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Siza Bundle: Seven Early Sketchbooks & Housing and the City


This bundle brings together two strands of Drawing Matter's inquiries into the work of Álvaro Siza. Each publication was produced to accompany an exhibition of the architect's work: Opening Lines: Sketchbooks of Ten Modern Architects (Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, June-October 2018) and Gowan & Siza: Housing and the City (Architectural Association, March 2017).

Available in the Bundle:

Opening Lines I: Álvaro Siza Vieira
Seven Early Sketchbooks: Álvaro Siza Vieira
240 pages, colour and black and white
295 × 200 mm.

On 25 February 2018 Manuel Montenegro and Niall Hobhouse went to Porto to sit with Siza in his office as he looked through seven of his sketchbooks from 1977 to 1979: Cadernos 4, 8, 13, 34, 35, 40 and 41. This publication chronicles the conversation that unfolded over two-and-a-half hours as Siza spoke through the pages of his sketches, about SAAL Bouça Housing, Porto (1972–73; 1974–79; 2004–07); the Borges Bank, Vila do Conde (1978–86); and the Quinta da Malagueira, Évora (1977–97), among other projects. Indeed – and by Álvaro’s own account – the weekly site visits to Malagueira were what prompted his first use of the sketchbook, something that has since become integral to his social presence and his working method. Included is a foreword by Niall Hobhouse.

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Opening Lines: Sketchbooks of Ten Modern Architects

Housing and the City: Álvaro Siza and James Gowan
by Ellis Woodman and Manuel Montenegro
Edited by Helen Thomas
Soft cover, Z-fold binding, 240 × 320mm
72pp with 71 colour illustrations

As Ellis Woodman points out in his Introduction to this extensively illustrated discussion of the housing projects of Álvaro Siza and James Gowan, this publication frames an encounter between the work of two men who might be considered an unlikely pairing. However, both men were engaged in critical response to the tenets of the Athens Charter that they sought to resolve in their low-cost housing experiments of the 1960s and 70s. The implications of the different social, political and economic contexts in which they enacted this difficult task makes the juxtaposition of their work a fascinating and fruitful process of discovery.

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Helen Thomas on Housing and the City
Housing and the City Exhibition