Archive for March, 2013

“This last point, that the sight of people attracts still other people, is something that city planners and city architectural designers seem to find incomprehensible. They operate on the premise that city people seek the sight of emptiness, obvious order and quiet. Nothing could be less true. People’s love of watching activity and other people […]


“A city street equipped to handle strangers, and to make a safety asset, in itself, out of the presence of strangers, as the streets of successful city neighborhoods always do, must have three main qualities: First, there must be a clear demarcation between what is public space and what is private space. Public and private […]


1. Introduction

28Mar13

“Automobiles are often conveniently tagged as the villains responsible for the ills of cities and the disappointments and futilities of city planning. But the destructive effects of automobiles are much less a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building. Of course planners, including the highwaymen with fabulous sums of money and enormous […]


writing

28Mar13

two more articles (you can read here) A10#50 (urban square, Porto) Oris#79 (private house, Leiria)


fonte: Discurso Directo – Jornal dos Arquitectos Com a escassez de encomenda pública e privada em Portugal, muitos arquitectos têm procurado trabalho em territórios além-mar. Neste processo, Angola e Moçambique, países de língua oficial portuguesa, destacam-se como mercados apetecíveis para as indústrias de transformação do território. Fomos ao encontro de três empresas instaladas nestes dois países: […]


conditions

27Mar13

Some weeks ago we* submited an abstract to Conditions magazine call for submissions. Unfortunately there was any time left to develop it… – – – TRADITION/INNOVATION Remembering the editorial of opening issue – “Our concern is how to interpret the contemporary situation and how to maneuver and act upon the present ensuring that architecture becomes really […]


learning

25Mar13

while traveling…               connecting…                 (more) traveling…                 … and reading the masterpiece (finally!)