This work is a kind of reflection on what is learnt, perceived and desired. A scientific but also passionate look on the architecture and its memory, mainly, on the genesis of knowledge.

It concerns, above all, with the search for the most essential values, the most noble ones, emerging from the need to think about the human condition through the light of architecture. A search for coherence among values, technique and the work produced. Thus, it intrudes objectively in a constant search for truth, for the essence of architecture, already intended by some, whose levels of knowledge are expected to be assumed, acquired and interrelated in a more embracing investigation. The aim is to find a common denominator through the times and the authors, in order to sustain a spontaneous and instructive position, achieved in the specificity of consistent references of architecture inventory.

It is in the study-cases, in the study of the finished work, that you attempt to recognise the signs of truth, underlying every project decision, generating an infinite critical freedom of what is known or is supposed to be known. These same study-cases are often used as alibis of rehearsed speeches, revealing the subjectivity of the theme to the eyes of those who analyse it. Fernando Távora used to say: “In architecture, the opposite is also true.” This means that non analysis is complete in terms of its truth or untruth. The purpose is not to classify buildings or works, but to learn with them and their contents in order to stimulate the ontological consciousness in the act of projecting.

It is in these ‘quick sands’ that the theme unfolds, seeking as always to find a path in troubled times. The search for the essence of the subject is attached to the search for a new cultural identity. In a global village full of contradictions and resolutions, where time is short and longs for, the information is handled and spreads. Everything belongs to everyone and nothing belongs to anyone. The arbitrariness must not prevail.