We are a critical international platform and an interdisciplinary network of architects, urbanists and artists, that questions the contemporary built environment in terms of its representation and collective imaginary. We believe that any contemporary place is equipotential of meaning and interpretation in its multiple layers of time, history, spaces and agents.
We are focused in pushing the stabilized notion of Architecture into other artistic and scientific fields, expanding it in order to develop and explore new tools to act within the built environment. Towards the experimentation of these tools, we intend not only to strengthen our capacities of reading and interpreting common places, but also to make visible its specificities.
Our methodology is based on immersive in-situ fieldwork/mediation and on socio-spatial practices within the communities and the places that we act on, in a constant quest of contents, interactions and data surveys that can be transcribed into structured and relevant narratives. We operate through the creation, participation, mediation, organisation and consultancy of activities, workshops, exhibitions and publications.
ARCHITECT . URBANIST
Amélie Fontaine is a French architect and urbanist, she teaches as associate teacher at the School of Architecture and Landscape of Lille and regularly in Paris. In her office based in a rural area of the north of France, she develops project with local resonance, mainly in timber with high thermic performances and ecological approach. The work has been awarded three times on the competition Europan. Amelie Fontaine is winner of the “AJAP: Albums of young architects and landscape architects 2016” a prize awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, that recognizes the quality of project, innovation and involvement. Currently, Fontaine is developing a research on Agriculture in inhabited landscape: matrix and conflicts to develop new tools for cohabitation between Farming and Habitat. More information at: Amélie Fontaine
ARCHITECT . PHOTOGRAPHY
ANDRÉ CASTANHO CORREIA
André is an architect based in Braga, Portugal. His research merges the discipline of architecture within the fields of photography and landscape. This specific interest is grounded in André´s background as a student of Guido Guidi, in Venice at the IUAV, and of Cidália Silva, in Guimarães at the EAUM (School of Architeture of University of Minho). His work grows from the possibilities of photography to interpret the common landscape and the everyday objects. André is very much focused on the raw/anonymous forms of the built environment´s construction, specially to the concept of entropy. André has exhibited not only in the Encontros da Imagem, but also, with a solo exhibition, at Museu Nogueira da Silva in Braga, Portugal. More information at: André Castanho Correia
ARCHITECT . SOCIAL DESIGN
Belen Zevallos is a Peruvian-Portuguese architect based in Germany. Her interest in participative architecture and temporary occupation as a form of urban development, led her to conduct a research entitled “Köpi wasteland: The transformation of a Nowhere Into Nowhere” (Berlin, 2013). She collaborated in Urban Catalyst Studio (Berlin) as an active contributor to several projects of urban development and collective participation. Currently she works as a research associate at the SRH School of Engineering and Architecture, Heidelberg. More information at: Belen Zevallos
ARCHITECT . FIELD WORKS
Daniel Duarte Pereira
Daniel Duarte Pereira is an architect graduated by the School of Architecture of University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal, where he has worked as an invited assistant and fellow researcher on the research project On Being With-it (EAUM/LAB2PT). Besides his academic work, he participated in several architectural projects and competitions, winning two prizes in Europan. Daniel has collaborated in the edition of publications, organized exhibitions and events, and has coordinated socially-engaged projects related to architecture, city and landscape. Daniel´s research resides in exploring tools and methodologies of approaching and representing the landscape and common places with the aim to elaborate new interpretations strongly based on fieldwork. Linkedin
VIDEO EDITOR . VIDEOGRAPHER
DANIEL RODRIGUES CORREIA
Daniel Rodrigues Correia is currently a video editor for ZoomIn.tv in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the founder of ReloadMatter, a new media art blog. He has a degree in Marketing and Video Post-production, in the last years he has worked in film production mainly in fields related to documentary and new media art. More info at: Daniel Rodrigues Correia
ARCHITECT . ART-URBAN & SOCIO-SPATIAL PRATICES
FERNANDO P FERREIRA
Fernando P Ferreira is an architect and a creative researcher based in Porto, Portugal. His theoretical and practice-led research interacts between fine art and anticipatory/urban design, socio spatial practices, landscape and media representation, gender theory and creative writing. His research is mainly interested in making public invisible/forgotten structures present in the contemporary urban and rural landscape, and in exploring anticipatory design strategies, towards the experimentation of phenomenological ar(t)chitectural practices & tools that are focused in learn how to see, to interpret, to represent and to interact with the existing relationships, dynamics and specificities present in-between contemporary places, people and time. Ferreira has a professional background enhanced by teaching and researching Urban/Landscape studies in School of Architecture of Minho´s University; by exhibiting his critical artistic work; by participating in international urban competitions, winning two prizes in Europan; by participating in international workshops not only as a student, but also as an invited mentor; by collaborating with Architectural/Urban Design practices based in Porto (Portugal) and London (UK); and by having published scientific papers in international academic journals. More information at: Fernando P Ferreira
STORYTELLER . ONLINE CONTENT CREATOR
Flavia Larocca is a Multimedia graduate with a background in Humanities. She’s passionate in the two areas, and interested in investigating ways to merging them, researching in storytelling, digital and computer mediated literature and technology as a creative and artistic tool. She also is a language trainer, a web content creator and the founder of ReloadMatter, a new media art blog. Now based in Amsterdam, she previously lived in Porto, London and Milan, her hometown. More information at: Flavia Larocca
ARCHITECT . PARTICIPATORY DESIGN . ARTS & CRAFTS
Francisco Costa is an architect based in Porto. His interest in socially engaged projects and collaborative construction as a method of integrating communities in specific urban contexts, started when he was an architecture student, through the participation in certain competitions (such as: “Cova da Moura” - Triennial of Architecture of Lisbon). Following his training in 2011, Francisco collaborated in several workshops of participatory construction, where he developed social practices, namely in the "Build Together" organized by Constructlab for Guimarães, the European Capital of Culture 2012 and the "Casa do Vapor", a project for the neighborhood of Cova do Vapor in Almada in 2013. In that same year, continuing with the knowledge of social architecture acquired, together with other architects, Francisco created the Prosaico Colectivo - a collective of social architecture that developed local projects in Porto (Portugal) between 2013 and 2014. Currently, Francisco is founder of Pardo Studio, a studio based in Porto, which develops the maintenance, repair and production of spaces and domestic scenarios with a sustainable and crafted attitude.
ARCHITECT . SOUND RESEARCHER
João Maia e Silva is an architect born in Vila Verde, in 1986, who lives and works in Guimarães, Portugal. He divides his time between the practice of project development, in a traditional sense, on an architecture studio, and music creation and study on a self-taught basis. He reclaims for an interpretation and perception of our built surroundings, and spaces in general, from the "viewpoint" of the listener of the sounds that inhabit them, thus proposing an understanding of space as a sonic landscape, making the visual aspect of it less important. More information in: João Maia
ARCHITECT . METHODS OF REPRESENTATION
Sara Ferreira is an architect based in Lisbon. Professionally, she has been working throughout the years in distinct private and public projects of several scales and programs - housing, schools, master plans - developing it from the concept to the construction detail. Currently, Sara Ferreira coordinates construction packages for public Hospitals in a studio in Lisbon. Besides her studio practice, Ferreira has participated in several urban competitions and has been developing a parallel research that is focused in exploring new methodologies of representing Landscape and the built environment´s time processes.