'O Arquitecto e a Cidade Velha', by Catarina Alves Costa

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Between May and June, the Foundation will present three works, by three female directors, chosen by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira as part of the Siza exhibition.

This film cycle opens in May with O Arquitecto e a Cidade Velha (2003), by anthropologist and director Catarina Alves Costa. The documentary follows the  rehabilitation project of Cidade Velha [Old Town], previoulsy known as Ribeira Grande, the first city founded by the Portuguese in Santiago, Cape Verde, in 1462. Coordinated by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and his team, the final goal of this project was the candidacy of this town to UNESCO’s World Heritage. This project creates great expectations among the local population, who envisages it as a way of improving their quality of life. For three years, the encounters between the architect and the locals were recorded by the director. The director will be present.




O Arquitecto e a Cidade Velha


72 minutes


Catarina Alves Costa


João Ribeiro, Catarina Alves Costa


Olivier Blanc, Jean-Marc Schick


Dominique Paris, Pedro Duarte


Tito Paris


Philippe Couteax


Laranja Azul


Jour J Productions

Executive producer

Catarina Mourão

Associate producer

Sylvie Randonneix

Financial support

Icam, RTP, Media Distribuição, IA, Instituto para o Desenvolvimento, CNC, UNESCO, DAPA, Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros Francês, Voisénart, RAI SAT, Câmara Municipal do Porto


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