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SORAIA FERNANDES Was born in Porto in 28th of July of 1987. She has a Master’s degree in Architecture by the Architecture Faculty of the University of Porto (2011) and carried out a one year exchange program in the Technische Universität in Berlin. In the last year of her Master’s degree, she is currently cooperating with the Architect João Paulo Loureiro. She is also acquiring experience in the editorial and curatorship areas, namely in the edition of Dédalo 8 Displace.

Porto, Portugal +351 916300067

EDUCATON AND TRAINING 2005 - 2011 Master of Architecture ( M. Arch) Faculty of Architecture of Porto University Porto, Portugal

Master’s Thesis Espaço, Corpo e Temporalidade. Olafur Eliasson: - Procura de uma definição de Contemporaneidade Faculty of Architecture of Porto University (18/20)

2009 - 2010 Architecture Exchange Program Technische Universität Berlin Berlin, Germany

2002 - 2005 Upper secondary level of education Arts and Graphics Industries Colégio Internato dos Carvalhos Porto, Portugal

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2011 | 2011 | Architecture Office João Paulo Loureiro Arquitecto. Matosinhos, Portugal.

WORKSHOPS 2010 | DÉDALO organized Workshop Dédalo Displace in Fernando Santos Gallery, Porto. 2009 | Workshop and Forum “Dialogue of the City - Ephemeral Places”, organized by INNER CITY. 2008 | Workshop “Architecture and Sustainability” organized by NAAV – University of Aveiro. 2008 | Workshop “Porto Redux I” organized by CCRE, DÉDALO, Faculty of Architecture of Oporto. 2008 | Workshop of Architecture in Penela. Presentation at FNAC Coimbra, Coimbra. 2007 | Workshop of Architecture in Penela, organized by Department of Architecture of Coimbra. Coordination by Alexandre Alves Costa, Paula Santos, José Gigante, Alfonso Penela, João Luís Carrilho da Graça.

EDITORIAL 2011 | Editor of DÉDALO 8 DIS:PLACE, architecture magazine. 2011 | Editor of DÉDALO DIS:PLACE LECTURES: Deviations on Architectural Practice at Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. 2011 | Master’s Thesis: “Espaço, Corpo e Temporalidade. Olafur Eliasson: Procura de uma definição de Contemporaneidade”. Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto. 2008 | Architecture Project published in ECDJ11 Magazine, in Architecture Department at Faculty of Sciences of University of Coimbra.

AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS 2009 | Anuária’ 09 FAUP | Project 4 | Municipal Library | Professor João Pedro Serôdio 2009 | Honours GO Architecture - Faculty of Architecture University of Porto Competition. 2007 | Anuária’ 06 FAUP | Construction 1 | Professor António Neves and Joaquim Teixeira 2006 | Dissections - Exhibition at the Gallery 153 , Porto, Portugal. 2006 | Anuária’ 05 FAUP | Teoria Geral Organização Espaço | Professor Manuel Graça Dias 2005 | Metamophorses - Exhibition at the Gallery Bar 3 Colunas, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

PUBLICATIONS 2011 | Architecture Project published in FAUP Boarding Pass. 2008 | Architecture Project published in ECDJ11 Architecture Magazine. Department of Architecture Faculty of Sciences and Technology - University of Coimbra.

TECHNICAL SKILLS AutoCad™ | Rhinoceros™ | Adobe Photoshop™ | Adobe Illustrator™ | Adobe InDesign™

PERSONAL INTERESTS travel, photograph, art, performance



FAUP | Municipal Library | Vila Nova de Gaia TU BERLIN | Museum of Contemporary Art | Berlin


Workshop of Architecture in Penela |Coimbra Porto Redux | Bolhão Market| Porto


Go Architecture | Cinemateque | Porto EA’11 Urban Challenges| Porto


Cais do Cavaco Pavilion | Vila Nova de Gaia Habitrofa| Collective Housing | Matosinhos


Dédalo Displace Lectures “Deviatons on Architectural Practice” Dédalo Magazine 08 Displace

