Biographies of Power: Personalities and Architectures




This section displays the work produced by the students of the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra (DARQ, UC) for the courses History of Architecture III and History of Architecture IV in the academic year 2016-2017. The main theme for the practical works of both course units was Biographies of Power: Personalities and Architectures. The work was exhibited in the gallery of DARQ, UC in September 2017. The works presented for Biographies of Power: Personalities were focused on the passage of testimony between Louis Sullivan and F. L. Wright. While they crucially contributed to the identity of a modern and American architecture, they carried out a professional and personal relationship that was also guided by the measurement of forces. The work done by the students for Biographies of Power: Architectures resulted from an observation of a set of buildings that goes beyond their architectural and physical contours, or which precisely searches for their actual description, in the light of any ideology that is ultimately represented or even reinforced by its own architectural condition. 


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Author Biographies

Jorge Figueira, CES, DARQ, UC

Jorge Figueira graduated in Architecture at the University of Porto in 1992. PhD Degree at the University of Coimbra, 2009. Director and Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture of Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University of Coimbra. Researcher at the Social Studies Centre, University of Coimbra. Professor at the Phd Programme in the Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto. Coordinator at the University of Coimbra of the Red PHI Patrimonio Historico-Cultural Iberoamericano. Curator of "Álvaro Siza. Modern Redux", Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2008. Editor of Álvaro Siza. Modern Redux, Hatje Cantz (Berlin). Author of several books on contemporary architecture, including Reescrever o Pós-Moderno, Dafne, 2011, Macau 2011, Circo de Ideias, O Arquitecto Azul, Coimbra University Press, 2010, A noite em arquitectura, Relógio d'Água, 2007. Has published texts in several publications in Portugal and abroad in AV Monografias, Arqtexto, aU, Arquitectura Viva, Casabella, A+U, SAJ Serbian Architectural Journal.

Bruno Gil, DARQ, UC

Bruno Gil is an architect and guest assistant professor in Theory, History, and Architectural Research Seminars at the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 2017, he presented his doctoral thesis ‘Architectural Research Cultures: Lines of thought within research centres, 1945-1974’ at the University of Coimbra. His thesis focuses on issues related to the practice of architectural research, identifying disciplinary specificities, research cultures, topics, and methods. His research has been published in several academic publications, including Architectural Research Quarterly, Docomomo Journal, and Joelho, and has been presented in several international conferences.




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