This project series contains reproductions of drawings and panels displayed in the exhibit to document the neighbourhood Miragaia, in Porto Portugal.
The exhibit text explained that:
... although the Miragaia project was never built, its seminal and programmatic character contributed significantly to the development of the SAAL Process. The project architect Fernando Távora first worked on the Barredo Neighbourhood ― a very poor area in the Porto's historic centre ― as an architect and teacher at the city's School of Fine Arts, and the Miragaia project built on this research, demonstrating a knowledge of and sensitivity to both the physical terrain and the social landscape of Porto, presenting a nuanced view of life in an urban space. Despite the strengths of the plan, the city council's policy on Porto's historic centre subsequently did not include Távora's project for Miragaia. Nonetheless, in the seriousness of its design and the depth of knowledge that it displayed, the project was a significant attempt to recover and rationalize Miragaia's vacant riverside zone. The highly developed nature of the proposal, its level of surgical precision, and Fernando Távora's thoughtful notes reveal a great deal about SAAL, its structure, its relationship with residents, and the overall model for urban intervention. (The SAAL Process, Housing in Portugal 1974–76)
Fernando Távora worked for SAAL/North with Antónia Nolo, Bernardo Ferrão, Gil Carneiro, Joaquim Jordão, Jorge Barros, Manuel Campos, Pedro Paredes and the residents' association Miragaia, that was founded on March 30th, 1976. The project was for 900 dwellings, but none were built. The operation began in June 1975.
This project series contains reproductions of design development drawings, presentation panels, site plans and a study of a logo. The original drawings and panels were produced from 1975 to 1977 and were reproduced in 2015 for the exhibit.
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