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FAUP professors and researchers in the spotlight at the 2024 FAD Thought and Criticism Awards Award

May 24, 2024

The book 'Novo / Antigo - Fernando Távora Obras' edited by Teresa Cunha Ferreira, David Ordóñez Castañón, Eleonora Fantini and published by FAUP, Fundação Marques da Silva and Edições Afrontamento, is a finalist for the FAD Iberian Prize for Thought and Criticism 2024, in Barcelona.

Selected editions include the books 'Manuel Botelho: Obra e projecto 1980-2008', edited by António Neves, Bruno Baldaia and Carlos Maia, with the support of FAUP; 'Cumplicidades: nos percursos de Álvaro Siza e Eduardo Souto de Moura' by Nuno Grande, foreword by Joana Couceiro and design by Ana Resende, both published by Circo de Ideias; and 'Paisaje pintoresco y entornos adecuados' by Eliana Sousa Santos, published by Ediciones Asimétricas / Iniciativa Digital Politécnica Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

'Fernando Távora: Obras', profusely illustrated with photographs, plans, elevations and sections, brings together texts by the coordinators - Rui Fernandes Póvoas; José Bernardo Távora, José Miguel Rodrigues and Andrea Ugolini - and systematizes the research carried out on 14 works by Fernando Távora by Teresa Cunha Ferreira, David Ordoñez Castañon and Eleonora Fantini, with the contribution of Maria Milano and Fernando Cerqueira Barros.

'Novo / Antigo - Fernando Távora Obras', together with the book 'Fernando Távora: Conversas', is part of the Novo/Antigo publishing project on the subject of contemporary intervention in built heritage. They propose to introduce a critical narrative of the design and construction process, which could become a pedagogy for the teaching and professional practice of architects. The publications are the result of a partnership between FAUP, the Marques da Silva Foundation and Edições Afrontamento.

The Novo/Antigo publishing project, which is part of the UNESCO Chair in Heritage, Cities and Landscapes. Sustainable Management, Conservation, Planning and Design, begins with Fernando Távora (1923-2005) and is based on the premise of the conceptual and methodological coherence of the architect from Porto in his intervention in heritage contexts in Portugal.

The book 'Manuel Botelho: Obra e projecto 1980-2008' is the result of an unpublished monograph by the architect Manuel Botelho, a former professor at FAUP. Over the course of 360 pages, it brings together a selection of 27 works and projects, as well as a set of original essays by Carlos Machado, José Manuel Soares, Jorge Reis, Victor Mestre, António Neves, Bruno Baldaia and Carlos Maia.

The book is the culmination of a cycle dedicated to Professor Manuel Botelho, which included exhibitions, round tables and visits to his works. The initial impetus was the recognition that the quality of Manuel Botelho's work was not matched by a visibility that matched it. Manuel Botelho is the author of award-winning and outstanding works, he has been present at important exhibitions in the panorama of Portuguese architecture over the last fifty years, he is an outstanding professor for the Porto School of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto and for that place in Portuguese architecture recognized as the 'Porto School'.

The publishing project was supported by the Marques da Silva Foundation, Lab2PT - Landscapes, Heritage and Territory Laboratory, the Center for Architecture and Urbanism Studies, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho, the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Order of Architects.

'Cumplicidades: nos percursos de Álvaro Siza e Eduardo Souto de Moura', published by Circo de Ideias, written by Nuno Grande and with a preface by Joana Couceiro, presents a set of 21 texts published between 2004 and 2023, a selection with which the author has been building his critical ideology on Portuguese architecture, based above all on the complicities established by Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura - between themselves, but also with many other authors.

The book 'Paisaje pintoresco y entornos adecuados', published by Ediciones Asimétricas / Iniciativa Digital Politécnica Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, by Eliana Sousa Santos, shows how the use of landscape as a conceptual tool led modern architecture from its original state of introspection to a possible expansion in different aspects: disciplinary, formal and theoretical.

Of the 341 works submitted to the FAD Architecture and Interior Design Awards, the Jury selected 51 projects in the different categories - among the projects selected are several by FAUP teachers and alumni -; 12 projects selected for the International Awards; and 15 editorial projects for the Fad Thought and Criticism Awards, out of a total of 53 submitted to the competition.

The winners of the FAD Awards will be announced on June 11, 2024, at a ceremony to be held at the Disseny Hub Barcelona.

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