Reinterpretation of the existing

towards pragmatism and optimization in architecture

Reinterpretation of the existing

towards pragmatism and optimization in architecture
Architecture focused on developing and producing efficient construction systems
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Architecture is about pursuing solutions to tackle specific (and often borderless) struggles, like the need for quick reconstruction during the post-world war II.
Nowadays, people are moving around faster in global terms, particularly towards urban areas. Besides that, there is the exponential growth of refugees, largely due to the recent conflicts in Syria and Sub-Saharan Africa. The problem is old, but its magnitude is new.
On the other hand, we continuously observe a growing need for speed and cost restraints, enhanced by a globally accelerated society which every day satisfies its hunger for immediacy through the services of companies like IKEA, Uber or Airbnb.
Both scenarios appear to set up a call for pragmatism and they place the same challenge: time and physical resources optimization. It’s the moment to integrate these principles as the driving fundamentals of architecture, to respond on time to the unpredictable changes of the contemporary urban territories.

Transportation of the existing construction systems ©Farcimar S.A.

Assemblage of the existing construction systems ©Farcimar S.A.

Reinterpretation of the existing construction systems ©SUMMARY

Transportation of the concrete module ©Building Pictures

Idea by

Samuel de Brito Gonçalves, Inês Vieira Rodrigues, João Pedro Meira
Praça Coronel Pacheco, nº2, 4050-453
SUMMARY is an architectural studio based in the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto, founded by Samuel Gonçalves in 2015. Seeking the balance between pragmatism and experimentalism, this studio aims to answer a prominent challenge: how to make the construction act an increasingly summary process? SUMMARY develops construction procedures and systems based in the principle of high efficiency, assuming the optimization of time and resources as the core theme of its practice.

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