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Sara Camponez profile
Rotating Editor Porto
LocationLeiria, Porto
SchoolFAUP, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
I'm a 23-year old student of Architecture, currently finishing my Master Thesis at FAUP. I've done a small interlude in my studies last year to go abroad: for 9 months I've studied Architecture in Valparaíso, Chile, at the Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, which provided me with a completely different work, studies and living experience. And here I am today: after 4 years studying Dance, 3 other years in high school studying Art and, of course, more recently, 5 – almost 6 – studying Architecture, you get the feeling everything is a big mess that constantly intertwines in every project you do. After a while, it gets hard to actually name what you're doing: is it Architecture or is it something else? It always starts with your body and the way you relate to things: a city, a wall, a person... Those connections charge space with sometimes very intimate, but also, collective meanings, which make so hard for us (architects, artists, people) to really define it, understand it and act upon it. Things might come out of the paper some day and, if so, they're going to be seen, occupied and judged by other people, not only architects. That's why sociological and anthropological matters always concern me in the projects I involve myself in. I also consider education a big means for communicating other ways of adapting ourselves to our territory. More efficient, sustainable and humanized houses are in order for the future and that doesn't necessarily mean that changes should occur only in the way we design buildings: we need to rethink our daily activities so as to ask for dwellings that will embrace our lives fully. All these unanswered questions lead me to conclude that there's still a long way for me to find my little corner in the world, from where I'll hopefully contribute some day to this vast practice that we all call Architecture.

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