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7 December 2018
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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level and in the north of the country, bringing together a wide-ranging set of documents, some of which are until now unpublished, belonging to the Marques da Silva Foundation collection.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.

Entrance free, subject to the availability of space.

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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”
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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.
 

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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.

Entrance free, subject to the availability of space.

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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.

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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.

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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.
See photographic album

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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.

See OA and OASRN programme

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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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See Itinerary (with text by Maria José Casanova)

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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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See DGPC general programme

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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
José Marques da Silva, Manhente, 1909

"When we speak of Marques da Silva it is almost impossible to forget the architect to focus only on the watercolour artist. In fact, one does not exist without the other. Drawing and painting, however, are not exhausted in the process of architecture, on the contrary, they empower and consolidate a form of expression with unique identity and characteristics, visible qualities in the wide range of watercolours executed by the architect and which form part of FIMS´ collection of paintings."


(Artur Vasconcelos, in "Do retrato à paisagem" [From portrait to landscape], 2017)

 

 
The Marques da Silva Foundation´s collection of paintings, which contains a significant set of watercolours by Marques da Silva himself, will be presented in the 18 May session. In addition to the launch of the catalogue, a multimedia project will also be shown, culminating in a Screenplay of Veloso Salgado in Porto.
 
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13 May 2017
For another look at Fátima

In 1978, José Carlos Loureiro´s Architecture Office won a competition for the creation of spaces, new constructions and renovation of the Fátima Sanctuary.

The drawing we are now publishing dates from 1984 and represents a study of the Altar.

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9 May 2017
History of paintings and paintings with history
International Museum Day at the Marques da Silva Foundation
With: Maria de Fátima Marinho, Vítor Silva, Artur Vasconcelos and Joana Miranda

History of paintings and paintings with history
International Museum Day 2017
18 May, Lopes Martins Mansion, 18:00
 


To mark another International Museum Day, the Marques da Silva Foundation will present and launch the catalogue of the collection of paintings belonging to this institution. "From portrait to landscape" is the title of the work which will reveal all of the paintings collected by the architect José Marques da Silva, brought together by the research of Artur Vasconcelos, who wrote the catalogue, with a preface by Raquel Henriques da Silva.

In the same session, TVU will present a Screenplay of Veloso Salgado in Porto, a multimedia project based on the exhibition "More than the dream of the passage", which in 2014 brought together a wide range of institutions to celebrate 150 years since the birth of this artist.
 
The Lopes Martins Mansion will be open from 1700 hrs for the viewing of a small display of the collection of paintings as well as the new digital content.

Opening the session will be the Marques da Silva Foundation´s Chair of the Board of Directors, Maria de Fátima Marinho. Guest speaker will be Vítor Silva, Professor of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, UPorto, with the presentation of the catalogue by its author, the architect Artur Vasconcelos, and the presentation of the screenplay by Joana Miranda, Director of TVU.

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8 May 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity
The guided tour of 6 May

On Saturday 6 May the first of two guided tours by Gonçalo Canto Moniz took place of the exhibition currently open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. “Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity” covers C.O.D.A., the fieldwork developed by the team coordinated by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras for the Portuguese Architecture Survey, his participation in C.I.A.M., his studies at the Porto School of Fine Arts and his pedagogical work developed there. Structured in 8 parts, it evokes Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s other areas of interest and includes testimonials from former students and colleagues.

The next tour is scheduled for Saturday 3 June at 1600 hrs.
 
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5 May 2017
The Barjona de Freitas building in Barcelos

"The Barjona de Freitas building is today the most visible mark of the strong connection of the Marques da Silva family with Barcelos. (...) This work can also be seen to have the symbolic value of a testimony: it appeared in the final years of José Marques da Silva´s long career (he died in 1947) but, at the same time, it marks the beginning of the professional activity of his daughter, Maria José Marques da Silva. The young architect (the first woman with this title to be trained at the Porto School of Fine Arts) was at this time doing her tirocinium (the professional training required to complete the Architecture course at Porto Fine Arts) in her father´s studio, having played an important role in the project´s design process ...".

Written by Eduardo Fernandes, The José Marques da Silva Gallery of Works contains a new entry dedicated to the Barjona de Freitas Building in Barcelos.

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3 May 2017
"Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: on the social function of the architect" - the video


The video made by TVU is now available on the programme "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: on the social function of the architect", which took place on 18 April, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. Curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, it brought together the donation of this Architect´s professional Archive to the Marques da Silva Foundation with the holding of a colloquium, the signing session and an exhibition, "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity", which remains open to the public until 18 June, and can be visited from Tuesday to Friday, between 14:30 and 17:30.

On 6 May and 3 June there are guided tours by Gonçalo Canto Moniz. We look forward to seeing you!

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2 May 2017
José Francisco Alves´s seminar on "Teixeira Lopes and Pinto do Couto: Portuguese sculptors and their works in Brazil" in the Lopes Martins Mansion

With Art approaching frontiers, José Francisco Alves sketched out a journey between Porto and Rio Grande do Sul via Rio de Janeiro, to share knowledge of the Brazilian heritage shaped by two Portuguese sculptors: Teixeira Lopes and Rodolfo Pinto do Couto. The seminar took place in the Lopes Martins Mansion, a Brazilian house, under the eyes of Cain, a sculpture given by Teixeira Lopes to José Marques da Silva as a wedding gift.

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28 April 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity
6 May and 3 June
Guided Tours of the exhibition

Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity
6 May and 3 June - 16:00 hrs
Guided Tours of the exhibition
 
The exhibition Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity, offers a first look at the collection recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation. Curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, it focuses on the subject of ‘habitat’ and on the transversality and questioning of this, covering different facets and moments in the architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s career.

On 6 May and 3 June, Gonçalo Canto Moniz will conduct a guided tour of the exhibition. Those interested in taking part should register by the day prior to the tour, either by email: fims@reit.up.pt or telephone: 22 5518557. The tours begin at 1600 hrs,  entrance is free, and places are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.
 
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27 April 2017
Today we are talking about Sculpture in the Lopes Martins Mansion!

José Francisco Alves will speak about one of José Marques da Silva´s fellow travellers, António Teixeira Lopes, and one of his disciples, Rodolfo Pinto do Couto, two Portuguese sculptors whose works can be seen in Brazil.

The session begins at 1800 hrs and we look forward to seeing you.

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27 April 2017
... and Rodolfo Pinto do Couto

Rodolfo Pinto do Couto (1888-1945), sculptor, teacher and publicist, born in Porto, began by attending the workshop of the master António Teixeira Lopes. After completing his training at the Porto School of Fine Arts and in Paris, he left for Brazil, where he married the sculptor Nicolina Vaz de Assis and maintained an influential workshop for many years. Of the many works he created in Brazil, a highlight is the funerary monument of Senator Pinheiro Machado (1923) in Santa Casa Cemetery, Porto Alegre, and the sculptural group in Consolation Cemetery (S. Paulo).

Unpublished information on the work of this sculptor will be presented by José Francisco Alves in tomorrow´s seminar, dedicated to the works of Teixeira Lopes and Pinto do Couto in Brazil.
 
Lopes Martins Mansion (Pr. Marquês de Pombal, nº 30), at 1800 hrs. Entrance free, subject to the availability of space.

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25 April 2017
Teixeira Lopes in Brazil...

The imposing bronze doors of the Candelária Church in Rio de Janeiro are by António Teixeira Lopes (1866-1942) and resulted from a commission received from Brazil in 1897. From this same country, but from the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Teixeira Lopes also received the invitation to create the Bento Gonçalves monument. The transfer of the ashes of this hero of the Farroupilha Revolution to the pedestal of the monument in 1909 marks its unveiling, in the centre of Tamandaré Square.

The work of Teixeira Lopes in Brazil has been studied by José Francisco Alves and is one of the themes of the seminar taking place on Thursday at 1800 hrs, in the Lopes Martins Mansion (Pr. Marquês de Pombal, nº 30, Porto).

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24 April 2017
Parnaso Building: EIAFR Visit with José Carlos Loureiro

José Carlos Loureiro today revisited the Parnaso Building and provided a unique occasion for the group of students from the Haute École d´Ingénierie et d´Architecture de Fribourg. In direct speech and with his characteristic sense of humour, he spoke of the circumstances and contexts that dictated the design options of a then young architect. The tour of the various interior spaces was made possible only through the generous collaboration of the building´s current owners.
 

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24 April 2017
Teixeira Lopes and Pinto do Couto: Portuguese sculptors and their works in Brazil
José Francisco Alves Seminar
27 April, Lopes Martins Mansion, 18:00

"Teixeira Lopes and Pinto do Couto: Portuguese sculptors and their works in Brazil"
José Francisco Alves Seminar
27 April, Lopes Martins Mansion, 18:00
Entrance free

Teixeira Lopes and Rodolfo Pinto do Couto were two great Portuguese sculptors at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Trained in Porto, they both continued their studies in Paris, having subsequently embarked on successful artistic careers, with visits to Brazil.  From Teixeira Lopes, this country contains two monumental works, the Monument to General Bento Gonçalves, unveiled in 1909 in the city of Rio Grande, in the far south, and the Monumental Doors of the Candelária Church, in the centre of the city of Rio de Janeiro, unveiled the same year. For his part, Pinto do Couto, who would marry the Brazilian sculptor Nicolina Vaz de Assis, kept a busy and influential studio in Rio de Janeiro, before returning to Porto. Of the numerous works he carried out, one of the most notable is the Monumental Tomb of Senator Pinheiro Machado, in Porto Alegre, capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.

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23 April 2017
About World Book Day

On the subject of World Book Day, Manuel Montenegro´s glance at Fernando Távora´s library, held at the Marques da Silva Foundation, a text that tells us about architects´ libraries and the meanings which are added to the books through the intersections they establish, by the way in which they have been constructed.

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21 April 2017
OLF #3 - Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity
Opening of the Exhibition

The exhibition Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: Habitat of Modernity, curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, is built around the theme of ‘habitat’, its transversality and questioning in different aspects of the architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s career, at the same time stating the importance of the collection, showing some of the documents contained in it.
 
Organised as part of the donation of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation, and its opening, an integral part of the programme taking place on the 18 of April 2017.
 
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21 April 2017
OLF #2 - Signing of the Contract for the Donation of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s Collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation

The signing of the contract for the donation of the Architectural Collection of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, by the representatives of the institution and the family, formalises a gesture which will make more than 3,000 items available, from drawings and written texts (handwritten, typewritten and printed) relating to the practice of Architecture, but also a wide and varied set of files which document his journey as an academic, a student and a teacher, as well as other fields of activity such as his involvement in CIAM, in the areas of museology and heritage, in surveys and cultural tours designed for the National Ministry of Education in the late 1970s.
 
The session was also attended by Margarida Coelho and Armando Coelho Ferreira da Silva who, in addition to the activities taking place as part of the colloquium, emphasised the sense of donation and the opening up of the collection for research. They also focused on the importance of his contribution to the remodelling and understanding of Museums as living and dynamic realities and his decisive action in the organisation of science and technology in the country´s heritage. His exceptional degree of specialisation in naval archaeology was again remembered, as well as his unique thoroughness, rigour and systematising ability.

A collection to knowin order to understand the variety and breadth of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s work.
 
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21 April 2017
OLF #1 - Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: on the architect´s social function
Colloquium

The programme dedicated to Octávio Lixa Filgueiras began by presenting four different looks at the journey of a life marked by cross-cutting interests, erudition, analytical spirit and scientific rigour.

