Exhibition: Manuel Marques de Aguiar, 1927 - 2015: Building Places
9th March - 17th June, Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
DATE: 9/3/2018
“Manuel Marques de Aguiar (1927-2015), belongs to a generation of architects from Porto for whom drawing is a privileged tool of thought.
He was born in Transmontana, an architect, urban planner, urban manager and landscape designer, and developed his training and action in several geographies, between France, the North of Portugal and the archipelago of the Azores.
It is through his drawings, as well as his plans and projects, that this exhibition reveals his desire to transform the city and the landscape, "building places" that make possible new experiences.
In his plans, projects, works and technical opinions, Marques de Aguiar sought to move from "intention to happen", using different instruments, widening opportunities and "sowing in the long term", as he liked to say.
Throughout six nuclei - or six "places" - the exhibition presents different testimonies of personalities of its generation (Luiz Cunha, Carlos Carvalho Dias and Álvaro Siza, among others), memories of those who accompanied the persistence of Marques de Aguiar in the integration between work and life.
The course of this architect was marked by his learning in Paris, with Robert Auzelle, a city planner responsible for transforming Porto in the transition to the 1960s - author of the PDM of the city of 1962 - and a key figure in the construction of the axis of Rua Gonçalo Christopher, and the French School of Porto, works that Marques de Aguiar left to the city. These are the plans for the cities of Espinho and Angra do Heroísmo (after the earthquake of 1981), as well as the studies carried out for the northern interior of Portugal and for the maritime borders between Porto and Leça da Palmeira.”

Serralves Foundation in partnership with the Marques de Aguiar Family.

To visiti until 17th June, in Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.

More details: website