Pedro Leão Ramos Ferreira Neto

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Architect, Reseach coordinator and Assistant lecturer (Professor Auxiliar), School of Architecture
University of Porto (FAUP)



                                    

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Professor at FAUP since 2007 in the area of Architecture Communication and Photography he is responsible for the courses “Computer Architecture Aided Design” (CAAD) and “Photography of Architecture, City and Territory” (FACT). He has oriented and co-oriented several Master Thesis, PhD and curricular and professional internships. He is also the coordinator of the research group Centre for Communication and Spatial Representation (CCRE) integrated in FAUP´s R&D centre, director of the cultural association Cityscopio and the founder and editorial coordinator of scopio Editions and its open platform scopio network, which is a CCRE´s research-based editorial project focused on Documentary and Artistic Photography related with Architecture, City and Territory. He has curated several architectural photography exhibitions in Portugal and abroad, workshops and international debates and seminars around the universe of Architecture, Art and Image, being the founder and coordinator of international conferences On the Surface: Photography on Architecture, which last edition was held at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books and Editorial Coordinator of Sophia peer review Journal specifically designed to address theoretical work on Architecture, Art and Image. He was the coordinator and Principal researcher (PR) of several national and international projects public funded, and he is currently the coordinator of “Visual spaces of Change” financed with 189.011,13€. He won the PRAXIS XXI, FCT 1998 fellowship and the Jens D rup E-Learning Award 2013, EUNIS as one of the coordinators of the first E-Learning Cafe in Porto.

EDUCATION

Pedro Leão Neto (Porto, Portugal, 1962) holds a Degree in Architecture at Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP, 1992), a Master’s degree in Urban Environment Planning and Design (FAUP, 1997) and a PhD in Planning and Landscape (University of Manchester, 2002). Concludes his Post-doctoral work "CONTEMPORARY VIEW ON PORTUGUESE ARCHITECTURE: DOCUMENTARY AND ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY MAPPING (FAUP, 2018).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Keywords
Arquitectura; Arte; Imagem; Fotografia; Representação; Editorial | Architecture; Art; Image; Photography; Representation; Editorial

OBJECTIVES
The general objective of CCRE is to articulate the mobilizing potential of Architecture, Art and Image to, among other things, (re)think how the world of Image and the various tools of representation, with special incidence on Contemporary Photography, extend a practice of architecture or theory as instruments of thought and imagination, as well as allow another reading of the city space and its architecture allowing to identify and give visibility to new spaces of political action and urban intervention.

Thus, the research areas of interest to the group are, in general terms, those of Architecture, Art, and Image and, in specific terms, those of Documentary and Artistic Photography related to Architecture, City and Territory. In this context, CCRE promotes initiatives of research, communication and critical reflection in which Image is present in a significant way, integrating design, photography and other expressions and instruments capable of assisting architectural thought, practices, theory and imagination. CCRE is specifically interested in developing and disseminating works that reflect and investigate through photography - in a critical, exploratory and innovative way - the themes of architecture, city and territory, having a comprehensive understanding of architecture as a discipline capable of integrating social, economic, political and technical dimensions reflected in its practices and theoretical body.

The mission of the research group is to create a collaborative network environment using a participatory platform (AAi2 Lab) capable of supporting various research and studies containing various types of information that enables communicating various content related to Art, Architecture, Urban Planning and the way people live, understand and transform their city, connecting various departments and university research centers with public institutions and the public in general.

In this line of thought, we understand the AAi2 Lab as an extension of the group itself, i.e., a more experimental extension, for that very reason laboratory and inspired in broad conceptions of creativity and innovation as driving forces of processes of social and institutional co-evolution. AAI2Lab, in close articulation with the curricular units of FACT and CAAD, intends to offer to the students of MIARQ (and also of PDA) a significant starting point regarding paradigms and methods of investigation, through the realization of workshops, debates, conferences and other actions of knowledge sharing, that stimulate the dialogue of students and researchers with other professionals, of diverse institutions/organizations and disciplinary fields, articulating the academic formation, the professional practice and the scientific investigation.

CCRE is, in this context, an open research group, with an extension AAi2 Lab, and capable of integrating several studies and works through its different sites and platforms, and which aims to gain the interest and collaboration of different people and research, from various institutions and fields of study where are located several projects as well as various actions related to them and often establishing a bridge with teaching: Master Classes, Workshops, Conferences, Debates, Open Classes with guest teachers from other disciplinary areas of the U. Porto and outside the academy, Exhibitions, development of the scopio Editions with various publications and scientific articles, among others.