Gonçalo Canto Moniz
addressed the measure of the architect, as a student and as a teacher-researcher, based on three analysis parameters: his position as a student of Carlos Ramos, at a time of transition for the School; the social architect and the renovation of Modern Architecture, as set out in CODA and transposed to CIAM and the Inquiry; his position as educator, expressed in a clear wish to build a reflexive and effective pegadogical training method for architects. A lengthy period of work recorded in documents, a collection to awaken renewed readings.

Nelson Mota offered a glance at the international context of CIAM and at the way in which CODA, or the work of the group coordinated by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras in the Nordeste Transmontano, developed as part of the Inquiry into Popular Architecture, intersected and reflected in the participation of the Portuguese group, namely in Sigtuna and Dubrovnik, through the debate on the CIAM grid and the Habitat charter. Between a desire for universality and the problem of local identity, there is a clear anticipation of issues which remain current, as in the case of the "banal" and rural, or housing for "large numbers", or ‘evolutionary fire’.

With the talk by Nuno Miguel Costa and the mapping of the collection donated to the Ílhavo Museum, the importance of the Octávio Lixa Filgueiras fund was highlighted: for the quality of the scientific work that underlies it, for the richness and extension of the geographical and cultural areas covered, as a basis for rethinking museological devices, as an incentive for the promotion of dissemination projects and research on archaeology and the heritage linked to navigation.

The colloquium closed with the contribution from Domingos Tavares, in an exercise of understanding based on his personal experience as a student of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, a figure whose activity he considered to be important in the School and fundamental in the face of other pedagogical strategies. The disciplinary experiences, developed within the framework of Analytical Architecture, the affinities with Arnaldo Araújo, and the work with Nuno Portas, were evoked to define Octávio Lixa Filgueiras as a rational spirit who supported the possibility of divergence, a teacher with a proposal for a pedagogical strategy based on analysis, training and experimentation, a desire to establish a basis for teaching that has to do with a personal attitude, a neo-realist in the purest sense of the term.
 

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18 April 2017
Newsletter #24 | April 2017

The International Day of Monuments and Sites, created by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982, aims to "raise citizens´ awareness of the diversity and vulnerability of heritage, as well as the need for its protection and appreciation", a cause particularly dear to Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, the person we are celebrating today with the opening programme of Newsletter #24, for the month of April.

 

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17 April 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: on the architect´s social function
18 April, from 14:30 hrs
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

... to know in order to understand (...) For many the architect is what he does; for a few, the architect also thinks; for those who know, 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, Da função social do arquiteto (On the Architect´s Social Function), 1985, p.16
 
 

14:30-17:30 Colloquium
- Opening the proceedings, Maria de Fátima Marinho
- Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: professor-researcher, Gonçalo Canto Moniz
- Octávio Lixa Filgueiras and the modernity of the Rural Habitat, Nelson Mota
- The “Prof. Architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras Fund”, maritime statement by the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo, Nuno Miguel Costa
- A pedagogical strategy, Domingos Tavares
- Round table with all the participants, moderated by the curators


18:00-18:45 Signing of the contract for the donation of the collection

With Maria de Fátima Marinho, Carlos Filgueiras, Margarida Coelho, Armando Coelho Ferreira da Silva.


19:00-20:00 Opening of the Exhibition, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity

Presented by the curators, Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, the exhibition, built around the concept of "habitat", addresses different aspects of Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s career and states the importance of the collection, showing some of the documents. A video will also be shown, made by Luís Urbano, with statements by Carlos Carvalho Dias, Alexandre Alves Costa, Álvaro Meireles, Margarida Coelho, Manuel Fernandes de Sá, Manuel Mendes and Carlos Guimarães.
 

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05 April 2017
Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: on the architect´s social function
Colloquium, Exhibition and Signing of the Donation Contract
18 April - José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

On 18 April, the International Day of Monuments and Sites, the Marques da Silva Foundation will mark the receipt of the Architect Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s collection. The programme, whose generic title refers back to a reference book by this architect, "On the architect´s social function", curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, includes a colloquium, the signing session for the donation contract and an exhibition.


14:30-17:30 Colloquium
With the Chairman of the Board of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Maria de Fátima Marinho, opening the proceedings, there will be contributions from Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Nelson Mota, Domingos Tavares and Nuno Miguel Costa.

18:00-18:45 Signing of the contract for the donation of the collection
At the table will be Maria de Fátima Marinho, Carlos Filgueiras, Margarida Coelho and Armando Coelho Ferreira da Silva.

19:00-20:00 Opening of the Exhibition "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity"
With a guided tour by the curators, Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota


The programme - entrance free, but subject to the availability of space - takes place in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

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24 March 2017
"Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: on the architect´s social function"
Colloquium, Exhibition and Signing of the contract for the donation to FIMS
18 April, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, from 14:30 hrs
ESBAP, Arquitectura Analítica, Operação Barredo. Desenho de António de Brito; Professor Octávio Lixa Filgueiras; 1967-68

"Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: on the architect´s social function"
Programme curated by Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota
18 April, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
 

14:30-17:30 Colloquium
18:00-18:45 Signing of the contract for the donation of the collection
19:00-20:00 Opening and guided tour by the Curators of the Exhibition "Octávio Lixa Filgueiras: the Habitat of Modernity"
 

Octávio Lixa Filgueiras (1922-1996)
was one of the first Portuguese architects to explore connections between architecture and the social sciences. In addition to being an architect, Lixa Filgueiras was also an ethnographer and an archaeologist. He graduated from the Porto School of Fine Arts (ESBAP) in 1953, where he was a student of Carlos Ramos and a colleague of, among others, Fernando Távora, Fernando Lanhas, João Andresen and José Carlos Loureiro. In his degree thesis (CODA) Lixa Figueiras presented an innovative theoretical-practical approach to the question of the rural world as a central theme for modern urbanism. Filgueiras was a member of the Organisation of Modern Architects (ODAM) and took part in the preparatory meetings of the CIAM Porto group. It is in this context that the CODA research is being resumed in order to write about Habitat, seeking to give his 1953 contribution to the Charte de l’Habitat (The Habitat Charter), the document which the members of CIAM International wished to create as a complement to the famous Charte d’Athènes de l’Urbanisme (Athens Charter of Urbanism).

On the International Day of Monuments and Sites, the Marques da Silva Foundation will mark the donation of the collection of the Architect and Professor Octávio Lixa Filgueiras. The programme, curated by Professors Gonçalo Canto Moniz and Nelson Mota, includes, in addition to the formalisation of the arrangement through the signing of the agreement between the Chairman of the Foundation´s Board and Octávio Lixa Filgueiras´s heirs, a colloquium and an exhibition where we try to reflect on the way in which the Habitat idea is present in his writings, in his drawings, in his photographs, in his books and also in his architecture, discussing his contribution to the consolidation of a humanistic approach to the construction and preservation of the cultural and architectural heritage.

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21 March 2017
On World Poetry Day, "The Machine", by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras


And because the Arts intersect, on World Poetry Day, we are sharing “The Machine” by Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, the architect whose collection will be donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation on 18 April:

The Machine


The black spider
secreted the sticky slime;

A white thread
waved in the air
Suspended from a leg,
But see how it was sucked
in a swirl of colours
    Disappearing in a whirlwind
    Of stalks, blades and arms
    Rolling.

The metal crutches
Collided in the air
And, with bright sparks,
Sparkled in the space
Snarling songs
of steel on steel.

Deaf buzzing
And monotonous songs,
Piercing trills
Of ferrous metals
They fluttered
in undulating waves,

And like giant rams
They worked hard on
The strong brass doors
Of the great dark ship

In “Requiem to the Glories of the World”

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!7 March 2017
"Arquitectura. A Praça da Autonomia, Pedagogia, Epistemologia, Pensamento Crítico", by José António Bandeirinha
The launch in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

Three themes, embodied in three characters, associated with three urban typologies. This is the structure of José António Bandeirinha´s book, “Arquitectura. A Praça da Autonomia, Pedagogia, Epistemologia, Pensamento Crítico” [Architecture. The Square of Autonomy, Pedagogy, Epistemology, Critical Thought], presented by Jorge Figueira, on 15 March in Porto, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. A book in which philosophers ‘rival’ with architects, in which a desire for urbanity is expressed, in which we walk along a questioning pathway that leads to the Square of Autonomy in an idealised city, a manifesto which calls upon poetry to help us think.

Also in this session, as in Coimbra on 9 March, Alexandre Alves Costa outlined the donation to the Marques da Silva Foundation of the documentary record of the project carried out for the Capelos Room, University of Coimbra, by Fernando Távora and José António Bandeirinha, in the 1990s. A space which Alexandre Alves Costa himself would later be invited to think about.
 

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15 March 2017
Newsletter #23 | March 2017

Today, on the day when we launch, in Porto, the fifth volume of the Architect Marques da Silva Seminars, Newsletter #23 is issued.

From the news published there, we highlight the arrival of a new collection: from 18 April, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras will hand over to the family of architects represented in this Foundation whose mission is to preserve their documentary memory, as well as promote the study and dissemination of their works.
 

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14 March 2017
The launch of Arquitectura. A Praça da Autonomia, Epistemologia, Pensamento Crítico" in the Sereia Circle in Coimbra

On 9 March, at the CAPC – Círculo Sereia, in Coimbra, the first session took place of the launch of the book by José António Bandeirinha, an Architect who trained at the Porto School of Fine Arts, and who is currently, in addition to curation and research, working as a Full Professor in the Department at the University of Coimbra.

The book was presented by Jorge Figueira, Director of the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, who will also present the book in the session taking place tomorrow in Porto, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

On that occasion, as reported, Alexandre Alves Costa, whose teaching and professional experience intersects with the University of Coimbra and the interventions scheduled for the Capelos Room, recalled the phases of this process, outlining Fernando Távora´s project, whose documentary memory came to be deposited, as decided by his collaborator José António Bandeirinha, with the Marques da Silva Foundation archive.

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10 March 2017
The Foundation´s Camellias

Between 4 and 11 March, the city has been celebrating the camellias, and the Marques da Silva Foundation is taking part in the initiative to display the beauty of the trees which fill their gardens with colour in the album launched today on Facebook.

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09 March 2017
"Architecture. The Square of Autonomy, Pedagogy, Epistemology, Critical Thought"
Launch today in Coimbra

"Dominion over materials and land seems to approach Architecture with that method and those processes but, in fact, that will only happen if we are able to distance it from its autonomy, conquered from within the political and social system — in a synthesis of Utilitas and Venustas. That is why the Square of Autonomy must hold a central position in the city-Architecture. It is an autonomy conquered within the political sphere which frees itself historically from the political system."

In "Architecture. The Square of Autonomy, Pedagogy, Epistemology, Critical Thought", by José António Bandeirinha, the new book in the Marques da Silva Seminars collection

The launch in Coimbra is today, in the Sereia Circle, at 18:00, in a session attended by Fátima Marinho, José António Bandeirinha, Jorge Figueira and Alexandre Alves Costa.

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7 March 2017
The "Marques da Silva Seminars" collection is more accessible

The launch of a new volume associated with alternative distribution arrangements has allowed us to recalculate the per volume price of the books contained in the "Marques da Silva Seminars" collection.

Therefore, with the exception of the new item - Arquitectura. A Praça da Autonomia, Pedagogia, Epistemologia, Pensamento Crítico [Architecture. The Square of Autonomy, Pedagogy, Epistemology, Critical Thought], by José António Bandeirinha - with an especially attractive post-launch price of €10.00, the remaining volumes will have a unit price of €15.00 (if obtained through FIMS or via our online Store, a 10% discount always applies).

The book by Alexandre Alves Costa, The Alexandre Herculano High School: History, Design and Transformation, is currently sold out and is at present not for sale via the FIMS online Store, nor available for restocking in commercial outlets.
 

