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THE SAAL PROCESS: ARCHITECTURE AND PARTICIPATION, 1974-1976
from 12 MAY 2015 to 28 OCT 2015
This is the first major exhibition on SAAL [Local Ambulatory Support Service], an architectural and political project created just months after the April 1974 Revolution in Portugal. This merging of architecture and the needs of underprivileged populations by involving them in direct participation was one of the most compelling European projects of its time. SAAL was crucial to the internationalization of Portuguese architecture, and would transform the perception of many architects in their understanding of social housing.   
The exhibition presents 10 exemplary SAAL projects that were realized, including architectural models, historical photographs, sound recordings and documentaries of the time in 8mm and 16mm film. The exhibition also promotes a contemporary reflection on SAAL and its repercussions with a series of photographic commissions on the current state of some of the emblematic SAAL projects by photographers André Cepeda, José Pedro Cortes and Daniel Malhão, together with an environmental installation by Ângela Ferreira that deals with the historical and political memory of this influential and bold moment of Portuguese architecture and society. 

The exhibition is curated by Delfim Sardo, Portuguese independent curator, Artistic Director of Lisbon’s Architecture Triennal of 2010, and is organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.


Related Activities
OPENING WEEK PROGRAM

12 MAY (TUE), 14:00-15:00 
Press Conference

13 MAY (WED), 17:30-18:30 
Curator Talk with Delfim Sardo 

14 MAY (THU), 17:30-19:00 
Architect Talk with Nuno Grande and Nuno Portas 

  • LocationCanadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Canadá
  • Days 12 MAY 2015 - 28 OCT 2015

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