Photographs, newspaper cuttings, postcards, drawings, and slides: on entering the studio of Eduardo Souto de Moura, winner of the Pritzker Prize 2011, one is confronted with a variety of images on the walls that engage in a dialogue. How do these photos, drawings, and illustrations impact his design practice? What is the relationship between the image and the completed building? Floating Images: Eduardo Souto de Moura's Wall Atlas uses this question as an opportunity to examine the architect's visual universe. He has added images from his extensive collection of drawings and project sketches and reorganized them in this atlas. Complex relationships are formed between the individual illustrations and projects. Essays by Pedro Bandeira, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Diogo Seixas Lopes, and Philip Ursprung round off the publication and provide a contextualization in terms of the history of art and images.
ANDRE TAVARES, born in 1976, is an architect and runs Dafne Editora, a small architectural publishing house in Porto. He writes regularly and is the author of several books on the relation between architectural culture and the public sphere. PEDRO BANDEIRA, born in 1970, is an architect and teaches at the school of architecture of the University of Minho, Guimares, Portugal. He develops specific architectural projects for a generic client in parallel to his theoretical approach to issues of photography and the architectural image.