Monday, 7 January 2013
Pedro Gadanho - the view from a Portuguese architect in New York
Pedro Gadanho is a Portuguese architect, and from a year ago he is also one of the curators of the New York's MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). Pedro Gadanho is in Portugal to speak in two conferences about the role of curators as cultural critics.
At MoMA, Pedro is integrated on the team of the Architecture and Design chief curator Barry Bergdoll. This museum has one of the biggest and most important Architecture collections in the world, with more than 30.000 items.
About the European economical crisis, that greatly affects Portugal, Pedro Gadanho remembers that "when the Construction sector stops, architects are the first to feel the consequences". He defended that, with a scenery like this one, Portuguese architects should look for alternatives and search for other markets. "If we have values that are able to affirm themselves beyond borders, why shouldn't we do it?"
Pedro Gadanho's conferences will take place in Lisbon (at Instituto Superior Técnico, today at 18 PM) and Porto (at Faculdade de Letras, tomorrow ate 15 PM).
Pedro Gadanho's photo: Paulo Pimenta