Apropos of Lisbon´s Modern Architecture (1925-1965)






Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The modern experience in Lisbon (and Portugal) deserves a much wider and better dissemination in international terms, not only because of its own intrinsic value, but also because of its specificity, both of which are much more relevant when one considers the country’s peripheral contingency, the respective absence of any of the main premises that generated modernity in European architecture, the political context from which it resulted and the subsequent socio-cultural conservativeness of the country, the city and many of its elites. Even though there can be no doubt, and particularly so in this century, about the growing national recognition afforded to this modern architectural heritage, as expressed by the legal protection given to many of its buildings (which in itself is inseparable from the fertile research and documentation originating, above all, from the academic community), it is no less certain that much of this heritage is located in areas that are themselves being subjected to widespread and highly volatile processes of urban renewal.

How to Cite

Rodeia, J. B. (2016). Apropos of Lisbon´s Modern Architecture (1925-1965). Docomomo Journal, (55), 4–7. https://doi.org/10.52200/55.A.IO0F1LGU







Author Biography

João Belo Rodeia, Autonomous University of Lisbon

(b. 1961, Portugal). Architect and visiting professor at the Architecture Graduate Schools of Autónoma University of Lisbon and Évora University, João Belo Rodeia is considered to be a distinguished specialist on architecture and the architecture profession as a whole through the holistic vision that was built from his own experience as president of the Portuguese Chamber of Architects (2008–2013), President of the International Council of Portuguese Language Architects (2011–15), President of the Portuguese Heritage (2003– 05), President of the Iberian docomomo Foundation (2011–13), as well as from his long-time dedication to architecture teaching, research and criticism. He is member of the Advisory Committee of docomomo International.