Filipe Magalhaes, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja of fala present "Methodic Optimism".
"The method doesn’t always pay off, and comes with a good deal of frustrating moments and necessary plot twists. Projects we love are regularly thrown in the trash bin. But more often than not, they leave place for even more lovable ones. In short, we have to be resilient and stubborn. Being optimistic is an enjoyable burden."
Fala is a naïve architecture practice based in porto, founded in 2013. Led by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja, the atelier is hedonistic while restrained, taking lightness and joy very seriously.
Fala has lectured at different universities and institutions, including the architectural association, the RIBA and the Barbican in london, the GSAPP in New York, the Graham Foundation in Chicago, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, the Versailles’ Faculty of Architecture in Paris and the Casa dell'Architettura in Rome; besides the current positions in Toronto, Geneva and Lisbon, among others, fala has taught at the faculties of architecture in Venice, Munich, Porto and London. The atelier’s work has been exhibited at the Architecture Biennials in Venice and Chicago, the Serralves Foundation and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, and in single exhibitions in Panama, Italy, Macedonia, France and Portugal. Fala's work has been widely published in international media platforms, including DOMUS, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui and the Architectural Review. The atelier published ’01’, a collection of early projects by the atelier and AVproyectos #098 is dedicated to its work; the international architecture magazine 2G dedicated its monographic issue #80 to fala’s work. Among other honors, fala was awarded the spotlight award by the Rice University and selected as one of the 50 most relevant young offices in the world by domus magazine in 2020.
Graphic by Mariah Meawasige (Makoose)
Image Description & Credit: 069, houses within lines and dots; fala