MUNICIPAL LIIBRARY | VILA NOVA DE GAIA The proposal is implanted within Vila Nova de Gaia, a city in deep urban transformation and subject to the city’s process of programmatic, functional and formal adequacy, as well to its own imagetic process. The program, as the title suggests, pertains to Public Library where the organization of the reading and consultation spaces aimed differently for adults and children is valued; also these spaces should also provide a medium for a set of cultural initiatives (i.e. the multipurpose spaces and lobbies). Thus, the primary objective is that the Library fulfills its function in a culturally broad manner, and contributes to the gradual emergence and statement of a new urban place. Hence, given the existence of a slender building in the neighboring plot facing a major roundabout in the area, the Library aims to be a “breath of fresh air” of the city, predominantly green and discreet – as this avenue that is coming shall be a place of movement and noise. The choice was made then for a lower elevation, drawing a “ledge” on the ridge of Gaia, over the Douro river. The elements of the vertical structure elements are very rhythmic, achieving reasonably reduced widths, which allow for an almost “non-presence,” and which, in parallel, create a strong analogy with the abundance of logs (which are also vertical elements) in the imagetic of the garden. In conclusion, this project aims towards the existence of a long, slender and winding building, which develops along the ground, as if it is penetrating the garden, in a quiet and delicate manner. I aim thus to achieve a lightweight building, highly transparent with very fluid, open and illuminated spaces. ACADEMIC PROJECT FAUP | 2009 PROGRAM | Vila Nova de Gaia Municipal Library COORDINATED BY | Arqº João Pedro Serôdio EXHIBITED AT | FAUP Anuária’09




MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART | BERLIN According to numerous recent research on the dissolution of boundaries and borders (manifest of a desire of interdisciplinarity, interconnection and multiplicity), which finds itself increasingly overwhelmed by privatization and single use programs, we set out to study the themes of “island” and “archipelago” as organizational models. As a form of autonomous and isolated spaces, up to the study of their subsequent agglomeration, we transported these inter-relationships to the field of architecture as a potential generator of urban design. To draw a Museum of Contemporary Art at the Mediaspree area of Berlin, comes forth in this context as a laboratory of sorts for the exploration of the relationship between organizations and metropolitan forces. The work is based on concentrated and regular program - a museum - aiming towards its dispersion, encapsulating a condition in which the effect of “urban island” extends and proliferates into a greater domain of the city. We intended to gear this platform to stimulate new ways of expressing art, by it of a permanent or ephemeral nature, stimulated by an institutional organization or the public encouragement. The Museum of Contemporary Art is a reflection of the existing opposition between the private and public spheres, between density and lightness, between buildings and green spaces. The built mass appears as an archipelago constituted by several islands which serve as vehicle of exhibition of the artworks, which autonomize and empower the space without limiting it. The circle was used as a design formula, because it is an infinite set of points, which as a cluster acquires another meaning of collective. That is to say that we used independent cells which perform their singular and/or group function, as a structure of a museum in constant evolution. TUBerlin | ADIP Architecture Design Innovation Program | Island Life | Consistency PROGRAM | Museum of Contemporary Art LOCATED IN | Mediaspree, Berlin COORDINATED BY | Architect Mark Lee WORK GROUP | Soraia Fernandes (pt) | Shoko Itano (jp)







WORKSHOP OF ARCHITECTURE | PENELA The Penela Architecture Workshop was an event organized by the Center for Architecture Studies in the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, aimed at “reflecting on the potential of transformation of the village’, a place where memory, landscape and culture deserve to be profoundly and thoroughly observed. The proposed work area addressed as its main theme the possibility of the construction of a new route for the main road IC3, between Condeixa and Tomar, coming from the eastern side of Penela, away from the urban center. This area of intervention also included the historic center, which can be identified by the older building, implanted on the highest surface of the hill, bounded on the west by the street of Coimbra, and on the south by the chapel of São Lourenço and the graveyard, or by the nursing home, to name a newer building. In either case, to intervene in the historic center and in the eastern hillside of Penela would always involve considering two types of problems, and with two different scales. One regarding a more urban intervention, in order to treat the hillside and establish the connection with the existing network, and the other of a more territorial nature, in regards to the manner in which to treat the valley and limit expansion. The project presented, partial strategy of a set definition, seeks to value the hillside and limit its expansion. To this end, the construction of a “promontory” of sorts besides programmatically supporting cultural and sporting activities, would also act as icon that peeks and lands and effectively constitutes the limiting border of the hillside.

