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BOOK LAUNCH "RAW-MATERIAL: A VIEW OF ÁLVARO SIZA'S ARCHIVE" BY ANDRÉ TAVARES
12 DEC 2017
This new volume in the 'from the Collection' series highlights the wide scope of Álvaro Siza's archive that has recently become part of the Serralves Collection. Siza’s consistent use of drawing, sketches and technical plans to anticipate forms and spaces, gradually working towards the desired result, is a distinguishing feature of his practice. Yet this archive is more than just a collection of drawings and plans. Taking them as raw material, André Tavares reveals how correspondence with clients, photographs of building sites, paperwork exchanged with the regulatory authorities, and proceedings, opinions and reports issued by the multiple actors involved in the construction process record episodes that, although invisible in the finished building, illuminate Siza’s approach.
  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Schedule18h30 - 19h30
  • Days12 DEC 2017
André Tavares (Porto, 1976) is an architect. Since 2006, he has been running Dafne Editora, exploring publishing as a form of cultural and architectural practice. With Diogo Seixas Lopes (1972-2016) he was editor-in-chief of the magazine Jornal Arquitectos (2013-2015) and co-curator of the 4th Lisbon Architecture Triennale, The Form of Form. At the Serralves Museum he curated the exhibitions Serralves Villa: The Client as Architect and Raw-Material: A View on the Archive of Álvaro Siza. He has published several books, including Arquitectura Antituberculose (FAUP-Publicações, 2005), Os fantasmas de Serralves (Dafne, 2007), Novela bufa do ufanismo em concreto (Dafne, 2009), Duas obras de Januário Godinho (Dafne, 2012) and L’étoile filante Charles Siclis (éditons B2, 2016). His previous book, The Anatomy of the Architectural Book (Lars Müller/Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2016), addresses the crossovers between book culture and building culture. Currently Tavares is a postdoctoral fellow at the institute gta, ETH Zurich, researcher at the Escola de Arquitectura da Universidade do Minho, in Guimarães, and consultant of Garagem Sul Architectural Exhibitions, in Lisbon.

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