Only a few days are left to apply to São Paulo’s Escola da Cidade – School of Architecture and Urbanism. Since 2009, the college has offered specialization courses; this year it is offering two non-degree graduate courses under the theme of ”American Civilization – A Look through Architecture” : ‘Housing and City’ and ‘Geography, City and Architecture’.
Housing and City
This course, now in its fifth year, is organized in partnership with the Housing Secretary of the City Hall of São Paulo. The work undertaken in the program has resulted in exhibitions and book publications.
The objective of the course is to give continuity to the training of professionals and academics that develop projects and face the issues of Housing of Social Interest in urban territories. It aims to systematize and analyze the problems faced in the professional practice, to evaluate procedures adopted on projects in light of their results, and also explores, through the exercise of design, paths for possible transformations and improvements in the current framework.
The specialization ‘Housing and City’ is coordinated by architects Ruben Otero and Luis Octavio de Faria e Silva. Ruben Otero graduated from the University of the Republic of Uruguay (1983) and did his PhD in Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2008). Luis Octavio received his bachelors (1989), masters (2001) and Ph.D. (2008) from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo (FAU-USP).
Geography, City and Architecture
The proposal is to discuss, through architecture, the cultural background of the countries of America from the view point of their distinct geographical and historical conditions. Held since 2010, the 2013 course will study Venezuela, Argentina, Chile and Mexico, inviting representatives from cities to explore the culture of their nations. The idea is to reflect on the specific needs of these countries, relating to the cultural, socio-economic and environmental spheres.
The course is aimed at architects and urban planners, artists, engineers, and others interested in the theme. ‘Geography, City and Architecture’ is coordinated by architects Álvaro Puntoni and Fernando Viegas, Master and PhD respectively, graduates from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo (FAU-USP).
Registration is open until February 18, 2013 on the site www.escoladacidade.edu.br or in the office at Escola da Cidade (São Paulo – Brazil). Further information may be obtained by calling (55-11) 3258-8108 from 15:00 to 19:00, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.