Professor Cauê Costa Capillé

The architecture of transit estates: a repertoire for an infrastructural transition of metropolitan peripheries

Funding period: 1 June 2021 – 15 October 2021
Type of funding: International Fellowship

Cauê is a Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (FAUUFRJ) and researcher at Urbanism, Critique and Architecture Research Group (UrCA) at the Graduate Programme in Urbanism at FAUUFRJ. He holds a PhD in Architecture from the Bartlett, UCL. As a USF International Fellow, Cauê will spend four months working at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, under the mentorship of Professor Dominique Rouillard.

His research and design studios focus on the relationship between architectural design, political and urban theories and ordinary urban conditions. His current research project and teaching studios address these issues in the context of the metropolitan periphery of Rio de Janeiro, particularly in relation to the architecture of regional mobility infrastructure. Precisely, the present research seeks to architecturally describe the urban condition of these infrastructures so as to, with this repertoire, contribute to the design of new urban centralities. This research has been awarded scholarships and grants (FAPERJ and CNPq) and honourable mentions in design competitions and research events (IAB and UFRJ).

His previous research projects were: “Political architecture in Medellín” (2012-16), an investigation on Medellín’s public architecture’s ‘political disposition’ within the wider ‘urban upgrading project’ of the city (this research received scholarship from CAPES (2012-16), and it was shortlisted in the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2017); and “Rio Metropolitano” (2009-13), a research on the urban performance of buildings that materialise a certain metropolitan condition in Rio de Janeiro (this research received Honourable Mentions (at the ANPARQ 2014 Prize, at the IX Ibero-American Biennial and at the IAB Annual Prize), and was exhibited at the X São Paulo International Biennial).

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