After the success of the first edition, back in bookstores reprint volume "Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa ",
dedicated to portraits and travel drawings, made by the Portuguese architect in a time span of sixty years, Enriched by a line of notebooks and folders with a selection of drawings from his archiveprivate.
The book, published by Red Publishing, Edited by Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino delves into the more intimate side of the life of the Lusitanian master. The captivating first-person story, accompanied by 53 extraordinary drawings, personally selected by the architect himself from his countless notebooks and sketch books, takes us to the city of Porto in the late 50s, where Siza takes his first steps into the world architecture, to then continue on current issues relating to the ethics of the project or the crisis that the historic centers of our cities are going through.
Álvaro Siza, who as a child dreamed of being a firefighter, opera singer and then again a sculptor, recounts the most significant encounters with people and work colleagues with whom over time he has established lasting professional and friendly relationships.
And precisely in the company of friends, Siza loves to draw, in fact there are numerous portraits and self-portraits, not without irony, collected within the volume, which tell with an extraordinary eidetic memory, as if they were photographic snapshots, the moments of conviviality with closest friends: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Fernando Tavora, Alcino Soutinho, Vittorio Gregotti, Gabriele Basilico and many others.
"I love to draw. It's relaxing, breaking stress, concentration on the job, especially in times when there are endless deadlines - says architect Siza - The design frees ... and has the advantage of being able to be simultaneously analytical and capturing the environment".
In the book there are plenty portraits made at a young age, devoted to family and then designs that tell the many trips made by Siza around the world, from Brazil a Cape Verde, da Cuba toIndia, Through the United States. An ideal time path made of looks, dreams, habits, rituals, memories and faces of strangers and all those friends met in that extraordinary "free travel program", Is the "vita".
"It was a privilege for us to select together witharchitect Siza these drawings - Say the two authors of the book - their beauty is further enhanced by the quality of printing and paper with which it is made not only the volume, but also the line of notebooks and folders". "There has been a careful study of the material and a digital restoration process for the older designs that - the authors continue - has allowed us to make the most of each sign, drawn with a stylus, a simple ballpoint pen or pencil".