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INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS – BETWEEN GARDEN AND TOWNSCAPE: From the Porto Crystal Palace (1865) to the Paris Exhibition (1937)
from 01 FEB 2016 to 02 FEB 2016
This conference examines the contribution of International Exhibitions to the design and construction of open space, from the scale of the garden to the scale of the city, by looking at the example of Porto’s Crystal Palace gardens. Inaugurated 150 years ago to host the International Exhibition of 1865, the gardens remain one of the city’s reference spaces.  We will also look at the Paris International Exhibition of 1937, which was planned by Jacques Gréber, the author of the project for the Serralves Park, a space that is a reference in terms of landscape design and of crucial importance to the contemporary life of Porto and the country.
While the Crystal Palace gardens were the first, large-scale and modern recreational space in the city, Serralves Park was the last recreational estate to be built in Porto. For different reasons, their histories intersect with those of the International Exhibitions, whose meaning merits our reflection.
Several Exhibitions were organized between 1865 and 1937. With artistic, cultural and social effects of varying impact, these events revealed the concerns and beliefs of each time and place. The conference will look at the Exhibitions from this period which contribute direct or indirectly to the understanding of the Crystal Palace gardens, as well as to the public green spaces in Porto that appeared in the following decades and were influenced by the novelty and dynamics generated by the Palace gardens. On the other hand, the history of Serralves is closely linked to the Paris Exhibitions of 1925 – crucial to the aesthetical choices applied to the property – and of 1937, which saw Gréber in the role of chief-architect. Therefore, the goal is also to contribute to a deeper knowledge of a character essential to understanding Serralves in all its dimensions and pursue a line of research launched by the Serralves Foundation from early on.
The conference’s target audiences are professionals, researchers and students in the fields of urban and garden design, as well as the general public interested in the history of Porto and Serralves.

Conference curator: Teresa Marques

Registration deadline: 27 January 

Registration: 30€
Amigos de Serralves members, Students, Seniors (>65): 50% discount
Registrations until 15 January: 20% discount 

- You can also register by sending an e-mail to bilheteira@serralves.pt with the confirmatory document of the bank transfer and personal data (name, birth date, address, postcode, country, e-mail, profession, number of Serralves Friend). Bank transfer to the order of "Fundação de Serralves" Bank Identification Number (IBAN): PT50-0010.0000.86451970001.02. Registration will only be valid after receipt of the confirmatory document of the bank transfer.
- Registrations are not available for only one of the days. The amount corresponds to participation on both days. 
- You can also register at the reception desk of Serralves Museum.

Rua D. João de Castro, 210
4150-417 Porto
Tel. 226 156 510 


Welcoming Session
Ana Pinho (President of the Board of Directors of the Serralves Foundation)
Filipe Araújo (City Councillor for Innovation and Environment, Porto Municipality)

Conference Presentation
Teresa Marques (Conference Curator, PT)

In search of progress between Porto and Europe: Railways, photography and expositions.
Filipa Lowndes Vicente (Researcher, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa, PT)

Coffee break

The World’s Fair: Plan, Pavilion and Aftermath.
Marc Treib (Emeritus Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

From Gardens to Glass Palaces: Joseph Paxton and the Inspiration of Nature.
Kate Colquhoun (Writer and Historian, UK)

Moderation: João Almeida (Serralves Park Director, PT)


Porto in the mid-19th century. Progress and tradition among rupture and continuity.
Jorge Ricardo Pinto (Coordinating Professor, Instituto Superior de Ciências Empresariais e do Turismo, PT)

Porto Crystal Palace’s Gardens. Innovation, experimentation and influence.
Teresa Marques (Assistant Professor, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, PT)

Coffee break

Round table "And Porto, 150 years later?”
Filipe Araújo (City Councillor for Innovation and Environment, Porto Municipality, PT)
Helena Madureira (Assistant Professor, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto, PT)
Paulo Araújo (Associate Professor, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, PT)
Nuno Grande (Assistant Professor, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra, PT) 
Jorge Ricardo Pinto (Coordinating Professor, Instituto Superior de Ciências Empresariais e do Turismo, PT)
Moderation: Teresa Andresen (Landscape Architect, PT)


