: dualidades da arquitectura

  • Miguel de Gouveia André (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The architecture integrates but also integrates itself. The idea of this duality is the motive of this work. The theme “Dualities of Architecture” may seem ambiguous, since the primary purpose is to address the problem of accessibility. A work of architecture must integrate itself a whole set of mechanisms to facilitate the mobility of how EVERYONE experiences it, adapting itself to its user (normal and/or with deficits) but it must also integrate into its surroundings, in the context that surrounds it. It is therefore necessary to address what is the landscape and understand the various aspects of integration that the work of architecture can provide. For this to happen, it is imperative that it adapts the architecture to a territory in the best form, studying its layers, where of course is necessary to frame a human being and its needs, never fading the need to reconcile their function and use, with its shape, as aesthetic must be applied to technique and its usefulness. This will essentially be addressed in the theoretical part, a way to integrate architecture and landscape and what its importance is, as well as in another scale, how it should also be inclusive, incorporating all its needs in order that everyone can use in a safe, practical and enjoyable way. Through concrete examples of the project conducted for the Schindler Award 2012 contest, in Bern, it will specifically address to the meaning of these dualities. Thus, from a presented urban proposal, as well as through an included building, you will see precisely how they integrate into the landscape and territory and include in themselves dimensions related to the human being and its needs.
Date of Award2012
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAntónio da Silva Ferreira de Carvalho (Supervisor), Gonçalo de Sousa Byrne (Co-Supervisor) & Carina Gomes (Supervisor)


  • Architecture
  • Integration
  • Duality
  • Accessibility
  • Mobility
  • Landscape
  • Territory
  • Needs
  • Function
  • Shape
  • Usefulness
  • Bern


  • Mestrado em Arquitetura

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