The Idea of Álvaro Siza

Mark Durden (Photographer), João Leal (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


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 'scopio newspaper journal The Idea of Álvaro Siza'.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventSophia Journal International Conference: Landscapes of Care: photography, film, modern architecture and landscape heritage - Fernando Távora Auditorium [Conference] + Carlos Ramos Pavilion [Exhibition], Porto, Portugal
Duration: 15 Sept 202316 Sept 2023
Conference number: 8


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