Expedition to an Intensive Architecture
On the 6th of October, Le Corbusier’s birthday, I gave a lecture at Matosinhos City Hall. The lecture was titled “Intimacy, Silence, Contemplation” and it’s the result of a journey I did during the months of June and July to Japan, Centre and North of Europe, visiting the works of Kazuo Shinohara, James Turrell, Peter Zumthor, Adolf Loos, Sigurd Lewerentz among others.
This journey corresponds to the beginning of a Post-Doctoral project (following a PhD project in Philosophy - Aesthetics, FCSH-UNL, May 2013), titled Towards an intensive architecture, at FAUP, under scientific supervisory of Professor Doutor José Miguel Rodrigues (FAUP) and Professora Doutora Ana Godinho Gil (FCSH-UNL) and was selected as the winner of the 9th edition of the Prémio Fernando Távora by the jury (composed of Paula Santos, Pedro Bandeira, Maria José Ferrão, José António Bandeirinha and José Pedro Croft).
Visit the expedition's website (in portuguese only, for the moment).
This is a journey of expedition, because it goes through the middle of things, the middle of words, the middle of places, through faraway landscapes, unknown lands, imprecise limits... But it is the only possible journey, when looking for an intensive architecture, unknown place, still, of the Theory of Architecture. The expedition assumes two important aims: it is born out of intuition, which stems from all the other journeys that start in an uncertainty, in a necessity to "depart", to find the time and space necessary to create something new, which still doesn't exist, and, lastly, create and construct a theory towards an intensive architecture, which departs from history and critique (in their commonly taken significations), but which crystalizes that thought that overflies the work of architecture, which is found in things, in perception, in intuition, in sensibility and in time and which may only emerge to the surface of the text (theory), when one looks at what exists in the world (and not only in the work) as vestiges. And, then, there is a discovery of the work of architecture only possible through walking, through the presence of the body, through looking and through time.
Actually, one draws a horizontal line which traverses Central Europe and looks upwards and towards the extremes of that line: the lands, to be discovered, are immense empty spaces to the North (Central Europe and Fjords) and to the East. But the process is never that of predetermination, but rather that of restlessness: depart, depart.
The journey resulted in three short films (Intimacy, Silence, Contemplation). Watch the teaser.