in co-production with the Belém Cultural Centre, on 6 March at 1900 hrs will open the exhibition Drawings by Marques da Silva in the Laloux Atelier 1890-1896, in the South Garage of the Belém Cultural Centre. The exhibition, part of the Archive series, presents for the first time a very significant and comprehensive sample of the academic works produced by José Marques da Silva during his training in Paris.
 
Not having been on a State bursary, unlike architects such as Ventura Terra and Adães Bermudes, the drawings remained in his possession and are now part of this Foundation´s archive. In 2010, this set of documents, consisting of 78 drawings, as well as various other documentation, was the object of a detailed study by the architect Clara Veiga Vieira, set out in her Masters dissertation presented at FLUP, O percurso formativo de José Marques da Silva na École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts (1890-1896), and of a wide-ranging restoration process carried out by Ana Freitas. Actions that would be essential in making this exhibition viable, together with the collaboration of Joaquim Pinto Vieira and the exhibition design of Ivo Poças Martins.

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15 February 2018
Jorge Colaço - Understanding, Revealing and Preserving
Celebration, 150 years since the birth of Jorge Rey Colaço
26 February, 0930 hrs -1640 hrs
Sacavém Museum of Ceramics

Jorge Colaço - Understanding, Revealing and Preserving
Conference
Official opening of the Celebration Programme, 150 years since the birth of Jorge Rey Colaço
26 February, 0930 hrs - 1640 hrs, Sacavém Museum of Ceramics


Throughout 2018, in a programme which covers a varied series of activities, will be marked the passage of 150 years since the birth of Jorge Colaço (1868-1942), painter and caricaturist with a long career and numerous works, a highlight being his blue tile panels which cover the walls of the lobby of S. Bento Station in Porto, designed by José Marques da Silva. This is an initiative which brings together a wide group of organisations, including the Architect José Marques da Silva Foundation Institute, whose aim is to mark the anniversary and make known, in a comprehensive manner, the work of this artist.

The celebrations begin on 26 February, at the Sacavém Museum of Ceramics, with the Conference Jorge Colaço - Understanding, Revealing and Preserving. At this official opening, the Foundation will be represented by the Chair of the Governing Board, Fátima Marinho. Entrance is free, subject only to prior booking via dc@cm-loures.pt.

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12 February 2018
Raul Hestnes Ferrreira (1931-2018)

“He arrived at the Mediterranean via a long and winding route, from Porto to Finland, from the order of the Moderns to Kahn, to Rome, to the universality of the compositional order”. With the words of Alexandre Alves Costa we evoke the name of Raul Hestnes Ferreira, son of José Gomes Ferreira, the architect and professor to whom today we pay our homage.

Of his work, “between European timelessness and American classicism” (Alexandra Saraiva), it suffices to refer to the Albarraque house, the Beja Youth house, the Court and Library of Moita, the twin houses of Queijas, the award-winning Avis General Cash Deposit agency, the ISCTE installations and the Pharmacy Faculty Library at the University of Lisbon to see that he followed a unique and singular path, but also his importance and his indispensability for a reading of contemporary Portuguese Architecture.

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1 February 2018
The City´s Avenue: from abstract plan to real city
Texts by Andrew Saint and Elisabeth Essaïan
Barry Parker, detail for the frontages of the future Avenue, Garden City Collection, Letchworth

On 1 February 2016, in the lobby of the City Hall, the Marques da Silva Foundation and Porto City Council gave the starting signal for the programme about the construction of the Avenida da Cidade. Today, at 1900 hrs, that same space welcomes the launch of a guide dedicated to the Architecture of Porto. An occasion, then, to share two texts which reflect the content of two of the seminars which took place in the cycle "From abstract plan to real city" by Andrew Saint and Elisabeth Essaïan.

Andrew Saint´s text,  An English Architect - Planner in Oporto, seeks to respond to two questions: Who was Barry Parker and why was he invited to Porto, firstly as a consultant, then as author of a Plan for the future Avenida da Cidade.

Elisabeth Essaïan´s text, From bulvar to magistral. Crossed history of words and form in Russian and soviet urban design, addresses the way in which Moscow also seeks to reconvert, through the planning of the road network and the monumentalisation of its architecture.
 

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31 January 2018
Porto Architecture Guide 1942-2017
Launch
1 February, 1900 hrs, Porto City Hall

A A+A Books will launch tomorrow, 1 February, in Porto City Hall, the Porto Architecture Guide 1942-2017, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, the second volume of the collection Cities, begun in 2013 with the launch of the Lisbon Architecture Guide.

This publication, whose scientific editors are Michel Toussaint and João Paulo Rapagão, contains works by architects represented at the Marques da Silva Foundation, such as Fernando Távora, Alcino Soutinho, José Carlos Loureiro, Maria José Marques da Silva and David Moreira da Silva.
 
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30 January 2018
Alfredo Matos Ferreira.
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary
Final days

Alfredo Matos Ferreira.
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary

Exhibition Gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, UP

For those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit this retrospective exhibition of the work of Alfredo Matos Ferreira, it is still available until 2 February, between 0900 and 1900 hrs. Entrance is free.
 

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29 January 2018
The visit to Guimarães, with José Bernardo Távora and Miguel Frazão

The presence of Fernando Távora, Architect, in Guimarães, was the focal point of last Saturday´s visit. A journey between architecture and history, beginning in the Martins Sarmento Society – a building by Marques da Silva and the institution which currently contains the exhibition of Fernando Távora´s travel drawings, with photographs by Luís Ferreira Alves. A route which continued on to the interventions carried out in the spaces and squares of the historic centre and which offered the (re)discovery of the city itself, ending with the unique opportunity of a visit to the 16th century House in the Rua Nova, in the company of the person who took part in and followed its renovation.

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28 January 2018
David Moreira da Silva (1909-2002)

David Moreira da Silva was one of the first Portuguese architects to graduate in Urbanism - he entered the Porto High School of Fine Arts, completing the Civil Architecture course in 1929. He left for France and passed the entrance exam to the Paris High School of Fine Arts, also enrolling at the Institute of Urbanism of the University of Paris. In 1939 he completed the two courses, having been called upon to play an active part in the urban transformation of the country (continental, insular and colonial). He was a professor of EBAP, teaching as Chair of Urbanology between 1946 and 1962.


With Maria José Marques da Silva, whom he married in 1943, he set up a workshop which throughout practically 5 decades turned out a wide and varied production, from urban plans to architectural designs. In the city of Porto, highlights are buildings such as the headquarters of the Cooperative Society of Masons and the Palácio do Comércio, for Delfim Ferreira.

He was born on 28 January 1909.

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27 January 2018
RUI GOES FERREIRA
Images of an interrupted work
Opening of the Exhibition: 27 January, 1800 hrs
With Madalena Vidigal, Duarte Belo, André Tavares and Sergio Fernandez
Porta 33 (Funchal)

Opening today, 27 January, at Porta 33 (Funchal) is the exhibition "Rui Goes Ferreira, Images of an interrupted work", curated by Madalena Vidigal and with photographs by Duarte Belo.

To mark the opening will be a conversation which, in addition to the presence of the curator and the photographer, brings together André Tavares and Sergio Fernandez. The start time is scheduled for 1800 hrs.

This exhibition, motivated by the donation agreement of this collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation in Porto, and with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, brings together for the first time work that was interrupted and unprotected for more than 30 years and now has the possibility of incorporation into the debate on 20th century Portuguese architecture and in future studies and research.

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26 january 2018
Guided Tour to Guimarães
With José Bernardo Távora and Miguel Frazão

Guided Tour to Guimarães
With José Bernardo Távora and Miguel Frazão
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Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães-Távora revisited
Squares and spaces contributed to by Fernando Távora in Guimarães
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Takes place tomorrow, 27 January 2018, and is fully booked!

But for those who cannot accompany us, we are sharing the information leaflet

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22 January 2018
RUI GOES FERREIRA
Image of an interrupted work
curator: Madalena Vidigal
photography: Duarte Belo

exhibition
RUI GOES FERREIRA
Image of an interrupted work

curator: Madalena Vidigal
photography: Duarte Belo

opening:
Saturday 27 January 2018 (1800 hrs)
followed by a conversation with:
Madalena Vidigal, Duarte Belo
André Tavares and Sergio Fernandez
 

“The exhibition ‘Rui Goes Ferreira. Image of an Interrupted Work’, part of the responsibility for communicating a unique legacy in the context of 60s and 70s Architecture in the Madeira Archipelago. Promoted by Porta 33, it contains photographs by Duarte Belo and has taken shape from Madalena Vidigal´s research work.

This exhibition, motivated by the donation agreement of this collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation in Porto, and with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, brings together for the first time work which was interrupted and unprotected for more than 30 years and now has the possibility of incorporation into the debate on 20th century Portuguese architecture and in future studies and research.”

Rui Goes Ferreira (1926-1978) was born in Funchal on 8 November 1926. He graduated in architecture from the Porto School of Fine Arts, and was an intern in Januário Godinho´s workshop. He returned to Madeira in 1955, there developing an intense and varied activity, as a liberal professional, as a teacher, and as a promoter of cultural projects.

The exhibition, which will remain open to the public at Porta 33 (Rua do Quebra Costas, 33 – Funchal) until 31 March, combines photographs by Duarte Belo and elements of this architect´s collection, a precursor of modern architecture in the archipelago, which help us to understand his production and practice.

During the exhibition period, PORTA33 will organise initiatives designed for the general public, groups of tourists, the school community, children and families. The full programme can be viewed at www.porta33.com.
 
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19 january 2018
Launch of “Construir um paraíso perdido…” [Building a lost paradise …]

The book which narrates the design experience of Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza for Dr Américo Durão´s house, in Parede (Cascais), between 1961 and 1967, is already available. It was launched yesterday, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, in a session chaired by Fátima Marinho, the Foundation´s President. In addition to the author, Manuel Mendes, it was attended by Jorge Correia, a young architect who has been studying and analysing houses designed by Álvaro Siza between the 1950s and 1970s, and by José Ribeiro, representing Afrontamento editions, co-publishers with the Marques da Silva Foundation of this new publication.

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18 January 2018
Newsletter #30 | January 2018

We present today the first Newsletter of 2018 and all is ready at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier for the launch of the book which tells us about a "lost paradise ...". Fátima Marinho, Álvaro Siza, Jorge Correia, Manuel Mendes and José Ribeiro will be here. We hope that you will join us.

 

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16 January 2018
Guided tour to the exhibtion and to the historic centre of Guimarães
With José Bernardo Távora and Miguel Frazão
27 January (Saturday)
Leaving Porto at 0930 hrs
Fernando Távora, Rua Nova House, 1940

Guided tour
" Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães - Távora revisited"
and Historic Centre of Guimarães
With José Bernardo Távora and Miguel Frazão
27 January (Saturday)
Leaving Porto at 0930 hrs
 

Guided tour by the Architects José Bernardo Távora and Miguel Frazão of the drawing and photography exhibition " Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães - Távora revisited", open to the public at the Martins Sarmento Society, followed by a visit to the squares and spaces contributed to by Fernando Távora, passing through the Rua Nova House in Guimarães.

The visit requires a minimum number of 15 bookings and has a maximum capacity of 40 participants.

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12 January 2018
"Building a lost paradise ..."
Close of the exhibition and launch of the book
With Fátima Marinho, Álvaro Siza, Jorge Correia and Manuel Mendes
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 18 January, 1800 hrs

"Everything exposed or, perhaps better, almost everything, why so much fuss about a drawing put away in a drawer? and then something that had faded from people´s memories.. Today everything or, perhaps better, almost everything, has been said and written about the size of the figure, about the originality of the work and about the teaching of Álvaro Siza´s lesson. Simple – the design process of Dr Américo Durão´s House is a manifestation of an “architectural design” coming out of Porto, of which Siza is universal master and Matos Ferreira a practitioner working alongside him, but which owes to both of them the possibility of emerging work, that is to come. An “architectural design” which informs about that movement of resistance and experimentation undertaken, among others, by these officiators in the elevation of doing the very same thing which is architecture." (Manuel Mendes)
 

The research that has given shape to the exhibition “Building a lost paradise” / For a free home / Alfredo Matos Ferreira . Álvaro Siza / House, Parede, design, 1961‑67 / Unfolding a drawing experience / As a test site" will be presented in the form of a book, in a co-publication by the Marques da Silva Foundation, Edições Afrontamento and FAUP.  Its launch on 18 January in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier will mark the close of the installation-exhibition.

