Broadway Malyan Symposium

Broadway Malyan is an international architecture firm with 16 offices around the world. The directors get together at the Lisboa office for the yearly BM’s Lisbon Symposium, where they share and debate strategies, visions and expectations for the company. At the end of the day, right before drinking and being merry, Gonçalo Byrne was there to speak briefly about his own work. Everyone in the office got the chance to know more about three of his latest architectural designs.

All the presentations were held in the King’s Room, an ornate special area of the Rossio train station where the King of Portugal used to wait for the train – at a time when kings rode trains. The Rossio station refurbishment was a BM design.

In the far right corner of the sketch, you can see the excellent penmanship of sketcher Pedro Alves in action, who did a post of his own about the event.

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Broadway Malyan é uma empresa internacional de arquitectura, com 16 escritórios em todo o mundo. Os directores juntam-se anualmente no escritório de Lisboa para um Simpósio onde partilham e discutem estratégias, visões e expectativas para a empresa. No final do dia, antes das bebidas e do convívio, o Gonçalo Byrne esteve lá para falar um pouco sobre o seu próprio trabalho. Todos no escritório tiveram a oportunidade de conhecer mais em profundidade três dos seus projectos de arquitectura mais recentes.

Todas as apresentações foram feitas na Sala do Rei, uma sala ornada particular da estação do Rossio onde o Rei de Portugal costumava esperar pelo comboio – numa altura em que reis andavam de comboios. A remodelação da estação do Rossio foi um projecto da BM.

No canto do desenho, pode ver-se o excelente traço do Pedro Alves em acção, que fez um post sobre o Simpósio no seu blog.

Sketching from Paris to Lisboa

What’s great about the Urban Sketchers community is that it’s global and you can always find someone to sketch with when travelling abroad. That’s what happened last week, when Alejandra and Evelyn, from Paris, visited Lisboa for the first time. They contacted the local Urban Sketchers chapter and, after a few emails, a sketch meeting had been prepared with a scenic tour around the old town.

O bestial da comunidade Urban Sketchers é que é global e pode sempre conhecer-se alguém com quem desenhar quando se viaja no estrangeiro. Foi o que aconteceu durante a semana passada, quando a Alejandra e a Evelyn de Paris, visitaram Lisboa pela primeira vez. Contactaram o pólo local de Urban Sketchers e, depois de uma troca de emails, preparou-se um encontro de desenho com um passeio pelo pitoresco centro histórico.

Evelyn, Alejandra, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, Lisboa, Lisbonne, Casa do Alentejo, Migas, Açorda, Portas de Santo Antão, Casa do Alentejo

I had the pleasure of organizing the meeting, but I wanted to meet our lovely guests beforehand and get to know them. An evening in Casa do Alentejo did the trick and soon enough, we were chatting about sketching, revolutions, food and of course, Lisboa.

Tive o prazer de organizar o encontro. Mas antes, queria conhecer as nossas simpáticas visitantes. Um serão na Casa do Alentejo resolveu a questão. Rapidamente, a conversa proliferou sobre desenho, revoluções, comida e, claro, Lisboa.

Freedom Revolution Workshop with Marina Grechanik

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Largo do Carmo

This saturday, we had the privilege of having Marina Grechanik from Tel Aviv, in Lisboa, for a Freedom Revolution Workshop. The motto was to sketch the revolution by telling the story of its heroes: the people. We used her favored materials and techniques, and I was deep outside my comfort zone, except in the first warmup sketch.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Largo do Carmo, expressions

The first challenge was to capture emotions in people’s faces, with a quick gesture, with line or with a combination of wash and line. The sketches with less detail seem to be the most successful in conveying the basic emotions people were showing. Can you spot the instructor?

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Rossio, postures

We came down to Rossio train station, because of the rain, for the next challenge: to sketch action. To capture basic stances and gestures, body postures of people doing small actions, with line or with a color wash. Near the end of the challenge, I sat next to Paula Cabral, who was kind enough to let me use her ecoline-filled waterbrush – a very efficient tool! And works marvels in combination with the colored pencil and Paula’s wax crayons.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, lunch, lottery

During lunch, I sketched a panorama of our table, and to avoid further conflicts or complications, the portrayed ladies made a lottery to decide who would keep the sketch. Teresa, the winner, portrayed on the far right side of the sketch, was happy.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço

The afternoon challenge was longer in time. We took over the Terreiro do Paço, the administrative plaza of the capital, turned tourist attraction in the latest years, and more populated that day especially because it was one of the major sites of the actions that led to the ’74 revolution. The site is naturally charged with a political energy and, as Walter Rossa put it in a conference I attended recently, “it is meant to be inhospitable”. Will all the tourist and leisure life that exists here now soon come to an end? Wouldn’t we want it to come to an end?

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço

The challenge was divided into two parts. Number one: to sketch a story of a single place, using only a line tool, gathering information about the actions, the characters and the interactions that happen in that particular spot. Number two: same as number one, but with washes and colors.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço, music

The stories I captured in line weren’t so successful, so I hurried to get to do some more washes. My education in washes began in the Lisbon Urban Sketchers Symposium in 2011, in Cathy Gatland and Isabel Fiadeiro‘s Urban portraits. Now with Marina, this technique awoke from the ashes and, hopefully, is in me to stay.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço, music

The musicians in the previous story were performing under the archways of the Terreiro, surrounded by some Banco de Partilha Social and around a couple hundreds of school kids going about their diverse kid’s businesses. Somewhere along the way, one of the girls borrowed a guitar and a high school band immediately and spontaneously formed and performed three songs with enough vigor and power to attract a small mob.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, skateboard, Terreiro do Paço

Some skaters improvised an obstacle from a sunshade support. Soon afterwards, the light drizzle had turned to a more proper rain. We took shelter under the archways, Marina wrapped up the workshop and we moved along the Baixa to drink some tea and some moscatel, to warm up our bodies and lift up our spirits.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, tea, moscatel, Baixa