“I was also curious to uncover the success of the SAAL project in other countries by tracing some of the architectural careers that ensued. The story of Adri Duivestijn’s visit to Oporto to understand how the SAAL brigades operated attested to an international solidarity and political like mindedness which is a very evocative metaphor for trust and cooperation. I read the work that Álvaro Siza Vieira developed for Schilderswijk as a further sign of the belief in good participative work combined with aesthetic rigour. At a time when participation is again being reconsidered as a way forward in so many fields, the architecture becomes a fitting starting point for another performative sculpture.”
Ângela Ferreira, in “Revolutionary Traces” catalog.
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