Centro de Comunicação e Representação Espacial - Center for Communication and Spatial Representation   CCRE [RG-145-1907]
coordinator Pedro LEÃO Ramos Ferreira NETO

Art Studies
LOCATION OF GROUP (Host Institution)
Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
Architecture, City and Territory, Digital Media Technologies, Collaborative Platforms, Photography, Learning Spaces

35.435,72 euros

CCRE is an open research group that aims to hold the interest of different people and research coming from various institutions and diverse fields of studying subjects and interests. Research activities are linked to 3 main fields of study. (a) City Spaces and Culture, concerned with Documentary Photography for Architecture and the critical use of images as a research tool; (b) Study and Socialization Environments with a Strong Integration of ICT focused on the design and study of hybrid spatial environments: E-Learning Centers and (c) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for collaborative work focused on design communication and learning in Architectural and Art courses. The main purpose of the CCRE is to develop activities connected to three main fields of study supported by collaborative platforms open to the public, facilitating the communication of the research and promoting interaction between universities, research groups, public institutions and the general public.
The research group universe is concerned with the understanding of image and the use of diverse representations methods and media, exploring digital art, communication strategies to allow new ways for people to understand and interact with several public spaces and photography as a research instrument in the fields of architecture, city and territory. The aim is to enhance communication between several people and groups, linking the virtual world of Internet and the physical places where people live and work, and to offer new insights about those places through critical visual narratives and studies.
CCRE intends, on the one hand, to conduct research and work focused on: (1) the use of documentary and artistic photography for architecture and social sciences; (2) the use of diverse representation methods for design communication, (3) the design and study of Learning Spaces with strong integration of ICT; (4) the use of ICT for collaborative work focused on design communication and learning in Architectural and Art courses domains. On the other hand, to allow a broader and systematic interchange of knowledge between researchers already involved in these subject matters or related to creative and cultural actions, in RD&T projects that aim to promote their accessibility by a wider audience by actively using ICT: diverse collaborative platforms in the WWW. This interactive and open platform will make possible to communicate diverse content considered relevant and of quality related to Architecture, Documentary and Artistic Photography, Computer Visualisation and Representation Methods concerning Design communication and to how people live, understand and transform their cities and territory and, in this way, help to achieve more social responsibility and the inclusion of more citizens in the research and planning and design process. All these subjects and its different outputs and works will add and link the knowledge coming from research with the practical experience, opening University to its City and Citizens, which means conducting and promoting research and activities that (re)think critically architecture, using documentary and artistic photography as a visual instrument for inquiring the territory.

CCRE has three main research lines: a) study and social environments with strong integration of ICT; b) ICT for collaborative work in the areas of architectural design and architectural and arts education; and c) spaces of city and culture. The main achievements for each one of these research lines were as follows:

a) City Spaces and Culture
City Spaces and Culture is our research line that has been evolving since 2006 all around diverse projects and actions related to Design Communication Strategies and Documentary and Artistic Photography related to Architecture, City and Territory. Thus, coming from this research line, most important achievement in 2013 were:
a1) Organization of four D.T.W. (Debates, Tertúlias e Workshops) under the 3rd Conference Cycle Integrated in the course of Communication, Photography and Multimedia at School of Architecture of University of Porto;
a2) Publication of three books inside the editorial line, specifically in the collection scopio projects - Topografias a Norte (ISBN 978-989-98726-1-5) and Being and Becoming (ISBN978-989-97699-4-6 ) and scopio contests - Visual Narratives: European Capital of Culture Guimarães 2012 (ISBN 978-989-97699-2-2);
a3) Several spreading actions related to editorial line, its publications and authors;
In order to promote the public disclosure of the contents produced under this research line, we developed several online platforms with the objective of bringing together students, teachers and other researchers interested in this theme and to broaden the discussion beyond the academic place, contributing in this way to the internationalization of the discussions. Examples of these platforms are scopio Network and Comunicação, Fotografia e Multimédia (CFM).

b) Study and Socialization Environments with a Strong Integration of ICT
The Socialization and Learning Environments research line is very related with the Design, Construction and Assessment of Learning Spaces and Learning Centers in the University of Porto, which aims to provide interdisciplinary teams of architectural design with a strong research/information component, having the purpose to improve design standards, conversion and evaluation of various buildings and spaces directly linked to study and socialization, with tight integration of ICT, in the University of Porto. The project also aims to insure monitoring of the use of ICT during the research and design, and evaluate its impact on the use of learning spaces, the Design, construction and assessment of Learning Spaces and Learning Centers in the University of Porto. The main achievements in 2013 were:
b1) development of architectural design project for the  construction of the new E-Learning Café of Botanical Garden;
b2) conclusion of architectural design project for the new design for the gardens of E-Learning Café of Asprela;
b3) CCRE began the first steps for establishment of an international research group integrating OECD – CELE - and focused on new socialization / learning spaces with a strong integration of ICT. The objective of the research group is to produce knowledge focused on the assessment of the quality of "educational" spaces in collaboration with the - Center for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) that is institutionally centralized in the OECD unit. This means to aim for planning and design of educational facilities - schools, colleges and universities - as well as studying the impact of these teaching spaces. Specific outputs are the integration of the Center for Effective Learning Environments (CELE), information gathering to establish strategic contacts with research centers / institutions / researchers who in recent years have scientific / architectural study in this area, a seminar on Spaces of Socialization and Learning with a strong integration of ICT.
In addition, a PhD research work has been evolving with the title “Spatial Codes in the teaching/learning of architecture” that involves the analysis and comparative study of several teaching spaces, among them the School of Architecture and University of Porto.

c) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Collaborative Work, Design and Education in the Fields of Architecture and Arts
ICT for collaborative work in the areas of architectural design and architectural and arts education, is the research line focused on design communication and learning in Architectural and Art courses domains.
The main important project of this research line was DARC – Digital Architecture Representation and Communication, a Co-Promotion Project that intended to meet the market needs in Creative Industries: the articulation of digital technologies in broadband and podcasting with various communication strategies and collaborative work in the areas of architecture and urbanism, graphic design, web design, cultural tourism, among others. This project had its beginning in early 2010 and its most important achievement in 2013 were:
c1) The production of a software platform for the  (1) organization, representation, promotion and dissemination of diverse content aimed at the market of Creative Industries, Environment, Spatial Planning and Cultural Tourism; (2) the development, sharing of information and representation for interactive collaborative work in the construction industry (Architecture and Urbanism), in Design and in University Education (linked to the arts).
c2) The making of a final report on DARC Project;

The research developed under the three main research lines was published and presented at several seminars and conferences, nationals and internationals.

MARUM, Jorge Humberto Canastra
LEÃO Ramos Ferreira NETO, Pedro
VENTURA Rodrigues, Susana Patrícia
RIBEIRO, Ligia Maria da Silva
MORENO, Manuel Joaquim Soeiro
GADANHO, Pedro César Clara Carmo
FERREIRA, João Carlos Castro

VIEIRA, Andrea Marisa de Pera
Carvalho MOREIRA, Bruno Miguel da Silva
NETO, Maria de Fátima Canteiro