Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Domestic Architectural Consequences of the Raj

The New Year sees the publication of the latest volume in the Ashgate Studies in Architecture series edited by Eamonn Canniffe

The Bungalow in Twentieth - Century India
by Madhavi Desai, Miki Desai and Jon Lang

The primary era of this study - the twentieth century - symbolizes the peak of the colonial rule and its total decline, as well as the rise of the new nation state of India. The processes that have been labeled 'westernization' and 'modernization' radically changed middle-class Indian life during the century. This book describes and explains the various technological, political and social developments that shaped one building type - the bungalow - contemporaneous to the development of modern Indian history during the period of British rule and its subsequent aftermath. Drawing on their own physical and photographic documentation, and building on previous work by Anthony King and the Desais, the authors show the evolution of the bungalow's architecture from a one storey building with a verandah to the assortment of house-forms and their regional variants that are derived from the bungalow. Moreover, the study correlates changes in society with architectural consequences in the plans and aesthetics of the bungalow. It also examines more generally what it meant to be modern in Indian society as the twentieth century evolved.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Public Space: The  square in the contemporary city

International Symposium, 13 and 14 January 2012 UAL Lisbon
Public Space:
The  square in the contemporary city

From its origins to the present time, the square has maintained its role as a public space of excellence in citizens' lives, a place where the streams intersect, influencing the more relevant social transformations. Given the awareness that the square is now consolidated as a city's heritage, what are the current trends and the different approaches for the redesign of squares? How do architects and designers respond to this challenge?

The symposium, consisting of one and a half days (Friday and Saturday morning), intends to open a debate on the role of the square in the contemporary city, taking case studies in Portugal, Spain and Italy. We will explore other areas of thought and research, such as history and philosophy.

The conversation model focuses on the exposure of several speakers per panel, followed by debate.


January 13, Friday
Opening of the Symposium
Flavio Barbini (UAL)
Filipa Ramalhete (CEACT UAL)
Paulo Tormenta Pinto (ISCTE IUL)

Panel 1
09h00 to 13h30

The Agora and the Roman Forum
Flavio Barbini (UAL, PT)
Middle Ages and Renaissance, the place of the square
Rogério Vieira de Almeida (ISCTE IUL, PT)

Coffee Break
The Enlightenment square
Miguel Faria (UAL PT)
Squares of the Empire during the Estado Novo
Ana Vaz Milheiro (ISCTE IUL, UAL, U.S.)

Panel 2
15:00 to 18:00

The "anti square"
José Manuel Fernandes (FAUTL, PT)

Public space, Banyoles, Girona
Silvia Brandi (MIAS Josep Mias Architects, Barcelona, ​​ES)


The Repugnant Stage
Eamonn Canniffe (Manchester School of Architecture, UK)

Piazza Ugo Dalló and S. Luigi Casiglione delle Stiviere, Mantova
Alberto Ferlenga (Naomi Architetti, IUAV, IT)

Debate moderated by Paulo Tormenta Pinto (ISCTE IUL, PT)

January 14, Saturday

Panel 3
10h00 to 13h00

Public Space
Nuno Crespo (UAL, PT)

The square of the Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça Alcobaça
Gonçalo Sousa Byrne (FCTUC, PT)


The Ambivalence of the Public Square
Malcolm Miles (School of Architecture, Design & Environment)
University of Plymouth, UK)

Intervention in the neighborhood and Contumil Pius XII, Porto
Cristina Guedes (FAULP, PT) and Francisco Vieira de Campos (FAUP, PT)

Debate moderated by Ricardo Carvalho (Department of Architecture UAL PT)

Organised DA-UAL - CEACT ISCTE-IUL - CIAAM and dynamic CET

Saturday, 10 December 2011

PUBLIC SPACE - the square in the contemporary city - Lisbon 13-14 January 2012

The Department of Architecture of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa will be hosting an International Symposium on the theme PUBLIC SPACE: THE SQUARE IN CONTEMPORARY CITY on 13-14 January 2012.
The aims are to celebrate the square as a public space of excellence and understand its value in the contemporary city.

The organisers, who include Dean Flavio Barbini can be contacted at

Eamonn Canniffe has been invited to deliver a keynote paper at this symposium. The paper will be entitled THE REPUGNANT STAGE.

Other speakers include Alberto Ferlenga and Gonçalo Sousa Byrne.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Best Blog!

I am very pleased that guttae has been selected as Best Blog - 29/11/2011 by the Italian website ARCHITETTO.INFO

Here is what they said

Un blog che fotografa l’architettura, nel complesso dei suoi manufatti storici e nei dettagli che non bisogna mai perdere. E se si approfondiscono i link sulla destra della home page, si scopre un approfondito e interessante regesto fotografico delle più e meno note architetture storiche che l’epoca classica e moderna hanno prodotto.

The rest has an enjoyable ring to it as well

Eamonn Canniffe, autore del blog, è a capo del Architecture Research Centre e del Master in Architettura + Urbanistica presso la Facoltà di Architettura di Manchester. Ha studiato Architettura a Cambridge e ad Harvard. Nel 1996 ha ottenuto una borsa di studio presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti alla British School di Rome. Tra il 1986 e il 1998 ha insegnato presso l'Università di Manchester, e tra il 1998 e il 2006 presso l'Università di Sheffield. 

Egli è l'autore di Urban Ethic: Design in the Contemporary City (Routledge 2006) e The Politics of the Piazza: the history and meaning of the Italian square (Ashgate 2008). È co-autore (con Tom Jefferies) di Manchester Architecture Guide (1999) e (con Peter Blundell Jones) di Modern Architecture through Case Studies 1945-1990 (Architectural Press 2007).
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