The session, after its opening by the Marques da Silva Foundation´s President, will have contributions from Jorge Correia and Manuel Mendes, author and curator, followed by a conversation with the participation of Álvaro Siza Vieira.

Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.
 
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11 January 2018
"Alfredo Matos Ferreira.
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary"
Guided tour by Manuel Mendes
FAUP, 13 January, 1500 hrs
Final bookings

“Alfredo Matos Ferreira
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary”
Guided tour of the exhibition, by Manuel Mendes
13 January, 1500 hrs
Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto
Final bookings


Taking place on Saturday 13 January will be a guided tour of the exhibition “Alfredo Matos Ferreira. On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary”, by Manuel Mendes, author and curator of the programme containing this third exhibition module, based on the architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s archive and its donation to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

It begins at 1500 hrs, in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto (Via Panorâmica Edgar Cardoso, 215), with advance booking required via email (fims@reit.up.pt) or by telephone (22 5518557).

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 2 February.
 
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10 January 2018
The second guided tour of "Building a lost paradise"

Yesterday, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, the second guided tour by Manuel Mendes took place of the exhibition which displays the design created in the 1960s by Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza for Américo Durão, in Parede (Cascais).

The book will be launched on 18 January!  More information on this event will be available soon.

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8 January 2018
Guided tour of the exhibition “Building a lost paradise” / For a free ‘home’ / Alfredo Matos Ferreira . Álvaro Siza / House, Parede, design, 1961‑67 / Unfolding a drawing experience / As a test site"
Last bookings

In anticipation of the book launch on 18 January, the last part of the programme before the exhibition closes, an opportunity to take part in tomorrow´s guided tour, on 9 January, by Manuel Mendes, author and curator of this project, as part of the donation of the architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s archive to FIMS.

It begins at 1830 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier (Marquês de Pombal Square, nº 44 - Porto), with advance booking available.
 
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02 January 2018
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Marques da Silva Foundation reopens its doors, after a brief interruption during the Christmas season, to welcome and wish everyone a Happy 2018!

While new projects are announced, we would like to remind you that until 18 January you can visit, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, the exhibition "Building a lost paradise ...", and, in the UP Faculty of Architecture, until 2 February, the exhibition "Alfredo Matos Ferreira. On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary". Registration is also open for the guided tours of 9 and 13 January respectively.

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21 December 2017
SEASON´S GREETINGS!

We wish to advise that the Marques da Silva Foundation will be closed between Christmas and New Year, reopening on 2 January 2018.

Happy Holidays!

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19 December 2017
The Porto Coliseum: contributions to a better understanding of the designs of José Porto and Cassiano Branco

Cassiano Branco, 1937                      José Porto, 1938                                                        Cassiano Branco, 1939
 

On 19 December 1941, thanks to the initiative of the Garantia insurance company, the city of Porto was celebrating the opening of its Coliseum.

The Marques da Silva Foundation, to mark the occasion, is today publishing a set of notes which explain in particular the designs of José Porto and Cassiano Branco.

Please note that the Marques da Silva Foundation has just restored a drawing by Cassiano Branco for the Porto Coliseum (signed by the author and dated 4 September 1939), offered by Alexandre Alves Costa, which is already available for consultation in the archive, and a digital copy of José Porto´s design for this same city location has been deposited on the IGAC.

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18 December 2018
The reflections of Vítor Silva on the subject of self-representation in Painting

A first question, perhaps excessive but necessary: what is the purpose of a self-portrait? How does it function? Standing in front of a self-portrait, and in particular, for example, that of Veloso Salgado, what is it that we see; what does it activate? What experience does it provoke?
 


"Notas sobre o retrato e a autorrepresentação do pintor"  [Notes on the portrait and the self-representation of the painter] is Vítor Silva´s reflection on self-representation, an examination which, through the questioning of the so-called self-portrait - a portrait for all intents and purposes - seeks to understand its possible meaning for the person who produces it and the ways in which it acts and operates on the person who observes it.

The text which is now being shared is a version of the communication given in the presentation session of the digital catalogue of the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Collection of Paintings, on 18 May 2017.
 

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15 December 2017
The uncovering of the Case of António da Silva at the Marques da Silva Foundation

"Suggested by the example of avant-garde architects and by changing fashions and models from outside, other intelligent designers, more attentive and established in the marketplace of property production, tried to match their own skills with the examples which they could gather together, discovering unexpected individual capabilities. The field was open to engineers of special vocation, or even to project managers, equally armed with their own scholarship, to compete in the market" (Domingos Tavares, Transformations in Porto architecture, p.75 [translated by Gill Stoker])
 

Raimundo Mendes da Silva and Domingos Tavares, engineer and architect, spoke on the transformation process in Porto in the transition to the 20th century in relation to the new book by Domingos Tavares, "Transformations in Porto architecture. The Case of António da Silva". A book written in the style of a "cinematographic script", which offers a knowledgeable uncovering of the mysterious year of 1897 and the significance of the architectural work of António da Silva, an engineer by training. The launch session took place in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, on 11 December.

This new publication is already available from commercial sources and from the Marques da Silva Foundation´s online shop.

 

 

 

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14 December 2017
"Alfredo Matos Ferreira
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary"
Video of the opening, an invitation to visit

Open to the public in the UP Faculty of Architecture Exhibition Gallery since last Monday is the exhibition "Alfredo Matos Ferreira. On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary".

The video made by TVU gives news of the opening with a short introduction to the exhibition by Manuel Mendes, the author of this project which contains a set of initiatives relating to the donation of the architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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14 December 2017
45 years since the opening of the headquarters building of the Guimarães Assembly
Opening, 14 December, 1800 hrs

Programme
45 years since the opening of the headquarters building of the Guimarães Assembly

Opening of the exhibition
Film screening
Conversation about the building

14 December,
1800 hrs

Today marks 45 years since the opening of the headquarters building of the Guimarães Assembly, designed by the architect Fernando Távora, in a ceremony then presided over by Azeredo Perdigão, in his role as President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

To commemorate the anniversary, a programme will be presented consisting of an exhibition alluding to the date, the showing of a short film about the opening days (previously recovered and edited from the 8mm format original), and a conversation about the building with the architects Alexandre Alves Costa, Maria Manuel Oliveira and Benedita Pinto, moderated by the architect Eduardo Fernandes.

The initiative has come from the partnership established between the Guimarães Assembly, the Muralha Association and the UM School of Architecture, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.

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12 December 2017
"Livros. O engenheiro que desenhava palacetes"
[Books. The engineer who designed mansions]
article by Sérgio C. Andrade

"O engenheiro que desenhava palacetes" [The engineer who designed mansions] is how Sérgio C. Andrade refers to António da Silva, in the article published today in the Jornal Público.

And it will be in the Residence-Atelier of an architect - José Marques da Silva - that this central figure in Domingos Tavares´s new book will be discussed tomorrow, at 1830 hrs, in a conversation between the author and Raimundo Mendes da Silva.

Entrance free!


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11 December 2017
"Alfredo Matos Ferreira
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary"
Opening today, at FAUP, at 1800 hrs

Opening today, in the Faculty of Architecture Exhibition Gallery, at 1800 hrs, the anthological exhibition “Alfredo Matos Ferreira. On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary”. Curated by Manuel Mendes, it will trace a route through more than fifty years dedicated to the practice of architecture, including records of the training and teaching experience of this architect, born in Lisbon in 1928, the son of António José Matos Ferreira, railway company doctor in Trás-os-Montes, and Berta Durão, painter, a disciple of Columbano, who died in Porto in 2015.

The exhibition, jointly organised by the Marques da Silva Foundation and the UP Faculty of Architecture, aims to give a deconstruction of “Memória” by Alfredo Matos Ferreira in order to show what “his archive contains regarding documentation of the period relating to the design process of each work”. The leaflet, which includes explanatory text, a biographical note and an exhibition guide, is already available for consultation.

It will remain open to the public until 2 February 2018 and can be visited from Monday to Friday between 0900 hrs and 1900 hrs. Entrance is free.

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11 December 2017
Newsletter #29 | December 2017

To begin a week marked by the opening of the third exhibition module dedicated to the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira, the launch of Domingos Tavares´s new book and the celebration of 45 years since the opening of the headquarters building of the Guimarães Assembly, we release Newsletter #29, relating to the month of December.
 

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7 December 2017
One more architect represented at the Marques da Silva Foundation
Alfredo Leal Machado (1904-1954)

Alfredo Duarte Leal Machado was born in Modelos, Paços de Ferreira, on 7 December 1904. In 1921 he joined the EBAP school preparatory course where he was a disciple of José Marques da Silva and where he completed the Architecture Course in 1932.
 

On the initiative of his heirs, he will be represented at the Marques da Silva Foundation through the donation of a set of photographs and the transfer of digital records relating to two academic works of 1926 and two architectural projects: the expansion and renovation of the Paços do Concelho building at Porto de Mós and a design for the Regentes Agricultural School of Coimbra. This documentation is available for consultation as of today, on the day on which the calendar marks another year since his birth.
 

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6 December 2017
"Alfredo Matos Ferreira
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary"
Exhibition Gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto
11 December 2017 to 2 February 2018

“The possible and perhaps only way is to systematise a set of knowledge that is situated, in the field of architecture, with the Vitruvian triad, in the functional and technical components – utilitas and firmitas – for, within the third aesthetic component – venustas – not analysable like the first two, to promote free, but conscious and solid research, in order to avoid emptiness and the ever-tempting emergence of new canons” (Alfredo Matos Ferreira, in Memória)

In "Alfredo Matos Ferreira. On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary" is an attempt to approach the whole of this architect´s work. Manuel Mendes, the curator of this exhibition programme, undertakes a deconstruction of what Alfredo Matos Ferreira shared as a personal reading of his work, showing what documentation his collection contains from the period relating to the design process of each work.

Opens on 11 December, in the FAUP Exhibition Gallery, at 1800 hrs. Entrance free.

About the images: Collective housing (1958), Rua Architect Marques da Silva, Porto; Garage (1961), Rua Visconde de Setúbal, Porto; Holiday Home (1962-2005), Barca d´Alva, Joanamigo Farmhouse; Pension Fund Headquarters (1973), Rua António Patrício, Porto; Lapa Hall (1974), Porto, Construction Registration, Phase 1; University of Aveiro, Department of Physics (1989), Aveiro; Holiday Home, Preliminary Study (2000), Barca d´Alva, Barca Farmhouse, Espigão da Raposa, model.

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5 December 2017
The case of António da Silva at the Marques da Silva Foundation
Conversation between Domingos Tavares and Raimundo Mendes da Silva
13 December, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 1830 hrs

António da Silva, a training engineer, designed houses which reflect and project themselves into the new architectural dimension of Porto in the transition into the 20th century.

Domingos Tavares´s new book unveils and proposes a new understanding of this figure and of the urban impact of the houses that he designed for a cultured, liberal and progressive bourgeoisie, in a period of creation of the modern city, in parallel with the affirmation and the action developed by other agents trained in the Architecture discipline.

The book´s launch event will include a meeting between the author, Domingos Tavares, architect and professor emeritus of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, and the engineer Raimundo Mendes da Silva, professor of the University of Coimbra and specialist in the renovation of buildings and the safeguarding of cultural heritage.

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2 December 2017
Congratulations!

On the day of the Architect José Carlos Loureiro´s birthday, we have retrieved the video made as part of the exhibition that took place in the Gallery of the UP Faculty of Architecture, which opened on 2 December 2015, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday.  In it he evokes, with his unique and passionate way of speaking about architecture, the story of the works then displayed: his house, the Parnaso and the Hotel D. Henrique.

