Malagueira. Events in the landscape- what things say.

Malagueira. Events in the landscape- what things say.

Submission ID:

157

In 1977 Malagueira at Évora began to be built. Drawings show that "plan" and "project" have unfixed borders and the events on the landscape connect and create a dialogue between the user and the place. The drawing, in its gradual approach to scale reveals a geometric abstraction that becomes architecture.
Events are pieces of architecture that will be discovered by walking and are linked to the water courses that cross the site. We find them under the elevated conduct small urban spaces (squares), or the hidden benches under its arches. Or close to the water line, in bridges, different each time in solution, scale and geometry, in dialogue with nature. Some other urban features like the amphitheatre act, or the dike, provide character to Malagueira and benches above the park look at the water as the protagonist in different positions.
It is in these discreet events, unnoticed places, small objects that “big projects” reach their fullest intensity. Inhabitants do not understand great performances, but they inhabit and live these events every day. Malagueira belongs to citizens, it provides opportunities for neighbours to interact and meet, walk around and feel they belong to the place.
ASiza wants to leave a mark in the city, but as Roland Barthes “death of the author” explains it is the reader, in this case the user, that controls its reading on the city. Is done without intermediaries, and show its true "essence" , which was intuited in the aerial drawings. It is a participated project between Álvaro Siza and the user (inhabitant) where the former presents a feature that the latter will transform into a living part of the neighbourhood.
Our presentation will reveal the original fundamental drawings of these events, and Siza´s personal explanations: birth, evolution, and final construction. We will show them for the first time they will allow us to read in Malagueira “what things say”.

Corresponding Author

Nicolás Martín Domínguez

Escuela de Arquitectura
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Toledo-Spain.

Author #1:

Nicolás Martín Domínguez

Escuela de Arquitectura
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Toledo-Spain.

Author #2:

Pedro Guilherme

CHAIA, Universidade de Évora, Portugal

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8. The role of artists and urban art

Second Preferred Track

5. Methods and technologies on architectural design and urban planning

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