WORKSHOP ARQUITECTURA PENELA 2007 | workshop and lectures | penela | june 2007 PROGRAM | Historic Center and East Side WORK GROUP | André Freire (pt) | Luís Sobral (pt) | Soraia Fernandes (pt) COORDINATED BY | Architects José Gigante and Paula Santos PUBLISH IN | Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura (CEARQ) da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra.



WORKSHOP PORTO REDUX | BOLHÃO MARKET “Revitalizing the Bolhão Market has to mean more than just replacing its current “monofunctionality” with a future commercial “mono-functionality” otherwise nothing will change in the city center of Porto. We must therefore learn from the phenomena of the Miguel Bombarda, Cândido dos Reis and Rua Galeria de Paris streets and extend into a concept of “creative cartography” of the city up to the Bolhão Market, filling it with new spaces dedicated to cultural production and dissemination, alongside the daily bustle of a market; thus informally mingling workshops, galleries, artist residencies, design shops, music shops and themed bars and restaurants, with the fruit vendors, fishmongers, butchers, flower stalls, cheese and sausage shops, thus potentiating, in the end, the deeply cosmopolitan vocation of this “city-building” also fueled by its strong tourist attraction. Thus, from the experience Porto Redux the idea was born of a new “Bolhão effect” that can and should be understood at the political level, as a “fuse” aimed at the assertion of a more creative city. The creative people and the bohemians would appreciate this as well as the city’s economy.” Nuno Grande in Debater criativamente a cidade: A Experiência Porto Redux WORKSHOP PORTO REDUX | Mercado do Bolhão | Porto | 2008 PROGRAM | Bolhão Market Rehabilitation COORDINATED BY | Architect Camilo Rebelo WORK GROUP | Bárbara Costa (pt) | Carolina Barreiros (pt) | Carolina Barreiros (pt) | Federico Archidiacono (it) | Joana Nascimento (pt) | Pedro Azevedo (pt) | Rodrigo Carvalho (pt) | Susana Rosmaninho (pt) | Soraia Fernandes (pt)


GUINDAIS’ CINEMATEQUE | PORTO Cinema is moving images, where in a pragmatic manner it is admitted that the observer is a fixed element conditioned by the projection screen. However, the contemporary eras encourage us to reflect and think about the role of the subject and the cinema in the act of projecting. Thus, we decided to subvert the relationship between “screen / viewer” and propose a new relationship. The screen approaches in a more intimate manner, enveloping the viewer, creating a new dynamics, which provide the cinema with a more versatile and flexible character. This is visible at the programmatic level in the manner how the intervening parties freely draw the spaces / projection rooms. To this end, we used a curtain / projection screen system supported by tracks. These tracks, which in the coverage / public space, guide flexible temporal structures akin to origami sculptures. These spaces house at a programmatic level exhibitions, temporary outdoor screenings, leisure spaces for public service, for all those seduced by the drawing of an old wall coming from the Largo Arnaldo Gama. At night these tracks are outlined by LED lights that accompany the movement of the curtains on the lower floor, demonstrating the constant change of the building. A reflection of this is the near absence of the facade, in which the screen “selfishly” takes center stage, which is somewhat predictable at a programmatic as well as a visual level, thus becoming a concept image - design - building.

GO ARCHITECTURE | competition | november 2010 PROGRAM | cinematheque | temporary exhibition room | library | administrative offices | cafetaria LOCATED IN | Porto, Portugal WORK GROUP | Diana Sousa (pt) | Isabel Gomes (pt) | Soraia Fernandes (pt) EXHIBITED AT | Faculty of Architecture of Porto University



