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Paulista modern architecture masters - Abrahão Sanovicz and Paulo Bastos: a comparative analysis of the architects houses in São Paulo

Grant number: 15/23726-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2016
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Project
Principal researcher:Paulo Yassuhide Fujioka
Grantee:Elis Jordão Stropa
Home Institution: Instituto de Arquitetura e Urbanismo de São Carlos (IAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The design work of Brazilian architects Paulo Bastos and Abrahão Sanovicz,representatives of the so-called Escola Paulista, is respectfully celebrated in the realm of Modern Brazilian Architecture, but their works do not come to mind within the current architectural debate in Brazil - maybe because there is no major scholarship on the subjects so far, apart a few fine, pioneering research work. There is still risk of the architectural oeuvre of both architects falling into oblivion.In this sense, this research project aims to produce a comparative analysis of the houses designed by each architect for themselves in São Paulo during the 1970s. This comparative analysis takes into account 1) the historical context of the urban growth of São Paulo in the XXth Century, particularly the garden neighbourhoods of City Butantã and City Alto de Pinheiros; 2) the study of both houses as expressions of the Escola Paulista's architectural partii, particularly on the issue of architectural detail design; 3) investigating the house designs through graphic and spatial analysis. These aims will be achieved by means of bibliography and scholarship review of the historical context, the biography and careers of both Sanovicz and Bastos, and the design methods of each architect. The fieldwork for the graphic and spatial analysis will include technical visits to each house.The resulting research will, hopefully, contribute to the ongoing debate regarding the Escola Paulista, its members and their design practices; contribute to a renewed approach to architectural detail design for architects and schools of architecture, and shed new lights to the design works of Sanovicz and Bastos.

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