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Program MB Forum - Portugal 

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The 5th Edition of Moving Boundaries: Human Sciences and the Future of Architecture, directed by Tatiana Berger, Architect and Professor (ANFA Advisory Council Member and Director of ACE) , offers an intensive 8-day course in the interface between disciplines concerned with design of the built environment and scientific disciplines concerned with human perception and behavior. These disciplines include neuroscience, neurophenomenology, cognitive science, environmental psychology, health sciences and others. The course/conference will run from March 8-16, 2025 in Amares, Portugal near the Geres Park, with a field trip in the Minho Region and Porto. 

 

Grounded in the culture of Northern Portugal and the Minho Region, participants will experience the rich cultural landscape of the Minho and various cities northwest of Porto and will visit and study the work of Alvaro Siza Vieira, Eduardo Souto de Moura and other excellent Portuguese architects. A field trip will be offered to traditional towns in the Minho region and to the city of Porto, where we will experience works by architects noted above. Invited faculty include some of the most distinguished architects, environmental psychologists, lighting and interior designers, philosophers, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, ecologists, anthropologists, sociologists and health experts in the world. 

This Spring 2025 edition of Moving Boundaries will explore the Portuguese vernacular, rich landscape as inspiration, and the phenomenon of the so-called "Porto School" Architecture to uncover its paragons, lessons and inspirations towards a more meaningful—that is to say, humane—architecture and design for the twenty-first century and beyond.​

“The elements of architecture are not visual units or gestalt; they are encounters, confrontations that interact with memory.”

- Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin

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PROGRAM AND ROSTER OF SPEAKERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

March 22nd - 30th

AMARES - MINHO REGION

March 31st 

PORTO   -   Field Trip and Tours

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Human Sciences and Architecture
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Saturday, March 22
 

12:00

1:00

2:00

4:00

5:00

5:30

6:00

6:30

7:00

7:30

Arrival & Check-in

Introductions

Lunch & Introductions (cont.)

Welcome: Writing the Manifesto

The Five Points

Presentation 1  

Q&A Discussion 

Presentation 2

Q&A Discussion

Break

Welcome Dinner Celebration 

Sunday, March 23

 

8:30

 

10:00

10:30

10:40

11:10

12:10

12:30

2:00

3:30

4:30

8:00

Breakfast, Morning Walk, Yoga,

Communal Exercise

Presentation 3

Break 

Presentation 4

Q&A Discussion

Break  

Reflection (in small teams)

Lunch

Tour: Sta. Maria do Bouro 

Monastery (Souto de Moura)

Bus Trip to Marco de Canaveses

Tour: Igreja de Sta. Maria (Siza)

Wine Tasting

Dinner (Minho)

Return to Pousada

Monday, March 24



 

8:30

 

10:00

10:30

10:40

11:10

12:10

12:30

2:00

3:30

4:00

6:00

6:20

7:30

Breakfast, Morning Walk, Yoga,

Communal Exercise

Presentation 5

Break 

Presentation 6

Q&A Discussion

Break  

Reflection (in small teams)

Lunch

Poetry Reading

Workshop

Break

Discussion

Dinner

Days 1-4: Human Ecology

Moving Boundaries Nordic X is organized around two major themes, Ecology of Light in Space and Interweaving of the Senses in Design, each of which explores one particular aspect every day.  The program begins Monday, August 12th in Stockholm, cosmopolitan capital of Sweden, with its rich history of outstanding Modern architecture, urbanism and design.  Light is the topic and following the first day’s Introduction to Light and Human Biology, the activities of this first week examine distinctive aspects of light in space:  perception, psychologies and science.  Lectures by a distinguished roster of architects, designers, ecologists, lighting experts and scientists are augmented with  workshops and afternoon tours to Gunnar Asplund’s influential Stockholm Public Library, the beautiful Woodland Cemetery of Asplund and Lewerentz and other sights.  Ecology of Light and Space concludes with a full-day field trip in the Stockholm Archipelago.

