Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Earlier this year, Dafne Editora published the book Colónias Agrícolas: a arquitetura entre o doméstico e o território, 1936-1960, by Filipa de Castro Guerreiro (Viana do Castelo, 1976), architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. This book is the result of the research for her doctoral dissertation Portuguese Agricultural Colonies built by the Internal Colonisation Board between 1936 and 1960: the house, the settlement, the territory, defended at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto in 2016. As the author writes in the introduction to her work, “This book traverses the history of the Agricultural Colonies… promoted by the Junta de Colonização Interna (Internal Colonisation Board), these sets were intended to settle population and standardise the territory through the resizing of property: reparcelling to the North, parcelling to the South… Architects participated in this process by going beyond the usual field of their action, contributing to an interdisciplinary construction of the house, the settlements and the territory.”
As part of the visual documentation of the seven colonies studied by Filipa de Castro Guerreiro consists of photographic images from the Mário Novais Studio collection, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library is associated with Dafne Editora for the presentation of the book in Lisbon.
The presentation will be attended by the author, the sociologist Frederico Ágoas and the landscape architect João Gomes da Silva, with moderation by André Tavares, architect and responsible for Dafne Editora.