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30 November 2017
"Alfredo Matos Ferreira
On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary"
Exhibition Gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto
11 December 2017 to 2 February 2018

"Alfredo Matos Ferreira. On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary" is the third exhibition module in the proposed programme for marking the donation of the collection of the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira to the Marques da Silva Foundation, in December 2016.

After "Terra d´Alva", highlighting the work developed in Urros and Barca d´Alva, and "Building a lost paradise / For a free house ...", the story of a design experience shared by Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza, the unrealised design of a house in Parede, with "Alfredo Matos Ferreira. On the condition of architecture as an expression and a sense of the ordinary", Manuel Mendes, researcher, designer and curator of this programme, proposes to present an "approach to the whole of the architect´s work", presenting a panorama of the constructed work, linked with core topics relating to the themes of school, training, teaching and architectural design.

The exhibition, a joint venture by the Marques da Silva Foundation and the Faculty of Architecture, with the collaboration of Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s family and CEAU -  ATPH group, Architecture section – name, vocation, language, opens on 11 December at 1800 hrs, and remains open to the public in the FAUP Exhibition Gallery until 2 February 2018.

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28 November 2017
The case of António da Silva at the Marques da Silva Foundation
Residence-Atelier, 13 December, 1830 hrs
With Domingos Tavares and Raimundo Mendes da Silva

The launch will take place at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier of Domingos Tavares´s new book, "Transformations in Porto Architecture. The case of António da Silva", a co-publication by Dafne Editora and CEAU (FAUP´s Study Centre for Architecture and Urbanism).

The presentation will be given by Raimundo Mendes da Silva, professor at the University of Coimbra and specialist in the renovation of buildings and preservation of cultural heritage.

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27 November 2017
Opening of "Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães - Távora Revisited"
Martins Sarmento Society
24 November

Eighty-eight travel drawings by Fernando Távora and nine photographs of works by this architect in Guimarães through the understanding and unique gaze of Luís Ferreira Alves. A "praise to drawing, eternal and magnificent form of understanding among people", a homage to the astuteness and knowledge of its author.

The exhibition, promoted by the Martins Sarmento Society, "Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães - Távora Revisited", opened on Friday 24 November, under the curatorship of José Bernardo Távora and with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, remaining open to the public until 28 January 2018, in this institution´s headquarters building, designed by José Marques da Silva, with later interventions by Maria José and David Moreira da Silva.

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27 November 2017
The first guided tour of "Building a Lost Paradise ..."

The first guided tour has taken place of the exhibition “Building a Lost Paradise …”. A set design proposed by Manuel Mendes for the Residence-Atelier which shows a design experience of two young men of Porto, Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza, for the bay of Cascais and which emphasises the relevance that this design would have had, if it had been realised at the time it was developed, in the early 1960s of the 20th century. An installation which also pays homage to the atmosphere in Porto at that time, with the meeting of the architects of Room 35 and the intersections established between the School, the city and Architecture. A call to attention, also, on the importance of studying the documentation.

The next visit will take place on 9 January 2018.
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24 November 2017
Newsletter #28 | November de 2017

Preceding the opening of the exhibition of Fernando Távora´s travel drawings, in Guimarães, the Newsletter for the month of November is published.

See Newsletter #28 | November 2017

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23 November 2017
"Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães - Távora revisited"
Opening on 24 November at 1800 hrs
Martins Sarmento Society (Guimarães)

Paraphrasing Pessoa I also like to “travel, run through countries, be constantly other”. Also, as an Architect, the quality of construction of the world is for me a permanent objective.
The drawings now on display are the result of journeys which took place from 1960 onwards. Here are objects and people of Cairo and Kyoto, of Philadelphia and Athens, of Bangkok and Congonhas, of Goa and Paris, people, objects and places of antiquity and of the present.
Drawing is a form of knowledge and communication.
The mountain or the chair, the city or the leaf from a tree, are known accurately through the drawing. It alone allows us to detect the nature, the structure, the soul of forms; it alone communicates them, interpreting them, critiquing them so often with humour.
And it is through drawing, still, that we Architects formalise and communicate our conception of the world.
Praise to the drawing, an eternal and magnificent form of understanding among people.

Porto, 19/20 / January / 88
Fernando Távora


Fernando Távora´s travel drawings, together with Luís Ferreira Alves´s photographs of works by Fernando Távora in Guimarães, will be on display in the exhibition opening tomorrow, 24 November, at 1800 hrs, at the Martins Sarmento Society in Guimarães.

From the set currently held at the Marques da Silva Foundation, José Bernardo Távora, curator of this exhibition project, has selected 88 drawings which cover the period from 1960 to 1997, records from around the world as a fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with ESBAP students or simply from the places where he happened to be.

The exhibition, an initiative of the Martins Sarmento Society, is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation.2017

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21 November 2017
Marques da Silva 2017 Seminars on Video
"The Memory of Order. Some Projects" by José Ignacio Linazasoro

Now available in Video recordings is the seminar given by José Ignacio Linazasoro, on 26 October, in the UP Faculty of Architecture, as part of the Marques da Silva Seminars.

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20 November 2017
Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães – Távora revisited
Exhibition of drawings and photographs
Martins Sarmento Society (Guimarães)
24 November 2017 to 28 January 2018

Luís Ferreira Alves                                                                           Fernando Távora
Guimarães, Casa da Covilhã                                                          Baalbek, Temple of Bacchus
November 2005                                                                               4 June 1960
 

On 24 November at 1800 hrs The Martins Sarmento Society will open the exhibition of drawings and photographs, "Journey to the travel drawings | Guimarães – Távora revisited". This is a revisit to the exhibition "Journey to travel drawing" by Fernando Távora, organised by the Quadrado Azul Gallery almost 30 years ago, which now appears with a new look, enlarged and linked with Luís Ferreira Alves´s photographs of works by Fernando Távora in Guimarães, curated by José Bernardo Távora.

On display will be 88 travel drawings by Fernando Távora, taken from a set of drawings currently held at the Marques da Silva Foundation, documenting journeys which took place between 1960 and 1997, with records, some of them unpublished, relating to trips to the United States, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, India, Turkey and Peru.

The exhibition can be visited until 28 January 2018, every day, excepting holidays, from 0930 to 1230 and from 1430 to 1730.

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20 November 2017
"Building a lost paradise (...)" | a tour through the exhibition with Manuel Mendes

The exhibition "Building a lost paradise / for a free home (...)" opened on 13 October, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. Accompanied by Manuel Mendes, responsible for the research, design and curation of this second exhibition module in the programme taking place around the donation to the Marques da Silva Foundation of Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s collection, the TVU team toured the installation. The recording made of the tour is now available in video form.

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16 November 2017
Building a lost paradise / For a free home
Guided tour by Manuel Mendes
25 November, 1500 hrs
Bookings are open

“A house was designed with Siza when we shared an office. / It was also not built. / The only one he collaborated on, that one is even more his than mine. / We didn´t understand what my uncle wanted. My uncle needed to get some sun on his back and wanted a high location ... The street goes past there, linking Lisbon and Cascais ... And we had designed it very low ... and everybody passes here and if a guy is there naked... / And he never said that. / We went to Lisbon, with this model and the drawing. He was in a hotel in Estoril. There was me, Siza, and his wife Tótó. And we came out of there completely shattered because we knew that none of it was going to happen." (Transcription of an extract from an interview with Alfredo Matos Ferreira relating to the design for the Home of Dr Américo Durão, Parede)

 

The first guided tour of the installation "Building a lost paradise / For a free house", currently available to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, is scheduled for Saturday 25 November, beginning at 1500 hrs.
 
Manuel Mendes, architect and professor at FAUP, responsible for the research, design and curation of this exhibition project, leads the tour. To take part, all you need to do is pre-register, by email - fims@reit.up.pt - or telephone 225518557. The minimum number of participants is 10 and the maximum is 25. Bookings can be made until 1500 hrs on the day before.

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15 Novembro 2017
Raymond Neutra: "Is there a future for Richard Neutra´s biorealism?"
Conference/Debate
17 November, 1430 hrs, Department of Philosophy Room at FLUP

Dr Raymond Neutra, son of the architect Richard Neutra, will give a seminar at FLUP as part of the project Autofocus Research Seminars on Architecture, Philosophy and Neurosciences, followed by a debate with  Sofia Miguens and Pedro Borges de Araújo.

The session is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation and begins at 1430 hrs, in the Department of Philosophy Room.

Entrance is free, but requires prior booking.
 

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14 November 2017
Porto Forum - Heritage, City, Architecture
Meeting/Debate
20-21 November, Soares dos Reis National Museum

On 20 and 21 November, as an initiative of the Heritage of Architecture, City and Territory research group from the FAUP Centre for the Study of Architecture and Urbanism, a Meeting/Debate will take place at the Soares dos Reis Museum, dedicated to the themes of Heritage, City and Architecture.

In this "Porto Forum | Heritage, City, Architecture", in five round tables which bring together a diverse panel of speakers, will be presented and debated applications of the Recommendation on Urban Historic Landscapes (UNESCO, 2011) to World Heritage cities, reflections on the Management of Assigned Heritage in Portugal and on Municipal Asset Protection Instruments, as well as examples of Interventions in Built Heritage in the city of Porto. The different round tables propose to extend the discussion to include researchers, municipal technicians, managers, professionals, students and all those interested in a constructive debate on the sustainable safeguarding of cities with significant heritage value, as is the case with Porto.

The Marques da Silva Foundation is one of the organisations supporting the initiative, which anticipates the presence of participants including Alexandre Alves Costa (CEAU-FAUP), Ana Roders (UT Eindhoven), Aníbal Costa (UA), Anton Capitel (ETSAM), Bruno Mengoli (ENSAPLV), Carolina Di Biase (Polimi), Clara Pimenta do Vale (CEAU-FAUP), Francisco Barata Fernandes (CEAU-FAUP), João Carlos dos Santos (DGPC), João Pedro Xavier (CEAU-FAUP), José Aguiar (FAUL-ICOMOS), Julia Rey (U. Sevilha), Lino Tavares Dias (CITCEM-CEAU), Maria Helena Barreiros (CML), Mariana Correia (ESG), Marion Harney (U. Bath), Nuno Valentim (CEAU-FAUP), Pedro Alarcão (CEAU-FAUP), Raimundo Mendes da Silva (UC), Ricardo Rodrigues (CMG), Rosário Machado (Rota do Românico), Rui Fernandes Póvoas (CEAU-FAUP), Sérgio Fernandez (CEAU-FAUP), Teresa Andresen and Teresa Cunha Ferreira (CEAU-FAUP).

Entrance is free (subject to room capacity).

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13 November 2017
Cycle of talks on "Building Views"
Session #1: 20 November, 18:30, Jofebar Showroom in Matosinhos

"Building Views", a book recently published by Circo de Ideias, traces the various developments, technical and architectural, of the minimalist window, making know around 20 projects recently carried out by Jofebar through more than three dozen original texts written by different national and international authors, including architects, critics, photographers, writers, business people and academics.

The coordinator of the editorial project, the architect Carlos Machado e Moura, is now preparing to organise a set of talks for the national and international presentation of the publication, each of the sessions being dedicated to different moments in the technical and architectural history of the window and with different guests attending.

The first session takes place on 20 November, in the Jofebar Showroom in Matosinhos (Rua D. Marcos da Cruz 1240, Perafita), starting at 1830 hrs. In this first session, dedicated to the architecture of Richard Neutra and his contribution to the development of the sliding frame, two of Richard Neutras sons will be present – the architect Dion Neutra and the doctor Raymond Richard Neutra – to talk to Eduardo Souto de Moura, whose work has incorporated much of Richard Neutras legacy and modern Californian architecture, adopting large window frames of an extensive sliding form, with the architectural critic Jorge Figueira and the books editor Carlos Machado e Moura.