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1 March 2017
"Arquitectura. A Praça da Autonomia, Pedagogia, Epistemologia, Pensamento Crítico"
(Architecture. The Square of Autonomy, Pedagogy, Epistemology, Critical Thought)
Launch of the book by José António Bandeirinha

"Arquitectura. A Praça da Autonomia, Pedagogia, Epistemologia, Pensamento Crítico"
(Architecture. The Square of Autonomy, Pedagogy, Epistemology, Critical Thought)
Book launch
With: Maria de Fátima Marinho, José António Bandeirinha, Jorge Figueira and Alexandre Alves Costa
9 March, 18:00 - Fine Arts Circle of Coimbra - Sereia Circle
15 March, 18:00 - José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier (Porto)


With the launch planned in Coimbra (9 March) and in Porto (15 March), the book by José António Bandeirinha proposes a reflection on the autonomy of Architecture and our understanding of it in contemporary times, using the metaphor of the city as a resource. The new publication is part of the Architect José Marques da Silva Seminars collection and will be presented by Jorge Figueira.

As part of this session and following the recent delivery to the Marques da Silva Foundation, by the author of the book, of a set of items relating to the project developed by Fernando Távora in the 1990s, with the collaboration of José António Bandeirinha, for the revision and increase in the number of doctoral students in the faculty of the University of Coimbra, Alexandre Alves Costa will speak about the work.

This initiative is supported by the Fine Arts Circle of Coimbra, the Circus of Ideas Bookshop and the University of Porto.

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18 February 2017
There are new things to discover in the Centenary of the Avenue Virtual Exhibition


The virtual exhibition "On the Centenary of the Avenue" has some new items: it is more interactive and  contains new data in all sections.

Regarded as a project in permanent update, it has been expanded and is easy to navigate. The three sections of the Exhibition contain more documentation, in some cases unpublished, as in the case of the featured image, a drawing by Marques da Silva, dated 1925, for the alignment of the facades of zone VI of the Avenue. The plans in the Public Space [Espaço Público] include the proposals of Siza Vieira and Souto de Moura, the designs of the Buildings [Edifícios] are grouped into blocks and the history of the City Hall [Paços do Concelho] now goes as far as its opening. The narrative is achieved through documents of the period, relating to the various times and cycles of planning and construction, from drawings and written items, to photographs, postcards and film footage, coming from a range of institutions, contrasted with the use of technological means which allow us a direct connection to the real city of the present day.

In Opening [Abertura], a Site Map has been added, with links giving a clearer understanding of the platform´s structure, as well as a summary of the programme which has been unrolling since 1 February 2016.

In Other Records [Outros Registos], where the metamorphosis of the space becomes visible and humanised with the use of photographs and films, the albums record new entries.

Visit at http://nocentenariodaavenida.up.pt.

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17 February 2017
From the Campo das Hortas to the Praça da Liberdade

On this day, 17 February, but in 1721, the Cabido da Sé graciously ceded to the Council various lands of which it was owner, for the construction of the public thoroughfare which, from the Campo das Hortas, would become the Praça Nova, later named the Praça D. Pedro IV and is today known as the Praça da Liberdade.

More + info can be found on this urban transformation at https://nocentenariodaavenida.up.pt/pages/o-espaco-publico/

About the image - Plan drawn by José Champalimaud de Nussane, showing the convexity of the Praça Nova, south side, from Santo Elói to the Porta de Carros, in 1790. Available on Gisaweb

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15 February 2017
José António Bandeirinha
"Architecture. The Square of Autonomy, Pedagogy, Epistemology, Critical Thought"
Marques da Silva Seminars 2014, now in book form

In contemporary times, the bases of Architecture´s autonomy do not appear in a systematic or progressive way, are not equivalent in scale and are, therefore, of difficult commensurability. Moreover, they also do not fit into games of harmonic equivalence, they are woven into thick fabric, although of irregular texture and with very disparate patterns, built over the course of time in equally diverse historical circumstances.

(José António Bandeirinha)
 



The 2014 Marques da Silva Seminars had as lecturer José António Bandeirinha with the theme “Architecture, the Square of Autonomy and the Avenue of Epistemology”. With the metaphor of the city used to frame the complex texture of contributions to the understanding of the autonomy of Architecture, the revisited text of the Seminar will now be published in printed form.


Launch:

9 March | Fine Arts Circle of Coimbra - Sereia, 18:00
15 March | José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 18:00

Presentation:
Jorge Figueira


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14 February 2017
The launch of the book "Memória"

And the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier made itself ready to welcome all those who wished to take part in the launch of the book which brings about the reunion of the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira with his work.

After hearing from two of the editors, Maria de Fátima Marinho for the Marques da Silva Foundation and José Ribeiro for Afrontamento, it was the turn of the Architects Maria José Casanova, Ana Vaz Milheiro, André Tavares and Manuel Mendes to share their impressions on the scope of the person, on his work and its meaning, on the book itself, on the challenge of following and embodying the wish expressed by the author to communicate his own vision of the passage of time and communicate his understanding with a sense of future heritage.

“Memória” reveals the critical review of the course of a life and allows us to discover, through writings and pictures, facets, sometimes unpublished, of Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s design experience.

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13 February 2017
Newsletter #22 | February 2017

On the day of the launch of a new book - "Memória", by Alfredo Matos Ferreira - we present the first Newsletter of 2017.
 

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5 February 2017
"Memória", by Alfredo Matos Ferreira
Book launch
13 February, 18:00 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

"Memória", by Alfredo Matos Ferreira
Book launch
With Ana Vaz Milheiro, André Tavares and Maria José Casanova
13 February, 18:00 hrs, José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
 

To mark the closing of the first module of "Terra d´Alva", the launch of Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s book "Memória" takes place on 13 February. The publication, a review of the professional work developed by this architect whose archive was recently donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation, contains texts by Álvaro Siza, Sergio Fernandez, Vítor Oliveira and the editorial coordinator, Manuel Mendes.

To present the book will be the Architects Ana Vaz Milheiro, André Tavares and Maria José Casanova.

The session takes place in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and begins at 18:00 hrs. Entrance is free, subject only to the availability of space.

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07 February 2017
Terra d´Alva - Guided Tour of 4 February

Last Saturday, the second guided tour took place of the Terra d´Alva installation. The rain prevented the walk through the Avenue of Camellias, but did not deter the group. Manuel Mendes presented his own programme centred around Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s archive, his understanding of the person and of the career of this architect of the ‘Porto School’ and how he has used the space and character of the Residence-Atelier to show, between the private sphere and the public dimension, the environments that shaped him and his designs for the rural landscape of Trás-os-Montes.

On 13 February, with Ana Vaz Milheiro, André Tavares and Maria José Casanova, Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s book, “Memória”, will be launched. The book´s editorial coordinator is Manuel Mendes. 

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2 February 2017
Virtual Exhibition on the 100 years of the Avenue now available to visit
Access to the platform and video of the presentation session

On 31 January the presentation session of the Virtual Exhibition took place which concludes the programme, On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue, which began exactly one year ago.

The new platform, built under the scientific guidance of Clara Vale and with the support of TVU, University of Porto, revisits the last 100 years of the Avenue and tells the story of its construction, comparing various documentary records - plans, designs, photographs and postcards - with the city of the present day. In fact, in an invitation to go through the physical space, a QRCode has been assigned which allows for viewing via mobile devices.

The Exhibition also includes the texts of Domingos Tavares, The New City, and of Clara Pimenta do Vale, Between Design and Reality, as well as a cinematographic and photographic memory, extending to a whole series of institutions and projects to complement the information now available.

Finally, because it is a project in constant update, born from a sharing of wishes and addressing itself to everyone, this is a general invitation for all to participate.
Visit, explore, share, contribute! 

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1 February 2017
Guided Tour, "Terra d´Alva", by Manuel Mendes
4 February - 15:00 hrs - José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
Final Bookings

"Terra d´Alva"
Exhibition-installation on the work of the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira
Guided Tour by Manuel Mendes
4 February - 15:00 hrs - José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
Final Bookings


The first module of the programme dedicated to the work of Alfredo Matos Ferreira, the exhibition-installation "Terra d´Alva", will be given a new guided tour, next Saturday 4 February, led by its mentor and coordinator, Professor Manuel Mendes.

Entrance is free, conditional on prior booking. It is still possible to join the group, simply by emailing fims@reit.up.pt or telephoning 225518557.

A reminder that the closing date is 13 February, with the launch of the book, "Memória". During the final week of public opening it will be possible to visit this exhibition outside the scheduled timetable, if requested in advance.

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31 January 2017
On the Centenary of the Avenue
Presentation and opening of the Virtual Exhibition

Taking place today, at 18:00 hrs, in the Rectory of the University of Porto, Pr. Gomes Teixeira, in the Old Collection Room.

Entrance free

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28 January 2017
David Moreira da Silva, Architect-Urban Planner
Étienne de Groër e David Moreira da Silva, Anteplano da Cidade de Luanda, 1942

At a time when there has been so much talk of the city and urban planning, we remember David Moreira da Silva, one of the first national urban planners, trained in Paris, author of practically two dozen urban plans and pre-plans, in a professional activity which began in the 1940s, in collaboration with Etienne de Gröer and later developed in the workshop set up with Maria José Marques da Silva.

Born 28 January 1909.

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27 January 2017
On the Centenary of the Avenue: the Exhibition
31 January - Rectory of the University of Porto

Opening of the Virtual Exhibition
On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue
Rectory of the University of Porto
18:00 - entrance free

 
Would you like to know about this and other curiosities connected with the construction history of the Avenida dos Aliados and the City Hall building?

Come to the Old Collection Room at the Rectory of the University of Porto, on 31 January at 1800 hrs, to take part in the launch of the new digital platform with the Virtual Exhibition which closes the cycle of initiatives proposed for the Centenary of the Avenida dos Aliados in Porto.

31 January, a date with a special meaning in the context of the city and the affirmation of republicanism in Portugal, also sees the completion of the year which began with the session The First Stone.  Among the various plans and projects arose the New City whose main documentation can be found gathered together on this platform to which all are invited.

Come and join us on Tuesday!

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18 January 2016
Terra d´Alva – Guided Tour of 14 January

Manuel Mendes, author and coordinator of the “Terra d´Alva” programme, led the first of the 2 planned guided tours as part of the exhibition-installation currently open to the public in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.  In a route designed to start from the Avenue of Camellias, we went through the various interior spaces which form part of this initiative, giving information on Alfredo Matos Ferreira, a “man of the frontier”.

The next tour takes place on 4 February and registration is already open (fims@reit.up.pt or tel. 225518557).

The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Thursday, from 1430 hrs to 1730 hrs, though tours may be scheduled by prior arrangement outside the established times.


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10 January 2017
Guided Tour "Terra d´Alva"

"Terra d´Alva"
Exhibition-installation on the work of the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira
Guided Tour by Manuel Mendes
14 January - 15:00 - Advance booking essential
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier
 

To mark the start of a New Year, the Marques da Silva Foundation is reopening the first module of the programme dedicated to the work of Alfredo Matos Ferreira, the exhibition-installation "Terra d´Alva", and has programmed a first guided tour by its mentor and coordinator, Professor Manuel Mendes.

The tour is scheduled for Saturday 14 January at 15:00, and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Those interested in attending should make prior booking by email to fims@reit.up.pt or by telephone to 225518557.
 
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02 January 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Marques da Silva Foundation reopens its doors, after a brief interruption during the Christmas period, to welcome and wish everyone a Happy 2017!

Until new projects are announced, we take the opportunity to remind you that between 10 January and 10 February you will be able to visit, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, the "Terra d´Alva" exhibition.

