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POLITICAL MIND. Alvaro Siza’s Urban Projects from the SAAL Operation to Affordable Housing


Research project, CCA, Canadian Center for Architecture, Montréal


In 2015, the Canadian Centre for Architecture held the exhibition “Corner, Block, Neighbourhood, Cities: Alvaro Siza in Berlin and The Hague”, which focused on two Siza’s social housing commissions, the building “Bonjour Tristesse” (1983) and the “Punt en Komma” (1989). My project analyzes the roots of these works in the Siza’s projects for the social housing settlements in Bouça and São Victor, which he built under the revolutionary auspices of SAAL. Through a reading of his texts, drawings, models and interviews, this project highlights the Siza’s political vision, hidden behind the poetry of his language. One of the protagonists of the revolution in Portugal, Siza points out the role of architecture in the processes of sociocultural development, and integration of migrants.





Author: Lina Malfona (CCA Visiting Scholar, 2018)
Photo:
Corner, Block, Neighbourhood, Cities: Álvaro Siza in Berlin and The Hague, Installation view, 2015 Credit(s) © CCA



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