A Monumentalidade Crítica de Álvaro Siza

Paulo Tormenta Pinto, Ana Tostões (eds.)

This book, published by Circo de Ideias, edited by Paulo Tormenta Pinto and Ana Tostões, chooses the theme of “monumentality” in the work of Álvaro Siza as the basis of a critical discourse on architecture and the role of architects in relation to the contemporary city.

The Portuguese Pavilion, designed for Expo’98, is the starting point of this research, presenting itself in its singularity as a central moment in a process of urban renewal, with repercussions on the political consciousness of the end of the 20th century. In Portugal, the echoes of this policy continued after the Lisbon exhibition, consolidating an urban idea that had been theorized since the end of the 1980s. Reading territories over a long period of time and immersion in architectural culture are invariable assumptions in the approach of Álvaro Siza and discursive foundations on “monumentality”.

Circo de Ideias 2023 / editors: Paulo Tormenta Pinto, Ana Tostões / texts: Alexandra Saraiva, Ana Brandão, Ana Tostões, José António Bandeirinha, José Luís Saldanha, Paulo Tormenta Pinto, Pedro Baía, Pedro Pinto, Raquel Henriques da Silva, Rui Fernandes Póvoas / photography: Inês d’Orey / 170×240 / 336p / PT / design: Ana Resende / isbn: 978-989-35212-3-6