Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism


Center for Studies
in Architecture and Urbanism

8th Sophia Journal Landscapes of Care: photography, film, modern architecture and landscape heritage International Conference

September 15 and 16, 2023, Fernando Távora Auditorium [Conference] + Carlos Ramos Pavilion [Exhibition]

The 8th International Conference of the Sophia Journal is part of the thematic cycle 'Landscapes of Care', dedicated to contemporary photographic and visual practices that focus on how architecture, broadly understood, can help heal a planet in crisis.

The Conference presents a program dedicated to the theme 'Landscapes of Care: photography, film, modern architecture and landscape heritage', which includes round tables for each panel, addressing specific topics coming from the Sophia magazine call, the presentation of submitted articles and visual essays, and the exhibition 'The Idea of Álvaro Siza', by Mark Durden and João Leal.

The conference is led by the Center for Architecture and Urbanism Studies CEAU/FAUP and coordinated in partnership with other institutions, namely University College Dublin (UCD), London South Bank University (LSBU), School of Media Arts and Design (ESMAD), University of Copenhagen and European Centre for Documentary Research, University (UCPH), University of South Wales (USW/eCDR).

Under the direction of Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP), the conference organizing and programming committee includes Hugh Campbell (UCD), Igea Troiani (LSBU), João Leal (P.PORTO / ESMAD), Mark Durden (USW/eCDR), Olívia Marques da Silva (P.PORTO / ESMAD), Rikke Munck Petersen (KU), and Teresa Cunha Ferreira (FAUP/CEAU).

The program of this conference comprises four round tables in which photography is explored as a significant research tool to build critical and innovative visions about architecture as a broad field of knowledge that operates within larger systems with cultural, artistic, technical and historical dimensions.

Guest speakers at the 8th International Conference of the Sophia Journal are: Maria Neto (CEAU/FAUP - UBI), Nuno Grande (FCTUC/CES), Paulo Catrica (UNL) and Rita Castro Neves (FBAUP).

At the same time, the exhibition 'The Idea of Álvaro Siza' is presented, which brings together the photographic work developed by Mark Durden and João Leal around two of Siza's paradigmatic buildings, which are the Carlos Ramos Pavilion and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, resulting in the publication of the first of three volumes of the collection 'scopionewspaper journal The Idea of Álvaro Siza'.


5th sept. Auditório Fernando Távora

Opening remarks

9h30 - 10h00 | Teresa Calix [subdirector of FAUP], Pedro Leão Neto [arquiteto, FAUP]

PANEL #01 | Chair: Hugh Campbell, Teresa Ferreira

10h00 - 10h15 | Presentation 1: Birgit Schilke Hammer/Leonie Bunte

Changing the Image: Photographic Investigations on the Anonymous Modern, West Germany 1970-1989

10h15 - 10h30 | Presentation 2: Giulio Galasso / Natalia Voroshilova  [visual essays]

Oases in the grid: The gardens of postwar Milanese middle-class housing

10h30 - 11h00 | Interval

11h00 - 11h15 | Presentation 3: Jasna Galjer  

Ways of seeing architecture and landscape in the voids of presence. The case of a health resort on the Adriatic coast of Croatia

11h15 - 11h30 | Presentation 4: Julia Maria Bezerra de Fabbrian

11h30 - 12h00 | Roundtable discussion

PANEL #02 | Chair: Igea Troiani, Mark Durden

12h15 - 12h30 | Presentation 5: Richard Williams

São Paulo

12h30 - 12h45 | Presentation 6: Sotiria Alexiadou

Colonas Unclaiming the natural waterfront landscape: Thessaloniki’s manmade east waterfront

12h45 - 13h00 Presentation 7: Lars Rolfsted Mortensen  [visual essays]

The Infrastructural Sublime Marvel, apprehension, and environmental awareness in the encounter of dams

13h00- 14h00 | Lunch Break

14h00 - 14h15 | Presentation 8: Joao Gadelho Noves Tavares

Foz Velha. The creation of an image of permanencies and transformations

14h15 - 14h45 Roundtable discussion


PANEL #03| Chair: João Leal, Rikke Munck Petersen

14h45 - 15h00 | Presentation 9: Ciro Miguel Ektachrome Color: White buildings, Red Dust

15h15 - 15h30 | Presentation 10: Corné Strootman

Filmmaking as a tool for landscape architecture: Analysing and mediating the spatial impact of agricultural techniques

15h30 - 16h00 | Interval

16h15 - 16h30 | Presentation 11: Millicent Gunneren  [visual essays]

Walking the Table : Caring-with landscape

16h30 - 16h45 | Presentation 12: Tonia Carless [visual essays]

Unsettling in Norrlands

16h45 - 17h15 | Roundtable discussion

17h30 - 19h00 | Pavilhão Carlos Ramos | Opening and visit to the Exhibition ‘The Idea of Álvaro Siza’ | Port Wine reception | Ocean Swimming Pool Launch - scopionewspaper journal collection

16th sept. Auditório Fernando Távora

PANEL #4 | Chair: Olívia Marques da Silva

10h00 - 10h20 | Open Call | Sophia Journal Landscapes of Care Vol. 9 - Maria Neto

10h20 - 10h50 | Invited speaker - Nuno Grande

Presentation of the book ‘Another Approach on the Works of Álvaro Siza’

10h50 - 11h20 | Moderator - Olívia M. da Silva

Presentation of the scopionewspaper collection ‘The Idea of Álvaro Siza’

11h20 - 11h30 | Interval

11h30 - 13h30 | Chair / moderator - Olívia Marques da Silva

Opening the discussion focused on documentary artistic publications about architecture

Invited speakers - Nuno Grande, Paula Catrica, Rita Castro Neves

Authors: João Leal, Mark Durden and Pedro Leão Neto


Scientific Committee
Antonio Da Silva, Alexandra Trevisan (ESAP/CEAA), Andreia Garcia (UBI / CIAUD), Carlos Lobo (EA.UCP), Davide Deriu (Uni of Westminster), Finola O'Kane (UCD), Gary Boyd (QUB / NBE), Gul Kacmaz (Queens University), Hamed Khosravi, Inaki Bergara (Arquitectura / Unizar), Jesus Vassallo (Rice University), Jose Angel Hidalgo Arellano, Louis D'Arcy-Reed, Olivia Marques da Silva Silva (P.PORTO / ESMAD), Paulo Catrica (UNL), Peter Sealy (Uni of Toronto), Tordis Berstrand, Wes Aelbrecht (Cardiff University)

Conference team
Ana Miriam Rebelo, Sara Masi

Graphic design, infographics, social media
Né Santelmo, Artur Leão

The session will be delivered in English, without translation.Program subject to change (without prior notice).This event may be recorded and disseminated by FAUP through photography and video.

FAUP does not issue attendance declarations or online attendance of the event.

More information

Sophia Journal

Investigation Group 'Arquitectura, Arte e Imagem — AAI'  CEAU.FAUP

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