Books with a view, Celebrating the birth of the Portuguese architect and city planner Eugénio dos S

Venue: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Nov 23, 2011 End Date/Time: Nov 25, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: May 30, 2011
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Books with a view
Celebrating the birth of the Portuguese architect and city planner Eugénio dos Santos (1711-1760)

International Conference on 18th-century Architecture & Culture
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Lisbon, Portugal
November 23rd-25th, 2011

The year of 2011 celebrates three hundred years since the birth of Eugénio dos Santos (b. 18.03.1711-25.08.1760), the Portuguese architect and city planner who, among other projects, was responsible for the plans to rebuild Lisbon after the earthquake of November 1, 1755. His artistic and technical training, his architectonic production, his aesthetic preferences and some of the books in his private library (comprising 160 titles), reflect a person that embodied the transition between two significant moments in the Portuguese culture. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, Eugénio dos Santos hasn’t hand down the theoretical support of his architectonic oeuvre. A contextual approach is thus essential to attain the underlying principles sustaining his work. Therefore, to celebrate his birth, we welcome contributions on cultural expressions that, directly or indirectly, would add to the eighteenth-century’s artistic practice and theory focusing on the following thematic itinerary:

1) The logic of time;
2) Writings on Architecture and city planning;
3) Private and royal libraries (patronage, space concepts, architectural decoration, furniture, catalogues...);
4) Recommended books and forbidden books;
5) Printed books: arts and techniques (typography, page layout, engravings, bindings, and materials).

History of Architecture
History of Urbanism
History of Culture
History of Design
Theory of Architecture
Theory of Art
Libraries’ catalogues
Literature of Art (die Kunstliteratur)
Printed books
Royal libraries
Private libraries
Architects’ libraries
Library shelving
Library cabinets and other reading and writing furniture
Collections of drawings, engravings and models
Forbidden books and recommended books
Publishers and booksellers
Scientific and technological culture
Philosophical perspectives
Knowledge and practice networks
Rituals and practices of socialization
Tectonic culture