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Arquitectura e Desenho - Habitação Plurifamiliar do Século XX

The Open Course “Architecture and Drawing - 20th Century Multi-Family Housing” stems from the interest of
researchers associated to Housing study, invited to lecture in the optional course “Architecture and Drawing”, within the Master Degree in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture - University of Porto (FAUP)


There is nowadays a clear difficulty among students in identifying, observing, recording and retaining, quickly and efficiently, many of the facts and structuring forms in the composition of an architectural work. In order to complement the fleeting perception fostered by the diffusion means celerity of current architectural images on the Internet, losing the slow apprehension process and the "project study" habit, it is important, as a pedagogical objective, to foster the capacity to concentrate the look at relevant facts of an image, a drawing or a comment, with acuity and effectiveness.
Consequently, OC's goal is to help build and develop the ability to observe, highlight, and understand (and represent, by quick design) the essential architectural signifiers to project analysis.

From a set of multi-family housing singular cases, the the OC explores the various drawing meanings in project: the design understood as a conception and communication means but above all, as a way of thinking, understanding and doing architecture; the design understood as a preferential instrument in the project in-depth study - its conceptual options/models and respective composition themes/principles.

It presents a case study by class explicitly and thematically framed in architecture theory and history, based on a lecture given by a guest teacher.

Teacher responsible for 1st semester: Profª Doutora Marta Rocha

Teacher responsible for 2nd semester: Prof. Doutor Helder Casal Ribeiro

Fields of Specialization

Mandatory literature

Moneo Rafael; La solitudine degli edifici e altri scritti. ISBN: 88-422-0923-6
Moneo Rafael; Inquietud teórica y estrategia proyectual. ISBN: 84-95951-68-1
Hearn Fil; Ideas that shaped buildings
Ockman Joan; Architecture culture 1943-1968. ISBN: 0-8478-1522-6
Nesbitt Kate 050; Theorizing a new agenda for architecture. ISBN: 1-56898-053-1
Solà-Morales Ignacio de; Diferencias. ISBN: 84-252-1663-X
Solà-Morales Ignasi de; Territorios. ISBN: 84-252-1864-0
Solà-Morales Ignacio de; Intervenciones. ISBN: 84-252-2043-2
Solà-Morales Iganasi de; Eclecticismo y vanguardia y otros escritos. ISBN: 84-252-1949-3
Solà-Morales Ignasi de; Los artículos de Any. ISBN: 978-84-936693-6-2

Teaching methods and learning activities

There are 12 classes to present works and projects, lasting 2 hours. In these classes, the students will carry out, throughout the presentation, the schemes, drawings or representations appropriate to a predominantly graphic translation of the presented matter, experiencing personal interpretation and graphics systems. The support must be on paper, in A4 format. The work done by each student will be delivered at the end of each class. Periodically, comments will be made on sampling and case-examples of the work carried out and delivered.

Professional Abilities

The Course will allow not only the in-depth knowledge of a reference architectural works set, but above all to ascertain the ability to analyze quickly and accurately and to register through the drawing, which otherwise is only a succession of images, more or less impressive. It is a matter of questioning the ways of looking, and also of deepening the observation and analysis acuity, essential for understanding and memorizing an architecture work.


Teaching language
Portuguese - Suitable for english-speaking students

Working method

Type of assessment
Evaluation distributed without final exam

Assessment components


Weight (%)



Laboratory work




Frequency acquisition
Attendance in at least 75% of classes and respective papers delivery.

Calculation formula of final grade
The final grade will be the weighted average of attendance at classes (40%) and the classification of practical assignments (60%).

Vacancies: 5

70 ¤ Members U.Porto (student, teacher or other) 
100 ¤ General Public
Application fees: 20¤

Application Order

Online applications (4th Edition: 2018/2019 1st Semester)

Submission of Applications: 15th of July to 30th August 2019
First results: 31st August 2019
Preliminary hearing: 3rd to 14th September 2019
Final Results: 17th September 2019

Registration: 18th to 21st September 2019
Open Course begins on 21st September 2019

Online applications (5th Edition: 2018/2019 2nd Semester)

Submission of Applications: 7th to 24th January 2019
First results: 25th January 2019
Preliminary hearing: 28th January to 8th February 2019
Final Results: 11th February 2019

Registration: 12th to 15th February 2019
Open Course begins on 15th  February 2019

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General information

Teacher Responsible: Marta Rocha
Acronym: ADHPS
Type of course/cycle of study: Free Course
Start: 2016/2017
Duration: 42 Hour

Study Plan


  • Curso Livre 'Arquitectura e Desenho - Habitação Plurifamiliar do Século XX' ( Courses Units)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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