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Human Sciences and Architecture
Tuesday, March 25
 

8:30

9:00

9:40

10:10

11:30

12:30

2:00

4:45

7:00

8:00

Breakfast, Morning Walk, Yoga,

Communal Exercise

Presentation 7

Presentation 8

Q&A Discussion

Lunch

Bus Trip to Porto

Porto, Ribeira Walk / Boat Tour

Tour: Serralves Museum (Siza)

Drinks at the Beach

(Praia da Luz Cafe)

Dinner in Matosinhos

Return to Pousada

(Option to remain in Porto Overnight)

Wednesday, March 26
 

FREE DAY

Thursday, March 27
 

8:30

 

10:00

10:30

10:40

11:10

12:10

12:30

2:00

4:00

6:00

6:20

7:30

8:30

Breakfast, Morning Walk, Yoga,

Communal Exercise

Presentation 9

Break 

Presentation 10

Q&A Discussion

Break  

Reflection (in small teams)

Lunch

Stone Workshop

Break

Discussion

Dinner

Port & Film Screening

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 Interweaving of the Senses in Design
Friday, March 28
 

 

 

8:30

 

10:00

10:30

10:40

11:10

12:10

12:30

2:00

4:00

6:30

Breakfast, Morning Walk, Yoga,

Communal Exercise

Presentation 11

Break 

Presentation 12

Q&A Discussion

Break  

Reflection (in small teams)

Lunch

Workshop

Early Dinner

or Tour on one's own

Saturday, March 29

 

8:30

 

10:00

10:30

10:40

11:10

12:10

12:30

2:00

3:30

4:00

6:00

6:20

7:30

Breakfast, Morning Walk, Yoga,

Communal Exercise

Presentation 12

Break 

Presentation 13

Q&A Discussion

Break  

Reflection (in small teams)

Lunch

Poetry Reading

Farewell Dinner Celebration

with Music

Sunday, March 30
 

8:30

 

10:00

11:30

12:00

2:00

4:00

 

5:00

Breakfast, Morning Walk, Yoga,

Communal Exercise

Discussion in Small Teams

Break 

Final Panel Discussion

Lunch

Final Conversation and Walk

Program Concludes

Days 5-8: Interweaving of the Senses in Design

The second theme initiates the events beginning Monday, August 19th as the program nears the end of its Stockholm residency.  Sensing Light and Color and Atmosphere and Experience are the first topics, explored in lectures and workshops.  On Tuesday Moving Boundaries sails—literally, on the night ferry—out of Stockholm Harbor for Finland’s capital and largest city, Helsinki.  Over the next three days emotional, material and haptic qualities of light and color are considered in talks by globally-recognized speakers and in workshops and tours.  Helsinki provides a rich source of Alvar Aalto’s work, from his house and studio to major commercial and civic designs, where his mastery of what has come to be called “multisensory design” is on full, magnificent display.  Moving Boundaries Nordic X ends appropriately on Friday, August 23rd, with Summarizing and Interweaving. Participants will come away from this engaging and inspiring two weeks with a new appreciation for the very fundamentals of inspiring, humane design:  light and daylight, time, color, materiality, and atmosphere.  

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Teaching Venue and Lodging in Northern Portugal

 

12th Century Cistercian Monastery - Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro

At Sweden’s largest university specializing in art, craft and design, you can develop into and inhabit those obvious roles that stem from our programmes – artist, designer, interior architect, graphic designer, illustrator, teacher as well as a craftsperson in a range of materials – such as a jewellery designer. And of course there are a number of paths to take within the design field, from product and furniture design to designing services. But our alumni also include actors, directors, game designers, fashion designers, project managers and supervisors. A degree from Konstfack is a creative, academic, solid foundation on which you can stand, dig deeper into and develop from. An education which allows you to participate in contemporary social debate by developing attitudes, environments, products and services in private as well as public spaces.

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Pousada de Geres - National Park 

 

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University is a merger of distinct institutions of higher learning in Finland, each with its own tradition and history. Before merging into Aalto, TaiK educated many of the household names of Finnish art, design and cinema. Many alumni, such as Tapio Wirkkala and Kaj Franck, are internationally recognised.The department of Architecture, while part of Helsinki University of Technology, was the alma mater of the preeminent names in modern Finnish architecture, most notably Signe Hornborg, Eliel Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, Viljo Revell, Reima Pietilä, Timo Penttilä and Juhani Pallasmaa.

The campus at Otaniemi is considered by some to be one of the finest ensembles of Finnish architecture in the world, as it has been planned and built by renowned architects. We will teach in the Lumituuli Auditorium, inside the Dipoli building, designed by Reima and Raili Pietilä.

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