[Review] Architecture and Engineering Talk

A Mutually Inclusive viewpoint | A Marriage

Yesterday at USJ, the Engineer Rui Furtado gave a talk about the mutual contribution of Engineering and Architecture, provided an insight into the two worlds and gave contemporary definitions of rather old fashioned art and science terms. Titled “Architecture and Engineering: Review of a Practice” it was a lecture that the ones who attended will not forget.

Our young journalists on the USJ pr team, VOICE,  have put together articles on the event in three languages (Gino: Cantonese, Thales: Portuguese, and Dan: English). Enjoy.

In Depth Architecture

Although different in nature and application, the worlds of engineering and architecture go hand in hand and together, produce world-changing ambitious structures. The talk given by Engineer Rui Furtado at the University of Saint Joseph about the mutual contribution of engineering and architecture provided an insight into the two worlds as well as contemporary definitions of rather old fashioned art and science terms.

In addition to the rather abstract part of the presentation, Mr. Furtado discussed some of his past projects in great detail, including the planning and technical drawings of the Braga Stadium as well as the story that stood behind the idea of constructing such institution. An in-depth mathematical and logical analysis of some of Mr. Furtado’s past projects was offered as well.

Mr. Furtado graduated in Structural Engineering at the Oporto University in 1982. In 1985, he co-founded AFA, where he conciliated Structural Design and Project Management professional activities with teaching in the University. His work and contribution to the field of engineering is ample and can be observed in some of Furtado’s recent projects, including the Braga Municipal Stadium, in Braga, Casa da Música in Oporto, or, more recently, the Coaches Museum, in Lisbon.

Understanding Architecture

A handful of Architecture students at the University of Saint Joseph were interviewed post-presentation and were asked to speak of their impression of the USJ Architecture program and the USJ held conferences like the one they have attended that evening. When asked about the Architecture program itself, the students in sum replied that the program hosts’ professional lecturers who contribute to their understanding of Architecture, also because the material covered in most of the conferences is both intriguing and instrumental to their Architecture studies.

Dan Shalev, Media & Communications Yr1.

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Arquitetura e Engenharia: Revisão prática

Rui Furtado, em palestra realizada ontem na Universidade de São José, apontou que a relação da Arquitectura e da Engenharia de forma harmoniosa contribui para dar um significado contemporâneo ao velho conceito de Arte, Ciência e Técnica.

A carreira do prestigiado profissional, bem como a sua experiência na área da Engenharia, permitiu que chegasse a conclusão que “numa era onde a complexidade dos edifícios só tende a aumentar, é de suma tarefa do Engenheiro explorar a interdisciplinaridade”. Motivado em realizar a integração entre todas as componentes da construção, Rui Furtado mostrou em mínimos detalhes os seus esboços e fotografias dos projectos por ele supervisionados, como por exemplo o Estádio Municipal de Braga, a Casa da Música no Porto e o mais recente dos seus trabalhos, o Museu dos Coaches em Lisboa. Ao abordar as dificuldades e os problemas enfrentados no decorrer de cada um dos seus trabalhos Furtado referiu que que são esses mesmos obstáculos que o fazem desejar atingir níveis mais altos nos desafios da Engenharia.

Na plateia da sala, a aluna Aminatha Miguel, visivelmente interessada na palestra, referiu que “nada é impossível, mas como estudante do primeiro ano de Arquitectura, é um desafio relacionar aquilo que estamos a aprender nas aulas com os termos técnicos que são mencionados pelo palestrante”. Aminatha não nega que se sente mais inspirada e que se identifica mais com as oficinas realizadas no seio da Universidade, afirmando, todavia, que “são as palestras que mais irão contribuir para adquirir conhecimento, habilidade e criatividade para meu futuro.”

Thales Lopes, aluno do 1. Ano de Comunicação e Media

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建築學公開講座──「建築結構的美學」

四月二十三日晚上六時半,聖若瑟大學建築學系舉辦了第七場公開講座,題為「建築結構的美學」,由葡萄牙建築師RUI FURTADO先生主講。

RUI帶來了過往他有份參與設計的作品,去解釋建築學以及工程學在同一個建築物工程中的微妙結合。其中位於葡萄牙其中一個城市BRAGA的體育館,是RUI的事業生涯中建造得最困難的作品。

BRAGA體育館設計的奧妙之處在於它的弧形屋頂,弦形的設計既簡單又複習。亦因為體育館位於兩座山之間,所以在有最後的設計方案前,建造商經已開始進行炸山以及平整土地的工作。

在建造工程展開時,RUI以及他的工作團隊面對了多個難題,首先要面對大跨度的問題,工程師將屋頂的支撐點放在山體結構中,以岩石來支承屋頂。另外,因為體育館位於兩座山之間,風向以及其習性會隨著氣候而改變,而屋頂的設計需顧及風的問題作適量但不會過量的位移。

最後,他提到在建造這類新派的建築時,建築學以及工程學學理的結會,會起到相輔相成的作用。

Gino, Year2 Communication and Media

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Below is the Recorded Video showing a preview of the talk. Enjoy!

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