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23 December 2016
Alfredo Matos Ferreira Donation: the video

As a farewell to 2016, an invitation to visit us in 2017, we are sharing the video made by TVU of the session on the 20th, in the Residence-Atelier, for the signing of the donation contract and the opening of the exhibition "Terra d´Alva".

"Terra d´Alva" is open to visitors from Tuesday to Thursday, between 14:30 and 17:30, from 10 January, remaining open to the public until 10 February. We hope to see you!

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22 December 2016
Season´s Greetings and a Prosperous 2017

And it is in a spirit of celebration, as seen in Alcino Soutinho´s drawing, that the Marques da Silva Foundation wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We take this opportunity to let you know that we will be closed during the week of 26 to 30 December.

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21 December 2016
Donation Ceremony for the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s Collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation: signing of the contract and opening of the exhibition-installation "Terra d´Alva"

Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s estate has been formally donated to the Marques da Silva Foundation. A gesture which will make it possible to improve the conditions for the study and recognition of his work in particular, as well as to increase our understanding of the significance of the period, as a matrix for training and production, in the context of the other collections preserved in and by the institution.

The reminiscences of Álvaro Siza, António Menéres, Sergio Fernandez, Mário Brochado Coelho and Joana Matos Ferreira de Sá, sharing stories tempered with a contagious sense of humour in a room which was too small to welcome all those who yesterday passed by the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, paid homage to the unique figure of Alfredo Matos Ferreira, a ´transmontano´ of circumspect character, governed by necessity and rigour, but sensitive, curious, creative and hilarious; the friend, the colleague, the architect, the teacher, the grandfather who discovered the meaning of place.

The opening of the exhibition-installation “Terra d´Alva” was followed by a script by Manuel Mendes designed around and in dialogue with the Casa-Atelier´s spaces, to mark the donation and to give an introduction to the man, marked by land and sea, and to the architect, selecting the work done for Urros and Barca d´Alva, a matrix and determining space in its way of being and existing.

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20 December 2016
Newsletter #21 | December 2016

We are launching today, the day on which the Foundation announces the receipt of a new collection, the last Newsletter of 2016.

Read Newsletter #21

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16 December 2016
Alfredo Matos Ferreira (1928-2015)

Skill and collaboration, knowledge and sharing, learning and awareness of the future, that is why this architect, this gentleman with ‘sixth sense’ – as Fernando Távora affectionately referred to him –, commits himself in what is only viable through the gift of an ‘us’. Or, perhaps better, that is why this artist acted and questioned himself, through the revelation of the world in the familiarity of things, a minimum condition for any artist of essential simplicity and humility.

Extract from a text by Manuel Mendes, responsible for the creation and coordination of the project "Terra d´Alva", the first module of which, an installation in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, will take place on 20 December, as part of the signing session of the contract of donation of Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Residence-Atelier | 20 December |18:00 | entrance free, subject to the availability of space

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9 December 2016
Donation of Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s Collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation

Alfredo Matos Ferreira (1928-2015), whose father was a doctor and whose mother was a painter, was born in Lisbon, but his roots, for family reasons, are deeply entrenched in Trás-os-Montes, a circumstance which guided him decisively as a person, and marked him with emotions and affections, convictions and values in life (in Manuel Mendes, "Alfredo Matos Ferreira, artist of the sixth sense"). An architect trained at the Porto School of Fine Arts, he was a fellow-student with Alberto Neves, António Menéres, Álvaro Siza, Luís Botelho Dias and Joaquim Sampaio, the friends of “room 35” in the Praça da Liberdade. He worked with Arménio Losa from 1971 to 1972, and was a partner with Fernando Távora in his professional practice between 1972 and 1982. His architectural career lasted for more than 50 years. He is the author of important but little known works in the field of Portuguese architectural production in the second half of the 20th century. His archive brings together an artistic heritage of remarkable documentary value, of an era, of a generation and, more particularly, of his architectural activities: drawings, models, photographs, films.

The donation to the Marques da Silva Foundation takes place on 20 December, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. The session, in addition to the contributions of Álvaro Siza, António Menéres, Sergio Fernandez, Mário Brochado Coelho and Joana Matos Ferreira de Sá, will include the opening of the exhibition-installation "Terra d´Alva".

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4 December 2016
Collection of the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira:
Signing of the Contract of Donation to the Marques da Silva Foundation
Opening of the exhibition-installation "Terra D´Alva"
20 December - José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier

The Signing of the Contract of Donation of the Architect Alfredo Matos Ferreira´s Collection to the Marques da Silva Foundation will take place on 20 December, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier. Taking part in the session will be the Architects Álvaro Siza, António Menéres, Sergio Fernandez, and Dr. Mário Brochado Coelho. Representing the family will be Dr. Joana Matos Ferreira de Sá, and for the Foundation, the Chair of the Board of Directors, Professor Dr Maria de Fátima Marinho.

Taking place at the same time will be the opening of the exhibition-installation "Terra D´Alva", which will remain open to the public until 15 February 2017.

The session begins at 18:00. Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.

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2 December 2016
Happy Birthday, Mr. Architect!
Júlio Resende, Portrait of José Carlos Loureiro, 1978

"In addition, for the last thirty years I have felt myself living between dream and meditation, in permanent confrontation with the world in a well limited-unlimited physical space coming from the design of a great architect"

The words are those of Júlio Resende, the architect is José Carlos Loureiro, who today celebrates his 91st birthday.

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30 November 2016
Venice - Close of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennial
Impressions of the Trip

A few images, echoes of an itinerary for Venice, the city where, to paraphrase Fernando Távora, we will have to return in order to complete the incomplete pleasant impressions. Also, Távora always tells us that “in a world of communication it is no longer possible to ignore others, but it is essential to know them”. Reporting from the front, in its response to Aravena´s challenge, brought the world to Venice, a world in which Portugal has gained a presence and a voice.

The trip, an initiative of the Marques da Silva Foundation, organised by Talkie-Walkie and the Pinto Lopes Agency, included Portugal´s participation in the closing programme, organised by DGArtes, the Casa da Arquitectura and the Order of Architects.
 
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22 November 2016
"Architecture of Representation and Freedom: the Town Halls of Alcino Soutinho"
Masters Dissertation by Ana Machado Soares

"Architecture of Representation and Freedom: the Town Halls of Alcino Soutinho", by Ana Machado Soares, selects for its study material the five town hall designs for Amarante, Monção, Matosinhos, Seregno and Felgueiras. They are the starting point for a reflection on Alcino Soutinho´s development, the evolution of his architectural thinking and his positioning in the face of principles dictated by the emergence of a new social and political setup.

Masters Dissertation in Architecture presented in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, was supervised by Professor Dr Jorge Figueira and co-supervised by the Architect Bruno Gil.

It is available for reading here

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21 November 2016
Visit to the Marques da Silva Foundation

The Foundation received some very special visitors last Saturday. In the group organised by the Lady of the Conception Parish (Marquês) were our neighbours and even those who lived in the Houses. Some nostalgia, but above all the interest in and discovery of new things which new times and a new project are imprinting on the space and which the visit revealed.

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18 de novembro de 2016
Closing of the 15th Venice Biennial 2016
Official Portuguese Programme
NEIGHBOURHOOD - WHERE ALVARO MEETS ALDO
25 and 26 November

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial 2016 is about to conclude and the Official Portuguese contribution will mark the closing with a diverse set of activities, highlights being, on the 25th, the debate "Venice Biennial, 1976-2016: the relationship between Italian and Portuguese architecture", with the participation of the Architects Vittorio Gregotti and Álvaro Siza, moderated by Alberto Ferlenga, Rector of IUAV, to take place in the Aula Magna Tolentini, and a guided tour to the exhibition "NEIGHBOURHOOD - Where Alvaro meets Aldo", with the architect Álvaro Siza and the curators Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli, in the Portugal Pavilion, Campo di Marte, Giudecca, on the 26th.

The Marques da Silva Foundation organised a trip to accompany the closing programme, in partnership with the General Directorate of Arts, the Order of Architects, the Casa da Arquitectura and the IUAV University of Venice, as well as visiting the remaining spaces of the Biennial and other points of architectural interest.

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11 November 2016
"Influence of Pessoa on the discourse of Fernando Távora"
article by Juan Ortiz Orueta

"Influence of Pessoa on the discourse of Fernando Távora"
article by Juan Ortiz Orueta

The recently published issue 6 of Cuadernos de Proyectos Arquitectónicos [Notebooks of Architectural Designs], a magazine on architectural theory and criticism from ETSAM´s Department of Architectural Designs, coordinated by Antón Capitel, includes an article dedicated to Fernando Távora, by Juan Ortiz Orueta.

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6 November 2016
Alcino Soutinho
Alcinho Soutinho, 2013

Alcino Soutinho, Study for Screen Printing, 2013
 

Alcino Soutinho, the architect who found he wanted to be a painter, was born on 6 November 1930.

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02 November 2016
Urban Poetry. Approaches to the idea and the image of the city through the literary word | Seminar by Marta Llorente available on video

The video made by TVU is now available of the 2016 Marques da Silva Seminar, which took place on 24 October in the Fernando Távora Auditorium at FAUP.
 

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25 October 2016
The Marques da Silva Seminar 2016

From poetry to prose, what images does literature about the city reflect, of its architecture, of the way in which it provides a stage for life? And to what extent can literature contribute to the understanding and reading of the spaciality of the urban phenomenon from the perspective of an architect, creator of the long-term modelling of the territory?

Marta Llorente has been devoting herself to working on literary texts, for the pleasure and cult of reading, but also trying to find in the written text the dimension which invades her field of interest and practice of architecture, the many representations of the city, the memory recounted and contained in a time which thus becomes capable of surviving the city itself. From ancient literature to that of our own time, in a journey with incursions into cartography, cinema, painting and photography, she shared an emotive and fragmentary vision of authors such as Cervantes and Garcia Lorca, a figure from whom many other names flow, even Le Corbusier, but also writers of the second half of the 20th century, in particular those who have transmitted their experiences, real or fictional, of postwar Barcelona, such as Luis Martín Santos, Jaime Gil de Biedma and Javier Pérez Andújar. And it is in that exposure of the city, in the eyes of others who are not architects, that Marta Llorente seeks other points of view, other ways, understanding of spaces, even without having experienced them, they also belong to the reader, the meaning in the metamorphoses of the built environment.
 

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24 October 2016
Marques da Silva Seminar 2016 and presentation of three-dimensional model
Today, at FAUP, from 18:30


Marques da Silva Seminar 2016
"Urban Poetry: approaches to the idea and image of the city through the literary word", by Marta Llorente
 18:30 - Fernando Távora Auditorium
"Through literature, we will approach the city in its historical formation, but also the suburban spaces, the periphery, the slums, the many areas that cities contain in their hidden meanings, generate around themselves, deny in their appearance, but establish through necessity."
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Presentation of three-dimensional model of S. Bento Station

20:00 - Library Auditorium
Following the Seminar, at 20:00, in the Library Auditorium of FAUP the presentation will take place of the final work in the Workshop 3D interactive models from photographs, a three-dimensional model of the century-old S. Bento Station, by the Architect Marques da Silva.
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20 October 2016
Venice - Finissage of the 2016 Architecture Biennial
Four day trip - from 24 to 27 November

The 15th Venice Architecture Biennial, curated by Alejandro Aravena, will close on 27 November. Portugal is represented in the project "Neighbourhood: where Álvaro meets Aldo", curated by the architects Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli. To mark the finissage, the Government of Portugal-DG Arts are arranging, in the Giudecca district, a guided tour by the curators of the exhibition and a seminar with the architect Álvaro Siza.
 