FUTURE PROJECTS

AAi2 Lab+

The AAi2Lab+ project is inspired by broad conceptions of creativity and innovation as inducing forces of social and institutional co-evolution, of exploring the potential of documentary and of artistic photography and mapping, combined with qualitative and quantitative approaches, for making imaginative questions on space appropriation, urban perception and socio-cultural diversity, as well as for addressing transversal problems within interdisciplinary debates on Architecture, City and Territory.


Applications Invited
Institutional partners for supporting the network
3

Scopus Publications

97

Google Scholar Citations

4

Google Scholar h-index

3

Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications

  • Public perception in contemporary Portugal: The digital representation of space
    Pedro Leão Neto

    Journal of Urban Design, ISSN: 13574809, eISSN: 14699664, Pages: 347-366, Published: October 2006 Informa UK Limited
    The digital revolution is influencing and changing working habits in various fields and changing society in general. When communicating design, the digital representation of space, especially the computer visualization medium, represents a clear improvement in relation to what was achieved with only the use of conventional representation methods. Nevertheless, for effective communication to take place the digital representation of space and computer visualization must be used carefully and sensibly so that their potential is not undermined. The results of the Ribeira study showed, among other things, that when communicating new designs both to specialists and lay people, both realistic and abstract representations should be used. Nevertheless, to achieve effective communication, special care must be taken to avoid form taking precedence over content. It was confirmed that the context wherein communication takes place is as important as the representation methods and media which are used. In addition, the whole design process should imply several types of meetings, where various forms of communication support-digital and non-digital-should be used, i.e. virtual Internet-based communication and non-virtual public meetings. Finally, it was concluded that the communication of architecture and urban design aimed at the public should not be just a matter of the appearance of the built environment. Effective communication has to include other issues apart from aspects to do with built form and its realistic representation, and should be a good balance between "image" and "content".

  • Design communication: Traditional representation methods and computer visualization
    Pedro Leão Neto

    Visual Resources, ISSN: 01973762, Pages: 195-213, Published: September 2003 Informa UK Limited
    Different representation methods show or describe different aspects of the place or the urban object being “modelled”. The two ways of perceiving and representing space—central projection and perspective or scale models—have been evolving since the first cities/settlements took place long ago in Asia. This article points out how different societies, schools of thought, or individual creators have preferred or emphasized the use of a certain type(s) of representation method to communicate architecture or urban design. It then acknowledges the potentialities and imitations of traditional representation methods, the digital platform and computer visualization for communicating design, especially to the general public. Among other things, the article concludes that the potential of computers for creating engaging mediated environments that simulate design have to be used in a balanced way in order to achieve effective design communication, especially with the general public. This is so because computer visual...

  • Evaluation of an urban design project: Imagery and realistic computer models
    Pedro Leão Neto

    Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, ISSN: 02658135, Pages: 671-686, Published: 2001 SAGE Publications
    State-of-the-art computer technology has improved the integration of different types of representations and data and has provided new possibilities for manipulating results. Consequently, the use of computers has been widespread in urban design and the planning process. The potential that computer virtual environments brought for describing future developments to the public at large is enormous. Nevertheless, when imagery and realism dominate the communication process, they may obscure important issues that relate more to the underlying logic of urban design fabric. A sample of 23 university students from nonarchitecture courses and a sample of 23 students from architecture (contrasted group design) were used for analysing differences in their evaluation on form and content of a video presentation concerning an urban design project in Lisbon. The urban design project was focused on an important avenue of the city -- Avenida da Liberdade. Several representation methods and different techniques for viewing images were used on video presentation: photography, colour film, 3D-rendered model with animation, plans, and photomontage. The results highlighted the power that imagery and realistic computer models have, when used in an unbalanced way, for overshadowing differences between subjects. This is because at the end of the questionnaire both groups had a positive opinion about the urban design project, but significant differences were found in relation to their evaluation and understanding of both content and form of video presentation.

RECENT SCHOLAR PUBLICATIONS

  • Fictions by Filip Dujardin
    P Leo Neto
    Scopio 2015

  • Blended-learning approach in caad: architectural representation and communication focused in teaching architecture and art
    P Neto, A Vieira, B Moreira, LM Ribeiro
    International Conference Interactive Collaborative Learning 2013

  • LEARNING SPACES AND STUDENTS’ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE STRATEGY FOR THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF AN E-LEARNING CAF IN CAMPUS U. PORTO
    L Ribeiro, M Pinto, P Neto, A Vieira
    EUNIS 2013 Congress Proceedings 1 (1) 2013