The 1867 Exhibition, a milestone for French cities and gardens.
Stéphanie de Courtois (Assistant Professor, École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, FR)

Garden in Urban Planning in the context of International Expositions. JCN Forestier’s work in Paris, Seville and Barcelona.
Bénédicte Leclerc (Architect and Historian, FR)

Coffee break

The End of a World Exposition’s Controlling Style: Jacques Gréber, Planner of the 1937 Paris International Exposition.
Danilo François Udovicki-Selb (Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Gardens at the 1937 Exposition: Between Horticulture and Urbanism. Towards Landscape Architecture?
Bernadette Blanchon (Associate Professor, École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage, Versailles, FR)

Cristina Castel-Branco (Associate Professor, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, PT)
Nuno Grande (Assistant Professor, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra, PT)

Closing Message
João Pedro Matos Fernandes (Minister of Environment) 


Guided Tours (subject to the capacity)
- Serralves Park - by João Almeida (Diretor do Parque de Serralves, PT)
- Crystal Palace Gardens - by Paulo Farinha Marques (Associate Professor, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, PT)

Bénédicte Leclerc
Architect dplg (diplomé par le gouvernement) and historian from the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), she researches European urban design in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and its influence in Latin America. She coordinates an international staff of architects, historians and researchers on these themes. She has written many articles and scientific papers about this field of studies. She been scientific consultant and coordinator of several exhibitions and seminars, namely "Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier (1861-1930). Du jardin au paysage urbain” (Paris, 1990), and the resulting proceedings (1994). She has also participated in several conferences about urban design, gardens and urban renewal. 

Bernadette Blanchon
Certified architect, associate professor at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage in Versailles, and a research fellow at LAREP (Laboratoire de Recherche de l‘École de Paysage). She has collaborated with the Bureau des Paysages, led by landscape architect Alexandre Chemetoff. Her teaching and research work focuses on landscapes in the urban environment of the post-war era. She has contributed to various publications, including Women, Modernity and Landscape architecture (2014), L’AUA une architecture de l’engagement (2015), Les espaces publics modernes (1997), Landscape Research (2011), Helvetica Topiaria (2016) and STRATES N°13 (2007). She has lectured at international conferences and various universities and is a founding editor of the academic Journal JoLA, Journal of Landscape Architecture. 

Cristina Castel-Branco
Landscape Architect from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA). She had a Fullbright-ITT Scholarship and holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, later continuing her studies at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D since 1993 and became Aggregate Professor at ISA in 2006 where since 1989 she teaches the courses of Garden Art History, Landscape Ecology, Design and Public Spaces Design. She was director of the Ph.D program in Landscape Architecture and Urban ecology – LINK (2009-2015).
Researcher and founder of the Centro de Ecologia Aplicada of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and associate researcher of the Centro de História de Além Mar of the Universidade Nova. Research fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in the subject of Garden and Landscape Studies (2015) and at the University of Tokyo, Historiographical Institute, as Visitor Scholar also in 2015.
She is an international member of ICOMOS, advisor of the International Cultural Landscapes Committee (UNESCO), founded and presided the Associação Portuguesa de Jardins e Sítios Históricos. As a designer (atelier ACB, since 1990) she has received several awards both in Portugal and abroad. She was honoured Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2013.

Danilo François Udovicki-Selb
Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, he holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture.  He has published widely on the 1930s in the Soviet Union and France, notably on Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Jacques Gréber.  His most recent essay on the topic, Reinventing Paris: The Competitions for the 1937 Paris International Exposition, was published in the Journal of Architectural Historians (2015). His latest work is an edited book NARKOFMIN: Moisej Ginzburg and Ignatij Milinis (Ernst Wasmuth Verlag, Berlin).  He is US correspondent and architecture critic for Il Giornale dell’Architettura, Torino, Italy. 

