Editorial | Number 23

In issue TWENTY-THREE of Estudo Prévio we pay tribute to Jean-Louis Cohen, one of the most important historians of contemporary architecture, who left us prematurely and unexpectedly in August of this year by publishing an interview conducted by Marta Sequeira and Rute Figueiredo during his visit to the Department of Architecture at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa for a lecture as part of the PhD in Contemporary Architecture.

In this issue we invited the architect and professor Rute Figueiredo to coordinate a thematic dossier that explores the cultural relations, particularly in the artistic and architectural fields, established by crossing the Atlantic between Europe and America. The dossier “To connect two hemispheres” includes articles by Pedro Castelo, and Karolyna de Paula Koppke.

We also present an article by Ricardo Aboim Inglez, who investigates and reveals some of the most significant moments in the process that led to the definition of Casa Lino Gaspar, by the architect João Andresen, and a review by Andrea Salazar Veloz and Alejandro Becerra Martínez on the Urban Master Plan for Quito, developed by the architect Guillermo Jones Odriozola between 1942 and 1945.


Jean-Louis Cohen

What can be done to structure the future is to build significant islands of intellectual consistency. Serious history books, useful exhibitions, well trained people with a critical mind and the ability to change. I think we have to work on specific programmes in order to teach the emerging generation, first to love architecture; second to know it; and third to practise it. And this should be achieved through the two enduring vectors of architecture: the book and the building.



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