Project Diary as a Strategy of Urban Apprehension

The Case Study of Thessaloniki


  • André Augusto Prevedello Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa



Thessaloniki, sketches, photographs, urban, society


This article is part of the strategy of understanding the urban fabric of Thessaloniki through a project diary composed of sketches, photographs, and local research of the urban evolution of the city. It was produced along a whole month with the objective of supporting urban planning proposals for the S.O.S. – Sustainable Open Solutions for European urban waterfronts programme, in January/February of 2022. The working method (in action investigation) produced important results de-rationalizing the planning process and stimulating new ways of thinking about contemporary urban problems.  In a time when authors talk about the death of humanism, because there are no more ties that can keep society united, the article propose here an exercise in which progressive and rational thinking for urban planning methodologies are not the protagonist.

Author Biography

André Augusto Prevedello, Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa

Architect, Urban planner, and Musician. Founder and director of the Brazilian studio AP Arquitetos with projects and awards in Brazil, South America, and Europe. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the Federal University of Paraná, and a postgraduate degree in hybrid arts from the Federal Technological University of Paraná, Brazil. He currently develops a Ph.D. at the Lusophone University of Lisbon analyzing the architectural production between Brazil and Portugal from the 1940s. Since its formation, it has always sought to maintain practice and research walking together. Believes deeply in art as a critic responsible for revealing the way society develops. Works constantly in lectures, conferences, reviews, and exhibitions.


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Pier Vittorio Aureli, The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2011.



How to Cite

Prevedello, A. A. (2023). Project Diary as a Strategy of Urban Apprehension: The Case Study of Thessaloniki. Writingplace, (7).