Revisiting Lisbon and the works that architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça created for the city, this book offers a certain way of looking and acting. From a series of models and plans, it reveals a strategy for analysing territory which gives meaning to the operations and forms of design.
The territory of the city, recognized from the main points, and the hinge and valley lines that characterize its original topography, shows how human trajectories and settlements appropriated nature in the construction of the city and how the architectural work can be inscribed into that territorial plan. The book contains contributions by Marta Sequeira, Susana Rato, Emílio Tuñón, Diogo Seixas Lopes and photographs by Tiago Casanova.
JOÃO LUÍS CARRILHO DA GRAÇA was born in 1952, and graduated in architecture from the Lisbon School of Fine Art in 1977, the year when he launched his professional activity in Lisbon. He has been distinguished with many honours and awards, including the International Art Critics’ (AICA) Prize in 1992, the Order of Merit of the Portuguese Republic in 1999, the Pessoa Prize in 2008, the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic in 2010, and an International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2015.