It should also be noted that, in the analysis of the evolution of the sliding frame throughout the 20th century as shown in the book, the importance of the Casa Allen sliding frames is identified and emphasised. Indeed, already in this 1927 design, José Marques da Silva presents a solution of exterior sliding frames composed of three elements — doors and windows with wooden frames, metal security gates, and wooden shutters for shade — which slide into a cavity in the wall, remaining completely hidden once opened. This system, represented in the photographs which accompany this item, now referred to as pocket, was at the time very rare in exterior openings and the sliding frames themselves were still far from becoming a widely used solution.
 

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9 November 2017
Cultural journey remembers L´Arche with an adventure through the world of Sacred Art
Highlighting the Church of Our Lady of the Conception and the Eucharistic Sanctuary of Penha

"In examining the design one clearly comes face to face with a notable architect, feeling however that this architecture is not the kind which can correspond with our vision of Portuguese and Northern styles more legitimately influenced by the examples of Romanesque art scattered around the north of the country, than by the tradition of an architecture which appears nationally alien. In the constituent elements of the design, the Arabic art of the monuments of southern Spain dominates entirely, not in its immediate transcription, but in the substantial characteristics of its expression." (Opinion of the Municipal Commission of  Art and Archaeology, with José Marques da Silva as rapporteur, on Paul Bellot´s initial design for the Church of Our Lady of the Conception, written on 16 February 1939. Source: AHMP, Licence no. 251, 1942)


"I would like to do something proper and appropriate, expressive and modern. It would need to be a building of particular character, very particular to the situation which it occupies and very special so that it could be visited with equal interest by someone who drags themselves up to the top of the Penha mountain and those who will admire and marvel at Nature, rather a strange Nature." (Handwritten letter of 11 May 1930, addressed to the
Irmandade da Penha [Penha Brotherhood])



The municipal cycle of Cultural Journeys will begin tomorrow, 10 November, a trip which has as its motto the movements of renewal in Sacred Art that emerged at the start of the 20th century, among them the L´Arche group of artists. The journey, conducted by the architect Domingas Vasconcelos, begins in the Church of Our Lady of the Conception - designed from 1937 by the architect and Benedictine monk Dom Paul Bellot (1876-1944) and opened in 1947.

It will end in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, also located in the Marquês de Pombal Square, to look at the Eucharistic Sanctuary of Penha (Guimarães), designed by the architect José Marques da Silva (1869-1947) from 1930 and opened in 1948.

The L´Arche group was founded in Paris in 1917 by the French painter Valentine Reyre (1889-1943) and the Belgian architect Maurice Storez (1875-1959). Other artists who belonged to the group included Sabine Desvallières, the goldsmith Luc Chanel, the architects Jacques Droz, Maurice Brissart and Dom Paul Bellot, as well as the sculptors Fernand Py and Henri Charlier. Its purpose was to realise a Christian art worthy of its name, purged of academicisms and sentimentalist reveries.

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6 November 2017
Alcino Soutinho: between the sea and the poetry of Sophia
An evocation on the day of his birth

Quando eu morrer voltarei para buscar
Os instantes que não vivi junto do mar
De todos os cantos do mundo
Amo com um amor mais forte e mais profundo
Aquela praia extasiada e nua
Onde me uni ao mar, ao vento e à lua.


When I die I´ll come back to find
The moments I did not live by the sea
From all the corners of the world
I love with a stronger and deeper love
That ecstatic and naked beach
Where I united with the sea, the wind and the moon.

(translated by Gill Stoker)

 

The sea and the poetry of Sophia were a constant in the life of Alcino Soutinho. Architect, painter, designer, born on 6 November 1930.

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31 October 2017
"Building a lost paradise ..."
Guided Tour by Manuel Mendes
25 November (Saturday), 1500 hrs
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

The house of Dr Américo Durão (Parede, 1961-67) is an unrealised design by Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza Vieira, a design experience until now unpublished. "Building a lost paradise ..." aims to show the different stages of the project, deconstructing the affinities and contrasts of two architects who were at that time sharing a studio.

The work in question brings out useful information for the understanding of the career of each of its two authors, simultaneously constituting an operative moment in the criticism of the abstraction of the Modern Movement and going beyond the resonances of the Survey on Portuguese Popular Architecture, in the search for a clear Architecture of a free home. 

The first guided tour by the curator, Manuel Mendes, takes place on Saturday 25 November, starting at 1500 hrs. Participation is guaranteed by prior registration via email fims@reit.up.pt or telephone 225518557, until the day before, and is limited to 30 participants.
 
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30 October 2017
"Relations and Complicities between Photographer and Architect:
Photographs in the works of Eduardo Souto de Moura de Luís Ferreira Alves"
round table
Fernando Távora Auditorium - Faculty of Architecture, UP
7 November, 1830 hrs

Photography and Architecture, in connection with the book published by Scopio, "Photographs in the works of Eduardo Souto de Moura", by Luis Ferreira Alves, is the subject under discussion in the round table "Relations and Complicities between Photographer and Architect: Photographs in the works of Eduardo Souto de Moura de Luís Ferreira Alves".

It will take place on 7 November, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, with the involvement of João Pedro Xavier (Vice-Director of FAUP), the photographer Luis Ferreira Alves and the architects Eduardo Souto de Moura, Nuno Brandão Costa and Pedro Leão Neto, editor of the book. The round table will be moderated by the architect Nuno Grande.

This session, the first in the second Cycle of Seminars on Architecture, Art and Image (AAI), is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Entrance free (subject to room capacity).


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30 October 2017
Clarification on the authorship of the Emporium Building

It has been mistakenly reported in recent days, in the media and on social networks, concerning the eviction order issued to the current owner of the Confeitaria Cunha, that the Emporium, the name given to the building on the corner of the Rua de Sá da Bandeira and the Rua Guedes de Azevedo where it now stands, was designed in 1939 by the architect Arthur de Almeida Júnior.

However, this building is by the architect José Porto who designed it for José Dias de Oliveira & Filhos (the owner of the Riopele Factory and the same client who would commission the said architect José Porto to design his home in Pousada de Saramagos, a pre-design for the Sá da Bandeira Cinema, which was not built, and the Hotel D. João I, in the square of the same name, adjoining the Atlantic Palace). In the collection recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundationby the Architect Abílio Mourão there are several items which document the design for the Emporium, dating from 1947. It is also known that the Confeitaria Cunha, one of the first snack bars in Portugal designed by Victor Palla and Bento d’Almeida, like the Galeto in Lisbon, came to occupy the space where previously there had been a Volvo Stand.

For more information on the architect José Porto, who came to live in the Emporium, click here

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28 October 2017
José Ignacio Linazasoro´s seminar
2017 Marques da Silva Seminars

It fell to Madalena Pinto da Silva to introduce the speaker of the 2017 Marques da Silva Seminars, José Ignacio Linazasoro. And immediately the importance of History and Memory was highlighted in the singular way that this architect has been affirming. Linazasoro does not limit himself to Architecture, he researches and writes. But the critical and systematic interpretation of the guiding thread of Architecture through Time and of the role played by some of its protagonists is always guided by his design practice and confronted with the meaning of the urban landscape.

Throughout his lecture, José Ignacio Linazasoro identified some of the characters who became formal references or influenced his attitude towards Architecture - Romanesque Architecture, Alberti, Heinrich Tessenow, Adolf Loos, or a less obvious Sigurd Lewerentz -, intersecting them with the presentation of four works built at different times, but traversed by a constant search for urban meaning and within the limits of a pre-existing reality:  the extension of the Departmental Council Building and Conference Centre in Troyes (2014), the remodelling of the Square and setting of Reims Cathedral (2008), the Cultural Centre of the Pias de Lavapiés School (2004) and the restoration of the Church of San Lorenzo (Madrid, 2001).

Materials, urban positioning, differentiated character of use, were the structural categories of an analysis of the designs which made no attempt to demystify the difficulties encountered in its execution, but where the ethical and distinctive attitude was emphasised by the architect, inheritor and pursuer of an ideal of a totalising and legitimising Order, where it is recognised and inscribed.

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27 October 2017
Itinerary, Veloso Salgado in Porto
A new platform to discover

In 2014, for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the artist Veloso Salgado, the Marques da Silva Foundation, in partnership with FBAUP and MNSR, organised “More than the dream of the passage”, an exhibition with five visits which set out the artist´s encounter with the city of Porto, but above all the friendship which united the artist with the architect José Marques da Silva and the sculptor António Teixeira Lopes.

TVU made this project its starting point, expanded it and created a virtual Itinerary which begins today, on the 151st anniversary of the birth of António Teixeira Lopes.

We invite you to discover the new Itinerary with works belonging to the Marques da Silva Foundation, the Soares dos Reis National Museum, the Teixeira Lopes House-Museum, the Rectory of the University of Porto, the Public and Municipal Library of Porto, the Bolsa Palace and the Almeida Moreira Museum.
 

Scroll through the Itinerary, walk with your fingers … click on this link
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25 October 2017
Architecture in time and the construction of the city

The permanence of architecture in time and the construction of the city constitute the basic themes of José Ignacio Linazasoro´s theoretical and practical activity. And it is around these two concerns that his principal designs and written texts are focused.

José Ignacio Linazasoro will be in Porto to give the Marques da Silva 2017 Seminar: The memory of Order. Some projects.

The pictures are from the extension to the Departmental Council Building and Conference Centre in Troyes (2014), the remodelling of the Square and setting of Reims Cathedral (2008) and the restoration of the Church of San Lorenzo (Madrid, 2001).
 

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24 October 2017
José Ignacio Linazasoro: an architect who designs and builds but also writes

The work of José Ignacio Linazasoro, guest speaker at the 2017 Marques da Silva Seminars, has received international recognition and been widely published. In addition to designing and building, Linazasoro is an architect who also writes. But, as Victoriano Sainz Gutiérrez points out in his critical review of the book "The memory of Order. Paradoxes in the meaning of modern architecture", he does it as an architect who is someone who understands his craft as a defined and rationally constructed disciplinary field, within which each operation has a precise meaning. For Linazasoro, contemporary architecture can only be truly contemporary if it does not stop being architecture, in the strictest sense of the word.

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23 October 2017
José Ignacio Linazasoro: Cultural Centre of the Pías de Lavapiés School

Cultural Centre of the Pías de Lavapiés School  Built 1996-2004  An absolutely unique work, and difficult to classify, including themes of restoration, renovation and new building which nevertheless form an inseparable unity ... (Linazasoro & Sanchez arquitectura)

José Ignacio Linazasoro
will be in Porto on Thursday 26 October, as speaker at the 2017 Marques da Silva Seminars, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium (FAUP). He will speak about his work and his theoretical points of reference. Entrance is free and the seminar will be given in Spanish. Introduction by Madalena Pinto da Silva. Starts at 1830 hrs. 

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20 October 2017
Donation of the José Porto Collection, the TVU Report.

Today we share the TVU report that records the donation of José Porto´s collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation. The event was celebrated in the Residence-Atelier, with the participation of the President of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Maria de Fátima Marinho, Abílio Mourão, the donor, as faithful custodian of the collection, Paulo Torres Bento (of the Group for the Study and Preservation of Vilar de Mouros Heritage and commissioner of the first José Porto exhibition which took place in Vilar de Mouros) and the Architect Sergio Fernandez. We also remember that, on the same evening of 9 October, in the Casa das Artes, Manoel de Oliveira´s film "Visit or memories and confessions"was screened, after a presentation by the architects André Eduardo Tavares and Luís Urbano.

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19 October 2017
Marques da Silva Seminars
"The memory of order. Some Projects"
José Ignacio Linazasoro

Marques da Silva Seminars
"The memory of order. Some Projects"
Jose Ignacio Linazasoro

26 October 2017, 1830 hrs
Fernando Távora Auditorium - FAUP


The 2017 Architect Marques da Silva Seminars will have as guest speaker Jose Ignacio Linazasoro, renowned architect and professor at the Madrid Higher Technical School of Architecture, one of the most outstanding architectural figures of recent decades in Spain.

