The Father of a New Minimalism

A Sense of Reality

Vittorio Gregotti 

Viviendas sociales de la Quinta da Malagueira, Évora.

Álvaro Siza’s projects in their final presentations always reveal traces of the creative process that has generated them, over and above his painstaking work of depuration and synthesis. It is such complex network of practically invisible signs that fills his works with tension and counteracts their otherwise austere appearances. Vittorio Gregotti reflects on this creative process of a memory existing independently of the project, and stresses the close ties between Siza’s work and northern Portugal, austere, intimate and bathed by the bright Atlantic light... [+]

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