Curated and exhibition project by Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil
Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Center for Architecture and the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra present “What? When? Why not? Portuguese Architecture”, exhibition that will be on display at the Casa da Arquitectura Gallery between October 29th and April 24th, 2022.
Curated and exhibited by Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, it stems from the FCT-funded research project “(EU)ROPA – Rise of Portuguese Architecture”, based at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra.
The objective of the project, of which the exhibition is a public reflection, is to identify, discuss and disseminate the concept of “Portuguese architecture” in the national and international context, confronting its history, ideas and methods with a changing world. Although of recurrent use in architectural debate, and beyond, the expression “Portuguese architecture” has had different meanings over time, and deserves to be seen from various perspectives and in relation to contemporary debates. It is also the objective of the project/exhibition to open the discussion to a wide audience, presenting the theme in various disciplinary and interdisciplinary dimensions, and calling on different sensibilities.
The exhibition is accompanied by an International Colloquium, with the same name, which will take place on October 30 at Casa da Arquitectura, and where the project coordinators, Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, and the nuclear researchers, Ana Vaz Milheiro, Carlos Machado and Moura, Carolina Coelho, Eliana Sousa Santos, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nuno Grande, Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, Rui Lobo, will present the ongoing investigation.
Hans Ibelings is the keynote speaker, with a reflection on peripheral and central cultures in the context of European architecture.
The closing presentation is in charge of Cristiane Muniz, director of Escola da Cidade, and Fernando Viégas, president of Associação Escola da Cidade, São Paulo.