Works such as housing in Mendigorría (Navarra, 1980), the Restoration of the Church of Santa Cruz de Medina de Rioseco (Valladolid, 1988), the UNED Library (Madrid, 1993), the Convent of Santa Teresa (San Sebastián, 1991), the Renovation of the Hospital del Rey (Melilla, 1996), the Restoration of the Church of San Lorenzo (Madrid, 2001), the Cultural Centre of the Pías de Lavapiés School (Madrid, 2004), the Urban Galindo building (Baracaldo, 2007), remodelling of the Square and setting of Reims Cathedral (2008), and more recently, Amantes Square (Teruel, 2014) and the Extension to the Departmental Council Building and Conference Centre in Troyes (2014), among others, have brought him international recognition.

The author of reference books, such as "The memory of order. Paradoxes in the meaning of modern architecture" and "Evoking Ruin: Shadows and Textures", proposes to present, on 26 October, in the Fernando Távora Auditorium, some of his most significant projects, alongside the theoretical underpinning which has sustained his architectural career.
 

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18 October 2017
S. Bento Station
Revisiting the project by Nuno Jennings Tasso de Sousa

“Although the first stone was laid in 1900 in the presence of King D. Carlos, the works effectively began in 1903. The opening of the station followed in 1915 and, coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic, the lobby would only open to the public in the following year. One hundred years after the opening of the lobby of S. Bento Central Station in Porto, placed next to the noblest space, the most representative of the spirit of the city - the Praça da Liberdade - it is clear that the design by José Marques da Silva has not yet been completed, nor is it something untouchable in the face of evolving times, which require a constant adjustment to the various social, economic, cultural and technological demands.”        
          
A look back from the present at the design of S. Bento Station which would launch the career of a then young Porto architect. A critical review by Nuno Jennings Tasso de Sousa*, in the form of a text, which is shared on the day which marks exactly 148 years since the birth of José Marques da Silva.

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* Throughout 2016, as an initiative by the Army, by CP - Comboios de Portugal and by IP - Infraestruturas de Portugal, with the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation, a series of events took place that marked the passage of 100 years since the opening of the majestic lobby of S. Bento Station. Nuno Jennings Tasso de Sousa, representing the Foundation, was one of the participants, taking part in the colloquium and in one of the conversations. This set of reflections was prompted by his participation in those events, summarising the essence of the discussions held.

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17 October 2017
"Building a lost paradise"
13.10.2017 to 18.01.2018

The José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier was transfigured into an allegory of Portuguese territory, in homage to Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza, and also to the Porto architects who fought in a struggle for the full citizenship of Architecture.

"Building a lost paradise" (...) - an installation which is in itself an architectural gesture - exposes an architectural experience which ostensibly confronts the domestic space in order to challenge and propose new wanderings through the history of the design dreamed up for Dr Américo Durão, through the works of the architects of Room 35 which reveal intersections and design affinities, and through the Residence-Atelier.

On Friday, the Residence was full again for the opening of this exhibition-installation which can now be visited from Tuesday to Thursday, from 1430 hrs to 1730 hrs. Please note that visits may be scheduled at other times, by arrangement in advance. A timetable of guided tours will soon be available.

The Room leaflet an the Itinerary are already available online.
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16 October 2017
José Porto, the Marques da Silva Foundation´s new collection

José Porto´s collection is made up of various books and academic notebooks, together with more than two hundred drawings and almost as many photographs which document about one hundred works mostly located in Porto and the North of Portugal, but which also extend to other territories: Switzerland, Paris, Angola and Mozambique, designed mainly between the 1930s and the early 1960s.
 
On Monday its integration into the Marques da Silva Foundation was celebrated and, with it, the expansion of the boundaries of the universe designed by the architects represented in this institution. A ceremony unfolded in two moments: in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, the contributions of Maria de Fátima Marinho, Abílio Mourão, Paulo Bento Torres and Sergio Fernandez presented the figure, the work, the dissemination initiatives already carried out, and the significance of the donation; in the evening, in the Casa das Artes, André Eduardo Tavares and Luís Urbano added to that presentation, placing it in the context of the screening of Manoel de Oliveira´s cinematographic testimony, in which the house designed by this architect becomes part of the structure.
 
The nostalgic look which filmed the house in the Rua da Vilarinha, in an equally engrossing and metaphorical autumnal light, became the perfect synthesis of the day, which was intended to pay homage to José Porto, the architect who thought big. The images which appear throughout "Visit or memories and confessions" emphasise the creative capacity of the architect, his modernity, greatness and mastery of design. And the harmony and balance of the forms of the architectural object emerge in all their fullness, but, above all, as a space for the affections, as a place for life, capable of surviving the passage of time.
 
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12 October 2017
Porto, 1960s, Rua Duque da Terceira

The Parede project was developed by Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza, and was at the same time a reflection of the daily struggle of Porto architects in the 1950s and 1960s for the practical manifestation of the full citizenship of architecture, for autonomy in the practice of architecture.

So also for the Exhibition "Building a lost paradise", the particular professional context is invoked within which the design emerged for Dr Américo Durão – the environment of “room 35”. Initially in the Imperial building, from 1949, room 35 and another one on the same floor – from there would evolve friendships and distances, and from there emerged architectural projects. Later, in 1968, an old 19th century house in the Rua Duque da Terceira served for the meeting and sharing of experiences, for training and the beginnings of Alberto Neves´s professional practice (before becoming a permanent colleague in Fernando Távora´s office), Alfredo Matos Ferreira, Álvaro Siza, António Menéres, Joaquim Sampaio, Vasco Macieira Mendes in the first phase and, later, Luís Botelho Dias

"Building a lost paradise" (...) begins today, at 1800 hrs.

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12 October 2017
Álvaro Siza, Urros, 1950s
Through the lens of Alfredo Matos Ferreira

"Alfredo Matos Ferreira is one of my oldest (and best) friends. As students we shared room 35 in the Imperial, in the Praça da Liberdade, where he could still park his beautiful Opel convertible. (...) We sometimes travelled, always in the white Opel Kapitan, visiting the villages and towns of the North, or even Urros (Moncorvo), to the farm of Matos Ferreira´s parents.(...)
In 1964, we worked together on the design for a house in Parede, for one of his relatives. I gave up after two or three attempts. Alfredo Matos Ferreira continued, with full commitment and quality – and in vain. Perhaps as a consequence of that failed attempt he would build a tidal pool on the coastal rocks of Madeira, for the same difficult relative, from a sketchy outline traced on a simple topographical plan, looking at photographs, resorting to memory. The scaffolding had not revealed the modernity that it contained." (Àlvaro Siza, in Memória)


The photograph, dating back to the 1950s, portrays Álvaro Siza and Marechal, on the porch of the Urros house. The photographer is Alfredo Matos Ferreira.

The exhibition which opens tomorrow in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, "Building a lost paradise" (...), presents the Parede project. It starts at 1800 hrs and entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.

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11 October 2017
Dr Américo Durão and his meeting with the young architects

Dr Américo Durão (Torres Novas, 1894 – Funchal, 1985) lived in Funchal, where he established himself as a doctor, founding a medical-surgical clinic, with particular emphasis on orthopaedic specialisation, performing innovative treatments using systems which he had devised himself, presented at international medical congresses, particularly in Paris, in the mid-1930s.

He was an entrepreneurial man with a high economic status, who applied some of his earnings to agricultural and forestry development activities in Urros, promoting there the restoration and expansion of the built heritage which he had inherited jointly with his sister Berta Durão, mother of Alfredo Matos Ferreira. Until the end of the 1960s, it was the latter´s responsibility to manage all that heritage, being the designer of all the equipment constructed in those several properties.

In Madeira he was also known as Commodore Américo Durão, as he owned the largest fleet of pleasure boats on the island, “all of them built in Madeira, by local craftsmen, probably the only one of its kind in Portugal”. Founding partner of the Naval Club of Funchal, an adventurous sportsman, he was the first amateur to hunt whales in the waters of Madeira, and many were the nautical and fishing feats, in particular the capture of large specimens of rare species in the region. His fleet included launches, whaling boats, luxury yachts of various sizes, sporting fishing boats, and a sailing boat, the “Albatross, the fastest yacht in the Lisbon-Madeira ocean races of 1950 and 1954”.

When travelling to the mainland he stayed in the family home. Sometimes, needing more privacy, he would go to a hotel, the Grand Hotel of Estoril. It was here that, in November or December 1964, he met with the young architects for their presentation of the design which they had prepared for the house which he intended to build in a prime location in Parede, a meeting from which they would emerge “completely shattered because we knew that nothing would come of it.”

(Manuel Mendes, Sobre um “projecto de arquitectura” a partir do Porto [About an "architectural project" from Porto])

Exhibition-installation "Building a lost paradise " (...)

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10 October 2017
The house at Parede, an unrealised design by Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza

The house of Dr Américo Durão (Parede, 1961-67) is an unrealised design by Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza Vieira, a design experience until now unpublished.

The exhibition-installation "Building a lost paradise" (...) aims to show the different stages of the project, which constitutes an operative moment in the criticism of the abstraction of the Modern Movement, going beyond the resonances of the Survey on Portuguese Popular Architecture in the search for a clear Architecture, for a free ‘home’.

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9 October 2017
Newsletter #27 | October 2017

On the day when the Marques da Silva Foundation prepares to receive a new architectural collection, we are launching the October Newsletter.

See Newsletter #27 | October

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9 October 2017
José Porto: painter, interior designer, illustrator, Architect

José Porto: painter, interior designer, illustrator, Architect.

He will be the subject of today´s talk, at 1800 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, and at 2130 hrs, in the Casa das Artes.

We look forward to seeing you!

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8 October 2017
José Porto by Manoel de Oliveira

"I was aware of the figure of José Porto, who was working at that time, 1938-39, for the Engenheiros Reunidos [Group of Engineers], who were then active in the Rua de Passos Manuel, through a friend of mine, Mário Vieira, who told me about him and his genius. I didn´t know him personally, but I knew from hearing about various works of his that strikingly won different competitions as the best out of all the others." (Manoel de Oliveira, in Expresso, 15 November 2003)

And José Porto was the architect chosen to design the House in the Rua da Vilarinha, the same in which the Architect Abílio Mourão, current custodian of the José Porto collection, appears pictured in the dining room in a 1980s photograph taken by Madalena Pinto da Silva.

On Monday 9 October the donation will be formalised and Manoel de Oliveira´s revisit to this House will be arranged, Visit, or memories and confessions.

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7 October 2017
"Building a lost paradise"
For a free ´home`
Alfredo Matos Ferreira . Álvaro Siza
House, Parede, designed, 1961-67
Opening out a drawing experience
As a test site

"The information made available has gradually become a body of voracious curiosity – a provocation, an exercise in seduction. After the death of Alfredo Matos Ferreira it was possible to enter, to wander through, to study, the archive of his professional practice; in particular, to look back at the “House, Parede, 1964, 1965”. Then, the digital documents, meagre in communicational purpose, produced by the architect from drawings of the time, drawings sometimes considered lost, sometimes considered unnecessary for the understanding of the project in question; then came the original model, made in the office of the Duque da Terceira; then Álvaro Siza´s study drawings, surprising in their translation of the line of thought; and then the collections of negatives and paper proofs, of the original model, with many studied poses; (...)"

A fragment of notes for the presentation wording, text by Manuel Mendes, marking the research, design and coordination of the exhibition-installation opening on 13 October (Friday), at 1800 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. An equally innovative approach for the Residence-Atelier space to make known the design for Dr Américo Durão, the different moments of a shared experience of housing design - which would not be built - for the "uncle patron [of Alfredo Matos Ferreira], to build in a prime area of Parede, on a large plot, facing the Tagus estuary, in the bay of Cascais."

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4 October 2017
José Porto, the architect who thought big
9 October
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier 18:00
Casa das Artes 21:30

The House for Manoel de Oliveira, in the Rua da Vilarinha, designed by José Porto in 1939, will be the focus on 9 October, but the work of this architect, who arrived in Porto in 1934, is still counted today in the city along with other representative designs. This is the case with the Emporium Building, of 1947, where the mythical "Confeitaria Cunha" [Cunha Confectionery] came to be installed, on the corner of Santa Catarina, for José Oliveira & Filhos, the client for whom, among other commissions, he would eventually also design the Hotel D. João I, in the Square of the same name.

