Our Project

(01/04/2010 – 31/03/2013)
CEAA l Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo
Escola Superior Artística do Porto
The research proposal we are developing is centred on the critical study of Popular Architecture in Portugal, a survey published in 1961 by the Architects’ Union.
This work was chosen not only for its importance for Portuguese architectural culture history , but also because we consider that the critical discussion it prompted maintains all its relevance, now that the debates on vernacular and regionalism have again captived professional attention.
Instead of studying Popular Architecture in Portugal in isolation, in and for itself, we chose to study within the framework in constant interaction with theoretical elements connected to the expressiveness characteristic of some of the modern erudite languages.
Indeed, the key hypotheses of study on which this project is based, presented by Pedro Vieira de Almeida as parameters in sordina, are just two, that end up being complementary and we believe very determinants.
Firstly, the notion of the generic importance of the greater or lesser degree of thickness of the walls that delimit the architecture, shaping what we may call, on the one hand, a poetics of thin walls, and on the other, a poetics of thick walls.
Secondly, the notion of the importance of a transition-space in the general economics of architectural expression.
In this project we will use two analytical variables as reliable instruments of analysis, in which its reliability is also questioned. As such, our object of study will centre upon examples of the so-called vernacular architecture in Portugal.
A more detailed explanation of the starting point of this project was published in what we call Document Zero (Pedro Vieira de Almeida, 2010. Dois Parâmetros de Arquitectura Postos em Surdina. O propósito de uma investigação. Porto: CEAA)
Currently, the first part of the theoretical development of the project is finished (Cadernos 1 and 2) as well as the critical analysis of the historiography of the “Survey” and its meaning in Portuguese architectural culture.
The results have being presented in several national and international scientific meetings and also published in books, journals and proceedings.
Alexandra Cardoso
Joana Cunha Leal
Maria Helena Maia (PR/2)
Pedro Vieira de Almeida (PR/1)
Josefina Gonzalez Cubero, UVA, Spain
Mariann Simon, BUTE, Hungry
Miguel Angel de la Iglesia, UVA, Spain
This project is funded with FEDER funds by the Operational Competitiveness Programme – COMPETE and national funds by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT: PTDC/AUR-AQI/099063; COMPETE: FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-008832)