For those who have not had the opportunity to visit the Biennal, the Marques da Silva Foundation and Talkie-Walkie are organising, with the support of the Pinto Lopes Agency, a trip to Venice which includes not only access to the guided tour and seminar, but also the possibility of seeing the Biennial exhibits on display in the Giardini and the Arsenal. An opportunity, therefore, to discover the answers to the challenge issued by Aravena, with this year´s motto, "Reporting from the Front".
 
The proposed schedule also offers the possibility of visiting the Church of the Most Holy Saviour, by Andrea Palladio, and the recently opened Punta della Dogana Museum of Art, by Tadao Ando.
 
Registrations are open until 27 October.
 
To see the full schedule and conditions for participation, please click here

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19 October 2016
Marques da Silva Seminar
"Urban Poetry. Approaches to the idea and the image of the city through the literary word"
Marta Llorente Díaz

Marques da Silva Seminar 2016
Urban Poetry. Approaches to the idea and the image of the city through the literary word, by Marta Llorente Díaz

24 October | 18:30 | Fernando Távora Auditorium, FAUP
 
The literary work as a form of representation of urban reality will be the starting point for Marta Llorente Díaz´s Seminar, the speaker invited for the tenth of the Marques da Silva Seminars, an initiative of the Marques da Silva Foundation which, since the first one, has the support of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.

Marta Llorente Díaz, born in Barcelona, is an architect, with a PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She studied Fine Arts, specialising in Painting, in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Barcelona, and Music, piano and harmony, at the Liceu Conservatory. She is a Professor at the Barcelona Technical High School of Architecture, where, among several teaching and research activities, she coordinates the research group “Architecture, city and culture. An anthropological perspective on constructed and inhabited space”. She is author and co-author, with Eugenio Trías and Pedro Azara, of a reference bibliography on art, anthropology and architecture, among others: "Understanding architecture and the arts", Barcelona, UPC, 2000;  "Topology of urban space. Words, images and experiences which define the city", Madrid, MLL Ed., 2014; "The city: traces in inhabited space", Barcelona, Acantilado, 2015.
 
Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.

This seminar is part of the programme of ARQ OUT | Architecture Month 2016.

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18 October 2016
José Marques da Silva
Veloso Salgado, Portrait of José Marques da Silva, Paris, 1890


“(…) every work of art can contain, when allied with supreme simplicity, balance, harmony, expression, in a word, beauty.”                                   

This statement was taken from a speech given at the Porto School of Fine Arts, on 28 May 1936, by the then director, the Architect José Marques da Silva.
 
José Marques da Silva, architect, watercolourist and teacher, seen here in a portrait by Veloso Salgado, in a painting made in Paris, in 1890, was born in Porto, on 18 October 1869.
 

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17 October 2016
Launch of the book "Casas Ermas"
Summary and photographic album


The launch of the book “Casa Ermas”, on 14 October, brought about the meeting between the author, Luís Soares Carneiro, and Antón Capitel. A common interest brings them together: the desire to reinterpret and question the concept of “modernism”, to defend the wide and varied state of the discipline, to emphasise the importance of other architectures, in addition to the avant garde, in addition to the canons of “Modernism”. In contrast to the reading and framing of the work of the Rebelo de Andrade brothers, expressed in Luís Soares Carneiro´s book, Antón Capitel presented a set of examples and parallel realities, of characters less strange than they appear, only because they dared to think of continuity, such as Luis Moya Blanco, Perret and Tessenov, among many others. Traditionalists, eclectics, how often pioneers paradoxically in technical issues, and whose knowledge becomes indispensable for the narrative of European history, of our civilisation.
 
The book now published proposes a return visit to the first decades of 20th century Portugal, freed from judgements limited by orthodox, exclusivist and dogmatic views. Controversial, but innovative, it is now available to everyone and can be purchased from the Marques da Silva Foundation and all the usual retail outlets.

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13 October 2016
Casas Ermas: the Architecture of the Rebelo de Andrade brothers and the discourses of Modernism, by Luís Soares Carneiro
Launch: 14 October, 18:30, Residence-Atelier, with Antón Capitel


“…the generation of the Rebelo de Andrades, of Cristino da Silva, of Carlos Ramos, of Rogério de Azevedo, of Cassiano Branco and so many others […was] a generation which sought to make architecture with all possible sincerity, truth and intelligence within the complex cultural and disciplinary conditions in which they lived […] Studying them today — in addition to their intrinsic value — is a good opportunity to reconsider the critical categories and rethink the historiographical categories. But it is useful, above all, for us to be able to look, in a more truthful, lucid and wise way, for ourselves and for what we wish to believe in.”

(in Luís Soares Carneiro, Casas Ermas: the Architecture of the Rebelo de Andrade brothers and the discourses of Modernism)
 

 

The book by Luís Soares Carneiro, Architect, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto and researcher on subjects relating to Theatres, Public Housing and the History of Portuguese Architecture, will be launched tomorrow, 14 October. To present it will be Antón Capitel, Professor at ETSAM, author of an extensive work on 20th century Architecture.

The session begins at 1830 hrs, in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier and will be attended by the Chair of the Board of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Professor Maria de Fátima Marinho.

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12 October 2016
Conference “The Railways and the War”
14 October - ISEP

Conference “The Railways and the War”
14 October  - Porto´s Higher Institute of Engineering
 

The conference “The Railways and the War” is one of the planned initiatives forming part of the programme remembering 100 years since Portugal´s Entrance into the Great War, the 100-year commemorations of S. Bento Station and 160 years of the Railways. Organised by the Army, by CP — Comboios de Portugal and by IP — Infraestruturas de Portugal, it has the support of the Marques da Silva Foundation.

Scheduled for 14 October, at Porto´s Higher Institute of Engineering, the Conference brings together a wide range of activities, from institutional representatives to guest speakers. Representing the Marques da Silva Foundation will be the Architect Nuno Tasso de Sousa who will give the talk “Porto´s Central Station – S. Bento”, as part of a panel moderated by Professor and Engineer Dr Luís Francisco Valente de Oliveira, starting at 1400 hrs.

Entrance is free, subject to the availability of space.

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6 October 2016
Book launch
"Casas Ermas: the Architecture of the Rebelo de Andrade brothers and the discourses of Modernism", by Luís Soares Carneiro
Presentation by António González-Capitel
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 14 October, 18:30

 

Book launch
Casas Ermas: the Architecture of the Rebelo de Andrade brothers and the discourses of Modernism, by Luís Soares Carneiro
José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, 14 October, 18:30
 

Luís Soares Carneiro
´s Seminar “Casas Ermas. The Architecture of the Rebelo de Andrade brothers and the discourses of Modernism”, given in 2015 as part of the Marques da Silva Seminars, now appears in book form, in a Marques da Silva Foundation publication which thus continues the collection which already contains works by João Leal, João Vieira and Alexandre Alves Costa.
 
The author describes the work of Carlos Rebelo de Andrade (1887-1971) and Guilherme Rebelo de Andrade (1891-1969), two architects who, although very active during the first half of the 20th century, were later forgotten and left out of the architecture books by a partial historiography. Without nostalgia for a lost era, without conservatism of spirit, without revisionist purposes, Luís Soares Carneiro has sought to understand the architecture of another time in order to be able to assess and reconsider the critical categories and current historiography.

Introducing the book will be António González-Capitel, Professor of ETSAM – Polytechnic School of Madrid, author of an extensive work on Traditionalist architectures, not only within Spain, but also relating to other European countries, and one of the few working without preconceptions on the complex phenomena involved in the transition from academicism to modernism.

This launch is supported by the Circo de Ideias Bookshop.

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4 October 2016
#3 From the abstract plan to the real city: third and last session

Yesterday, in the Café-Concert of the Rivoli Theatre, Paulo Pereira and Domingos Tavares completed the conference-debate cycle set out in the programme “On the Centenary of the Avenue”. Their contributions gave an opportunity for an initiative which brought a fresh look at the Avenue, but also stimulated other associations and comparisons, sometimes unexpected or less obvious, as in the case of Paulo Pereira, calling up territorial visions of prehistoric times as a starting point for a stroll around significant alignments in the landscape. The archaic marking tradition – by humanity – of the land, which has shifted from the response to a magic and religious impulse to a desire for the regulation of space, social order, representation of power and civic manifestation, allowed him to travel through different geographies and times, comparing etymologies and selecting a set of locations – existing or merely planned – vital for an understanding of the urban form and its evolution in time.

Domingos Tavares, in turn, revisited the Avenue and the process that led to its construction and the construction of the City Hall building, pointing out the idiosyncrasies, hopes and anxieties lurking in them, paradoxes and peculiarities. He mentioned key components of the process, architects and engineers, explained the political and social context, highlighted the difficult and not always achieved harmony between the desire to standardise and the respect for the individual freedom so deeply rooted in Porto, the different occupations of an urban area, monumentalised, in which the designs of the various authors, at different times and paces, would define the matrix. A narrative which expressed and explained the importance of the liberal spirit and the physical values for the modern image of the City of Porto, as well as the vicissitudes of the city council building which previous times might have destined for other purposes, housing the council in the neoclassical building of the Misericórdia, the Hospital of St Anthony.

The session was attended by the Rector of the University of Porto, Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Marques da Silva Foundation, Maria de Fátima Marinho, and the Councillor for Urban Planning of Porto City Council, Manuel Correia Fernandes.

The third and final module in the Centenary programme is scheduled for early next year, the Exhibition, under the scientific guidance of Clara Pimenta do Vale, one of the authors of the book “Avenida dos Aliados and Downtown Porto. Memory, Reality and Permanence”.

  

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3 October 2016
Third and final Conference-Debate on the "Centenary of the City´s Avenue"
with Paulo Pereira and Domingos Tavares
Today, at 21:30, in the Café-Concert of the Rivoli Theatre, Porto

At the beginning of the 20th century, Porto was already consistently republican, but always liberal and middle class.[...] In a new socio-political context, Porto´s middle classes sought to impose themselves with a plan to open up avenues and prepared for the launch of the most modern public promenade, supporting the building of a new city hall. The launch of the City´s Avenue became the key for the claim to progress and material for intense public debate, until the architectural framework of the urban centre was consolidated in what came to be the modern Downtown Porto. The expansion bade farewell to the last signs of the medieval wall and absorbed instead the main functions and dynamics of the Downtown Riverside. (Domingos Tavares)


Concluding today, the Conference-Debate module, "From the abstract plan to the real city", proposed as part of the evocative programme on the Centenary of the City´s Avenue. The session will be opened by the representatives of the organising institutions, Maria de Fátima Marinho, Chair of the Marques da Silva Foundation, and Manuel Correia Fernandes, Councillor for Urban Planning of Porto City Council, followed by the contribution of Paulo Pereira, "Straight ahead: tracks, roads, streets and avenues" and, to conclude, an examination by Domingos Tavares, Commissioner of the programme, of "The Avenue as an urban synthesis of Porto republicanism".

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1 October 2016
Newsletter #20 | October 2016

We are today launching Newsletter #20, with the main activities taking place during the month of October.

See Newsletter #20

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30 September 2016
"STRAIGHT AHEAD": TRACKS, ROADS, STREETS AND AVENUES
Paulo Pereira
3 October, 21:30, Rivoli Theatre

"STRAIGHT AHEAD: TRACKS, ROADS, STREETS AND AVENUES"

And what if the concept of "avenue" went far back in time and involved itself (we would almost say) in a kind of magical-political limbo whose meaning we can hardly suspect? As if it were a story or an obscure dream, or a narrative that would be at home in the imagination of Tolkien or Borges?...