Switzerland, Paris, the North of Portugal, Angola and Mozambique establish the boundaries of the territory covered and demonstrate the scope of his work which needs to be (re)discovered. He will be the subject of discussion in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, at 1800 hrs, and in the Casa das Artes, at 2130 hrs.

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2 October 2017
The Foundation´s proposals for Architecture Month

Wherever people are, at any time and in any place, Architecture and Urbanism exist. A necessary phenomenon, inherent in the very nature of mankind, an essential extension of life, manifestation of its existence: of this universality - the variety, the infinity of its aspects, the plurality of its achievements.

(Fernando Távora, Arquitectura e Urbanismo - a lição das constantes [Architecture and Urbanism - the lesson of constants])

 

The month of October turns the spotlight on Architecture, and the Foundation is taking part in this celebration with three initiatives:
- on the 9th, José Porto, the architect who thought big, to mark the receipt of a new collection into the institution
- on the 13th, the opening of Building a lost paradise for a free ´home` (...), on a design by Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza
- on the 26th, the 11th Marques da Silva Seminar, with José Ignazio Linazasoro 

Today, on World Architecture Day, the 12th Fernando Távora Prize takes place.

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29 September 2017
The memory of order. Some Projects
Seminar with José Ignacio Linazasoro
Marques da Silva Seminars 2017

The memory of order. Some Projects
Seminar with José Ignacio Linazasoro
Marques da Silva Seminars 2017

Fernando Távora Auditorium 2017
26 October, 1800 hrs

The 2017 Architect José Marques da Silva Seminars will have as guest speaker José Ignacio Linazasoro, professor of the Madrid Higher Technical School of Architecture, an architect whose work is internationally known and published, one of the founder members, together with Rodrigo Sánchez, of the society Linazasoro&Sánchez Arquitectura SLP, based in Madrid.

This seminar will present a reflection on the close connection between theoretical thought and some of this architect´ s most significant projects.

Entrance is free, subject to the capacity of the room.

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28 September 2017
House of Dr Américo Durão
Installation-exhibition
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
13 October, 1800 hrs

Building a lost paradise
For a free ´home`
Alfredo Matos Ferreira . Álvaro Siza
House, Parede, designed, 1961-67
Opening out a drawing experience
As a test site


installation-exhibition

Opening on 13 October, at 1800 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, the installation-exhibition curated by Manuel Mendes, which is based on the unrealised design for the home of Dr Américo Durão, in Parede, by the then professionals in training, Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Álvaro Siza.

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

This initiative by the Marques da Silva Foundation is part of the ARQ OUT programme and is supported by Criaplac and Corticeira Amorim. 

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26 September 2017
Guided tour to the works of Alfredo Matos Ferreira, between Barca de Alva and Urros

"Que esplendor! que vigor! que graça! que harmonia!"
What splendour! what vigour! what grace! what harmony!

To appropriate the words of Guerra Junqueiro, another illustrious inhabitant of these lands, is to evoke the feeling towards the landscape and the work of an architect who lived it, understood it and transformed it with a providential sensitivity. From Barca de Alva to Urros, by land or via the river, in the cadence marked by Maria José Casanova, a guide intimately linked to the spaces and to Alfredo Matos Ferreira, and with the comfort of a warm welcome on the part of Isabel and Irene Matos Ferreira, the trip took place. Heritage and Nature, the motto for the European Heritage Days, was fulfilled. Thank you to all who accompanied us.

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25 September 2017
Fernando Lanhas represented in the 15th Istanbul Biennial

Fernando Lanhas´ s domestic architecture is represented in the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Taking place at the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts until 12 November, it has as its unifying theme, announced by the team of curators Elmgreen & Dragset, "A Good Neighbour".

The architectural work of Fernando Lanhas, the only artist represented from the Iberian Peninsula, is evoked via the exhibition of 3 photographic panels, created and/or edited by him. Of the works on show, one is his own house, in the Avenue Dr Antunes Guimarães, still the family home today.

It should be noted that Fernando Lanhas (1923-2012), although designing a vast number of projects, particularly focused on residential programmes, which contribute to the consolidation of the ideas of Modern Architecture in Porto, followed an architectural career which has come to take second place in the light of his achievements in his other many activities (painter, designer, astronomer, museologist, ...). But the donation of his collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation - in the process of formalisation - will soon make it possible to bring together a more comprehensive and fundamental knowledge of his true scope.

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Istanbul Biennial
Quadrado Azul
 

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21 September 2017
Itinerary of "Terra d´Alva" Guided Tour
European Heritage Days 2017

From 22 to 24 September, Heritage will be in the spotlight. The European Heritage Days are being celebrated, with the theme "Heritage and Nature".

The Marques da Silva Foundation marks its participation with a guided tour to the works of Alfredo Matos Ferreira in Barca de Alva and Urros, and today shares the Guide (with introductory text by Maria José Casanova and indicating the places to be visited) as a way of extending the trip to all those who, although they would love to take part, cannot be with us in person on the 23rd.
 

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19 de setembro de 2017
José Porto, the architect who thought big
Donation of José Porto´s collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation
9 October | José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and Casa das Artes

On 9 October, in an initiative unfolding in two stages, the Marques da Silva Foundation will celebrate the receipt of the professional collection of José Porto, donated by the Architect Abílio Mourão. There are more than two hundred drawings, together with a set of 40 more items offered by CIRV-GEPPAV, unique records of an architect with a unique career and more than 70 works identified in Porto, Minho, Mozambique and Angola, which will be made available for consultation and study through this institution´s Centre of Documentation and Research into Architectural Culture.

At 1800 hrs, in the Residence-Atelier, attended by the Chair of the Board of Directors, Professor Maria de Fátima Marinho, the donor, Architect Abílio Mourão, and guest speakers Dr Paulo Torres Bento and Architect Sergio Fernandez, the contract for the donation of the collection will be signed.

At 2130 hrs, in the Casa das Artes, following contributions from the Architect André Eduardo Tavares and Professor Luís Urbano, there will be a screening of the film by Manoel de Oliveira, "Visita ou Memórias e Confissões [Visit, or Memories and Confessions]". A return to the house in the Rua da Vilarinha, a work designed by José Porto.

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.
 
This initiative, part of the programme ARQ OUT 2017, is supported by the family of Manoel de Oliveira, the Casa das Artes and Cinemateca.

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8 September 2017
Memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras | #7 Carlos Guimarães

It was the moments of crisis, questioning and reformulation of the Architecture Course, in 1969 and 1974, which created the conditions and shaped the relationship of the current Director of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto with Octávio Lixa Filgueiras. In addition to the transitory nature and singularity of the facts, Carlos Guimarães emphasises the coherence of character and the convictions of a figure not always understood, but still progressive, and whose contribution, in terms of theory, discipline and pedagogy, did not hesitate to consider as an integral part of the shaping process that which "generically and in a simplified form is called the culture of the Porto School".

With this testimony, a reading of Octávio Lixa Figueiras in the form of a timeline, concludes the publication of the set of interviews conducted by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, with sound, image and editing by Luís Urbano, which took place on 7 April 2017, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, as part of the programme surrounding Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s collection, curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota.

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7 September 2017
Maria José Marques da Silva

It was a moment of celebration. Homage was required. Maria José, with her design for a "Lacemakers´ Home and Workshop", had become an architect. We are in Porto, in 1943. The names of those around her are added to the Menu, thereby increasing its importance.

Maria José Marques da Silva was born in the Residence-Atelier, Praça do Marquês de Pombal, on 7 September 1914.

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31 August 2017
Memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras | #6 Manuel Mendes

Manuel Mendes structures his evocation of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras around the central idea: the record of a remoteness that evolved in the distance of its growth. From this sentence, beginning and ending his testimony, he offers up a set of memories that come from different times and experiences. Through his personal history we travel as far as Mozambique in order for the name of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras to acquire body and substance in the times of restlessness spent in the Porto School. The narrative oscillates between the evocation of the facts and the conscious reading of the meaning attributed to them, in order, at the end and in a tone of sincere homage, to find the personal balance of the legacy that remains, inseparable from a reflection on the School itself, concerning the confrontation between the ‘discipline’ and the ‘profession’ of Architecture.

In the next week this cycle of 7 testimonials will come to an end, with the publication of the interview of Carlos Guimarães, like the previous ones conducted by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, with sound, image and editing by Luís Urbano.

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22 August 2017
Guided tour to Terra d´Alva
European Heritage Days 2017
23 September, with Maria José Casanova

"(...) The achievement of clarity was for Alfredo Matos Ferreira an objective and an indispensable quality. A clarity which, in his designs, comes from the “right fit” between programme, place, construction system and materials, rigour of drawing and geometry, economy of means, austerity, spatial relationships, use and adaptability to the experiences enclosed in the flow of time. These issues, present throughout all of his work, highlight a demand for the essential that comes from his training and from his experience and contact with people, life and architecture in Trás-os-Montes. Because, as he used to say, the Survey of Popular Architecture was not for him a reference, or a landmark, because he had grown up and lived within the Survey." (Maria José Casanova, in Roteiro de Viagem a Terra d´Alva [Map of a Journey to Terra d´Alva])

This trip and tour, still an integral part of the "Terra d´Alva" programme launched last December, marks the participation of the Marques da Silva Foundation in the European Heritage Days which, this year, have as their theme "Heritage and Nature". It follows an itinerary drawn from the works designed by Alfredo Matos Ferreira for Barca de Alva and Urros.

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28 August 2018
Urros, 24 August: “Memória” [Memory] and “Centeio” [Rye], by Alfredo Matos Ferreira

And the wishes of Alfredo Matos Ferreira were fulfilled. At the desired place and time. “Centeio” [Rye], the documentary film of 1968, retrieved the memories of almost half a century ago, showing a past that has become present and alive. The presentation of the book, the pretext to remember the man, the architect and his intimate connection to a land that made a point of appearing and of being moved by the recognition of the same feeling. The homage to Alfredo Matos Ferreira and to Urros gained voice with the contributions of his daughter, Isabel Matos Ferreira, his editor, Manuel Mendes, and the representatives of the institutions involved in the organisation of the session, which was closed by the Mayor of Torre de Moncorvo. 
 

On 23 September we will return to Trás-os-Montes, with Maria José Casanova, as part of the European Heritage Days, to visit the work carried out in Barca d´Alva and Urros.
 

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25 August 2017
Fernando Távora, Portuguese man, architect, born on 25 August 1923

Fernando Távora, Portuguese man, architect, born on 25 August 1923 :  

(…) We believe that the thought of contemporary Portuguese architecture, in its most representative sectors, does not forget, but rather practises this tradition of ours, not imposing but sympathetic and understanding, with consideration for people and their places, guaranteeing to their buildings and spaces identity and variety, as with a phenomenon of heteronymy, in which the author multiplies, not through a conceptual or other kind of incapacity, but through the principle of respect, when deserved, which we owe to others. Such a way of being present in the world does not result in the truth of the creator´s weakness regarding the other, his place and his time, but exactly from the creative consideration of his substance and circumstances. /  In today´s abandoned spaces of the city of Fatehpur Sikri, begun in 1571, still echoes the voice of a Portuguese woman, called Maria, lover of Akbar, and the memory of the presence of two Portuguese Jesuit priests who accompanied the emperor there in his attempt to create a universal religion, a synthesis of Islam, Hinduism and Christianity ...  (in “ Immigration / Emigration. Portuguese Architectural Culture in the World”, 1998)

In the ephemerality of human Life, the dimension of Time in the World in permanent movement - the wisdom of the Encounter, of Friendship.

