Drawing is Alive – The Observer’s Momentum


Architecture is always about changing how things around us are. Any intervention is an intervention on the landscape, be it urban, wild or rustic. Architects
have a tremendous responsibility once most of their interventions have this public component in which we are all its users. In this sense architecture builds worlds to be lived by all of us.
The faculty of architecture of Oporto University (FAUP) in the northern Portugal has a strong identity developed in the second half of the XX century that has produced two Pritzker awarded architects – Siza Vieira (1933) and Souto de Moura (1952). Its singular approach to architecture teaching bases itself in two main aspects. The first one is the importance given to formal context, valuing differences and specificities as possible determinants of the form, from the beginning of the design process. The second aspect is the use of the indeterminacy of observation freehand drawing as a powerful tool for the architect to think about visual complexities; be it focused on the preexisting site or the one(s) to be. Thus, architecture is understood as a process of providing experiences and ultimately as something to be lived through all one’s senses. Even if a parallel can be established with Pallasmaa’si thought, this vision is rooted in some of the main founders of
FAUP, professors Carlos Ramos (1897 – 1969) and Fernando Távora (1923 – 2005) or Alberto Carneiro (1937), a sculptor that played an important role as
professor of drawing from 1972 to 1994 at FAUP.(..)”

Event Title Living & Learning - 2nd annual aae conference, Sheffield
Comunication Title Drawing is Alive - The Observer's Momentum
Date 3 of September of 2014