Tiago Castela


Tiago Castela is a historian of architecture and spatial planning. He teaches and does research on the political dimension of spatial planning and architecture, with a focus on southwestern Europe and southern Africa in the Twentieth Century. He holds a professional degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. In Fall 2011 he completed a PhD in Architecture, in the History of Architecture and Urbanism program, at the University of California, Berkeley. His outside fields of study were Urban Geography and Global Planning Knowledge. His doctoral dissertation is an ethnographically informed history of the illegalized peripheries of Lisbon, and of the effects of those spaces in the formation of the state apparatus of spatial planning and of expert architectural knowledge. He is a permanent Research Associate at the Center for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he is a member of the research group on Cities, Cultures, and Architecture (CCArq). In 2013 and 2014, he was the Principal Investigator for the exploratory research project "Urban Aspirations in Colonial/Postcolonial Mozambique: Governing the Unequal Division of Cities, 1945-2010" at CES, funded by the Portuguese state Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). This project examined the circulation of prospective imaginations of the urban between Lisbon, Maputo, and Johannesburg in the late Twentieth Century, foregrounding the invention of the figure of the periphery. He believes that it is crucial for research to be undertaken in articulation with innovative pedagogical practices, combining established methods with spatial experience and knowledge exchanges with citizens. During his doctoral studies, he taught at Berkeley and at the Higher School of Arts and Design at Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. At Coimbra, in 2015 he joined the faculty of the PhD programs in Architecture and in Postcolonialisms & Global Citizenship. Before he started his PhD with the support of the Fulbright program and the Gulbenkian Foundation, he worked as an architect, notably as the project coordinator for a performance arts center in Poitiers, France, at the office of João Luís Carrilho da Graça in Lisbon, Portugal. Office: #1.12 Office Hours: Monday afternoons (online sign-up sheet)

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Castela, Tiago (2019), Cidadania Proprietária e Emergência da Financeirização da Habitação em Portugal Após 1968, in Ana Cordeiro Santos (org.), A Nova Questão da Habitação em Portugal: Uma Abordagem de Economia Política. Coimbra: Conjuntura Actual Editora, 259-274

Book Chapter

Bandeirinha, José António; Castela, Tiago; Alves, Joana Gouveia; Aristides, Rui (2018), O Fundo de Fomento da Habitação de 1969 a 1982: Ordenamento, alternativas, e mercado, in Ricardo Agarez (org.), Habitação: Cem Anos de Políticas Públicas em Portugal, 1918-2018. Lisboa: Instituto da Habitação e Reabilitação Urbana, 234-279

Article in Scientific journal

Castela, Tiago (2018), "O Espaço-tempo do Refúgio Forçado: Os Aldeamentos Coloniais na Formação do Estado?", Biblos, 4, 13-30

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