Book release | Pedra fingida: Protagonista invisível do Centro de São Paulo
The architect Fernanda Craveiro Cunha defended in October 2016, at the Institute of Technological Research (IPT), a master’s thesis that became a book and will be released on November 4, Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Museu da Casa Brasileira ( MCB), institution of the Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo, with free admission.
The book ‘Feigned Stone: Invisible Protagonist of the Center of São Paulo’ began to be produced in 2012, when the author worked on updating the Inventory of Protected Goods of the Center of São Paulo. During the development of the activity, Fernanda was impressed by the amount of architectural icons that had on the facades a coat that imitated stone, popularly known among the architects by ‘scraped mass’.
“The research, which was supposed to be strictly technical, ended up unfolding in an important piece of this immense puzzle of the process of transformation to which the center of São Paulo passed in the first half of the twentieth century, imparting a strongly historical character to the text”, he comments the architect.
The publication of ‘Pedra fingida’ also marks the launch of the Memórias Urbanas Collection, a partnership between the real estate company Urban Refuges and the independent publisher GAPS, which will bring a series of books about the history of the capital of São Paulo, through backstage and peculiarities usually forgotten .
Developed in Europe from the advent of Portland Cement in the late 19th century, the feigned stone – decorative cementitious mortar that imitates stone coatings, also known as scraped mass – was brought to Brazil in the early twentieth century and popularized in São Paulo between the years 1920 and 1940, at the height of the process of verticalization of the capital of São Paulo. Of a decorative and artisan character, it was adopted in several stylistic lines, especially in Art-Déco bias, but fell into disuse due to its high complexity – both application and maintenance – especially when compared to the new coatings inserted in the construction market civilization from the 1940s. The book Precious Stone: Invisible Protagonist of the Center of São Paulo addresses the historical and technical aspects of this coating, based on the master’s dissertation “Coating of Feigned Stone: Invisible Protagonist of the Center of São Paulo”, defended in October 2016 at the Institute of Technological Research (IPT), under the guidance of Prof. Drª. Mirian Cruxên Barros de Oliveira.
About Fernanda Craveiro Cunha
She holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo (FAU USP, 2006) and specializes in Preventive Conservation by the Institute of Spanish Historical Heritage of Madrid (IPHE, current IPCE, 2007) (CECI / UFPE, 2009) and Master in Housing with an emphasis on Building Construction Technology by the Institute of Technological Research (IPT, 2016). He began his work in the area of preservation of the patrimony built in 2004, having participated in the development of the Master Plan of Madrid by the company Mecsa, works of conservation and restoration of mural paintings by the companies Croma Restauro and MRizzo Restoration, of development of executive projects by the office Piratininga Architects and monitoring works of conservation and restoration of buildings by Sarasá Studio. She has been a member of the MLD Architecture and Restoration team since 2008, where she is currently partner and coordinator of the Surveys, Diagnostics and Treatments area. She recently became a guest lecturer at the Postgraduate Course in Restoration Management at the Center for Advanced Studies in Integrated Conservation (CECI).
Day and Time: November 4th, Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Museu da Casa Brasileira
Av. Faria Lima, 2.705 – Jd. Paulistano
Tel .: (11) 3032.3727
Tue. to sun. from 10am to 6pm