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Sophia Journal


Sophia Journal is an academic, open access, peer-reviewed journal, published by the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) - Research group Architecture, Art, and Image (AAI) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Portugal (FAUP), in collaboration with the association Cityscopio and their publishing imprint scopio Editions.

Created in 2016, Sophia Journal publishes theoretical articles and visual essays that investigate and think critically the intersections between the image and architecture. We understand both terms in a wide sense: the image of photography, painting, drawing, cinema, video, T.V., new media; architecture as landscape, territory, city, spatiality and built environment.

The etymology of the word “sophia” is related to the concepts of sapience and wisdom: (Greek Σοφία, sofía) it is what the “wise person” has, and from this word derives also philo+sophia (“love of wisdom”). Our aim is that Sophia Journal provides an “instrumenta mentis”, enabling critical and innovative questioning and extending our speculative knowledge about architecture in its relationship with the image, and about the image in its relationship with architecture.

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    The current 7th Sophia International Conference, organised by CEAU / FAUP, is the direct result of the Call for Papers of the upcoming 7th issue of Sophia Journal and the first volume within a new cycle of the Sophia Journal dedicated to Landscapes of Care. After a selection of the best papers and visual essays submitted to our Call, the results will be presented during an Online Conference, on the 29th of September, organised in two panels, discussing landscapes of extraction, wastelands, desert landscapes as heritage, geological boundaries and political borders, arctic expeditions, among other stimulating issues central to discuss what we have proposed in our Call. The Online Conference also counts with three presentations by invited keynote speakers: Armin Linke, Marco Ferrari + Elisa Pasqual (Studio Folder), and Elsa Brès. Each presentation is followed by a generous time for discussion between all the participants to fulfil what has been one of the major objectives of these Conferences.

    To celebrate the rich and diverse program of the current issue of this year's Sophia International Conference, the organization committee proposes a live screening of films during the afternoon of the 28th of September, followed by a round-table with Margarida Mendes (TBC), Jorge Leandro Rosa, and Pedro Bandeira.

  • OPEN CALL: Landscapes of care: photography, film, modern architecture and landscape heritage

    Sophia Journal Vol. 8 | Abstract deadline (Conference): 1 November 2022 | Landscapes of care: photography, film, modern architecture and landscape heritage.

    Editors: Hugh Campbell, Mark Durden, Teresa Ferreira, João Leal, Rikke Munck Petersen and Igea Troiani


  • 7th Sophia Journal International Conference - 28 - 29 Sep. | FAUP

    Sophia Journal Vol. 7

    Landscapes of Care: the emergence of landscapes of care in unstable territories | Editors: Susana Ventura and Andreia Alves de Oliveira | Guest Editor: Armin Linke.

Current Issue

Volume 6, No. 1Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations

Published 1 December 2021

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Issue description

Visual Spaces of Change defines the global theme for this cycle of Sophia which conveys the interest in promoting a critical analysis on how architecture photography, empowered by its leaning and artistic grounding, is as a projective tool of an interdisciplinary nature and an instrument of research and analysis.

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Visual Essays