01/ theme

architecture for curitiba: expo 2017

It is time to reconsider Architecture in relation to the city.

The city, political by definition, is not spatially stable. It no longer refers to geography or its density, but to an unstable state of interconnectivity among multiple agents, where not only one but several urbanisms are developed. However, Brazilian institutions continue to promote a totalitarian and anachronistic planning, whereas the market moves its inconsequent production, and users simply adapt to the result spaces as mere passive agents.

More than the production of photogenic objects that contains activities, Architecture must undertake the organization of spaces for meeting or isolating, the boundaries between public and private, the inclusion of urban infrastructure to the daily life of its inhabitants, the incorporation of new media and technologies, just to name a few. Instead of composition, strategy.

To speak of Architecture is to speak about the city, and only by critically understanding the contemporary urban dynamics we will be able to update our architectural repertoire without falling into empty or naive discourses.

Welcome to the Architecture for Curitiba 2017 Exhibition, where new ways of comprehend, thinking and planning the city will be explored, bringing the City back to the vanguard of architectural discourse.

The proposed theme emerges from the urge to shift the attention from the architecture object to its relationships. The subtitle comes from the general definition of interface, but a quick search shows how broad its understanding can be:

"In Computer science, it can mean an electronic circuit that controls the connection between two hardware devices and helps to exchange data reliably.
In Informatics, it can mean interconnection between two devices that have different functions and could not be connected directly, e.g. a modem.
In Communication, it can mean the means able to promote communication or interaction between two or more groups.
In Physics, it can mean a surface separating two phases of a system.
In Ecology, it can mean a boundary area between adjacent regions that constitutes the point of interaction of independent systems of various groups."

These questions are extracted from the book The City as Interface: How Digital Media are Changing the City by Martijn de Waal. It should be noted, however, that the approach here may go beyond social systems, and can also be understood as political, economic, natural, materials, ecological, etc.

Also fundamental is the reflection of the role of the architect and Architecture: interfaces are never neutral environments, but they determine the possible outcomes of an interaction. Accordingly, architects are not creators with the privilege of selecting the issues that will be tackled, but assume the role of mediators, acting among a multiplicity of voices, interests, intentions and conditions.

02/ expo2015

Architecture for Curitiba 2015

Realized between March 16th and May 9th, 2015, the first exhibition Architecture for Curitiba, with the theme “a collective show”, was held at MuSA - Museum of Art, UFPR, achieving the highest visitor numbers in the Museum’s history: more than two thousand unique visitors during the period. The exhibition presented 10 architectural offices’ proposals, selected by an open invitation through the Architectura and Urbanism Council - CAU-PR.

  • estúdio 41

    urban gardens

    team: beatriz caron, julia marini, luana fialkoski, miguel meister neto, nicolie duarte

  • aleph zero

    the dynamics around the hot-dog stand

    team: renata toledo, gabriel tomich, isabel sonntag, michelle apolicarpo, luisina tonon

  • arquea

    open air gallery

    team: jessica leone, camila ogibowski, rafaella ribas, celia geller, nathalia strapasson, bruna vainer, heloísa savoldi, patricia picelli

  • estúdio coletivo

    re-reading the Boca Maldita

    team: aloísio formighieri jr, camila de andrade, gabriel pereira, heitor dilay, kadu tomita, sarah lopes

  • grifo

    retying severed halfs

    team: frederico huckembeck, matheus fernandes, felipe perretto

  • luis reis

    ludic chairs

    team: désirée dompsin, carolina muraki, natasia fenske

  • n8studio

    water and leisure: barigüi's artificial island

    equipe: bruno de melo, felipe oliveira, ingrid schmaedecke, leticia vellozo, mateus brun, paula reggiori

  • realiza

    freeing the ground floor

    equipe: aldo suarez, gabriel moraes, jorge morales, katharine kamisima

  • saboia+ruiz

    se essa rua fosse minha...

    equipe: amanda torres, antonio quadros, arthur molina, bruna sabadin, felipe sanquetta, hyruan minosso, jessica bertoli, juliama miashiro, lucas freitas

  • sharise


    equipe: camila yara, laryssa von linsingen, mariana moreira, luca fischer, valdir ribeiro jr

03/ schedule

Architecture offices from the state are invited to participate in the 2017 Exhibition with projects that intend to rethink the relationship between Architecture and the city of Curitiba, under the theme “Architecture as Interface: where systems meet and interact”.

The participants are encouraged to produce research and analysis that focus on enriching our understanding of the city, not only in terms of architectural design.

We are looking for provide a setting where each studio develop its own theoretical interests, from a broad theme and an open final product — redeeming the search for a discourse within contemporary practice. 
Graduating students are invited to be part of the teams, according to their subjects of interest and the theoretical debates following the first discussion sessions.


  • 10.nov.2016 | thu | Discussion Board 01
    18:30 | Teatro Londrina [Memorial de Curitiba]
  • 10.dez.2016 | sat | Discussion Board 02
  • 11.fev.2016 | sat | Discussion Board 03
  • 29.mar.2017 | wed | Opening
    Memorial de Curitiba