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Principal Investigator

Paulo Tormenta Pinto


Paulo Tormenta Pinto

Partner Institutions:

Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e o Desenvolvimento

funding institution

FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Research Group

Cities and Territories

The Critical Monumentality of Álvaro Siza – Projects of urban renovation after the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition





The research project 'The Critical Monumentality of Álvaro Siza – Projects of Urban Renovation after the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition' aims at identifying, characterising, debating, and reflecting upon the works of Álvaro Siza, within the context of the urban policies launched in Portugal in the early 2000s.This research project ‘The Critical Monumentality of Álvaro Siza – Projects of urban renovation after the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition' seeks to articulate the relationships produced by urban interventions and buildings upon the specific contexts they engage with. The distinctive feature of this project is as a critical analysis of the idea of monumentality in Álvaro Siza’s works. Three overlapping analytical focal themes will be used as methodology: territory, urban and architectural culture, and social impact of interventions.

For the purposes of this research, from the study cases - Portugal Pavilion of Expo’98 (1998), Atlantic Park in Vila do Conde (2005), Leça da Palmeira waterfront in Matosinhos (2007), Municipal Library in Viana do Castelo (2008) and Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum in Chaves (2015) -  will be drawn a comparative hypotheses in order to measure the impact of the project and the architectural culture resulting from these experiences. Comparative assessments will also be made with other Álvaro Siza projects that were part of similar urban renovation initiatives, carried out after other major events from the last decade of the 20th century, e.g. the Meteorology Centre in Barcelona (1992) designed for the Olympic Games, and the Hannover Pavilion projected for the 2000 World Exposition, and actually rebuilt in Coimbra, in central Portugal, in the course of the Polis programme for that city.

Outputs & resources


D'C-IUL Team:

Alexandra Saraiva; Ana Brandão; José Luís Saldanha; Pedro Pinto; Sandra Marques Pereira

External Team:

João Paulo Delgado; Pedro Baía; Rui Póvoas. | Advisors: José António Bandeirinha; Raquel Henriques da Silva; Magda Seifert; Inês d’Orey


Álvaro Siza; Urban policies, Urban renovation; Expo 98; Polis programme; Portugal Pavilion; Atlantic Park; Matosinhos waterfront; Municipal Library of Viana do Castelo; Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum.

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