This is the starting point for Paulo Pereira´s talk, in the closing session of the Centenary of the Avenue´s Conference-Debate module, on Monday 3 October.

It takes place at 21:30, in the Café-Concert of the Rivoli Theatre, and entrance is free.

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28 September 2016
On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue
From the abstract plan to the real city
#3 The City´s Avenue as an urban synthesis of Porto republicanism
with Paulo Pereira and Domingos Tavares

On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue
From the abstract plan to the real city
#3 The City´s Avenue as an urban synthesis of Porto republicanism
with Paulo Pereira and Domingos Tavares
3 October, at 21:30, Café-Concert, Rivoli Theatre, Porto
 

In what will be the closing seminar of the second module of the programme On the Centenary of the Avenue, and which will also be attended by representatives of the two organising institutions, the Marques da Silva Foundation and Porto City Council, to open the session, Paulo Pereira, Historian and PhD in the History of Architecture, joins with the Commissioner of this initiative, Domingos Tavares, Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, for an analysis of the Avenue which we know today as the Avenida dos Aliados and which was transformed from an abstract plan of formal intentions, sometimes contradictory, into a real city at the service of its people.

In the confrontation between the plans, the projects and the reality, Paulo Pereira and Domingos Tavares propose to reflect on the cultural practices in downtown Porto and what eventually came to define the civic centre. In the Avenida das Nações Aliadas we have an example of that enthusiasm for the definition of an image of monumental character using the architectural treatment of the facades which would shape the progress and prospects of future urban dynamics. Onto the homogeneous British proposal of the original urban design was superimposed the heterogeneity of the French design driven by our own architects with their Beaux-Arts training.

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Biographical notes:

Paulo Pereira Art and architecture historian, Master in History Art (Univerdidade Nova de Lisboa), PhD in History of Architecture (Faculdade de Arquitectura da Unoiversidade de Lisboa) with the thesis A Fabrica Medieval. Concpeção e construção na arquitectura portuguesa, 1150-1550 (2012)
Invited lecturer in several academic meetings and seminars in Portugal, Spain, France (CNRS) , França (CNRS), Germany, Italy, U.S.A (George Washington University) and Brasil (USP).  Curator of several exhibtions in Portugal and abroad Vice-President of  IPPAR (National Heritage) between 1995 e 2002. Editor and author of  História de Arte Portuguesa, (3 vols, Círculo de Leitores). Author of Lugares Mágicos de Portugal (8 vols., Círculo de Leitores, 2004-2005. Co-curator of the international exhibtion Neue Welten (Novos Mundos), held in the Deutsche Historisches Museum, Berlin (2007/2008). Author of Arte Portuguesa. História Essencial (Temas & Debates, 2012) and Decifrar a Arte Portuguesa (6 vols Círculo de Leitores,  2014) Teacher  in Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa.


Domingos Tavares, architect, emeritus professor, is currently coordinator of the Atlas Research Group on the House in the Architecture and Urban Planning Study Centre, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.
He conducts studies on the subject “Classical and Popular in Portuguese Architecture”.
As a designer he is the author of several works of architecture, his work having been shown in a number of exhibitions and specialist publications.
He has published the books Da rua Formosa à Firmeza (ESBAP, 1983), Miguel Ângelo, a aprendizagem da arquitectura  (FAUP, 2002), Francisco Farinhas, realismo moderno  (DAFNE, 2007), the collection Sebentas de História da Arquitectura Moderna  (23 Vol. DAFNE, 2004/2014) and Casas de Brasileiro – erudito e popular na arquitectura dos torna-viagem  (DAFNE, 2015).

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27 September 2016
From the abstract plan to the real city: the second session

Reality, design and desire are the words which best summarise the structural coordinates of the analysis proposed by Elisabeth Essaïn, the purpose of the urban transformations of the city of Moscow, in particular those made during the Stalinist regime, after 1935, and Manuel Mendes, on the changes etched on Porto´s urban landscape, from the end of the 19th century to the early decades of the 20th. Between what is regarded as inherited land, the various proposals drawn up, what the dream and the desire of each age would like to impose, between pragmatism and ideology, stands the reality, at its own pace, constantly questioning, constantly changing, alongside all that remains constant with it.

Moscow and Porto are geographically and politically distant, their topography and scale are very different, their authors/builders follow different schools, but both desired to convert them, from the planning of their road networks to the monumentalisation of their architecture, into symbols of power and economic prosperity.

Elisabeth Essaïan, beginning with the terminology – bulvar, kvartal, magistral, prospekt – traced the chronological sequence of the various stages of transformation and expansion of the city, with some extracts from the film “New Moscow” by Alexander Medvedkin to illustrate her presentation with examples and with humour that stands the test of time.
For his part, Manuel Mendes examined the process of construction of the city of Porto, from the expressions and diatribes recorded in the journals, vigorously discussed in the public square, between the advocates of ‘stone’ and the advocates of ‘mass’, the latter taken as a synonym for ‘cement’, mainly embodied in the opposition of the engineer António Rigaud Nogueira to the solutions proposed by the architect arrived from Paris, José Marques da Silva. His presentation was supported by the projection of images of the period, including design drawings, postcards and photographs which made clear the disruption imposed by the decision to locate the Avenue on a densely built landscape, topographically unfavourable, fragmented by the lacework of small properties. He summarised the questions raised by the “emptiness” of the Avenue, that “Hymn to Progress”, without the ability to resolve, for example, the integration of the nearby Railway Station, but supported by a long operation in the comprehensive restructuring of the city, with the prevailing system dictated by central government, led on the ground by the engineer Antão de Almeida Garrett. This is also the place to mention Fernando Távora, “author” of an improbable modernist building, enclosed in the Brasileira block, testament to a development plan for the location, designed to soften the impact of the Rialto Building, which would not reach completion.

The next and final session of this Conference-Debate module will be on 3 October, at 21:30. Time and opportunity for Paulo Pereira and Domingos Tavares to examine that reality which has come to us, between pragmatism and dream.
 

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26 September 2016
On the centenary of the avenue: from the abstract plan to the real city #2

«In the land of stone, make a work of mass. "What is not accused of being utopian belongs all the more to reality"». This is the title of Manuel Mendes´s talk. He will speak of Porto´s landscape, between reality, design and desire, while Elisabeth Essaïan will talk to us about the evolution of the forms and designations of Moscow´s urban landscape from the beginning of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th. The title of her talk is “From bulvar to magistral. Crossed history of words and forms in Russian and soviet urban design”.

Taking place today, at 19:00, in the Rivoli Theatre.

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Note: Elisabeth Essaïan´s lecture will be given in English.

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26 September 2016
Guided tour by Eliseu Gonçalves and Maria Tavares to Monte Pedral and Ramalde
[JEP 2016]

The itinerary proposed by Eliseu Gonçalves and Maria Tavares has been based on the first philanthropic proposals to build houses for the working classes in the city of Porto in the late 19th century, devised by Bento Carqueja and realised by Marques da Silva at Monte Pedral, to the residential unit of Ramalde designed many decades later, after the Second World War, by Fernando Távora, as a form of collective housing and reconfiguring of a peripheral area of the city, in a municipal initiative in tune with the national programme of «Economic Housing»-Federation of Welfare Funds.

A long journey in time to show different models for a common problem, the lack of housing for a growing number of people on low incomes. In both cases they sought to provide the maximum, with the minimum of resources, ensuring quality of construction, health and dignity in the living space. Experiences which blamed the influence of international trends and models, the distinctive features of their authors, the specific circumstances of each time, but adjusted to the social and topographical reality of the location in question. Projects which would contribute decisively to “making the city” the social city.

The contemporary world has brought a new framework and a paradoxical valuation to what persists in the urban fabric: if, on the one hand, the spaces were acquired and new owners found for them, on the other hand, this puts at risk the preservation of crucial details in the characterisation of an identity that was  a sign of innovation at the time of its construction. The tour provided understanding, but stressed and made us aware of the need to find mechanisms to avoid tampering and the loss of historical meaning.

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23 September 2016
From the abstract plan to the real city
#2 The ideology of the Boulevard:
From the experiences of Paris to the refounding of European cities
Elisabeth Essaïan and Manuel Mendes
26 September, 19:00, Café-Concert, Rivoli Theatre, Porto

Two historians, Andrew Saint and Rui Tavares, are followed, on the 26th, by two architects: Elisabeth Essaïan and Manuel Mendes. In their analysis, in a journey between Moscow and Porto, it now concerns the ideology of the Boulevard and how it influenced the reconfiguration of European cities during the early decades of the 20th century. Session moderated by Domingos Tavares.
 
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Note:
Elisabeth Essaïan´s lecture, “From bulvar to magistral. Crossed history of words and forms in Russian and soviet urban design”, will be given in English.

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21 September 2016
On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue
From the abstract plan to the real city
#2 The ideology of the Boulevard: from the experiences of Paris to the refounding of European cities, with Elisabeth Essaïan and Manuel Mendes; moderated by Domingos Tavares

On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue
From the abstract plan to the real city
#2 The ideology of the Boulevard: from the experiences of Paris to the refounding of European cities, with Elisabeth Essaïan and Manuel Mendes; moderated by Domingos Tavares
26 September, at 19:00, Café-Concert, Rivoli Theatre, Porto
 

Under the impetus of industrial expansion in Germany and the understanding of a need for the general planning of cities, the ideology of urban planning grew in Europe, together with the general spread of leading models in the reconstruction and expansion of cities. A certain cultivation of the experiences of Paris based on the pattern of the boulevards was widely followed in the rebuilding of European cities and enhanced by the culture of Porto. Beginning with a presentation of the example of Moscow, it is proposed to reflect on other analogies, such as, for example, the similarity between Stanislas Square in Prague and the Avenida das Nações Aliadas in Porto, constructed a few years later.

The second session in the Conference-Debate module of the programme "On the Centenary of the Avenue" includes the contributions of Elisabeth Essaïan, architect, professor of architecture and urban planning at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d´Architecture de Paris-Belleville (ENSAPB) and researcher of the project Les mots de la ville, and Manuel Mendes, architect, researcher, editor and professor in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.

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Biographical notes:
Elisabeth Essaïan is a chartered architect (DPLG, 1996) and holds a PhD in architecture (Université Paris VIII, 2006). In 2011 she was visiting scholar at the Centre Canadian d’Architecture (CCA) and was a fellow of the Villa Médicis (2008-2009). The subject of her architecture degree concerned a village that suffered Nazi atrocities in 1944 and which was afforded national heritage status by the General de Gaulle in 1945. Her doctorate, supervised by Jean-Louis Cohen dealt with urbanism in the Stalin era (Le Plan général de reconstruction de Moscou de 1935. La ville, l’architecte et le politique. Héritage culturel et pragmatisme économique). In 2007, her thesis garnered two awards: the prize for a thesis on the subject of the city (PUCA/APERAU/CERTU) and the Académie de l’Architecture doctorate prize.
She teaches architectural and urban design at the ENSA Paris Belleville and is a permanent researcher at the laboratory of the IPRAUS/UMR AUSser. She also teaches on Faculty of political science (Sciences Po, Paris) and at Smith College (Reid Hall, Paris).
Her research focuses on urban planning and design processes, cultural transfer, the relationships between political and professional actors, the terminology of the soviet city and its visual representation. The main topics of her last explorations concern the cartographic and the creative processes. She published Secrets de fabriques (ENSAPVS, Matière première, 2014), was the curator of the exhibition "Explorations figuratives. Nouvelles lisibilités du projet" (ENSAPB, 2015) and is preparing a new exhibition, "Lina Bo Bardi: enseignements partagés", in collaboration with Roma Sapienza and Institutto Bo Bardi (ENSAPB, 2017).

