Europe in Álvaro Siza: City, Democracy and Architecture

December 7, 2019, 10h00

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto)


This colloquium intertwines topics of the exhibition “ÁLVARO SIZA - (IN)DISCIPLINA” and the objectives of the research project, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, (EU)ROPA Rise of Portuguese Architecture.

Focusing on "City, Democracy and Architecture", the colloquium “EUROPE IN ALVARO SIZA”, enables a perspective of Álvaro Siza’s work within the framework of Portuguese architecture, and in tune with European culture, from the modern vanguards of the early twentieth century to new paths that emerged post-Second World War until contemporary times.

“EUROPE IN ALVARO SIZA” offers a crossover of different perspectives, from multiple critical perspectives, by calling young researchers of different European architectural teaching institutions and that are part of the (EU)ROPA project’s “Facing Europe” network - as well as researchers associated with Siza's work and internationally renowned keynote speakers as featured in the programme.

The colloquium intends to be a moment of challenge to Portuguese architecture through the diverse and plural analysis of Siza's work, with special emphasis on its contribution to the strengthening of democracy, projecting and building in Portugal and internationally an architecture capable of witnessing the places, strengthening cultures, dialoguing with populations. The meeting aims to underline the humanism of Siza's architecture, in various programmes, from the most sophisticated to the simplest, and in various geographies, from the deepest to the most central. “EUROPE IN ALVARO SIZA” will sketch the portrait, from various angles, and debate the legacy, with multiple voices, of a celebrated and award-winning architecture that has never lost the modesty of one who designs with doubts and hesitations, always eloquently exposed in drawings that are a heritage of the art and architecture of our time.

Colloquium co-organised by the Serralves Foundation and the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra [research project (EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture POCI-01-0145-FEDER- 030492] >> [Download POSTER + PROGRAMME]

Event under the parallel programme of the exhibition Álvaro Siza In/Disciplina, open at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.
Ticket Acquisition> Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art | 10 € (general ticket); 5 € (Student; +65 years old; Friends of Serralves)> With right of access to the exhibition "Álvaro Siza In/Disciplina".