Thursday, May 15, 2014

So much to do...

so little time.

But finally we managed to get back to you and feed you with the most recent information and photos on the process.

After Envolvente mounted the scaffold it was still up to us to fix the net to the it. It took us while to overcome the respect for its height (which was definitely advisable). However, we finally got up there and curtained our dear Reboleira 42.

Our bride 

In the meantime the workers from Topdomus were busy taking out the rotten structure of the 2nd floor to replace it with the new beams. So get a look at our beautiful new structure.

…and after: all shiny and new

Due to the still missing ground floor it will be not possible to install the 1st floor at the moment, but we are on that. So we hope we can show you pictures of that one soon, too.

Besides, we are organizing the tools which are still missing. For example, steel brushes to take off the old paint and buckets to transport the old material or mix the plaster.

The last two weeks we were pouring a lot of time and energy into the model, since it really needs to be ready by the end of the week. We have been saying that for quite some time now, but the Senhor Pacheco's passion for detail more time consuming than expected (we were even cutting each plank of the cork floor). However, it is totally worth it. Every rendering will fade next to that model. Here is a little pretaste on what you can expect in our next entry.
Stay tuned. It is totally worth it.

Let's hope our real facade can live up to that…
The motivation to hurry up the process of building the model is the visit of a delegation of the Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs of Germany on Saturday afternoon. In addition to the physical model we prepared large-scale posters to be displayed on lightboxes, which will be produced by our partner SIGN. The delegation will be able to visit the building site and learn more about Arrebita. Chance brought it about that there is a German volunteer for the first time since the project was launched, so they will actually enjoy a German presentation.

We are happy to see that the idea of Arrebita disseminates further and further.
This is also reflected in the latest applications for the next team which we receive from all over Europa and even overseas.

Time for a small “commercial break” on our part:

We usually do not bore you with the stuff we do during leisure time, but we are going to make an exception in this case:

Last Sunday we took a tour through Porto, but not just any tour, we took THE WORST TOURS.
No worries. That is just the name of the three architects who offer it. They describe themselves as “a low rated tours agency for anyone who really doesn't want to be a tourist while getting to know Porto, the coolest city in Portugal“. Sounded pretty perfect to us and we were not disappointed. Gui - our tour guide - showed us around about 4 hours just interrupted by two stops to restore our energy with something cool and sparkly and the best (Portuguese) croissant in town. We learnt about the “islands” and how the city of Porto developed. Discussing the current economical situation in Portugal we learnt how people are afflicted with the austerity policy and how local activists take action. We saw occupied buildings and former shopping streets now totally abandoned contrasted with gentrification and “touristification” at its worst.
We got to know so much more than we can recapitulate at this point. Let alone the most amazing spot to see the sunset. So, go and book a tour! And of course, tell your friends.

Arrebitas and THE WORST TOURS

So this is us for the moment. The next entry will follow soon!

Team 9

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