9 March 2024

Launch of the book "O Canteiro e o Desenho" by Sérgio Ferro

The book "O Canteiro e o Desenho" by Brazilian architect Sérgio Ferro, published by Dafne Editora, will be launched on 9 March at 6pm at the Casa da Arquitectura Exhibition Centre, with free admission. The Portuguese edition of the work has the support of Casa da Arquitectura.

Tha presentation will be attended by André Tavares, Samuel Gonçalves, Mariana Correia, Bernardo Amaral and Joana Vieira da Silva.
The text of the book, which can be purchased at Loja da Casa, is preceded by a long and enlightening interview with Sérgio Ferro by Joana Vieira da Silva and Bernardo Amaral, who meticulously edited this Portuguese version. The book is illustrated with a photo album by Fernando Stankuns.

The price of the book is €24.00.

The flowerbed and drawing

The word "canteiro" has two meanings. While in Portugal it designates a delimited garden space, in Brazil it refers to a building site. The same goes for concrete, an expression used in Brazil for reinforced concrete in Portugal. Although it was originally written in Portuguese, the seminal text O Canteiro e o Desenho was unknown in Portugal for a long time. This book, which sets it down in an annotated, commented version preceded by a long conversation with Sérgio Ferro, brings this work to the European public at a time when the author's theoretical work is being meticulously translated into English. On the one hand, this edition opens up the possibility of re-establishing Atlantic connections in architectural theory written in Portuguese. On the other hand, it makes present a debate whose reach in professional practice has already demonstrated its potential for the challenges of the present.
While Sérgio Ferro's work was fundamental to developing operative solutions for access to housing in Brazil, his contemporary reading brings an important voice to consider the work and production processes of the built environment. In it, drawing emerges as a tool for mediating public participation, organising production systems and managing complex processes. Far beyond the virtuous dimension of representing the project and driving the creative process, aspects that have characterised the position of drawing in the theory and practice of architecture in Portugal, Ferro's work calls on this working tool to imagine the present and transform contemporary building practices.

Sérgio Ferro
Edited by Joana Vieira da Silva and Bernardo Amaral

Sérgio Ferro is an architect who, in the 1960s and 1970s, built avant-garde works in São Paulo with the Arquitetura Nova collective, after which he went into exile in France where he played an important role in teaching architecture, history and construction."

Joana Vieira da Silva is an architect who graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto (2007). She is part of the MOM (Morar de Outras Maneiras) group at the School of Architecture of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, where she defended her PhD (2021). She has worked and written about urban policies, the construction of Brazilian favelas and the roles of design in architecture. She is currently an architect at Gondomar City Council and a lecturer on the Architecture and Urbanism course at Universidade Portucalense.

Bernardo Amaral is an architect from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (2004) and a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Coimbra. His research focuses on the critical analysis of architecture in the context of movements for the right to housing. Since 2010 he has been coordinating the architecture office BAAU. He teaches postgraduate courses at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto and the Architecture and Urbanism course at Universidade Portucalense.

Architecture Equations Collection: no. 16.
Dimensions: 15x22.5 cm, 208 pages.
Price: 24,00 euros (VAT included)
Edition: Dafne Editora
Publication date: November 2023
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ISBN: 978-989-8217-62-2
Design: Manuel Granja


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