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23 August 2017
Santo Apolinário, in Urros, through the eyes of Alfredo Matos Ferreira

"The site of the Chapel of Santo Apolinário, in the transmontano village of Urros, was from my childhood a magical place: the very characteristics of the building, its external reception space, the arches that shelter the pilgrims in the final weekend of August, the details of construction (from the reticulated pavements of shale and brick, to its magnificent coffered ceiling richly painted with figures of saints), the granite tomb with bas-reliefs depicting the Saint´s life and martyrdom, the great cypress that marks the place of that martyrdom and singularly punctuates the landscape, the calmness and murmuring of its source, the acoustics of the place, both inside the chapel and in all of its surroundings and, above all, the organisation of its space, the whiteness of its walls unusual in these parts, more common south of the Tagus. Since I was a small boy, every year on the great holidays spent in the village, I did not miss a single celebration, a single event either religious or pagan, the Saturday night camp being a high point with the musical bands playing late, the fireworks, the fights over nothing, just a few more glasses, the games of chance in which the villager always lost ..."

Words and photograph by an architect who always returns to his roots. To precede the opening of the Santo Apolinário celebrations, this year between 24 and 28 August, the presentation of the book "Memória" [Memory] and the video "Centeio" [Rye], by Alfredo Matos Ferreira. Today, 24 August, in the Hall of the Parish Council of Urros.
 

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22 August 2017
Memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras | #5 Manuel Fernandes de Sá

Manuel Fernandes de Sá´s memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras go back to his childhood, when he was allowed to take part in the many journeys made with his father, then a colleague of Filgueiras in Public Works. The first impressions have only been confirmed over time: the great diversity of subjects that aroused his interest and which he was able approach with remarkable intelligence and depth, a keen sense of humour marked by irony. As a student of Analytics 1 and 2, he learned from Master Fil to use drawing intensively and judiciously as a basis for work and to assimilate a particular sensitivity for interdisciplinary issues and for the social dimension of architecture. Already as an architect, the late 1970s would bring the combined experience of a heritage survey project which required a response avant la lettre to questions of "re-use", as well as participation in an unsuccessful attempt to create a course-workshop, in Aveiro, intrinsically linked to the needs of the municipalities.

This is the fifth of the seven interviews conducted by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, with sound, image and editing by Luís Urbano, which we have been publishing on a weekly basis.

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19 August 2017
Room 35, photography by Alfredo Matos Ferreira
World Photography Day 2017

Joaquim Sampaio, António Menéres, Alberto Neves, Vasco Vieira Mendes and Álvaro Siza photographed by Alfredo Matos Ferreira. We are in the 1950s and they all want to be part of the world of Architecture. They are looking out at the city, the Praça de Liberdade, in the centre of Porto. The photograph, in the absence of the faces, sublimates the comradeship of the six freshmen of Room 35 of the Imperial and records a unique and unrepeatable time and circumstance.

With this image we mark World Photography Day, which is celebrated today. As for the group portrayed in it, the exhibition "Building a Lost Paradise", in October, will bring us more revelations.

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18 August 2017
Presentation of "Memória" [Memory] and screening of "Centeio" [Rye]
Hall of the Parish Council of Urros, Torre de Moncorvo
24 August 2017, 1730 hrs

The transmontano territory was a continuous presence in the life and affections of Alfredo Matos Ferreira. "Memória" also testifies to his attachment to a rurality seen as a bastion of ancestral knowledge, as an expression of a wise and intrinsic connection, singular and identifiable, of man to the land which he tries to dominate. A look that goes beyond the architect´s mere interest and prolongs itself via the camera with which Alfredo Matos Ferreira wished to capture the "corn" of the fields, sensing the urgency of fixing a tradition which time was inevitably condemning to transformation. And "Centeio" shows us this, a film of 1968, edited in 2004 by Alfredo Matos Ferreira himself, to be screened on 24 August at 1730 hrs, as part of the presentation session of the book "Memória", in the Hall of the Parish Council of Urros (Torre de Moncorvo). The book will be presented by Manuel Mendes.

Because the occasion is one of celebration, refreshments will follow at 1830 hrs. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

About  Memória

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16 August 2017
Memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras | #4 Margarida Coelho

We publish today, 16 August, 95 years to the day since the birth of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, the testimony of Margarida Coelho, the fourth of seven who were recorded for the exhibition “Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity”.

In this testimony, Margarida Coelho reveals her affection and recognition for the figure who marked the decisive moments in her life: of the academic study at the Porto School of Fine Arts to the journey through Denmark, from the beginnings of office practice to an incursion into the field of heritage, with the passage through the Portuguese Heritage Institute to represent an important milestone in her professional career, but, above all, the lesson received regarding a certain way of thinking, questioning and reflecting as the prior basis for any action. And from the personal narrative, from the story of a friendship that was consolidated over time, other characters and places also emerge.

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14 August 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity | Conversation #2 - Video of the session

To locate the thought, pedagogical activity and work of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and reflect critically on its meaning today, Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota proposed the holding of two conversations. The first on 26 May, with the participation of Ana Tostões, Eduardo Fernandes, Raquel Paulino and Pedro Bandeira, and the second on 26 June, with Bruno Gil, Edite Rosa, Helena Maia, Jorge Figueira, Pedro Baía and the special participation of José Forjaz. For technical reasons the first session was not recorded, but, with the support of TVU, it is now possible to make available to all interested parties the recording of the second session which, because of its length, is divided into two parts.

To access the recording on the following links: Part 1  and Part 2
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4 August 2017
Memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras | #3 Álvaro Meireles

Álvaro Meireles was a student and, later, colleague of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras. Of the memories he retains, friendship stands out which, step by step, transformed the irreverence of their first encounters into an evident complicity of interests, based on many shared experiences. With this testimony, the third in the series, we visit several periods, guided by an account which combines the experiences of the School of Fine Arts with the life of the Workshop, finished off with the story of a now improbable "boat of the bakers".
 

Seven interviews were conducted by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, with sound, image and editing by Luís Urbano, on 7 April 2017, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, as part of the programme relating to the Octávio Lixa Filgueiras collection, curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota. The fourth will soon be released, with Margarida Coelho. 
 

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1 August 2017
Memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras | #2 Alexandre Alves Costa

The path of Alexandre Alves Costa, the second interviewee in the series that began with Carlos Carvalho Dias, crosses with that of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras at a time when he was still training, as a student at the Porto School of Fine Arts. A pedagogical experience that was the starting point for a set of reflections on the methodological foundations of teaching and on the discipline of Architecture itself. In critical form, with perspective, without hiding dissentions and enchantments, Alexandre Alves Costa also remembers, in this testimony, the ‘confrontation’ between Lixa Filgueiras and Fernando Távora, the connection with Nuno Portas, and even the passage through the 1963 Congress in Barcelona.

The seven interviews conducted by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, with sound, image and editing by Luís Urbano, were made on 7 April 2017, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, as part of the programme relating to the Octávio Lixa Filgueiras collection, curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota.

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31 July 2017
Presentation of "Memória" and Videos of Alfredo Matos Ferreira in Urros

Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s roots, for family reasons, are deeply immersed in Trás-os-Montes, a circumstance that guided him decisively as a person, and marked him with emotions and affections, convictions and life values. Moncorvo and Barca d’Alva, particularly Urros, land and people, landscape and house, people and work, crafts and artists, which he often evoked, and of which, marked by the history of life, he spoke with the words and the gestures, the sounds and the pauses of the rooted and established inhabitant. (Manuel Mendes, in Roteiro de Terra d´Alva)
 

And it was in that transmontano territory where Alfredo Matos Ferreira always expressed the desire to present the book which brings together Memória with his career as an architect. On 24 August, as part of the Festivities of Santo Apolinário, this wish will be fulfilled, in the Hall of the Parish Council of Urros and Peredo dos Castelhanos.

The session, starting at 1740 hrs, will include the presentation of the book, by Manuel Mendes, and the projection of videographical records, filmed and edited by Alfredo Matos Ferreira himself: Rye and Roots.

The realisation of the initiative is supported by the District Council of Torre de Moncorvo and the Parish Council of Urros and Peredo dos Castelhanos. Entrance free.

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28 July 2017
Memories of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras | #1 Carlos Carvalho Dias

In 1955, while still a trainee architect, Carlos Carvalho Dias was selected for the Portuguese Regional Architecture Survey, joining, along  with Arnaldo Araújo, the team coordinated by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras for the area of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.

His testimony recalls this remarkable experience, his meeting with Lixa Filgueiras, a figure with whom he felt himself to be intellectually in tune, and also gives a glance at the environment of 1950s Porto, its agents and their references.

This is the first of 7 interviews conducted by Gonçalo Canto Moniz, with sound, image and editing by Luís Urbano, that took place on 7 April 2017, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, as part of the programme relating to the Octávio Lixa Filgueiras collection, curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, which the Marques da Silva Foundation will be making available.

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26 July 2017
Renovation of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier receives Honourable Mention
João Almada Prize 2017

The renovation of the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, designed by Atelier 15, Alexandre Alves Costa and Sergio Fernandez, was distinguished with an Honourable Mention in the 2017 João de Almada Prize, an initiative promoted by Porto City Council.
 


 

And who better than an architect to speak about the work? Here is a reminder of Alexandre Alves Costa´s, on this work.

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24 July 2017
"More Architecture Needed"
Evoking the figure of Nuno Teotónio Pereira
Quinta da Conceição. Photo by Manuel Mendes

On 19 July, the Assembly of the Republic approved Draft Law no. 495/XIII/2ª. The specific debate will follow. But perhaps it is interesting to evoke the figure of Nuno Teotónio Pereira - a person who was actively involved in the process of Contemporary Portuguese Architecture and devoted himself, throughout his life, to communicating the architect´s professional status and promoting citizens´ knowledge and practice of Architecture - citing extracts from an article published in April 1995:
 
The twenty or so years of its validity [revision of decree 73/73, which gave an opening to the activity of designers not qualified in the field of Architecture] coincided with a huge surge of construction in the country, and the inhuman peripheries, the landscapes destroyed, the unbalanced environments are there to show the ruin of that idea. It is true that at that time there were no architects covering the national territory, as there are today. This is a mitigating factor, but it will not be if the demands placed on the designers do not change radically, as they are imposed and are possible. Because Architecture is more than just construction: it assumes aspects of the qualification of space, and for that reason should be a matter for the architects.
(…)
It is necessary that the right to Architecture reaches everyone, within a framework of competitiveness which has technical and cultural quality as its criterion.
Thus, more architecture also means better architecture, and greater responsibility on the part of those who conceive the space in which we live.”
(…)
It is now time to recognise the public interest in Architecture, in that it organises, qualifies and humanises space; to discipline the occupation of the territory, with the promulgation of a new land law and the assumption of urban design; requiring quality production through the attribution of their respective responsibilities.


"More Architecture Needed", in Tempos, Lugares, Pessoas [Times, Places, People], Edições Público, 1996

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21 July 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras (1922-1996) - Master "Fil"

Today we are sharing the testimony given by the architect José Forjaz, during the second conversation scheduled as part of the exhibition "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity".

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17 Julho 2017
Newsletter #26 | July 2017

In the summer time, but to announce a series of ongoing initiatives, Newsletter #26 comes out today.
 
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23 June 2017
Conversation #2 | The Habitat of Modernity
26 June, at 1800 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

Conversation #2 | The Habitat of Modernity
26 June, 1800 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
With: Bruno Gil, Edite Rosa, Jorge Figueira, Maria Helena Maia and Pedro Baía
Moderators: Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota

 
At the 25th Luso-Spanish Congress for progress in Science, which took place in Seville in 1960, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras delivered the paper "On the Genesis of the Habitat Charter". The text(s) which then served to support him, manuscripts and typewritten, on display in the Exhibition currently open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, launch the topic under debate in what will be the second meeting to take place as part of the parallel programme to "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity".
 
And to help us better understand the ideas and activities of Lixa Filgueiras, following on from Ana Tostões, Eduardo Fernandes, Raquel Paulino and Pedro Bandeira, guests at the May meeting, we now hear from Bruno Gil, Edite Rosa, Jorge Figueira, Maria Helena Maia and Pedro Baía. The conversation, moderated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, will also be extended to all those who wish to take part in it.
 