Filipa Lowndes Vicente
Researcher at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lis¬boa, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. Her thesis led to the publication of the book Viagens e Exposições: D. Pedro V na Europa do Século XIX (2003). She is the author of many articles and books, including: Outros Orienta¬lismos: A Índia entre Florença e Bombaim, 1860 1900, published in Portugal (2009) in India and Italy (2012), Arte Sem História: Mulheres e Cultura Artística, Séculos XVI XX (2012) and, in 2014, O Império da Visão: fotografia no contexto colonial português (1860-1960) with the participation of thirty other authors, as the result of a research project she coordinated. 
Her research topics focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the production of knowledge in colonial contexts; the history of Colonial India; relations between gender and colonialism; the place of women as authors and creators; the history of collections, museums, exhibitions, travel and photography. 

Filipe Araújo 
Electrical Engineer by the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto with a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications by the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He held a senior staff position at a multinational communications company and was Invited Professor at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto between 2005 and 2009. Member of the Board of Directors of Fundação da Juventude, he was member of the Porto Municipal Assembly between 2005 and 2009. He has been the City Councillor for Innovation and Environment of Porto Municipality since 2013.

Helena Madureira
Geographer by the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto. She concluded her Master’s Degree in Planning and Urban Environment Design from the Faculdade de Arquitetura and Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto with a thesis on the transformation processes of Porto’s green structure. Her Ph.D thesis in Landscape Architecture from the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto "The Green Infrastructure of the Leça Watershed: A Strategy for Sustainable Development in Porto’s Metropolitan Region” was published by Edições Afrontamento in 2011. 
She is Assistant Professor in the Departamento de Geografia da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto and researcher at CEGOT (Centro de Estudos de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território), focusing on subjects related with landscape and territorial planning and sustainable urban planning.

João Almeida
Urban and Regional Planner by the Universidade de Aveiro (2000), where until 2002 integrated the research team in Territorial Planning of the Departamento de Ambiente e Ordenamento. There he participated in several projects, namely the Landscape Study for the Alto Douro Wine Region Candidature to the UNESCO World Heritage and, resulting from this classification,  the Intermunicipal Territorial Plan for the Alto Douro Wine Region.
Master in Landscape Architecture by the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2005, in the same year integrated the research team in landscape architecture at the Departmento de Botânica of the Faculdade de Botânica da Universidade do Porto, participating in projects such as the Proposal for Mindelo’s Protected Landscape and the Regional Territorial Plan for the North Region.  He was manager of the Serralves Park between 2007 and 2011 and director of the Park since 2012 to the present day.

Jorge Ricardo Pinto
Holding a BA, MA and Ph.D. in Geography from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (FLUP), he is a coordinating professor at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Empresariais e do Turismo, assistant professor at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro and visiting professor in the continuing education department of FLUP. He has developed his scientific research on subjects such as morphology and urban history and social geography, both in the Centro de Estudos de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, as an integrated member, and in the Centro de Investigação Interdisciplinar e de Intervenção Comunitária, where is the principal investigator of project CHIP. He has presented several communications at international conferences, published scientific articles, congress proceedings, book chapters and four books. Two books as author, O Porto Oriental no final do século XIX and Bonfim - Território de Memórias e Destinos, and other two as coordinator, Turismo, património e inovação and O 285 da rua de Cedofeita. He is the deputy director of the scientific journal Percursos e Ideias.

Kate Colquhoun
Author of five books including her first A Thing in Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton (HarperCollins, 2003). It was shortlisted for several awards including the Duff Cooper and Samuel Johnson as well as being a BBC Radio4 Book of the Week.
She is a full-time writer, reviewer and historian, living in London with her two sons. She writes widely for the UK national press including the Sunday Times, the Financial Times and the Telegraph and she appears regularly on TV and Radio in the UK. 

