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The environmental performance of the Brazilian Modernism

15 February 2016

On Monday 15th February Dr. Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves will be visiting the University of Portsmouth‘s Eldon building for her talk ‘The environmental performance of the Brazilian Modernism with reference to iconic buildings (1930 – 1964)’.

If one looks back to the glorious years of Brazilian bio-climatic Modernism between 1930 and 1964, this architectural heritage reveals a different approach that is still highly relevant today – the lost legacy of bioclimatic modernism. Back then, building design paid heed to solar orientation and the consequent need for solar protection. Narrow plans allowed for daylight and natural ventilation, with rooms opening onto outdoor spaces planted with exuberant vegetation typical of the tropical equatorial climates. This lecture looks at case studies from this period of Brazilian architecture, assessing the qualitative and a quantitative assessment of their environmental performance.

Dr. Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves is professor of environmental design in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paulo, FAUUSP, and the Head of the Technology Department, where she has been teaching since 1998.  She graduated from  the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1993 and in 1996 received her Master’s degree in Environment and Energy from the AA Graduate School; in 2003 a PhD degree at FAU USP. Between 2009 and 2013 she joined the teaching staff of the Environment and Energy Programme of the AA Graduate School, where she contributes as visiting lecturer and reviewer since 2013. In 2011 she was guest lecturer at the GSD in Harvard University. In 2014 she was a Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. She  is the author of ‘The environmental performance of tall buildings’ (Earthscan, 2010) and has been coordinator of the Buildings’ chapter in the UNEP Green Economy Report (2011).

Joana will be meeting with staff from the School of Architecture to discuss potential research-level collaborations. In addition to this UoP Dr. Fabiano Lemes will be visiting FAU USP (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad de Sao Paulo) at the end of the month to discuss the development of a student exchange agreement.


15 February 2016
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Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DJ United Kingdom

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