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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Alvalade Neighbourhood

From and by: Tomás Wallenstein

Synopsis — Portuguese only

Alvalade are the streets, cafes and architecture of the 30’s to 70’s, of the 20th century. Alvalade exists in the churches, in the statues and in the quietness of a paradigmatic neighbourhood within the city. It is familiar to us by the richness of the building and the morphology in force. In the eyes of Tomás Wallenstein, Alvalade is also his home. And it is through it that we wander between contemplation and immersion, between the Avenue of the Church and Rome, the United States and America. In the company of a selection of songs that invite us to pause and travel through choruses, the musical staff runs through the Coruchéus Complex, the 1º de Maio Playground Park and the  Estacas Neighbourhood. A route that oscillates between elements of different regimes, renowned architects and routes that history praises and this tour revisits. Stage of revolutions, agitations and celebrations: this is Alvalade. And now it calls for you.

Useful Information

Distance: 3,2 km

Level of difficulty: Moderated

Audio Duration: 51 minutes

Starting Point: São João de Brito Church

Ends: Maria Matos Theatre


Audio File

This podcast is only available in Portuguese at SoundCloud and Spotify

For blind people, there is an adapted version with audio description. We recommend that the blind or the person with low vision make this sound walk with someone who sees. This version is only available in Portuguese at SoundCloud and Spotify


These were the songs chosen by Tomás Wallenstein that he heard or will hear throughout this sound walk:

Wild Time, Weyes Blood – Sub Pop Records, 2019
Olho de Lince, Luís Severo – Song with Manuel Palha and Diogo Rodrigues, Cuca Monga, SME Portugal, 2017
Arabesque nº1, Claude Debussy (Aldo Ciccolini – Piano) – Warner Classics, 2006
Traz Outro Amigo Também, José Afonso – Orfeu, 1970
Under the Boardwalk, Tom Tom Club – Song and lyric by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young, Island Records, 1987
Corrida de Jangada, Elis Regina – Song by Edu Lobo and José Carlos Capinan, Universal Music International, 1969
A Ilha, Fausto Bordalo Dias – Sony Music Entertainment, 1984
E Depois do Adeus, Paulo de Carvalho – Song by José Calvário, lyric by José Niza, Orfeu, 1974

About Tomás Wallenstein

Tomás Wallenstein © Maria Köelle

(Lisbon, 1989) Tomás Wallenstein revealed, from a very young age, a curiosity for the most varied instruments, playing piano, violin, bass, guitar and even drums. Son of a lyrical singer and a bassist, he is a composer and lyricist of Capitão Fausto. Despite having studied Architecture, he soon realized that his true vocation would be on the stage. Along with his career with Capitão Fausto and numerous collaborations, he is one of the creators of Cucamonga, the music publisher responsible for premiere artists such as GANSO, Luís Severo, Zarco, Reis da República and Rapaz Ego.

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