“Melting pot”, cycle of seminars on urban regeneration

Nuno Graça Moura

Fifth meeting in Palermo with “Melting pot”, the cycle of international seminars on urban regeneration, held by ten architectural firms of as many countries in the world, who have a consular representation in the Sicilian capital.

“Melting pot” is an initiative of the association Balàd, founded by architects Sebastiano Provenzano, Niuta Garretto, Cristina Calì, Alberto Cusumano, Marco Alesi, Liucija Berezanskytee and the lawyer Paolo Provenzano, in collaboration with the Ance Palermo, the Order of Architects of Palermo, the Consular Corps of Palermo, and with the sponsorship of the Municipality and of the Honorary Consulate of Portugal in Palermo.

Architects from all over the world arrive in Palermo, telling their activity and illustrating, at the same time, their project idea for a series of urban contexts of our city that are in a condition of particular degradation. The invited studios, on the basis of the photographic material provided, are also asked for a design suggestion for “10 non-squares” in Palermo.

The appointment is for Wednesday, June 13, at 5.30 pm  in the headquarters of the Ance of Palermo (Sala Florio of Palazzo Forcella De Seta, Foro Umberto I 21 / A). The guest of the meeting will be the architect Nuno Graça Moura of Porto. Will also participate Sebastiano Provenzano, president of the association Balàd, Franco Miceli, president of the Order of Architects of Palermo; Claudio Gallina Montana, honorary consul of Portugal; Marco Alesi, vice president of the association Balàd. Free admission.

A work of Nuno Graça Mour

The initiative is sponsored by the industrial group Tradimalt Spa, a Sicilian company that produces technical building mortars and from Fortezzza, a Palermo-based company specializing in security. This is the fifth round of the “Melting pot” cycle: the first meeting, under the patronage of the Honorary Consulate of Cyprus in Palermo, was held on 18 July 2017 and was hosted by Yiorgos Hadjichristou, architect and professor of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. The second held on October 24, 2017, under the patronage of the Honorary Consulate of Spain in Palermo, and the participation of Luis Suarez Mansilla and Asier Santas Torres, architects and professors at the University of Navarra and owners of the Suarez Santas studio in Bilbao. At the third meeting the young architects of the JBMN studio were invited, one of the most promising companies on the French architectural scene (www.jbmn.eu). The guest of the fourth meeting, on 23 April 2018, was the international studio MoDus Architects of Bressanone.

Nuno Graça Moura was born in 1972, in Porto, Portugal. Graduated in Architecture (1990-1996) at the FAUP (Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto). Internship (1994-1996) and collaboration (1996-2002) at Souto Moura Arquitectos Lda. He has collaborated on several projects by Souto Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira. He founded his own studio in Porto in 2002: “Nuno Graça Moura, Arquitecto Un. Lda.” He took part in numerous workshops and seminars, both in Portugal and abroad. He held numerous lectures and conferences in Portugal, Germany, Spain, France and Italy received awards in Spain, Portugal and Germany: Winner of the Bauwelt prize – ‘Living Spaces’ category (Munich, Germany, 2010); Finalist of the Enor IV prize (Vigo, Spain, 2009); “(Hamburg, Germany, 2012), selected for the BigMat International Architecture Awards ’15, Europe, Professor of Architectural Design at the EUAC, Coimbra, Portugal (2004-2014) and at the ULP, Porto, Portugal since 2012. 2016 is a visiting professor in the Architectural Design and History Master’s Degree course at the Polytechnic of Mantua of the Polytechnic of Milan as part of the “Ancient and New” Final Workshop of the Architectural Design course in the Historical Context. King of the exhibition “Souto de Moura 1980-2015” at Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Düsseldorf, Germany, April – August 2015. Author of the text “Souto de Moura 1980-2015” published by Stiftung Insel Hombroich / Bund Deutscher Architekten.

Another work of Nuno Graça Mour

The association Balàd, born last year, takes its name from the Arabic word, from which derives the dialect “Balata”: the stone block that paved the streets of our historic center, as well as that of many other Mediterranean cities. Balàd aims to promote architectural culture, to convey and spread more attention to urban quality. As part of the Palermo Capital of Italian Culture 2018, the Association has promoted a series of initiatives for a public debate on the quality of architecture in Sicily and in Palermo in particular. Balàd has also given life to the project “Mai più Bandita”, recently presented, and aimed at bringing to the attention of the community a part of the city for too long abandoned.

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