Appropriating Modernism: From the Reception of Team 10 in Portuguese Architectural Culture to the SAAL Programme (1959-74)


  • Pedro Baía



This paper aims to map the relations between the Portuguese appropriation of Team 10’s architectural ideas and the housing policies launched by the state, especially through the SAAL programme, which stood for Ambulatory Support to Local Residents Programme and ran for a brief period between 1974 and 1976.

Through an intellectual speculation based on an analysis of the historical discourse, this paper seeks to demonstrate how the critical and interpretative reception of Team 10’s ideas by the Portuguese architectural culture played an important role in the process leading up to the SAAL programme.

The aim of this approach is to open up a hypothesis for reflection on this reception in its various senses, even if it is mixed with other narratives, in an attempt to understand the way in which Team 10 was critically interpreted, disseminated and assimilated. One could say that the relation between the Portuguese context and Team 10 is an oblique one. However, it is possible to identify some resonances that confirm the importance and pertinence of Team 10’s presence.

Author Biography

Pedro Baía

Pedro Baía graduated in architecture from the University of Coimbra in 2005, where he is currently working on a doctoral thesis entitled ‘From Broadcast to Reception: Reflections of Team 10 in the Portuguese Architectural Culture’. Since 2011, he has been teaching at the Department of Architecture and Landscape at Vasco da Gama University School. This paper is part of Baía’s PhD research developed under the guidance of Mário Krüger in the field of Theory and History of Architecture, with a grant from FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (SFRH/BD/37213/2007).