 
 

Manuel Augusto Soares Mendes, architect, teacher in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto in the field of the History and Theory of Architecture, is developing his research work in the area of 20th century architecture, particularly the Portuguese and Porto aspects, having regularly published written work in magazines and books. He has designed, programmed, (co-)organised events relating to the heritage and understanding of architecture. Between 1992 and 2006 he reorganised and directed FAUP´s Editorial Service. Between 2001 and 2008, he joined the Editorial Board of the University of Porto. Since 1998 he has been the teacher responsible for FAUP´s Urban Planning and Architecture Documentation Centre.

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20 September 2016
From the abstract plan to the real city: the first session
Café Concerto of Rivoli, photo by Clara Vale

#1 From the abstract plan to the real city
Andrew Saint and Rui Tavares, moderated by Domingos Tavares
19 September, 19:00, Rivoli Café Concert


Barry Parker´s design for Porto, set out during his stay in the city in 1915, was the theme for the opening of the second module of the programme on the Centenary of the Avenue.

The close relations between England and Portugal, in particular with Porto, the urban planning statement as a practice and a discipline, on a European and American scale, the journey of Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker, emphasising their similarities and their differences, were some of the directions taken by Andrew Saint in order to understand the presence of Parker in Porto and how he came to develop an urban plan, in his view remarkable for its uniqueness and sense of mission, at the invitation of Elísio de Melo, Deputy Mayor of Porto City Council.

Rui Tavares, in contrast, traced the national and local scene, in particular of the legitimation and consolidation of republican ideology and power, creating a favourable environment in the city for the implementation of an urban development with scope and magnitude. He also highlighted the dissemination of Barry Parker´s design, as a case study on an international scale, the premonitory importance of setting the central axes and the shape of the Council building, but whose classicising horizontality of the proposed architecture came into direct conflict with the programme of the dominant political forces and their desire to build a representative civic centre, in line with the prevailing currents in Central Europe to which the Porto architects were affiliated. It will be exactly that perspective, shaped by the theory of the Boulevards, which will be the centre of attention in the next session, on 26 September, with Elisabeth Essaïan and Manuel Mendes.

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19 September 2016
Barry Parker´s design for the Civic Centre of Porto in debate
Today, 19 September, 19:00, Rivoli Theatre, Porto
Barry Parker, Oporto Civic Centre, 1916

On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue - From the abstract plan to the real city
#1 “The theory of the Civic Centre in Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker´s design for Porto”
Andrew Saint, Rui Tavares and Domingos Tavares
19 September, 19:00, Café Concert, Rivoli Theatre


The picture shows the Praça da Liberdade and Avenida dos Aliados, with the City Hall building completing the whole, according to the plan designed by Barry Parker. The influences of its author, the reason for his presence in the city, and how the proposal was received, will be some of the questions discussed in today´s session, with Andrew Saint and Rui Tavares. The moderator will be Domingos Tavares.

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16 September 2016
From Monte Pedral to Ramalde
Guided tour with Eliseu Gonçalves and Maria Tavares
European Heritage Days 2016 - 24 September, 10:30

From Monte Pedral to Ramalde
Guided tour with Eliseu Gonçalves and Maria Tavares
European Heritage Days 2016 - 24 September, 10:30

 
A path traced between the neighbourhoods of Monte de Pedral and Ramalde, presented and accompanied by the architects Eliseu Gonçalves and Maria Tavares, marks the Marques da Silva Foundation´s customary participation in the European Heritage Days which, in 2016, have as their theme “Communities and Cultures”. It is a proposal which offers a glance around the city-monument which the programme "On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue" has been promoting, looking at the surrounding and social city.

The purpose of this trip is to take us through a comparison of views on the social city, starting from a reading of different residential forms and revealing the ways in which the surrounding city was thought of throughout the 20th century, articulating the need for housing with the question of the transformation of the territory.  Between the single-family home and the multi-family block will be drawn the connecting thread of a scenario moving towards housing for the largest number which will take us from the 19th century models to the modernist paradigm. In this context, the work of some of the architects represented by FIMS will be addressed, particularly Marques da Silva and Fernando Távora.

Access to this visit is free, subject only to prior registration via email: fims@reit.up.pt
The visit will take place with a minimum number of 15 subscribers and can accommodate a maximum of 45 participants.
The meeting point is in the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier, at 10:30. The trip will be conducted in transport provided by the institution.
 
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13 September 2016
On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue
Conference-Debate | From the abstract plan to the real city
#1 The theory of the Civic Centre in Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker´s design for Porto, with Andrew Saint and Rui Tavares; moderated by Domingos Tavares

Conference-Debate | From the abstract plan to the real city
#1 The theory of the Civic Centre in Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker´s design for Porto
With Andrew Saint and Rui Tavares, moderated by Domingos Tavares
19 September, 19:00, Café-Concert, Rivoli Theatre, Porto


The process of spatial characterisation of Porto´s Civic Centre transformed an abstract plan of formal intentions, as was Barry Parker´s study of 1915, into a real city in the service of its people. But how was it that, with Porto´s artistic community strongly influenced by their French Beaux-Arts training, in total harmony with the liberal and middle class sectors which delineated the ideological framework of the Republic, an English designer was resorted to? And how to understand the nature of the resistence in the realisation of that design on the part of José Marques da Silva, José Teixeira Lopes, António Correia da Silva, or even the criticisms of Gaudêncio Pacheco, the chief engineer of municipal services?

These and other questions will be debated by Andrew Saint, general coordinator of the Survey of London project, and Rui Tavares, historian and professor in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, in the session which, moderated by Domingos Tavares, marks the return of the programme On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue.

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The seminars will be given in the native language of each speaker, without translation.

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Biographical Notes:

Andrew Saint

Prof Andrew Saint is currently the General Editor of the Survey of London, the official history of London’s buildings, a post he has held since 2006. He studied Classics at the University of Oxford (1965–9) and then took a M.Phil. degree at the Warburg Institute, University of London (1971) before starting part-time teaching at the University of Essex. By then his interests had been drawn to the history of architecture, particularly of the nineteenth century, and in 1974 he was appointed Architectural Editor to the Survey of London, in which role he continued till 1986. His first book was a biography of the architect Norman Shaw (1976, second edition 2010). It has been followed by The Image of the Architect (1983); Towards A Social Architecture: The Role of England in Post-War School-Building (1987); and Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry (2007).  Between 1995 and 2006 he was a professor in the Department of Architecture at Cambridge. Since returning to the Survey of London in 2006 his research and writing have been largely devoted to collaborating on the continuation of the series; six volumes have been published since 2008, making a total now of fifty volumes. His special historical interests include cities in all their manifestations; buildings for education; and the construction professions.



Rui Tavares
Aveiro, 1957. Historian and PhD in the History of Portuguese Art in the Faculty of Letters, University of Porto with the Dissertation "Recentrocidade. Memória e Refundação Urbana. Território. Cidade. Arquitectura" [Recentrecity. Memory and Urban Refoundation. Territory. City. Architecture] (2013). Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, in the History of Ancient and Medieval Architecture and History of the City of Porto. Researcher in the Study Centre for Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Porto – Faculty of Architecture (CEAU-FAUP/FCT), the PACT group (Architectural, City and Territorial Heritage) and the AMH group (Architecture and Forms of Dwelling). He joined the organising committee of IV SLBCH (Luso-Brasilian Symposium on Historical Cartography (Porto, 2011) and the Scientific Committee of the “I Conference of Philanthropy and Architecture - Period 1880-1920” at CITAD - Lusíada University (Lisbon, 2012). Member of IPHS (International Planning History Society - London) and Member of the Standing Committee of CIHEL (International Congress on Housing in Lusophone Space - Lisbon). His main publications include - “Da Avenida da Cidade ao Plano para a Zona Central: a intervenção de Barry Parker no Porto” [From the City´s Avenue to the Plan for the Central Zone: Barry Parker´s intervention in Porto] (Porto-CMP,1985-1986).


Domingos Tavares (moderator and commissioner of the programme)
Domingos Tavares, architect, emeritus professor, is currently coordinator of the Atlas Research Group on the House in the Architecture and Urban Planning Study Centre, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.
He conducts studies on the subject “Classical and Popular in Portuguese Architecture”.
As a designer he is the author of several works of architecture, his work having been shown in a number of exhibitions and specialist publications.
He has published the books Da rua Formosa à Firmeza [From the Beautiful to the Strong street] (ESBAP, 1983), Miguel Ângelo, a aprendizagem da arquitectura [Michelangelo, the learning of architecture] (FAUP, 2002), Francisco Farinhas, realismo moderno [Francisco Farinhas, modern realism] (DAFNE, 2007), the collection Sebentas de História da Arquitectura Moderna [History of Modern Architecture Syllabus] (23 Vol. DAFNE, 2004/2014) and Casas de Brasileiro – erudito e popular na arquitectura dos torna-viagem [Brazilian Houses - classical and popular in travellers´ architecture] (DAFNE, 2015).

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7 September 2016
Maria José Marques da Silva: a woman in a man´s world

Maria José Marques da Silva would not only become the first woman to graduate in Architecture in Porto, in 1943, but would also be the first woman to take on managerial duties in the Northern Section of the Association of Portuguese Architects, between 1980 and 1984.

Born 7 September 1914.

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1 September 2016
Newsletter #19 | September 2016

To mark the return from holidays, Newsletter #19 announces a set of activities for September and October with the "city" in the spotlight. We are counting on you!

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25 August 2016
Fernando Távora
Fernando Távora,  Alcantara, Brasil. 1994. Photo by Alexandre Alves Costa

"And it is that passion for the passion of life that I want passionately
to transmit. For they are not alive who do not dive
continuously and passionately into the passion of life."

Fernando Távora, architect, thinker, traveller and teacher. Born on 25 August 1923.

 

 

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19 August 2016
The construction of the Avenue through photography:
3 photographs, 3 moments, a long history of the city´s transformation.
...for World Photography Day

Photography provides us with a unique way of travelling back in time and telling a story. With the passing of another World Photography Day, and in the year which marks the centenary of the construction of the City´s Avenue, three photographic images have been selected which document the process in an excellent way.

These are moments captured by the glance of a camera, showing a familiar space still very close to our own times, announcing a programme and uncovering multiple aspects of change. The challenge is to discover and increase them.

The photograph of the National and the Avenue belongs to the private collection of Rui Tavares; the one of the City Hall building under construction comes from Foto Beleza (published in the book Porto, nas margens do tempo); the photograph of the opening of the “new” City Hall was taken by Fernando Tavares Romão and was made available by César Romão, whom we would like to thank publicly.

We are taking this opportunity to renew the invitation to share with us any photographic records relating to that time. We are counting on your participation in order to construct a story in pictures to form part of the ongoing programme to celebrate this anniversary. Contact us via fims@reit.up.pt

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9 August 2016
Fernando Távora
El camino hacia la nueva modernidad portuguesa
[The road towards the new Portuguese modernism]
PhD thesis by Silvia Cebrián Renedo
Fernando Távora, Selfportrait, 18 July 1950

Available for consultation is another doctoral thesis which chose 20th century Portuguese architecture and the figure of Fernando Távora for its motivation and subject for research. Based on the concepts of “tradition”, “place” and “modernism”, Silvia Cébrian Renedo seeks to connect Fernando Távora´s theoretical production with the principles and evolution of his architectural design. The research focuses on the specific period between the article “The Problem of the Portuguese House” and the publication On the organisation of space, that is, between 1945 and 1962, and studies in great detail 7 works of this period: House on the sea (1950), Residential Unit of Ramalde (1952-60), Municipal Market of Vila da Feira (1953-1959), Holiday House in Ofir (1956-1958), Park and Tennis Pavilion of Quinta da Conceição (1956-1960), Cedro Primary School (1957-1961) and Gondomar Convent (1961-71).

