Monday, April 8, 2013

Team 5 are here to transform the previous team’s ideas to reality!

Making the most of the sun we made a tour of Porto and did a small photo shoot

We are Giulia Zanforlin (Italy), Catarina Gonçalves(Portugal), Deirbhile Doddy (Ireland), Alicia Gómez Quirantes (Spain),Jonas Roux-Briffaud (France). We are looking forward to getting our hands dirty and transforming the previous team’s work into reality!

On our first day we met with Madalena from Team 4 who showed us around the project and took us to the house we will be working on in Reboleira. On arrival we found a water fall down the upper levels of the stairs. We can´t wait to get started on the roof!

View down stairs of  Rua da Reboleria 42
Day 2 was spent with Ricardo at the “Infor” headquarters participating in an intense but informative ArchiCAD workshop. After a tiring day learning the program which is new for most of us we collected our bikes from “Banco das Bicicletas” which is a partner of Arrebita! supplying the international teams with transport. Cycling will be a challenge with the hills of Porto but we will be fit at the end of 3 months. However, for the first trip we took them on the metro J 

Team 5 and Ricardo Garim Dias, from Infor 

On Wednesday we presented some visiting students from France studying in Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Vol de Seine. They are doinga similar project to Arrebita! in an area of Paris as part of their studies and were interested in what we are doing here in Porto. 

We concluded the day with our first meeting with the engineers where we discussed the any outstanding issues left to us from Team 4 and the new A!Box structure.

To conclude our first week we made our first factory visit to CINCA , where we were given a tour around the showrooms. We saw many types of tiles from typical Azulejo designs to modern bright coloured tiles and everything in between. CINCA gave us a few parting gifts (sample tiles) to play with and to help us in our choice of tiles for the A!Box . We look forward to adding them to the design. 

Jose studying some typical tiles

Discussing the tiles

Team 5 with our tile samples

Today we had a presentation from Porto Vivo, they told us a bit about the history of Porto and the work they are doing in the city. We had a tour of two buildings in Morro da Sé which gave us faith that these works can restore the city. We also received some informative publications about the centre of Porto and the work of Porto Vivo.

Finally we’re looking forward to getting messy in the building, we’ll keep you updated on the progress we’re making with the building. Previous teams and all followers we hope you like the new name A!Box J 


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