ESPAÇO ARQUITECTURA’ 11 URBAN CHALLENGES The following proposal aims to enhance and preserve the identity of the historic city center of Porto, thus maintaining the character, appearance and general features of the three buildings that constitute the unit of the Souto street block, inserted in an area designated as World Heritage by UNESCO. Thus, the intervention involves the preservation of the original facades configuration (east and west), which were the main element taken as a starting point and the basis for the development of the entire proposal. Following a brief analysis of the three buildings, and due to their considerable state of degradation, we considered that their complete reconstruction would be necessary. Therefore, we opted to unify the three volumes in a single building, which allowed the interior spaces to obtain greater quality and bigger interest. This was also a way to rectify the old facade which stood before the forecourt and to create new openings, thus achieving a new character and higher sanitation level in comparison with the existing ones. In regards to the inner organization, each apartment was designed with young users and students in mind; so the basic concepts were fluidity, continuity and functionality, attempting to conceive practical spaces and achieve a great level of comfort. Each apartment is marked by the presence of a functional box, where the bathrooms, closets and storage furniture are. The remaining spaces are developed from this box, such as the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. Three of the nine apartments were designed as duplexes which allows for a greater spatial flexibility. The building has a varied housing typology, in a total of three T0, one T1 simplex, three T1 duplex and, at last, two T2 simplex. The proposal aims to reconcile both the existing as well as the contemporary, conjugating tradition and innovation. EA 11 COMPETITION | Urban Challenges | Porto Vivo SRU PROGRAM |Urban Rehabilitation | Housing| Offices | LOCATED IN | Porto, Portugal WORK GROUP | Diana Sousa (pt) | Irina Miranda (pt) | Isabel Gomes (pt) | Margarida Travanca (pt) Soraia Fernandes (pt)



CAIS DO CAVACO PAVILION The Cais do Cavaco Exhibition Pavilion is intended to be built on the left bank of the Douro River, located in São Pedro da Afurada, in the Vila Nova de Gaia municipality, specifically, in the river front formed by the street named Rua Cais do Cavaco, near the building site of a new collective housing building, which is in its early stages of construction. (...) This place, known as Cais do Cavaco, was until recently in a complete state of abandon and ruin. Therefore, the new urban interventions to be held here shall be crucial for the characterization of the place. Thus, and following the definition of the Fraga Detailed Plan, we proceeded to the licensing process of the first building with a relevant scale. We felt the need to communicate and celebrate this moment with other people, thus associating the promotion of housing building to the possibility of establishing a set of actions and exhibitions which illustrate the wealth of the history of that particular place. Namely, to present the results of the archaeological excavations held in that area of intervention, the historical studies carried out on the old company Fábrica do Cavaquinho, and also the presentation and disclosure of the complete creative and constructive processes developed by the architecture and other stakeholders in the project. Taking into account the public interest that such an operation entails, coupled with the need to implement a space where you can entertain people who are interested in information and the possible purchase of a new place to inhabit, we felt the need to innovate, and using creativity provide a wider expression to this small building, thus transforming it in a high quality exhibition space and a temporary permanence space. (...) Thus we promote a metal building, with one facade coated with exposed concrete panels, and the remaining facades defined by big glass panels on metal frames, including the coverage. For the floor, we also chose a metal structure frame which shall be covered with a wooden deck. Architect João Paulo Loureiro

CAIS DO CAVACO PAVILION | Cais de Vila Nova de Gaia LOCATED IN | Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal ARCHITECTURE | Architect João Paulo Loureiro COLABORATORS | Luís Grilo | Soraia Fernandes



COLLECTIVE HOUSING | HABITROFA HABITROFA | Collective Housing LOCATED IN | Matosinhos, Portugal ARCHITECTURE | Architect Jo達o Paulo Loureiro COLABORATORS | Susana David | Susana Carabineiro | Soraia Fernandes




DÉDALO DISPLACE LECTURES DEVIATIONS ON ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE Travelling is trial by fire, individually or collectivity. Each of us leaves behing a bag full of stress, boredom, worries, prejudices. Álvaro Siza, in Esquissos de Viagem/Travel Sketches.

