Publications - a selection

The Future Starts Here, 2018
edited book with Rory Hyde and Kieran Long

“Eco Visionaries: Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene,” (curatorial essay) in Eco Visionaries, edited by Pedro Gadanho, 2018

“Scales of Plausibility”, 2018
for Studio Future – Future Fictions in Art and Design

“Like Scarlett O’Hara looking out into the horizon knowing that tomorrow is another day, we too seem to go through the uncertainty that prevails in our everyday with a strange hope that things will change. But the succession of events that have taken up global politics in the last few months and years turned the world into a bleak place where alternatives seem far away utopian destinations. It is therefore urgent not only to imagine but also to enact possibilities for organization and resistance under the contemporary status quo. Cultural institutions seem the last resort of freethinking, so what’s their role in shaping alternative futures?”

“ Building alternative possible worlds,” 2016
essay for This is Temporary, ed. Cate St Hill

“By adding fictional layers to the normality of the everyday, temporary architecture has the potential to distribute imaginative power, raise critical awareness and foment desire for a world otherwise. In its tenuous brevity and despite the fragility of its existence, temporary architecture holds an immense potential: it does not only make us aware of the real but also reminds us that reality can be changed.”

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A Reporting Pavilion, 2014
essay for Volume #41
“The history of transience is very present in the history of Portugal, in the bidonvilles that housed Portuguese emigrants during the 60s in France, in the 2,000 families that occupied a social block in Lisbon ten days after the revolution and all the others who followed, the 6,000 Portuguese who returned daily to the country after the colonial war, or the 7,700 who found home in Lisbon hotels for an indefinite amount of time. Despite such a history of transience, the issue is not acknowledged as a subject of discussion.”

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A Casa Deles / Their House, 2014
-edited book with Pedro Lino

“Encontros improváveis entre estéticas rurais e super-urbanas. Padrões de azulejaria complementares contrastam com caixilharia dourada. Iconografia religiosa protege a casa. A escassez de meios proporciona uma criatividade indispensável, porque prática, mas que se desenvolve de tal forma, com tal dedicação, que se apresenta poética.”

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The Real and Other Fictions: on re-enactment
, 2013
- edited book

“The common guiding principle of this edited book is the productive relationship between past and present that occurs during the acts of remembering and repeating that a re-enactment implies. The concept of re-enactment is explored here from various perspectives, from performance studies to psychoanalysis and architecture. There are two main ideas that run through them: the first is that re-enacting challenges the linear conception of time because in re-enactments time can be revisited, time is transitive, negotiable. The second is that re-enacting defies notions of historical and authorial authenticity, accuracy or fidelity.”

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“Embodying the Future”
for DE Magazine, 2009
ed. Mariana Pestana

“Design gains the ability to act as a form of critique; designers become
activists and their projects illustrate ethical concerns of global interest through products, images, objects that, because they are tangible, are impossible to disregard. Speculations are materialised and, suddenly, they become real.”

“When Cartoon Meets Architecture”
for DE Magazine, 2008

“The relations between architecture and fiction have been widely explored in film and literature: science fiction movies have influenced the development of ideas about cities and architecture:
Metropolis by Fritz Lang, Solaris by Tarkovsky but also recent movies such as The Matrix and Batman describe utopian (and dystopian) visions of what our cities and society might turn into in a future context. Authors like Italo Calvino or Bruce Sterling have imagined fictional cities and urban contexts. The cartoon genre, though, has usually been excluded from those sorts of comparisons.
But there are several affinities between architecture and cartoons. Even though scale and purpose are entirely different, both disciplines focus on human life set in the built environment. Creators of architecture and comics are both visionaries and both work on paper. In these practices, the stroke is an instrument capable of unlocking an entire imaginary world, of deciphering and criticizing the urban environment and the transformations that happen in the contemporary city.”

“Storytelling- Carsten Höller’s  Double Club”, 2009
for F de Ficção, Voca #2

“Sendo a narrativa uma exposição de factos, reais ou ficcionados, a sua finalidade justifica o conteúdo e a forma como a narrativa é estruturada e apresentada a uma determinada audiência. A dualidade temporal e espacial (quando e onde a narrativa é construída e recebida), a inclusão ou exclusão do narrador e do receptor são ingredientes que definem a forma da exposição dos factos. Neste caso, a forma (justaposição) define a finalidade. A forma revela a simulação, sugere a fantasia. O tempo é simultâneo e o espaço é uma construção. E então dá-se o momento em que acontece a revelação. Entrevê-se o fundo da caixa do mágico, evidencia-se o mecanismo que provoca a ilusão, pensamos, confrontados com o espaço, que tudo aquilo é montado e portanto...é ficção!”