The thesis was presented at the Technical High School of Architecture, University of Valladolid.

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5 August 2016
Current Library: receipt of 4 new books

These books share a link between exhibition projects in which Architecture plays a central role and the fact that they contain documentation held at the Marques da Silva Foundation.
Three of them preserve the memory of exhibitions which have already taken place: “700+25 Arquitectura na UniverCidade” ("700+25 Architecture in the UniverCity") (Coimbra, 2015); “O teatro e a memória” ("The theatre and memory") (Braga, 2015) and “Arquitetura em Concurso” ("Architecture in Competition") (Lisbon, 2016). The reading of “Les Universalistes” can still be accompanied by a visit to the related exhibition, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, in Paris, until 29 October.
 

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2 August 2016
The National: Porto 1919-1925
Text by Carlos Machado

Brief notes for a reading of "The National", a work by Marques da Silva, building no.1 in the Avenida dos Aliados, paradigm of a style and a new way of designing public space in Porto. By Carlos Machado, the architect invited to lead the inaugural visit of module 1 of the evocative centenary programme of the City´s Avenue.

Completed with this publication is the set of booklets which brings together the notes made in connection with each of the buildings visited by the respective architects/guides:
 

A Nacional - Carlos Machado
Banco de Portugal - Francisco Sousa Rio
CGD Culturgest Porto - João Pardal Monteiro
Edifício 156 - André Camelo e Miguel Ribeiro
Paços do Concelho - Domingos Tavares
 

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29 July 2016
Centenary of the Avenue - module 2

Discussion Conferences

This is the second module of the programme which seeks to highlight the importance of the original design for the avenue and its evolution in the specific context of Porto´s culture. The issue of the starting point finally established itself as the spatial characterisation of Porto´s Civic Centre, transforming an abstract plan of formal intentions, as was Barry Parker´s study in 1915, into a real city at the service of its people. What were the circumstances and the nature of the confrontation of ideas that took place in the early decades of the 20th century, which would set down the actual design of today´s Avenue?

19 September, at 1900 hrs: “Raymond Unwin´s theory of the Civic Centre and Barry Parker´s design for Porto”. Professor Andrew Saint and Professor Rui Tavares.
Addressing the idea of the Civic Centre in Raymond Unwin´s theoretical concept and the proposal of his colleague, Barry Parker, for the implementation of the city of Porto´s new civic centre. How did it happen that Porto´s artistic community, so strongly influenced by its French training in Beaux-Arts, in total harmony with the liberal and middle class sectors which outlined the ideological framework of the Republic, should have resorted to an English designer?  And how do we understand the nature of the resistance in the implementation of this project on the part of José Marques da Silva, José Teixeira Lopes, António Correia da Silva, or even the criticisms of Gaudêncio Pacheco, the chief engineer of municipal services.

26 September, at 1900 hrs: "The ideology of the boulevard: from the experiences of Paris to the refounding of european cities". Professor Elisabeth Essaïan and Professor Manuel Mendes.
Under the impetus of industrial expansion in Germany and the understanding of a need for overall city planning, the urban planning ideology grew in Europe with the spread of advanced models in the reconstruction and expansion of cities. A certain cult of the experiences of Paris following the standard set by the boulevards was broadly adopted in the refounding of European cities and praised by Porto culture. Beginning with an example from Moscow, we propose to reflect on further analogies. As, for example, the similarity between Stanislas Square in Prague and the Avenida das Nações Aliadas in Porto, put in place a few years later.

3 October, at 2130 hrs: “The City´s Avenue as an urban synthesis of Porto republicanism”. Professor Paulo Pereira and Professor Domingos Tavares.
How was an abstract plan of formal intentions, at times contradictory, transformed into a real city at the service of its people?  In the confrontation between the plans, the designs and the reality, we propose to reflect on the cultural practices in downtown Porto and what eventually defined the civic centre. In the Avenida das Nações Aliadas we have an example of that enthusiasm for the definition of an image of monumental character using the architectural treatment of the facades that would shape the progress and the prospects relating to future urban dynamics. On the homogeneous original proposal with its British matrix was superimposed the heterogeneity of a French matrix impelled by our architects with their Beaux-Arts training.

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27 July 2016
Building 156
Text by André Camelo and Miguel Ribeiro

"Building 156" presents us with another design by Marques da Silva for the Avenida dos Aliados through the eyes of the architects responsible for its redevelopment, André Camelo and Miguel Ribeiro, the guides of visit #4 in the Centenary programme. Between text and images can be found the coordinates for an understanding of this work, currently owned by the Misericórdia of Porto.
 

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22 July 2016
Cassiano Branco, Porto Coliseum, 4 September 1939
Donation by Alexandre Alves Costa to the Marques da Silva Foundation

The "Coliseu do Porto" (Porto Coliseum) was designed by several architects, including José Porto and Júlio de Brito. In 1939, Cassiano Branco was invited to take on the direction of the project. The drawing which is shown today, a donation to the Marques da Silva Foundation by Professor Alexandre Alves Costa, is a beautiful and rare original study drawing of the project, signed and dated by Cassiano Branco.

Restoration will follow and it will soon be back in the news.

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21 July 2016
2nd International Congress on the History of Luso-Brazilian Construction - "Shared Cultures" (2CIHCLB)
14-16 September 2016, FAUP

2nd International Congress on the History of Luso-Brazilian Construction - "Shared Cultures" (2CIHCLB)
14-16 September 2016, FAUP


Registration open

The 2nd CIHCLB takes as its theme the issue of “Shared Cultures” and aims to extend the initiative to other geographical areas, whose intersection with Luso-Brazilian construction is easily recognised. Continuing on from the 1st Congress, which took place in 2013 in the city of Vitória, Brazil, its aim is to promote the development of the discipline of the History of Luso-Brazilian Construction, but now intends to add contributions from a geographically diverse area, significantly extending beyond the limits of Portugal and Brazil.

Registrations for the 2nd CIHCLB are open until 14 September 2016 on the  online platform online platform where all the information relating to this congress can be found.

In addition, between 14 and 16 September and depending on available places, registrations can be made at the location of the Congress (FAUP).

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19 July 2016
In the beginning was Távora...
Itinerary for the transmission of an architectural synthesis
Doctoral thesis by Juan Ortiz Orueta

In the beginning was Távora...
Itinerary for the transmission of an architectural synthesis


This is the títle of the doctoral thesis of Juan Ortiz Orueta, presented at the Technical College of Architecture, University Polytechnic of Madrid, and already available for consultation, in digital form, at the Marques da Silva Foundation.

The author, who in “On the architectural design of Fernando Távora” had anticipated the main coordinates of his approach to the figure and work of Fernando Távora, supports the assertion of his importance and uniqueness, considering him the point of inflection in the evolution of Portuguese architecture. Juan Ortiz Orueta begins with an analysis focused on the theoretical manifestos – The problem of the Portuguese House and On the Organisation of Space - and designs by Fernando Távora – House by the Sea, Tennis Pavilion and House of the 24. To trace what classifies a vital journey, where everything is Architecture, he summons tutelary figures such as Le Corbusier and Pessoa, he draws parallels with great architects of the 20th century and highlights the ascendancy exercised on Álvaro Siza and the Porto School.

The thesis was given the highest qualification, sobresaliente cum laude, as well as receiving an International Citation.

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15 July 2016
On the Centenary of the Avenue | Through the window of time
Picture sent by the Architect António Menéres

We are sharing today this curious picture of the Avenue sent by the Architect António Menéres in response to the challenge issued at the end of May. And we could not resist also sharing the notes that came with it:

“1st - The City Hall was still under construction.
2nd - The Imperial building didn´t yet exist (designed by the architect Couto de Almeida, who was also the author of the Singer buildings in Sá da Bandeira and of the Café Aviz, in the street of the same name), where I had my first office, with colleagues Vasco Macieira Mendes - died long ago - and Álvaro Siza Vieira, Alberto Neves and Joaquim Vasconcelos Sampaio
3rd - the Carris information post already existed, more or less opposite the Figueirinhas bookshop.
4th - Harley Davidson motorbikes with sidecar still existed, serving as 1 passenger taxis ... and I remember!!!!
5th - Great city ... was walking in the middle of the street ... and now we can walk peacefully on the pavements.!!!”

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12 July 2016
"On the Centenary of the Avenue" receives High Patronage from the President of the Republic

The programme "On the Centenary of the Avenue" will receive the High Patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Professor Dr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.  The announcement of this support is another important gesture of recognition of cultural and civic interest for this initiative of the Marques da Silva Foundation - curated by Professor Dr Domingos Tavares and developed in partnership with Porto City Council - at a time when, after the success achieved with the guided tours, we prepare to launch the remaining scheduled modules: three Conferences/discussions and an Exhibition.

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11 July 2016
Bank of Portugal - Porto (1918-1922)
Text by Francisco Sousa Rio

"The management  of the Bank of Lisbon, created at the dawn of liberalism, on 31 December 1821, discussed at an early stage the creation of a branch in the city of Porto because of the importance of this centre for the economic life of the Country."

The branch of the Bank of Portugal was the second event in the set of visits made as part of the evocative programme on the Avenue´s centenary. We are now making available a short text, written by the architect who led it, Francisco Sousa Rio, which establishes the timeline that accompanies and helps to explain the carrying out of this project.
 

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8 July 2016
Távora: Travel Drawing, Object Drawing
Text by Sergio Fernandez

This text, which is now digitally available, was read at the session "An Object and its Discourses" on 9 April 2016, at the José Marques da Silva Residence-Atelier.

It concerns a testimony by Sergio Fernandez, based on a sketch of the Chapel of the Good Jesus of Valverde, which becomes a tribute to the unique figure of Fernando Távora and an invitation to Travel and Drawing.


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4 July 2016
The visit to the City Hall
#5 Architecture of the Avenue
2 July, with Domingos Tavares

The guided tours module in the programme “On the Centenary of the City´s Avenue” to 5 buildings in Porto´s civic centre, by 5 architects, concluded last Saturday, 2 July, with the presentation of the City Hall building by the Commissioner of this initiative, Domingos Tavares.

His detailed knowledge of the city´s history and of the work of the project´s author, the architect Correia da Silva, gave the large group a privileged moment of revelation and understanding of the history and perplexities that the building contains. With the fluidity and clarity of speech for which he is known, he talked about the circumstances and models which influenced the initial design, the vicissitudes and doubts which led to the interventions later led by Carlos Ramos and which would transform it into a hybrid building, its connection and lack of connection to the Squares which face it, the historical and urban significance of an architectural construction designed to become a symbol of municipal power and of Porto´s civic identity.

From the exterior to the interior, the building was explored in such a way as to take notice of the triangular nature of its spatial design and functional distribution, concluding the tour with a visit to the terrace at the top, to provide, as has become common practice, unusual perspectives on its relationship with the city.

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30 June 2016
City Hall: Porto 1916 - (1920)
Text by Domingos Tavares

“Placed at the upper end of the Avenida das Nações Aliadas, [the City Hall building] is the reference point of the new civic centre created at the beginning of the 20th century. It was a dynamising factor in civic life and an urban image of the northern expansion promoted by the liberal middle classes of the first Republic.”

To accompany guided tour #5 in the celebration programme of the Centenary of the City´s Avenue, scheduled for 2 July 2016, the digital version of the text by the architect Domingos Tavares is available.

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23 June 2016
João Marcelino Queiroz (1892-1982)