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Summer Course 2022




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Santiago de Compostela, Spain July 21 -27

Matosinhos/Porto, Portugal July 29 - Aug. 4 

This summer program offers an intensive two-week course in the interface between disciplines concerned with design of the built environment and scientific disciplines concerned with human perception and behavior. Grounded in the local landscape of Galicia and northern Portugal, the course is open to architecture and design professionals, including architects, urban designers, historians, environmental experts, health professionals, interior and product designers, cognitive scientists, landscape architects, sociologists, anthropologists and neuroscientists, as well as graduate and postdoctoral students in these disciplines. Every participant will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

An Early Bird Discount of $100 will apply to payments submitted before December 15, 2021. 

Summer course tuition includes all lectures, masterclasses, roundtable discussions, workshops and sketching lessons, field trips and social events with faculty. Bus transportation will be provided for all participants between Galicia, Spain and Porto, Portugal. We are honored to host 28 of the most distinguished architects, designers, historians, philosophers, educators and cognitive scientists in the world. This course will be entirely on-site. Course topics include: The Phenomenon of Place, Dynamics of Experience, The World of Senses, and Perception and Emotion in architecture, urban planning and design. 


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When Casa da Arquitectura (CA) was founded in 2007, it met the need for the existence in Portugal of an institution that would receive, treat and make accessible the several documentary collections of different Portuguese and foreign architects and, simultaneously, make the disciplinary reflections and bring architecture to the knowledge and understanding of the general public.

Since then, Casa da Arquitectura - Portuguese Centre for Architecture is the only institution exclusively dedicated to architecture that, in Portugal, preserves, treats, disseminates and promotes the authors and the national and international architectural production, associating to its growing documentary archive the aspect of cultural programming. 

The Casa Archive is, therefore, a gateway for all, national and international architects and non-architects, to access contents of excellence in the field of architecture. The uniqueness of its profile makes it exclusive in the Iberian Peninsula. 

With the moving to the facilities, in 2017, of the renewed Real Vinícola Quarter, in Matosinhos - a process that cost 12 million euros - Casa da Arquitectura gained exceptional dimension and projection, being recognized as one of the most distinguished centres of architecture promotion in Portugal.

Casa da Arquitectura has the mission to bring architecture to everyone. As part of its mission, it organizes and produces a vast programme of activities, from visits, exhibitions, conferences, debates and artistic crossings.



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The Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea is a space for cultural dissemination whose function is to invigorate the current artistic scene and reflect on the diversity of cultural conformations in contemporary society. Created in 1993, this center is part of the policy that emerged in Spain from the 1980s to promote the development of cultural platforms and encourage the entry of Galicia into the international artistic circuit. Since its inception, the CGAC has shown the guidelines of art of recent decades through retrospective exhibitions of internationally recognized artists alongside exhibitions dedicated to disseminating Galician art, including both established and emerging authors. 

Designed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira between 1988 and 1993, the CGAC is located in one of the most sensitive and evocative monumental areas of Santiago de Compostela, on the edge of the historic center, very close to the convent and church of San Domingos de Bonaval. The building, which is characterized by dialogue with the history of the city, reflects the admiration of its creator for rationalism and the modern movement. The line, light and volume combine to give way to an austere and serene architecture that connects with the Galician tradition using its quintessential building material, granite stone, used both on the exterior walls and on the roof of the building. In fact, Álvaro Siza chooses to present the blind façade of the center as a high granite wall that delimits the convent grounds, thus closing the corner facing Rúa da Caramoniña, a beautiful and old road that ascends the hill and that currently fell into disuse.

The development scheme is canonical: three floors, one underground and two upper; a central corridor that separates the exhibition spaces from those intended for other services, and that is for public use in the levels of the exhibition halls; and finally a terrace open to the cityscape conceived as a sculpture garden.

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“Modern man has no unified worldview. He lives in a double world, at once in his own naturally given environment and in a world created for him by modern natural science, based on the principle of mathematical laws governing nature. It is understandable that thinkers and philosophers have often attempted somehow to overcome [this disunion], yet they have generally gone about this in a way generally meant to eliminate one of the two terms, to logically reduce one to the other, to present one—usually on the basis of causal argument—as a consequence and a component of the other.”

 – Jan Patočka

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