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Place, Memory and Ruin: for an architecture that preserves the value of the historicity of the place

di Martim Guimarães da Costa


Valorizzare il progetto e il paesaggio attraverso la scoperta di frammenti o realtà incomplete, cristallizzate nel tempo, compone una cornice figurativa, il cui atto di design in architettura, come forma di riflessione sull’architettura stessa, il luogo e il contesto, scatena un risultato di un scontro tra due annunciatori: la parola storica di rovina e la parola del nuovo costruito.

Valuing the project and landscape through the discovery of fragments or incomplete realities, crystallized in time, composes a figurative frame, whose act of design in architecture, as a form of reflection on architecture itself, the place and the context, unleashes a result of a clash between two announcers: the historical word of ruin and the word of the new built.

Martim Guimarães da Costa received his master’s degree in Architecture at University of the Beira Interior. In his master’s thesis, he used the written and constructed works of the architects Eduardo Souto de Mouro and Giorgio Grassi, using their preexistence intervention methodologies in order to analyze the relationship between the ruins and the landscapes where they are inserted. He is an architect and his work is carried out at various scales, from urban planning to furniture design. He designed single-family houses, multifamily housing, museums, services, commerce and public spaces, in study and execution projects in various contexts, such as for new construction, restoration, preservation, rehabilitation and urban regeneration. Currently, his research interest focuses on urban regeneration policies, areas of urban rehabilitation and preservation of built heritage.