I talk about Architecture from Portugal to you – #1

Corpo is an atelier of architecture and art dedicated to the exploration and expansion of the architectural anatomy.

Architectural anatomy, much like human anatomy, is a collage of different fundamental elements. There is a limited number of elements, each performing a specific function in the composition: structure and bones support the bodies, walls and skin create boundaries, windows and eyes, doors and mouth perforate the established boundary to allow the inside and the outside to communicate in different ways. While there are many similarities between these artificial and organic bodies, we can say the main difference is the possibility to expand their potential. By not being physiologically restricted to a biological law of development, architectural elements are an open field for perpetual experimentation.

Individually expanding the potential of each element may enable us to achieve unexpected spatial configurations to which the human body intuitively relates. In such logic, limits should be transgressed and common logics perverted with invention, intelligence and a sense of irony. Perhaps, the ultimate architectural body is defined in the moment its elements are brought to excess: mixed together, extended beyond their regular scale, tested with uncommon materials, stacked, perforated, cut, and so on…, so much that such experimentation becomes itself a conceptual approach.

Expansion of architectural elements = expansion of possibilities in architecture.”


Umbigo online invites you to show your architecture project to the whole world. From a personal standpoint, without the lenses of a curator or a critic, how would you like to make your work known?

Send us your work in formats that can be text (up to 3000 characters), images, video links or a mishmash of all these.

How to participate

Fabrícia Valente holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Évora (pre-Bologna) and has training in complementary areas such as video, photography and the production of temporary exhibitions. She is an active curator (eg KAIROS Pavilion), Critic (she is the editor of the online section of Architecture of the Umbigo Magazine and is part of the J–A editorial team) and works in Cultural Mediation (Museu Colecção Berardo and MAAT) on more than 90 exhibitions. She collaborates with several entities in the search for multidisciplinarity between Architecture, Plastic Arts and Music, areas where she develops research works.

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