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23 June 2017
João Marcelino Queiroz

"João Marcelino Queiroz, son of Abílio de Sequeira Pinto Queiroz and Branca Laura Pimentel de Lima Queiroz, was born in Porto on 23 June 1892. [...] In front of the family home [in Santa Catarina], on the other side of the street, João Queiroz built his first work, in the 1920s, commissioned by his father and on the family´s land, already (or still) modern in its functional rationality and purity of design. It was in a small back room of this house that he set up the office where he worked all of his life. [...] He obtained his Architect´s Diploma in 1926, after working for two years in the General Administration of National Buildings and Monuments. [...] He always worked alone, drawing all the pieces of the project himself. The growing number of clients, especially in the 1940s, did not expand the size of his small office, but only his hours of quiet work. The number of documents bearing his signature found in the Council archives is impressive. With the same ease with which he lived, he died at the age of 90, on 25 February 1982."

in Alexandre Alves Costa, João Queiroz, um arquitecto tranquilo [João Queiroz, a quiet architect]

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22 June 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: The Habitat of Modernity
Extension of the Exhibition

The exhibition currently open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier will remain open until 30 June.

Take this last opportunity to see the documents which Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota have selected in order to show us different moments and dimensions in the life and work of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras.

Entrance is free.

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14 June 2017
Activity Report 2016

The Activities and Management Report for the year 2016 is now available for public consultation.

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7 June 2017
Conversation #2 | the Habitat of Modernity
26 June, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 1800 hrs

"Like the Charter of Athens, the Habitat Charter will constitute a type of Declaration of the Rights of Man (or duties) in the special field of living. And the urgency of such an action is all the greater, as, little by little everywhere, the initiatives aiming to replace the sordid neighbourhoods and the tin houses correspond more to a replacement of old clothes with clean clothes, leaving the bodies dirty, than to an integration of those same dirty bodies into the framework of a decent life, the only known process of removing the dirt (...) But the great word must be given through an organic instrument, subordinated to a higher purpose, necessarily not demagogic, necessarily conscious and responsible. It is about matters of survival and nothing more …"

(Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Na génese da Carta do Habitat [The genesis of the Habitat Charter], 1960)

 

Bruno Gil, Jorge Figueira, Edite Rosa, Maria Helena Maia and Pedro Baía are the guests for the second conversation relating to the exhibition currently open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier on Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s collection. Moderated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, the overarching concept of this project will be discussed: The Habitat of Modernity.

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5 June 2017
Guided Tour (2) of the exhibition on Octávio Lixa Filgueiras

Gonçalo Canto Moniz returned to conduct a guided tour of the Exhibition “Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity”, giving an insight into the concept within the proposed structure, tracing the long arc drawn from the seminal moment of CODA to the debate on Museums and Heritage, and on the role played in the genesis of other schools of architecture, in the latter case, areas to serve as the basis for future initiatives. A great opportunity to talk about the documentation which only an Architect could accomplish and which includes coverage of the CIAM debate and pedagogical experiences which are based on new methods of investigation and advocate a new dimension in the function of the architect.

You are cordially invited to the resulting discussion, on 26 June, on the Habitat of Modernity, with Bruno Gil, Jorge Figueira, Edite Rosa, Maria Helena Maia and Pedro Baía.

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1 June 2017
"Barney / Távora. Correspondences"
Seminar by Andrés Felipe Erazo Barco, followed by a discussion with Sergio Fernandez and Carlos Machado
2 June, 1700 hrs, Casa Cor-de-Rosa [Pink House] - FAUP

The Teacher and Researcher Andrés Felipe Erazo Barco, from the University of San Buenaventura Cali, Colombia, will present the research which he is currently developing on Benjamín Barney (Cali – Colombia, 1941), whose work displays interesting affinities with that of Fernando Távora.

His research on Fernando Távora is supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation.

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30 May 2017
Expo OLF: Guided Tour #2
By Gonçalo Canto Moniz
3 June, 1600 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

Next Saturday there will be a chance to visit or revisit the exhibition dedicated to Octávio Lixa Filgueiras - a first showing of the documentation recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation - in the company of Gonçalo Canto Moniz, one of its curators.

There will be an opportunity to revisit a particular moment in Portuguese Architecture, analyse Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s contribution and address some pedagogical experiences which defined the teaching of architecture, in particular at the Porto school.

Entrance is free, but please register in advance via fims@reit.up.pt or 225518557.

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28 May 2017
Exhibition "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity" | notes on conversation #1

The first conversation inspired by the exhibition dedicated to Octávio Lixa Filgueiras gave rise to a lively discussion which extended to the audience.

With a panel composed of professors from schools of architecture in Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Minho and even Delft, subjects and documents addressed ranged widely from CODA´s "Urbanism, a rural theme", the manuscript in defence of a Habitat Charter, the book "On the architect´s social function", and the application/organisation/operation of the discipline of Analytic Architecture. Different perspectives and several questions became contributions to a better framing of the method proposed by Lixa Filgueiras for the training of the architect. The discussion also explored the reasons for the suspension of this pedagogical programme and its relevance to the post-25 April architectural and pedagogical culture, including the current participatory movements.
 

There was unanimous feeling on one point: that knowledge will be gained when the collection becomes available for research at the Marques da Silva Foundation. This will allow for the repositioning of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s role, and be a legacy through which, with the mindset of the particular time in which it is viewed, with the anachronisms or avant-garde visions that it reflects, can be traced the history of the discipline in general, and of the Porto School in particular.

We hope to be able to release the video recording of this session soon. The next one is scheduled for 26 June, with guests including Bruno Gil, Jorge Figueira, Edite Rosa, Maria Helena Maia and Pedro Baía.

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26 May 2017
Conversation #1 | On the social function of the architect
Today, at 1800 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

Conversation #1 | On the social function of the architect
26 May, 1800 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
With: Ana Tostões, Eduardo Fernandes, Pedro Bandeira and Raquel Paulino
Moderators: Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota


In 1962, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras published the thesis which served as a basis for his affiliation to the Porto School of Fine Arts, On the social function of the architect: towards a theory of responsibility in a time of change. More than two decades later, in 1985, the second edition was launched, with a preface by Pedro Vieira de Almeida. And from here is taken the motto for today´s meeting, with a group of guests which promises, under the moderation of Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, a good and lively conversation:


Ana Tostões has carried out a set of research projects on modern Portuguese architecture, namely, the book Verdes Anos na Arquitectura Portuguesa dos anos 50 [Green Years in Portuguese Architecture of the 1950s] (FAUP, 1995) and Idade Maior: Cultura e tecnologia na arquitectura moderna portuguesa [Major Age: Culture and technology in modern Portuguese architecture] (FAUP, 2014). In these is included OLF´s contribution to the debate in the CIAM congresses and to the Survey on Popular Architecture, coming from a different attitude towards the profession and architecture: the architect´s social role.

Raquel Paulino, in ESBAP|FAUP. O Ensino da Arquitetura na ‘Escola do Porto’. Construção de um Projeto Pedagógico entre 1969 e 1984 [The Teaching of Architecture in the ´Porto School´. Construction of a Pedagogical Project between 1969 and 1984] (FAUP, 2013) addressed the day-to-day life of the Porto School during the 1970s and, consequently, the role of the teacher Octávio Lixa Filgueiras in the construction of a pedagogical project for the school in two paradigmatic moments: 1970 and 1974.

Pedro Bandeira recently organised, in Guimarães, the exhibition Porto School, Side B - An oral history (1968 — 1978) (2014), where he mapped out the alternative cultures which emerged in ESBAP in the 1960s and 1970s, to which OLF contributed with his discipline Analytic Architecture.

Eduardo Fernandes
carried out research on the relationship between the Porto School and the studio in the period between the 1940s and 1980s. In A escolha do Porto : contributos para a actualização de uma ideia de escola [The choice of Porto : contributions to the modernisation of an idea for a school] (UM, 2011), deepened understanding of the role of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras as student and teacher, giving special emphasis to his CODA: Urbanism: a rural theme.
 

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23 May 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity
Conversation #1 | On the social function of the architect
26 May, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 1800 hrs

"... the architect, to realise himself, must know how to do and, at the same time, know things, and people, and the world, and life ..." (Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, On the Social Function of the Architect)

On Friday will take place the first of two conversations arranged as part of the Exhibition “Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity” . In this first meeting, the subject proposed is “on the social function of the architect” and to discuss this will be Ana Tostões, Eduardo Fernandes, Pedro Bandeira and Raquel Paulino.
Moderated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota.

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22 May 2017
"History of Paintings and Paintings with History"
The 18 May session, in the Lopes Martins Mansion

The digital catalogue of the Marques da Silva Foundation´s collection of paintings was presented on International Museum Day. Artur Vasconcelos highlighted, through the story (or stories) which they tell, 4 works out of the 118 which are contained in it, shown in chronological order of the artists: Portrait of Marques da Silva, by Veloso Salgado; Marinha, by Abel Cardoso; Manhente, by Marques da Silva; and Baby and Lilita, by Aurélia de Sousa.

Veloso Salgado, with the self-portrait of 1895 shown in the background, was also highlighted as part of the Screenplay which TVU have made for those who wish to get to know his paintings in Porto, a project in process of completion.

Vítor Silva concluded the session by sharing a few reflections on the portrait and the self-portrait, addressing the way in which it acts on the viewer, the many impressions, feelings and aesthetic experiences which convey or evoke that other “place of identity”.

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21 May 2017
"Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: The Habitat of Modernity"
Conversation #1 | On the Architect´s Social Function
With Ana Tostões, Eduardo Fernandes, Pedro Bandeira and Raquel Paulino
Moderated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota

"Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: The Habitat of Modernity"
Conversation #1 | On the Architect´s Social Function
With Ana Tostões, Eduardo Fernandes, Pedro Bandeira and Raquel Paulino
Moderated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota
26 May, 1800 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier


On 26 May, as part of the parallel programme to the Exhibition "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity" will take place the first of two conversations which aim to contribute to a critical reflection on two central themes in the career of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and of Portuguese Architecture: the social function of the architect and the habitat of modernity.

On Friday it will be the turn of Ana Tostões, Eduardo Fernandes, Pedro Bandeira and Raquel Paulino to address the first of the themes proposed by the two curators, Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, who also take on the moderation of the conversation.

Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space. Come and join us!

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18 May 2017
The Catalogue of the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Collection of Paintings

And from now on you can get to know the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Collection of Paintings. There are 118 works which José Marques da Silva was collecting, during the many phases of his life, and which now appear properly identified and arranged through the research carried out by Artur Vasconcelos. The publication, accessible in digital form, has a preface by Raquel Henriques da Silva.

To access the Catalogue, click here

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18 May 2017
Newsletter #25: May 2017

Newsletter #25 begins with an invitation to come to the Lopes Martins Mansion to see the Catalogue of the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Collection of Paintings and a Screenplay of Veloso Salgado in Porto. It is published today, 18 May, a day on which Museums and their collections are in the spotlight.

To read Newsletter #25, please click here
 

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17 May 2017
Self-portrait by Veloso Salgado, ca. 1895

Selfportrait of Veloso Salgado, ca. 1895

This self-portrait by Veloso Salgado, an unfinished work of the late 19th century, was recently identified by Artur Vasconcelos, during his research into José Marques da Silva´s collection of paintings. Its identification represents an important contribution to the construction of Veloso Salgado´s iconography where, to date, only three more self-portraits have been identified: a painting of 1907, another entitled Grupo de família Veloso Salgado [Veloso Salgado Family Group] of 1911, and one more of 1931, in which the artist represents himself against the backdrop of his work Youth.

Veloso Salgado, during his time in Paris, was a "fellow traveller" of José Marques da Silva, a fact which justifies the presence of the work in this collection. Tomorrow it will be possible to see it and to learn a little more about its "history", then it will be on display in the Lopes Martins Mansion for the session beginning at 1800 hrs.
 
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16 May 2017
Manhente, 1909