Exhibition | through March 18, 2018
Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos, Portugal

“Power Architecture” is the inaugural exhibition of Casa da Arquitectura, this way opening to the public their new headquarters, in the renovated Quarteirão da Real Viní­cola in Matosinhos, on the 17th, 18th and 19th of November 2017. Curated by architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira, and Ricardo Carvalho, the exhibition will occupy about 800 square meters of the Exhibition Hall with a proposal that thinks about “eight powers that align, inflict and diverge each other”. 

For the curators, “the power of architecture is a fundamental theme for the way in which contemporary society and architecture can work together”.

And they proceed: “Architecture is not only the expression of a single power, it reflects and works from different powers. For that reason, we have decided to isolate those that seem to clarify this complex cartography. This way the collective, regulative, technologic, economic, domestic, cultural, newsworthy and ritual powers arise. In the long path of the relationship between man and nature, culture, and technology these powers played with strengths of different intensities in the production of architectural artefacts and the drawing of the city and the territory. Today, when faced with political significance that excuses and validates decisions that harm the public thing and the meaning of communities, there seems to be room for a new reflection on power”, we can read in the opening text of the book that accompanies the exhibition, coedited by Casa da Arquitectura and the Swiss publisher Lars Muller.

Open to the public from the 18th of November 2017 to March 18th 2018 in the Exhibition Hall of Casa da Arquitectura, “Power Architecture” gathers photographs, models, books, drawings, videos, magazines, postcards and other materials of a hundred architecture projects built around the world.

More info on http://casadaarquitectura.pt/