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Nelson Mota is Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology. He holds a professional degree in Architecture (1998) and an advanced master on Architecture, Territory and Memory (2006) from the Department of Architecture at University of Coimbra (Portugal) and a PhD (2014) from Delft University of Technology. His doctoral dissertation “An Archaeology of the Ordinary. Rethinking the Architecture of Dwelling from CIAM to Siza” explores the relationship between vernacular social and spatial practices and the architecture of dwelling. Nelson is a founding partner of the architectural office comoco arquitectos, winner of the Portuguese National Prize for Architecture in Wood in 2013. He is the author of the book A Arquitectura do Quotidiano (The Architecture of the Everyday), published in 2010, and co-editor of Footprint #17: The ‘Bread & Butter’ of Architecture: Investigating Everyday Practices, published in 2015, Joelho #8: Ideas and Practices for the European City, published in 2017, and Footprint #24: The Architecture of Housing after the Neoliberal Turn, published in 2019. He is a regular architecture critic for C3 Magazine, and has published scholarly articles focused on housing issues and vernacular architecture in journals such as The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Journal of ArchitectureVolumeDASHOASEFootprint, and Site Magazine. He member of the editorial board of the DASH book series and the academic journal Footprint.

Keywords

  • NA Architecture
  • Housing
  • Dwelling
  • Architecture
  • Vernacular
  • Modernism

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Research Output

Quando o mito da Intocável Virgem Branca se desfez : a arquitetura vernácula e a emergência de um outro Moderno em Portugal

Mota, NJA., 2012, In : Arquitextos. 13, 145, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Humanism, universalism and the native genius: Civic engagement in housing design from Alberti to CIAM and beyond

Mota, NJA., Moniz, GC. & Kruger, M., 2013, Proceedings of the 2012 ACSA international conference CHANGE, architecture, education, practices. Costa, X. & Thorne, M. (eds.). Washington: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), p. 150-156 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Participatory Workshops as a Tool for Building Inclusivity in New Towns in Africa

Keeton, R. E., Mota, N. & Tan, E., 11 Sep 2020, In : Research in Urbanism Series (online). 6, p. 281-300

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
  • The potential and current status of earthen material for low-cost housing in rural India

    Kulshreshtha, Y., Mota, N. J. A., Jagadish, K. S., Bredenoord, J., Vardon, P. J., van Loosdrecht, M. C. M. & Jonkers, H. M., 2020, In : Construction and Building Materials. 247, p. 1-14 14 p., 118615.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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    A Case Study on Technical and Social Aspects of Earth Houses in Rural India

    Kulshreshtha, Y., Vardon, P., Mota, N., van Loosdrecht, M. C. M. & Jonkers, H. M., 2019, Earthen Dwellings and Structures: Current Status in their Adoption. Springer, p. 105-115 11 p. (Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering).

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    Activities

    Israel Institute of Advanced Studies

    N.J. Amorim Mota (Visiting researcher)

    26 Jan 20205 Feb 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Footprint (Journal)

    Nelson Mota (Editorial board member)

    1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Society of Architectural Historians. Journal (Journal)

    N.J. Amorim Mota (Peer reviewer)

    2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Footprint (Journal)

    Nelson Mota (Editorial board member)

    1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Footprint (Journal)

    Victor Muñoz Sanz (Editor), , Dan Handel (Editor), , N.J. Amorim Mota (Editorial board member), , Andrej Radman (Editorial board member), & Stavros Kousoulas (Editorial board member)

    Oct 2019Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    RIHA Journal

    N.J. Amorim Mota

    1/01/15

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Joelho - Revista de Cultura Arquitectónica

    N.J. Amorim Mota

    1/01/15

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities