• Call for Papers - Joelho 9 - Reuse of Modernist Buildings: professional practices and pedagogical experiences


    Reuse of Modernist Buildings: professional practices and pedagogical experiences

    Invited editors: Michel Melenhorst, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, Paulo Providência

    Architecture is facing new challenges caused by developments like globalization in general, global warming and demographic changes. These trends have a strong impact on the role of the architect and related specialist. Because of these changes in the architects profession there is a demand for adapting the training of architects accordingly. This question is especially relevant in dealing with urban areas where the 20th century buildings are waiting for strategic interventions, ranging from renovation, reconstruction, transformation to demolishing.

    The architect needs new tools, drawing and sketching is not enough to understand neither the building nor its users or inhabitants. More complex methodologies are needed as they have to integrate not only the aesthetic and technical dimensions, but also the social one. These inclusive approach demands for a dialogue with other disciplines, promoting an effective interdisciplinarity.

    In order to train this interdisciplinarity spirit for future architects, in architectural education the design studio should be more a laboratorium, than a workshop, where new tools and methods are explored and tested by means of research


  • Joelho 8 - Ideas and Practices for the European City


    The issue #8 of Joelho - Journal of Architectural Culture has just been published. This issue, dedicated to the theme "Ideas and Practices for the European City", was co-edited by José António Bandeirinha (CES, DARQ, UC) Luís Miguel Correia (CEIS20, DARQ, UC) and Nelson Mota (TU Delft). Joelho 8 publishes contributions from Ákos Moravánszky, Irina Davidovici, Matthew Teissmann, Alexandre Alves Costa, Chiara Monterumisi, Harald Bodenschatz, Joana Capela de Campos and Vitor Murtinho, Platon Issaias, Kasper Lægring, Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli, and Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil. These scholars discuss the multiple facets of the European city as the vital locus for the historical processes that populate our imagination as urbanites. In three complementary parts - Discourses, Projects, and Reviews - Joelho 8 presents a critical cross-section of ideas and practices for the European City developed over the last century. The articles included in this issue discuss several instances of the European city as a palimpsest, a physical and mental support where multiple historical phenomena are overlaid. Looking from different intellectual perspectives, Joelho 8 shows the European city as a place of coexistence, a stable, yet dynamic, organism against which the flow of time and the accumulation of experiences takes place. Joelho 8 allows us to travel in time, navigating through different aspects that have contributed to make the European city a cherished repository of collective memory and a shared cultural heritage.

  • Joelho 7 - Learning from Modern Utopias


    With the crisis of modernism, modernist utopias came to be seen as the cause of the fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool in the hands of real estate speculation. However, modernist utopias were critical visions committed to social, humanist and technical research for the improvement of living conditions in the industrialized city. On the one hand, one cannot deny the modernist attempts to reconcile the urban predicaments raised anew by the industrialization process and the creation of a new, post-industrial social condition. On the other hand, it can be argued that the problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with those that gave rise to the modernist utopias: bigness and high density, circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes, cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and corporate power. It is therefore to be expected that links should be found between those utopias and contemporary strategies of urban design. The challenge launched by Joelho for this issue aims at exploring these links.