ABANDONEDCITY - When the City of Porto Starts to Shrink - proposes a tour on the traditional centre of Oporto putting foward the present moment of economical and urban contraction where it explores the Shrinkage characteristics. It adresses issues related to the Shrinking Cities phenomenon, in particular the morpho-typological characteristics of the city, explores the main causes for the appearance of the phenomenons, its socio-political effects and its planned or spontaneous reactions to this situation.
Alexandre Loureiro Oporto, 16 February, 2013
FoFoFo Folding Forbo Folie
For the WIP13 (Work in Progress 2013) competition under the Projecto Casa event, one was challenged to build a 2X2m stand that could express a inovative and experimental use of some particular construction materials.
Linoleum, a versitile product used many times in domestical spaces, has a wide range of application in the architecture of spaces due to its unique caracteristics that can render to the surfaces a high quality and confort to the domestic environment. Nevertheless, the tridimensionality of the product Linoleum has often been left out and unexplored by architecture. The object FoFoFo is a "folie" that tries to explore the tridimensionality of Forbo's linoleum product taking advantage of its physical characteristics (2X25m) as well as its mechanical and chromatic nuances to build a experimental voluptuous space. The object is made out of MDF in a simple reticulated structure in which the linoleum sheet of 25meters long is folded across the entire structure in a single sweep: up the wall, ceiling and down to the floor. The subtle use of the linoleum sheets forming a series of voluptuous waves that can render a unique and distinctive image where one could explore the tridimensional meshes and textures confers the uniqueness of this stand/installation. FoFoFo is an ephemeral or temporary stand is a environment friendly making use of recyclable and natural products (such as MDF and Linoleum) that can easily be assembled and/or disassebled due to its intuitive wood joinnery with no need for glues or screws.
Award Winning Project 1st Prize - Work In Progress Forbo Flooring Systems