Expert/Guide: Paulo Tormenta Pinto
The aim of this tour is to show the morphological diversity of the Alvalade neighbourhood and how the respective plan, drawn up by Faria da Costa in the late 1940s, articulates with the rest of the city, particular the nearby University Campus. The proposed itinerary dissects an area of the city to reveal some of the moments that make the gradual approximation of Portuguese architectural thought to the premises of the modern movement more apparent. The route takes us from the monumental rationalism of the University of Lisbon Vice-Chancelry building, designed by Pardal Monteiro in the 1950s, to the humanist serenity of the Padre António Vieira secondary school, which was designed by Ruy d’Athouguia roughly a decade later. The core of the tour will reflect the dialectic debate between the housing typologies designed by Jacobetty Rosa (cells 1 and 2) and the contrasting experiments carried out by Fernando Silva (cell 3) or Jorge Segurado (Montepio development). The impact of the first generation of Portuguese landscape architects on defining the Alvalade Plan will also be looked at.