Porto Brutalista

Magda Seifert, Pedro Baía (eds.)

This book, published by Circo de ideias and edited by Pedro Baía and Magda Seifert, brings together a selection of 20 works situated in Porto, Gaia and Matosinhos, which aims to propose new ways of interpreting an architecture produced with constructive and material affinities associated with Brutalism.

The editorial and research project allowed the development of different levels of critical approach to the object of study. Álvaro Siza talked about Brutalism and certain questions that arose during the project. Ben Highmore visited some of the selected works and wrote an essay from a cultural perspective. Tiago Lopes Dias and Alexandra Areia wrote essays using 10 works selected in each century. Pedro Treno focused on each of the 20 works and wrote small critical framework texts. Francisco Ascensão and Luca Bosco presented a photo reportage on the 20 works, according to a sensibility arising from the Brutalist language.

The editorial project was supported by the Porto City Hall as part of the artistic creation support program Criatório 2018.

The book was shortlisted for the FAD Awards 2020 of Thought and Criticism category.

Circo de Ideias 2019 / editors: Pedro Baía, Magda Seifert / authors: Ben Highmore, Tiago Lopes Dias, Alexandra Areia, Pedro Treno / 150×220 / 300p / PT + EN / design: Rita Castilho, Bárbara Nogueira / isbn: 978-989-54636-0-2