Travel is a way of moving; it is a physical and premeditated decontextualization of something intrinsic to each one of us. The act of moving through space is presented here as a valuable input by an architect who knew – even if unnoticed by many – how to wisely decontextualize himself and to move around in his disciplinary field.But what happens when Architecture itself embarks on a ‘journey’? Does this discipline, as well as its agents, forget their own ‘stress’ and ‘boredoms’? Their own ‘worries’ and ‘prejudices’? ‘dis:Place’ emerged as the theme for Dédalo’s next issue when we questioned ourselves about the potential of Architecture as a dynamic field, ‘travelling’, being displaced, taking a detour - a fresh reboot of architectural methods with the free intake of concepts from other fields of knowledge as contributors to the definition of what we call contemporary architecture. Aiming at the consideration of our own journey as architects we suggest finding new escape routes from a maze that we created ourselves – exactly as Daedalus (Dédalo) once did – mainly by developing a critical distance respecting our discipline. Thus, we proudly present the International Lecture Series - dis:Place: Deviations on Architectural Practice as a major step towards such critical distance. Coming from several countries (Germany, Austria, uk, Italy, France, and of course, Portugal), these lecturers will certainly show us that “there is an architectural lesson we can draw from [their] work, namely that the essence of architecture is nothing architectural.”


DÉDALO 8 DISPLACE The eighth issue of Dédalo , dedicated to the theme disPlace , aims to be a platform for experimentation and the record of a process of transformations, affinities and contaminations which have afflicted the disciplinary field of Architecture . DisPlace aims to focus the limits of architectural practice, the emerging dislocations from the core that they share. displacements, decontextuali zations, deviations, daydreams … this complex net work of vectors that, in constant motion, move apart and close to their point of origin: Architecture. The architectural discourse went through several cyclic periods of ideological stability and divergence. Since the Modern Movement architectural practice has been demonstrating a paradigmatic indefinition that reflects a wide range of different attitudes and approaches towards architecture. In a moment when this (inter)disciplinary plurality seems to create a sharp and peripherical movement to the ‘conventional’ practices, in which way does this deviation contribute to the definition of contemporary architecture? There are already some significant examples of both a theoretical as well as an experimental character, which rethink the contemporary needs. They explore concepts such as recycling, social sustainability, occupation, auto-construction, participation and activism. They act in fields such as politics, legislation and sociology. Thus we decided to make an approach to disPlace over two volumes: Position and Action. Position as a debate of concerns, ideas and manifestos. Action as a record of proposals, intentions and experimentations. It should be noted that this issue arises as a result of a cycle of activities that sought to question, debate and present different perspectives. The cycle starts with the scream that a live installation caused in the garden of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. Displacement Workshop allowed us to have a more accurate definition of what might be an unformatted and uncompromising vision of the city of Porto. The participation of young people from different countries in their specific circumstances of displaced, helped us to build what might be a new reading of the city. displace: Deviations on Architectural Practice has become the driving force of all this editorial production. The intense presentation of ideas, actions, experiences and testimonies of different architects, curators and artists from different geographical locations, enriched the discussion of the international lectures series. There are many differences and interconnections, but this vacillation will also bring to the contemporary space, with undefined and blurred borders, the necessary fertility for the flourishing of a new consciousness, the motivation to reassess the importance of discipline and its agents. Therefore, It is expected that this gathering between position and action contribute to the rethinking of the disciplinary assumptions, to be an ‘inflatable’ information manual that it will be filled by those who - like us - want and expect even more Architecture. EDITORIAL TEAM | Carlos Trancoso | Diana Sousa | Jorge Alves | Nuno Pimenta | Soraia Fernandes DESIGN | João Santos / Ricardo Leite CONTENT | Haus-Rucker-Co (AU) / Feld 72 (AU) / Olivier Ratsi (FR) / Recetas Urbanas (ES) / Inês d’Orey (PT) / Raumlabor Berlin (DE) / Stéphane Malka (FR) / Encore Heureux (FR) / Pedro Bandeira (PT) / Simon Sadler (US) / Mark Lee (US) / Pedro Gadanho (PT) / Atelier Data (PT) / Pedro Baía (PT) / Dass (PT) / Álvaro Domingues (PT) / Catarina Costa (PT) / Ricardo Leal (PT) / Inês Alves (PT) / Diana Vieira (PT) / Vitório Vasconcelos (PT) / Sofia Augusto (PT) / José Martins (PT)








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