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LET’S TALK ABOUT HOUSES: Between  North and  South


Ana Vaz Milheiro, Diogo Seixas Lopes, Luís Santiago Baptista, James Peto, Manuel Graça Dias, Max Risselada, Pedro Pacheco and Peter Cook


14.10.2010 - 16.01.2011


The exhibition Let’s talk about houses: Between North and  South its shown at the Museu Colecção Berardo. Occupying the entire floor of the Grand Hall (3000 m2), it examines dwelling conditions and the new solutions found in the specific contexts of various regions around the world. With a broad span of commissioners, the exhibition is based around two emblematic experiments (the SAAL project and Alison and Peter Smithson’s House of the Future) in order to examine the meaning of the specificity of place, the modernist legacy, and new solutions to the question of dwelling.

Between the utopian dimension of the legacies of 1956 (Smithson´s) and 1976 (SAAL) and the contemporary period, diverse architectural practices intersect, complexify, and are constructed and defined. In the different areas of this exhibition, the specific nature of the local problems and solutions that architecture is defining, will be detailed through the presentation of projects and the use of documental images and interviews with architects, theoreticians and residents.


Let´s talk about houses…in Portugal

The pathway that structures the exhibition – that which shapes its topological centre – is devoted to Portugal, in the vision conceived by Pedro Pacheco and Luís Santiago Baptista, who found their provisional map in the presentation of nine projects by the same number of architects. In symbolic terms, we could say that the structuring of the pathway that they are proposing is based on an “ethics of reception” of architecture, permanently confronting the point of view of the architect with the way that his work is received by those who inhabit the space.

Featured architects: a.s*; Aires Mateus; Álvaro Siza Vieira; Atelier Central; Eduardo Souto de Moura; João Mendes Ribeiro; Menos é Mais; Pedro Reis; Rui Mendes.


The Nordic Connection

The mapping of the scenarios found in northern Europe, with which Portugal maintains a twofold relationship – simultaneously distant, but with a maritime link – was conceived by Peter Cook, who undertook a tour around Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland to find, in the Nordic tradition of wood, lightness, turf, and sea, a path of connections that led him to select eight studios. On this basis, he has created a provisional outline of a map of the pathways of northern dwelling. The essay that he has contributed to the catalogue is a long text that frames the specificities of northern European architecture and design. Among the forests and the ships, the mimetic and the different, he finds the traces, which he sought on his journey.

Featured architects: ALA Architects; Anttinen Oiva Architects; Dorte Mandrup; Helen & Hard; Jensen & Skodvin Architects, Mette Ramsgard Thomsen & Karin Bech (CITA), Snohetta AS, Tham & Videgård Architects.


Borderlines: the Novartis case

Diogo Seixas Lopes was entrusted with the curatorship of the section that establishes the relationship between Switzerland and Portugal. His focus represents almost the inverse of the proposal put forward by the exhibition as it is centered on three projects related to the enormous architectural park that is Novartis in Basel. The buildings chosen (by Siza Vieira, Souto de Moura and Peter Märkli) are, respectively, laboratories and the centre where guests are welcomed to the Swiss pharmaceutical company, modules in the network, which constitutes the city within a city (almost the state within a state), which is the extraordinary architectural campus of Novartis. It is this condition of the city without inhabitants (but with workers, like a gigantic beehive) that Diogo Seixas Lopes is proposing, and which finds a peculiar expression in the (economic and technical) conditions that architects find here.

Featured architects: Álvaro Siza Vieira; Eduardo Souto de Moura; Peter Märkli.


Africa/Brazil: The Popular City

The exhibition ends with a tour around Africa and brazil, guided by Ana Vaz Milheiro and Manuel Graça Dias, which focuses on three cities: Luanda, Recife and Maputo. The curators’ project was to discuss dwelling in these cities on three levels: the real, informal and organic city of the musseques, caniços and favelas; the formal, besieged city of the secure and asocial condominiums; and the threatened city, made up of the fragile legacy of the modernism that, in the tropical poetics that developed, found a freedom and a heterodoxy that should be recovered and re-examined. The strategy of presenting places and their protagonists, and the invitation to authors to write short accounts of their cities, maps out a pathway that, as organically as a city, tempts us to think about dwelling much more than would the fetish of the architectural object.

Featured architects: Delfim Amorim; Fernão Simões de Carvalho; Maria João Teles Grilo; José Forjaz; Pancho Guedes; Una Arquitectos.



Architecture: Sofia Saraiva, Ana Miguel e Pedro Rogado

Collaboration: Ricardo Moura da Silva
Graphic design: Bárbara Teixeira



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