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A Reminder to Young and Not-So-Young Architects

 

There is something very contemplative about looking back at the reasons why we wanted to be Architects and what guided us throughout our Architecture Education.

The text below dates from 1993, it is a translation from an interview or lecture (?) by renowned Portuguese architect and professor Fernando Távora. It was never meant to be secret but it has been hidden in a folder for 25 years – it is now time to share it as reminder to young (and maybe not so young) Architects.

 

The awareness of an Architecture of excellence, of quality, must always be present in every project. The Architect cannot take insecure positions, the Architect must be aware of his/hers responsibility as creator of a space that it is wanted with quality.

All Architecture must be a construction with quality, a construction of quality spaces because these spaces will shape the human behaviour.

From here we can discuss the education of the Architect; what shall this education consist of for Architecture students…Fernando Távora argues the education of an Architect, or future Architect, cannot lack PASSION, CONFIDENCE and INTENSITY. With wisdom these 3 characteristics must not be abandoned, and this will not be an easy task.

Fernando Tavora 3 characteristics for Architects

The Architect must be passionate about the projects s/he creates, be tireless, and always endeavour that they satisfy the required needs without compromising their quality.

Confidence must be the starting point, the Architect must create roots, must sustain deep reasons about what s/he does, must make sense, not be carried away with the easy success to satisfy the less affirmed taste of his/hers clients.

The intensity is linked to the other two characteristics… the Architect must deliver him/herself intensively to his/her project, and not passively!

 

Fernando Távora participated in several Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) and Team 10 meetings, he became a key person in the modernization of the Porto School. Two of his former students, Álvaro Siza (who also worked in his architecture office) and Eduardo Souto de Moura, have been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

 

 

Get Architects’ Advice in Return for Donation to Help Homeless People

 

This year will be the 9th year that Isabel gives her time for free to the Simon Communities of Ireland.

The Simon Communities of Ireland work with people who experience homelessness and housing exclusion in Ireland. Simon has a vision of society where no one is homeless. All people who are homeless, or at risk of facing homelessness, are given every opportunity to realise their potential to live fulfilled lives in appropriate homes of their own.

The annual RIAI Simon Open Door event takes place May 14th to 20th 2018.Members of the public can now book a consultation with a RIAI Registered Architect by signing up at www.simonopendoor.ie. The donation of €90 will go directly to the Simon Community of Ireland as all Architects are giving their time and expertise for free.

 

Monies raised through the Simon Open Door campaign will go directly to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society, those without a place to call home.

A €90 donation could go towards:

  • Providing 9 people with a warm bed for the night.
  • 5 Counselling Sessions.
  • Providing Simon’s rough sleeper team with 4 emergency packs for those sleeping on the streets.
  • Providing a home starter pack for those who are moving to their own homes.
  • 6 weeks of art/literacy classes.

 

You can sign up for an appointment with Isabel Barros Architects directly here, or with other registered Architects at www.simonopendoor.ie.

Read Testimonials about the Simon Open Door.

Join Simon Open Door page in Facebook.

China in Your Hand

The 2018 Chinese New Year begins today (Friday, February 16) and to celebrate we are sharing some aerial photos of some unique places in China.

The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar means the celebration always falls on a different date – unlike the January 1 New Year we are used to, based on the Gregorian calendar.

This year is the Year of the Dog. For people born in a dog year – 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 – you’re apparently set to have an unlucky time because tradition denotes that the year of your birth makes for an unlucky 12 months! Maybe you can change your luck if you find our hidden Fortune Cookies.

Best of luck and Happy Chinese New Year!

 

1. The Great Wall

 

2. Xi’an

 

3. Hong Kong

 

4. Chengguan

 

 

5. Forbidden City

 

 

6. Shangai

 

7. Beijing

 

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