editorial FIVE and SIX

editorial  architectresearch


Architecturology (Caroline Lecourtois, 2014)Research-by-design (Johan De Walsche, 2014), Action research (Johan De Walsche, 2014) , Research based design (Jorgen Hauberg, 2014), Practice based research, Research trough Architecture, Research in Architecture (João Menezes Sequeira, 2014) were concepts presented and discussed in the Third International Conference on Architecture and Research under Research on Architecture/Research in Architecture (Labart – Laboratorio de Arquitectura do Centro de Estudos da Universidade Lusófona – April 2011) and evidence the different approaches to research in architecture that are currently under debate by academics and professionals.


The architects interviewed in the previous issues of the journal estudoprevio stated that the professional practice they are involved in - architecture projects, from territory analysis to construction, including research and selection of building methodologies and materials used - is in itself a valid research method because it follows procedure used in any other type of research: Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis. Based on a set of assumptions new perspectives are adopted, rejected and resolved in closed and shareable work.


The issues raised by the recent PhD theses on Research trough Architecture focus on its validity in terms of study object, especially when architects/researchers choose to work on their own architecture production. This new PhD perspective leads to more openness in terms of themes validated by academia as, until recently, research was conducted solely on the History of Architecture (monographs and thematic historiography), Town Planning or Technique in Architecture (building methods and building elements).


The increasing need to combine scientific fields (present in many projects and collective work in the past few years) has made new approaches inevitable considering that the result is a more innovative synthesis rather than a sum of knowledge from different fields.



estudoprévio editorial line


ESTUDO PRÉVIO (Preliminary Study), it's the semiannual publication of the Centre for Architecture, City and Territory Studies (Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura, Cidade e Território) of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (CEACT/UAL).

With this publication we want to project a new place where it is possible to share knowledge with a simple conversation, with the accuracy of a technical article, with a book launching or with an open debate in the digital community.

The proposal to create another architecture magazine was, since the beginning, a challenge to choose a slightly different path and so we created an editorial line centred on the real conditions that determine an architectural production before any sketch or model or even before we become architects.

The permanent Crisis, the constant Natural Disasters, the development of the City Outskirts will certainly be topics that we would like to deepen in this publication, but also about other topics that affect and influence the Portuguese architecture, for instance the number of Portuguese architects now reaching 20.000, the number of architects at the verge of Unemployment, and on the other hand the growing diversity of New Professions where architects can make a contribution.

We want this publication to make a preliminary study “(ESTUDOPRÉVIO”)on teaching and practical aspects in architecture and extend the debate on the conditions and constraints of our profession, in order to continue to evolve by sharing experiences, opinions and research works. Only then can we build a solid base, open to find solutions to new problems and challenges that the world faces nowadays.

The core of this publication focuses on Interviews and on the open system of Submission of Articles. The Interviews will focus on generating conversations that float among the educational practices, research and professionals of each interviewee, can be read in Portuguese and English, and also can be heard on the web site; the Articles will be done in a call-for-papers system, selected by the editorial board.

In the same project we still have space to promote reading, book launches, and also the classics – books that have become important references for Architecture.

filipa ramalhete + joao caria lopes