São Victor, Porto
This project series contains reproductions of photographs, drawings and panels displayed in the exhibit to document the São Victor neighbourhood, in Porto, Portugal.
The exhibit text explained that:
... the group of 12 houses built for the São Victor neighbourhood was one of SAAL's most important operations, despite the fact that only a small part of the project was carried out. Maintaining the urban fabric of the 'ilhas' (islands) and their internal community ties, the São Victor design combined the responsiveness inherent in the participatory nature of the project with architectural and technical precision. An important case study, it led Álvaro Siza Vieira, the project architect, being invited to design projects in Berlin and The Hague in the following decade. In many aspects, São Victor represents an ethically and politically-minded architectural practice, with a stress on understanding the link between being responsive to the voice of the people and the permanence of architectural design. (The SAAL Process, Housing in Portugal 1974–76)
Álvaro Siza worked for SAAL/North with Adalberto Dias, Domingos Tavares, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Francisco Guedes, Graça Nieto, Manuel Borges, Manuela Sambade, Paula Cabral and the residents' association S. Victor, that was founded on April 14th, 1975. The first phase of the project included 32 dwellings and the second, 20 dwellings. The operation began in November 1974, with a construction date in October 1975.
This project series contains reproductions of design development drawings, exhibition panels and photographs. The original material was produced around 1974-1975 and were reproduced in 2015 for the exhibit.
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