Marc Treib
Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley and a noted landscape and architectural historian and critic. He has published widely on modern and historical subjects including An Everyday Modernism: The Houses of William Wurster (1995); Space Calculated In Seconds: The Philips Pavilion, Le Corbusier, Edgard Varèse (1996); Thomas Church, Landscape Architect (2004); Settings and Stray Paths: Writings on Landscapes and Gardens (2005); Representing Landscape Architecture (2007); Drawing/Thinking (2008); Spatial Recall: Memory in Architecture and Landscape (2009); and Meaning in Landscape Architecture & Gardens (2011) and was editor of Modern Landscape: a Critical Review (1993).

Nuno Grande
Architect, researcher and curator. Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra (DARQ/FCTUC). Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, on the PhD and Master’s Urbanistics course. He obtained his degree in Architecture at the University of Porto in 1992 and his PhD, in 2009, at the University of Coimbra. He is a researcher at the Social Studies Centre (CES), University of Coimbra. 
He was responsible for the Cultural Programming on Architecture and City, in Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture. He curated exhibitions for the 1st Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 7th São Paulo Architecture Biennale, both in 2007, and Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture. He is actually curating new exhibitions to be held, in 2016, at La Cité de L’Architecture at du Patrimoine, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, and at the Portuguese representation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. Nuno Grande is author of several books and essays on Portuguese Architecture, and he writes occasionally for architectural magazines published in Portugal and abroad.

Paulo Ventura Araújo
Born in 1966, lives and works in Porto. From 2005 to 2008 he was a member of the board of Campo Aberto, a local environmental group. He is the author or joint author of three books about heritage trees and gardens and other nature-related subjects: À sombra de árvores com história (2004), Um Porto de árvores (2006), A Árvore de Natal do Senhor Ministro (2009). Since 2004, and together with his wife Maria Carvalho, he keeps the blog Dias com Árvores, mostly about Portuguese (and Azorean) flora.

Stéphanie de Courtois
Holding a Ph.D. in Art History, she researches the history of parks and gardens and the French and foreign designers of the nineteenth century. She is teaching in the Master 2 course "Historic Gardens, heritage, landscape”, at the École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles. She is a member of the French National Council of parks and gardens, and Secretary of ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes. She has co-edited Edouard André, un paysagiste botaniste sur les chemins du monde (2001), and contributed to the exhibition J’ai descendu dans mon jardin (2011). She studies cultural and technical transfers between Germany and France, with participation in several publications and conferences, most recently on climate change in the gardens (Historische Gärten im Klimawandel, 2014), and, also in 2014, Aperçus sur l’art des jardins paysagers, assortis d'une Description détaillée du parc de Muskau, Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871). 

Teresa Andresen
Landscape architect, with a Ph.D. in Sciences Applied to Environment from the University of Aveiro. She has taught for 30 years in three Portuguese universities and in 2007 she became a full Professor at the University of Porto. She is the author of many publications, namely co-author of the book Jardins Históricos do Porto.  Among her recent research projects, the proposal of a Metropolitan Parks Network for the Porto Metropolitan Area stands out. She was director of the Botanical Garden of Porto and of the Park of the Serralves Foundation and a member of the Porto Municipal Assembly.  Presently she holds consulting activity and is a member of the National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development, of the Council of Environment of the Municipality of Porto and an expert in the Permanent Delegation of Portugal to UNESCO World Heritage. She was curator of the conference ‘Jacques Gréber. Urbanist and Garden Architect’ that was held in the Serralves Foundation in 2011.

Teresa Portela Marques
Landscape architect, with a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Universidade de Lisboa). She is assistant professor at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto in the Landscape Architecture programme and researcher at the Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO/INBIO), having also taught at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. Her research focuses mainly on history and critic of amenity landscapes, particularly those designed in the nineteenth and in the first decades of the twentieth century, as well as on conservation and restoration of historic value gardens and landscapes. She is co-author of the books Jardins du Maroc, d’ Espagne et du Portugal - Un art de vivre partagé and Jardins Históricos do Porto. She was director of the Serralves Foundation Park between 1994 and 2000. 
  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Days 01 FEB 2016 - 02 FEB 2016
  • Price€ 30,00

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