Inhabiting Through Dialogue: Writing the Architecture of Álvaro Siza

Sally Faulder

This research project explores the use of fictional dialogue as an architectural research method to investigate the role of meaning in architecture. The project creates a dialectic between the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and the architecture of Álvaro Siza. The work of these two masters in their respective fields is brought together in a series of fictional dialogues. These dialogues explore how architecture draws on and contributes to the structures of meaning that form the ‘world’; it is these same structures of meaning that make understanding possible. The dialogues focus on how the above processes are perpetuated in each individual contribution to the built landscape, and then in each individual inhabitation – or interpretation – of the resulting built work. The investigation focuses on three of Siza’s works as examples of these processes: a church, an art gallery and a municipal pool.


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