Integrated Phd Researcher

Inês Lima Rodrigues

research interests

Architecture, Urbanism, Collective Housing, Architecture Project, Portuguese Colonial Architecture and in the former Portuguese Colonies.

Short Bio

She recently finished her PhD about Lusophone Modern Collective Housing, defended the PhD’s thesis: "when Collective Housing were modern, from Portugal to other Portuguese speaking countries, 1948-1974", with recognized merit as the “Premi Extraordinari Doctorat 2013-14”. She is since 2006 member of the research group FORM, directly connect with the line “Modern Form” of the master and doctoral program of the Department of Architectural Projects, ESTAB-UPC. She published several articles in academic journals and participated in numerous seminars and conferences in Portugal and abroad. Among them are the project "Ignored Modernity, Modern Architecture in Luanda", organized by the Faculty of Architecture – University of Lisbon, University Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), University Agostinho Neto (Luanda) and the conference “Research methodologies” and the article “When ​​collective housing made the city, the case of Luanda Modern, in 2011; and the different seminaries and volumes of the collection "Documents of Modern Architecture in Latin America", edited by FORM, ESTAB-UPC (Barcelona, 2006-2013), among which stands out "The permanence of the type" in Volume IV, 2010 and “section for the classroom” in Volume V (2013). In parallel to the research, Professor of Architecture Project and History of Contemporary Architecture at the University School of Arts of Coimbra and developed the practical activity in her own atelier. She’s currently developing post-PhD in modern architecture in Angola [SFRH / BPD / 117157/2016] and is a researcher at DINÂMIA'CET-IUL.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

The research on the Modern Movement in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Portuguese-Angolan tropical architecture, aims to recover a vision of modern architecture as a formal system still in force today, linking local culture with global influence, highlighting the work of Castro Rodrigues, Simões de Carvalho and Vieira da Costa. A Project methodology is used in the analysis of case studies to (re) know the past and the present and (re) think the future. The legacy of these three authors is representative of Portuguese-Angolan architecture’s potential, underlining the iconic, tectonic and programmatic qualities of this singular heritage. Therefore, I believe that the disclosure of these works and their authors dignifies this heritage and allows us to expand the (re)knowledge about the phenomena of tropicalization of Portuguese modern architecture and its utopian political, social and disciplinary motivations.

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

The main goal is to increase knowledge about the modern Portuguese-Angolan architecture, and is part of a line of research already consolidated in DC, which is based on studies during the colonial and postcolonial period. The common interest 

Main publications

"Modern Colonial: The Urban-Architectural Laboratory of Luanda", Chapter of the book Urban Planning in Lusophone African Countries , Ashgate Publishing Ltd, England, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-4724-4487-5 ( Hbk); 978-1-4724-4488-2 (ebk - PDF); 978-1-4724-4489-9 (ebk -ePUB), pp. 79-92

“La sección por el aula”, Chapter 6 of the book Elementos de Control Ambiental en la Arquitectura Docente Brasil, Chile y México, V Volumen, Colección Documentos de Arquitectura Moderna en América Latina 1950-1965, Barcelona, Grupo Form – UPC, 2013, ISBN: 978-84-9880-460-7, pp. 54-61

“Cuando la Vivienda Colectiva Hizo Ciudad. El caso de la Luanda Moderna”, Chapter of the book La Modernidad Ignorada. Arquitectura Moderna en Luanda, Universities Agostinho Neto (UAN) , Técnica de Lisboa (UTL), Alcalá (UAH), 2011, ISBN: 978-84-88754-44-8, pp. 133-161

“Permanencia del tipo”, Chapter 3 of the book Vivienda social en Argentina, Brasil, Chile y México, IV Volumen, Colección Documentos de Arquitectura Moderna en América Latina 1950-1965, Grupo Form UP-Casa América de Catalunya, Barcelona , 2010, ISBN: 978-84-85736-53-9, pp. 38-47

“Habitar moderno en colectivo: la experiencia lusa en la África subsahariana”, X Congreso Internacional Historia de la Arquitectura Moderna Española Arquitectura Importada y Exportada en España y Portugal (1925-1975), ETSA Universidad de Navarra, Spain, 2016, ISBN: 978-84-92409-73-0, pp. 347-356

Main projects

Member of the research project: “Identificación, análisis y desarrollo de los componentes medioambientales en el Movimiento Moderno en la arquitectura escolar en Brasil, Chile y México”, Program Plan Nacional I+D+iMICINN (Ref. BIA2010-18986), Grupo Form, 2010-2013.

Member of the research project: “Recuperación, valoración y ampliación del patrimonio moderno de la vivienda social colectiva en Argentina, Brasil, Chile y México”, Program Plan Nacional I+D+i, MICINN (Ref. HUM 2007-65514), 2007-2010.

http://Member of the research project: “La vivienda social colectiva en México. Recuperación y difusión del patrimonio moderno 1950 1965”, Program PCI-AECID (Ref. A/019102/08), 2009-2010.

Last update

18 de setembro de 2020