  • The e-learning caf project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students' engagement in active and collaborative learning
    P Neto, A Vieira, L Ribeiro, M Pinto
    2013

  • Blended-Learning Approach in CAAD: Past Experience and Literature Review for RD&T Project Module on Architecture Representation and Communication Focused in Teaching
    P Neto, A Vieira, B Moreira, J Sarabando, LM Ribeiro
    2012

  • From a Pedagogical Experience of a Photography Course on Architectural and Public Space into a Research Project focused on Communication of Public Space's State and Evolution
    P Neto, GM da Silva, B Moreira, LM Ribeiro
    EUNIS 2012: A 360 perspective on IT/IS in Higher Education 2012

  • SCOPIO International Photography Magazine n 1 3/3. Aboveground: Territory.
    P Neto
    2012

  • Reading Fictional Structures in Digital Photography
    PL Neto
    Scopio Magazine, 18-37 2010

  • CCRE digital platform for collaborative learning, public participation, architecture and arts
    P Neto, A Vieira, L Pereira, LM Ribeiro
    ARTECH 2008, 274 2008

  • CAAD and e-Learning: a Blended Approach
    P Neto, M Amaral
    2008

  • CAAD y e-learning: Un enfoque combinado
    PLRF Neto, M Amaral
    eLearning Papers, 4 2007

  • Public perception in contemporary Portugal: The digital representation of space
    PL Neto
    Journal of Urban Design 11 (3), 347-366 2006

  • tecnologias de comunicao e informao: projecto urbano e participao pblica
    PL Neto
    Fundao Ensino e Cultura Fernando Pessoa 2006

  • Comunicao do Projecto Urbano e Participao Pblica
    P Neto
    URBANISMO 8 (20), 13-19 2005

  • Design communication: Traditional representation methods and computer visualization
    PL Neto
    Visual Resources 19 (3), 195-213 2003

  • Urban Design Representation and Communication: Computer Visualisation and Public Perception in Contemporary Portugal
    PLRF Neto
    University of Manchester 2002

  • Evaluation of an urban design project: imagery and realistic computer models
    PL Neto
    Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 28 (5), 671-686 2001

  • Auto CAD 2000: Depressa & Bem
    PL Neto
    1999

  • Sistemas de informao geogrfica
    PL Neto
    1998

  • Os SIG e um projecto piloto para a Vila histrica de Almeida
    PLRF Neto
    1996

MOST CITED SCHOLAR PUBLICATIONS

  • Sistemas de informao geogrfica
    PL Neto
    1998
    Citations: 36

  • Public perception in contemporary Portugal: The digital representation of space
    PL Neto
    Journal of Urban Design 11 (3), 347-366 2006
    Citations: 22

  • Evaluation of an urban design project: imagery and realistic computer models
    PL Neto
    Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 28 (5), 671-686 2001
    Citations: 12

  • Blended-learning approach in caad: architectural representation and communication focused in teaching architecture and art
    P Neto, A Vieira, B Moreira, LM Ribeiro
    International Conference Interactive Collaborative Learning 2013
    Citations: 5

  • Design communication: Traditional representation methods and computer visualization
    PL Neto
    Visual Resources 19 (3), 195-213 2003
    Citations: 4

  • The e-learning caf project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students' engagement in active and collaborative learning
    P Neto, A Vieira, L Ribeiro, M Pinto
    2013
    Citations: 3

  • CAAD and e-Learning: a Blended Approach
    P Neto, M Amaral
    2008
    Citations: 3

  • Fictions by Filip Dujardin
    P Leo Neto
    Scopio 2015
    Citations: 2

  • Reading Fictional Structures in Digital Photography
    PL Neto
    Scopio Magazine, 18-37 2010
    Citations: 2

  • CCRE digital platform for collaborative learning, public participation, architecture and arts
    P Neto, A Vieira, L Pereira, LM Ribeiro
    ARTECH 2008, 274 2008
    Citations: 2

  • Urban Design Representation and Communication: Computer Visualisation and Public Perception in Contemporary Portugal
    PLRF Neto
    University of Manchester 2002
    Citations: 2

  • Auto CAD 2000: Depressa & Bem
    PL Neto
    1999
    Citations: 2

  • LEARNING SPACES AND STUDENTS’ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE STRATEGY FOR THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF AN E-LEARNING CAF IN CAMPUS U. PORTO
    L Ribeiro, M Pinto, P Neto, A Vieira
    EUNIS 2013 Congress Proceedings 1 (1) 2013
    Citations: 1

  • Comunicao do Projecto Urbano e Participao Pblica
    P Neto
    URBANISMO 8 (20), 13-19 2005
    Citations: 1