The book «Um Niemeyer É Semper Um Niemeyer», by Carlos Oliveira Santos, will be presented on the 29th of April, Saturday, at 18 pm, at FNAC at Forum Algarve, in Faro.
According to the author, «the Algarve has significant modernist references, in architects such as Manuel Gomes da Costa, Vicente de Castro and Manuel Laginha, namely, which we will evoke. Niemeyer himself had a project for the Algarve, from 1965, which we will see in this presentation».
The session will feature speeches by Luís Matos, president of the Algarve Regional Board of Architects, and Raphael Iruzun Martins. There will also be a statement by Álvaro Siza, a visual poem by Santiago Calatrava, photography by Paula Klien and a message by Paulo Niemeyer.
The book, edited by Âncora Editora, was launched in 2022, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, one of the greats of modern architecture, in a work that had the participation of the architects Álvaro Siza and Santiago Calatrava, as well as the architect Paulo Niemeyer and Brazilian visual artist Paula Klien.
The book deals with the history of Oscar Niemeyer's project for Funchal, started in 1966, which had, at Oscar's request, the collaboration of the Portuguese architect Viana de Lima. A grandiose work, which constitutes a heritage of modern architecture in Portugal.
It turns out that, in 1964, Oscar Niemeyer carried out a project for the Algarve, in Pena Furada, Vila do Bispo, but it was never built. «This session will be a good occasion to remember this magnificent project», stresses Carlos Oliveira Santos.
The author, born in 1953, is a university professor and writer, with a doctorate from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He was, inter alia, a professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon between 2007 and 2018.
Oscar Niemeyer (Rio de Janeiro, December 15, 1907 – Rio de Janeiro, December 5, 2012) was a Brazilian architect, considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer became known for the design of civic buildings (the National Congress of Brazil, the Alvorada Palace, the Planalto Palace, the Federal Supreme Court and the Cathedral) for Brasília, the city created from scratch that became the capital of Brazil in 1960.
Also important was his collaboration with the group of architects appointed by UN Member States who designed the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
Among his latest projects are the Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art (1996), the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba (2002), the Administrative City of Minas Gerais (2010), the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Center in Spain (2011) and the Luiz Carlos Prestes Memorial (2012 project, completed in 2017).
It was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1988.