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Interview with Álvaro Siza: “Beauty Is the Peak of Functionality!”

10:30 - 11 January, 2017
Interview  with Álvaro Siza: “Beauty Is the Peak of Functionality!”, Fundação Iberê Camargo. Image
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Throughout the 60-year career of Álvaro Siza, his work has continuously defied categorization--having variously been described as “critical regionalism” and “poetic modernism,” with neither quite capturing the true essence of Siza's intuitive architecture. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky's “City of Ideas” series, Siza discusses those attempts to categorize his work, his design approach and the role of beauty in his designs.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Your student, Eduardo Souto de Moura said, “Siza’s houses are just like cats sleeping in the sun.”

Álvaro Siza: [Laughs.] Yes, he meant that my buildings assume the most natural postures on the site. There is also a reference in that to the human body.

Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles . Image Fire Station in Santo Tirso. Image © João Morgado - Architecture Photography The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira. Image Boa Nova Tea House. Image © Samuel Ludwig + 33

Happy Birthday Álvaro Siza

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Happy Birthday Álvaro Siza

Today marks the 81st birthday of Portuguese modernist Álvaro Siza. Originally slated to become a sculptor, Siza’s switch-over to architecture took place early in his career, after experiencing the work of Antoni Gaudí (whose birthday he shares). Since then, he has risen to become one of the most respected architects of the era, winning the Pritzker Prize in 1992.

Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo / Eduardo Souto de Moura

00:00 - 6 August, 2013
Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo / Eduardo Souto de Moura, © João Morgado - Architecture Photography
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Dental Clinic in Oporto / Paulo Merlini

01:00 - 27 February, 2013
Dental Clinic in Oporto / Paulo Merlini, © Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography
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Fire Station in Santo Tirso / Álvaro Siza Vieira

00:00 - 18 February, 2013
Fire Station in Santo Tirso / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © João Morgado - Architecture Photography
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