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| luísa alpalhão   ルイーザ・アルパリョン |

[Table for 100’s] is a project by Luísa Alpalhão, but it would not be possible without all the participants who were involved throughout the design and construction process.

| luísa alpalhão   ルイーザ・アルパリョン | moved to London in 2002 after having completed her Secondary Education (A Levels’ equivalent). She graduated from the Architecture department at the University of East London (2005) and completed a Masters Degree in Architecture and Interiors at the Royal College of Art (2008). With her Masters’ thesis ‘Where shall we meet?’ she was shortlisted for the prize ‘Design for Our Future Selves’ by Helen Hamlyn Foundation.

She moved to London as a consequence of her fascination by the creative character of the British Architecture Schools. Throughout her academic and professional paths (at muf and SCABAL) she was encouraged to try out different representation methods, to explore the cross references that exist between architecture, art and design. Architecture was no longer solely related to buildings but it revealed to be a much broader subject that she gradually started overlapping with the other disciplines.

Throughout her academic path she developed a special interest about the observation and uses of public spaces, the way that varies from one neighbourhood to another. Whilst working with SCABAL she also became very experienced working with children of all ages.

With the aim of reclaiming misused urban spaces that create socio-cultural links between local citizens and transients, her projects, often of a temporary nature, try to contextualize the uniqueness of each different urban niche. Although not always easy to define their exact character, all of her projects try to create a strong connection between the user who then also becomes the artist/designer/architect/builder/guardian. Mostly informal and playful, her projects vary in representation method, scale and team members so she can develop new skills and work with a variety of skilled and talented people that come from different backgrounds. Through the use o colour and playfulness, her work is aimed at open-minded people who are willing to take part in the design and construction process of the projects and, in this way, contribute to the development of new site-specific, youthful and playful pieces.

In January 2011 Luísa founded the collective urban nomads. The practice aims to investigate new methods and techniques to engage the public/users in the design and construction of the public realm in a participative way, in order to break down the barriers that still exist between disciplines/professions, between public and private spaces. All projects developed by urban nomads  should aim to propel a dynamic use of public spaces so that they can be perceived as an extension to one’s home, and not mere liveless transition spaces.

Luísa is starting a PhD by Design in Architecture at The Bartlett, UCL (in 2011) with a thesis entitled ‘Urban Nomads, an urban interventions’ manual > the study of how migrant communities appropriate public spaces in Lisbon in parallel with their countries of origin’. Although her thesis aims to investigate a very specific scenario, the final proposal should be applicable to different situations, therefore working as an urban design toolkit.

1984年生まれ。リスボン出身。イースト・ロンドン大学、ロイヤル・カレッジ・オブアートや、muf、 SCABALでの勤務などを経て、現在UCLバートレット校博士課程。修士論文「Where shall we meet ?」はヘレン・ハムリン基金の ‘Design for Our Future Selves’賞にノミネート。

PhD by Design, The Bartlett, UCL, London, 2011-2015
RIBA Part 3, The Bartlett, UCL, London, July 2010
MA Architecture, Royal College of Art, London, July 2008
BSc(Hons) in Architecture, University of East London, June 2005




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