ARCHITECTURAL GUIDES PROJECT

The Architectural Guides Project is innovative and gather several tools (on-line and off-line), with the intent to publicize and promote Architectural Tourism in Portugal.


In 2010 the “Architectural Guide North and Centre of Portugal” was published.

In 2011 the second volume “Architectural Guide South and Islands of Portugal” was launched.

In 2012 the “Architectural Guide – Rehabilitated Buildings and Spaces” was published.

In 2018 it will be launched the fourth volume “Architectural Guide – Oporto and North of Portugal”.

 

The architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, the most awarded and prestigious Portuguese architect, states in one of the texts of his presentation that he wrote for the books: "It is of obvious utility to publish a Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Portugal. (...) The search for Architecture Guides, not only by architects, accompanies today the widespread habit and taste of travelling ".

 

The publications are bilingual (Portuguese/English) with a “travel guide” format that promotes the work of a wide scope of architects, including most of the works by the two Portuguese winners of the Pritzker Prize – Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto Moura, the two biggest references of the prestigious Oporto School of Architecture.

 

Parallel to the paper edition of the guides, a free online tool was developed to promote – like the two guides – the most interesting architectural Works built in Portugal between 1974 and 2011:  the site www.guiasdearquitectura.com.

The app ArchitecturalGuidePortugal is available for download in the Apple App Store.

This app is free and features most of the works published in the guides.

 

In all formats, each work is presented with photographs and information that contextualizes it in time and space.

It also gives precise location of all works through GPS coordinates.

 

This project contributes to the promotion of our tourism, our culture and one of the few disciplines in which there is a positive and strong international recognition of our ability: to do architecture.