Critical Eclecticism. The Way(s) of the Porto School





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The term “Porto School” designates an identity that relates the pedagogy of a teaching institution with the ideas and the architectural practice of its professors and/or former students, resulting of the transmission (and update) of a way of thinking connected to a way of doing: a concern with social responsibility (perceived through the notions of collaboration and relationship with the context), a timeless concept of modernity, an intentional appropriation and miscegenation of models (in a process that we can call critical eclecticism), the belief that architecture should be considered figurative art (perceived in the pace of a promenade thoroughly controlled in time and space), a Vitruvian understanding of the education of the architects, the practice of manual drawing as a primary method of conception and the requirement of accuracy in the processes of work and communication.

How to Cite

Fernandes, E. (2013). Critical Eclecticism. The Way(s) of the Porto School. Docomomo Journal, (49), 52–57.




Author Biography

Eduardo Fernandes, University of Minho

Architect (1992, Faculty of Architecture, Porto University), Master in Planning of the Urban Environment (1998, Faculties of Architecture and Engineering, Porto University). He is Assistant Professor (and Course Director) of the Master in Architecture of Minho University, Portugal and author of several architectural projects and published texts.


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