A4TC - First Prize Winner!
José Gonçalves did a masters in architecture in the Lisbon School of Architecture as well as a semester at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
Check out the thesis design details : https://www.archiol.com/architecture-thesis/reiterating-the-vertical-urban-factory
1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
My name is José Gonçalves I did a masters in architecture in the Lisbon School of Architecture as well as a semester at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Since 2019 I collaborated with the Cascais Municipality in developing the Bairro Marechal Carmona Urban plan as well as various architecture projects inside and outside of it. Currently, I am working at NAINOA architecture and interiors developing several residential projects.
2. What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy revolves around the adding of clear and concise value through the correct manifestation of space.
3. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
The idea for the project came to me during my 4th year in university when I did an exchange in Oslo that made me observe that the same architectural stranglehold between waterfront cultural developments and irreplaceable industrial buildings existed in a similar way to Lisbon: They were both port cities and they both had important infrastructure in the way of cultural waterfront development. This prompted me to investigate other cities that faced similar issues and attempt to envision infrastructure as an integrated part of urban life instead of being removed from it.
4. When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
I think the first time I was introduced to architecture or architecture-like thinking was by doing Legos as a child. The simple problem solving and creative nature of this toy would be the main source of me choosing this career.
Also, the ted talk with Bjarke Ingels about “light speed architecture tales” was also one of my main first exposures to the discipline.
5. What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture, ultimately, is the cultural expression of space. It is first and foremost a service of understanding and compassionately responding to the spatial necessities of an individual or group of individuals. It is a practice upon which our responsibility relies in part on the understanding of these necessities and on another part the outputting of a correspondent spatial manifestation as a response.
Too many architects deliberately muddy these concepts and definitions to the detriment of the profession just to ultimately convey personal or collective expressions of art.
As a result (and thanks to the increasingly complexifying building industry), architects tend to arrogantly assert their position as merely cynical creators, on the sidelines, away from builders, engineers and the general public.
This personal assertiveness on the basis of murky and befuddled concepts has an immense rippling effect on the publics’ general perception of architects: No one knows why to hire one.
This means that in an ever-changing and complexifying world architects should not refrain from connecting with the general public as often as we can as well as clearly explaining our added value: As being the people’s voice in manifesting space.
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