Gabriela Celani is an architect with a master’s degree from FAU-USP and a PhD from MIT, where she was supervised by William Mitchell and Terry Knight. Since 2004 she has been a researcher and professor of the Architecture and Urbanism course at Unicamp, where she created the Automation and Prototyping Laboratory for Architecture and Construction (LAPAC), and where she is currently a full professor. She works at undergraduate and graduate level, developing research in the areas of digital fabrication, design process automation, shape grammar and algorithmic-parametric design, across Architecture and Urbanism.
At Unicamp, she was an advisor to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean and Project Director of the Exploratory Science Museum, and currently coordinates the Physical-Spatial component of the International Hub for Sustainable Development (HIDS) project. She is the author of the book CAD Criativo (Elsevier, 2003) and has translated the books The logic of architecture and The poetics of gardens into Portuguese. She was a visiting professor, with funding, at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina), the Technical University of Lisbon and MIT. She was coordinator of projects financed by FAPESP, CAPES, FAEPEX and CNPq, involving national and foreign universities, such as Coimbra, Lisbon, Melbourne, Braunschweig and Kaiserslautern.
She is a member of the scientific committees of the Design Computing and Cognition, SIGraDi, eCAADe, CAADRIA, ASCAAD and CAAD Futures congresses. She was Vice President of SIGraDi and is currently Vice President of CAAD Futures. She was a guest speaker at the following events: Digital fabrication: a state of art (Lisbon, 2011), SIGraDi 2012 (Fortaleza), Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (Lisbon, 2013), Digital DArq (Coimbra, 2015) and SIGraDi/eCAADe congress 2019 (Porto ). She organized the conferences CAAD Futures 2015 (São Paulo) and BRAGFOST 2016 (Campinas). She received the Arturo Montagú (Sigradi, 2017) and Zeferino Vaz (Unicamp, 2018) awards for her academic career.
The Architecture Departments of Lusófona University of Lisbon and Oporto are organizing a seminar –Architecture: Design and Research – for the current academic year.
30 April 2021
7:00 (Lisbon Time)
Luísa Bebiano – Architecture, Processes of creation
Designing in architecture is a creative, technical and ordering of ideas act. It is an organization system that determines a form, something concrete that is part of an essence. “The design process is based on a continuous game of feeling and reason.”
In this class, I will focus on two architectural works (a rehabilitation and a new construction) and their creative process in the development of the project. In parallel, the assembly of a visual narrative for cinema will be addressed.
Luisa Bebiano (Coimbra, 1978) has had her own architecture studio since 2010, founded in the business incubator of Instituto Pedro Nunes. She develops architectural projects that relate her to theater and cinema, a thematic universe that is the basis of the research she is developing for her doctoral thesis at Instituto Superior Técnico.
Graduated in Architecture from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Coimbra, with a time at the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), she was distinguished with the Quartel Mestre General W. Elsden School Prize.
She started her activity as Art Director in 2009 in the team of director António Ferreira and her set design activity with João Mendes Ribeiro, with whom she worked as an intern for the Ordem dos Arquitetos.
Her work in the field of architecture is primarily focused on responding to various programs of various scales, with a greater focus on building rehabilitation.
She has been distinguished in competitions on completed works, namely: National Urban Rehabilitation Award (2017), Premis Fad (selected in 2013, 2015 and 2018), Diogo de Castilho Municipal Architecture Award (2019), Teotónio Pereira Award (2019) and Vilalva Prize (2019), awarded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
She frequently gives conferences and workshops as part of her transdisciplinary work. She was Guest Assistant at the University of Coimbra in 2020 in the ALA Masters – Architecture, Landscape, Archeology.
The Architecture Departments of Lusófona University of Lisbon and Oporto are organizing a seminar – Architecture: Design and Research – for the current academic year.
23 April 2021
14:30 (Lisbon Time)
Renja Suominen-Kokkonen – The Past Voices of the Architectural Heritage in Finland: The Villa Mairea and the Finlandia Hall by Alvar Aalto and Aino Marsio Aalto
This lecture will discuss the problematic of architectural heritage including the questions of public memory and national heritage. The architectural case studies involve the Villa Mairea, a private villa from 1939 in Noormarkku, Finland, and the Finlandia Hall from 1971/1975 in Helsinki. The voices of authors include the architects Aino Marsio Aalto and Alvar Aalto.
The lecture asks what kind of a story will emerge when we research the biography of a building and try to explain why the building turned to be as it is now. Further questions concern the concepts of function/requirements; time; place; context (political, social, national, international); and the afterlife of a building, and how all these affect the story the research shall tell the audience today.
Renja Suominen-Kokkonen has been working at the University of Helsinki as a set-term personal Professor and as an Acting Professor in Art History. She has also been a Senior Lecturer in Art History at the same university, and the Director of the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Art History. Her work on Finnish architecture and on the history of Art History has investigated the fringes of the professions and the problems of difficult heritage.
Her publications in English include: “Aino Marsio Aalto as a Creative Director”, in Artek and the Aaltos. Creating a Modern World. Edit. by Nina Strizler-Levine & Timo Riekko. Bard Graduate Center, New York 2016; “Negative Heritage in the History Culture of Finnish Art History”. National Values: Constructing Heritage, eds. Katarina MacLeod and Charlotte Bydler. Konsthistorisk Tidskrift Vol. 85, 3/2016; “Opus Con Amore – The Villa Mairea and the Culture of the Home”, in Inside the Villa Mairea. Art, Design and Interior Architecture. Edit. by Kirsi Gullichsen & Ulla Kinnunen. Alvar Aalto Museum & Mairea Foundation, Helsinki 2009; Aino and Alvar Aalto – A Shared Journey. Interpretations of an Everyday Modernism. Aalto Studies, Vol. 1. Alvar Aalto Foundation, Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä 2007.
This seminar looks at certain aspects of technology, illustrating different features of modernity through the consideration of the body in its cultural and social space. Drawing inspiration from various sources, the students are led to rethink the schemas of architecture in terms of the environment for the neo-technical body. Beginning with the notion of “celibate machines”, the conference should lead to a critical reflection on the themes of the prosthetic body as presented by Sigfried Giedion.
Georges Teyssot is Professor at Laval University’s School of Architecture, Quebec City (QC, CA). He is the author of many books, including Die Krankheit des Domizils (1989), The History of Garden Design (1991, 2000), and The American Lawn (1999). He has written the introduction to the volume of Diller + Scofidio, Flesh: Architectural Probes (1995, 2011). The University of Coimbra has translated and published an anthology of his essays in Portuguese: Da teoria de Arquitectura: doze ensaios (Lisbon, Edições 70, 2010). More recently, he has published a volume entitled A Topology of Everyday Constellations, (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013), of which he has edited the French version: Une topologie du quotidien, (Lausanne, CH: PPUR, 2016).
Although widely presented as of universal benefit to mankind, concrete has also divided people. It has had a political dimension, which has taken different forms over the last century. Whether as the medium of a socialist Utopia, or as a factor in the politics of climate change, concrete has played a part in some of the major ideological positions of the last century. This talk looks at some of these, and considers some of the challenges presented in researching a global medium.
Adrian Forty is Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is the author of Objects of Desire, Design and Society Since 1750 (1986), Words and Buildings, a Vocabulary of Modern Architecture (2000), and Concrete and Culture, a Material History (2012).
From 2010 to 2014 he was President of the European Architectural History Network.