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January 2007
64 pages
Paperback; 20 x 14 cm; numerous colored illustrations.
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4LINES documents an ongoing investigation on virtuality, matter and representation in architecture. It includes material from the installation „True Romance“ by Carla Leitao, other projects by a|Um Studio, and essays by Yehuda Safran and Ed Keller (co-founder of a|Um Studio).

In “True Romance“, a virtual building is superimposed on the exterior and interior spaces of the Akademie. Its ambiguous line of separation of matter and space invades freely the places of interaction between fellows, staff and visitors, as if affected by differentiated intentionality. The installation experiments with a constant awareness of the shift of concepts of matter and space in architecture as well as the intellectual positioning of the human “body”. As well, it explores the recognition of the affectual processes inherent to intelligence – human, material or spatial. In this way, the work uses the “same line” to discuss matter/space and spatial/political territories.

4LINES renews key concepts in contemporary architecture practice and theory through the hypothesis of new constants and variables within the discipline, brought by intersections between science, philosophy, media theory and film as technological creations.


Carla Leitao was born in 1975 in Lisbon/Portugal. She graduated from the Architecture School of Lisbon and obtained a MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

Carla Leitao is a professor at Cornell University (NY) and has taught and co-taught architecture studios in Columbia University (NYC), Cornell University (NY), University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), PRATT Institute (Brooklyn).

She was co-founder of a|Um Studio in NYC (2003) and of Umasideia (1999) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Selected projects: “Mood Houses” (built 2004) in Birre, Portugal; “Lagar House”(built 2003) in Cimbres, Portugal; “House for Tarkovsky” (1st Prize, 2002); “Visibility” (National Award – UIA competition 2003, Lisbon); “Spaced” (colaboration on short film by Catarina Simoes - 2005).

Articles in print and internet and several co-editions including “City Fragment, Beijing, 2003.
Grants: Fundação Luso-Americana (Lisbon, 2000), Honor Award for Excellence in Design (GSAPP, 2002), Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize (GSAPP, 2002); Academy Schloss Solitude artist in residence (2004).

a|Um STUDIO's current work includes residential projects and new media installations in Europe and the US; the recent interactive cinema installation “SUTURE” at SCIArc and TELIC galleries in Los Angeles; a proposal to the MAK Schindler Foundation Vertical Garden Competition (invited); script, concept and design work for ORNAMENT, an online massively multiplayer game/film/graphic novel; and urban design and architecture competitions such as Turku/Finland, UIA Celebration of Cities (National Award) and Museum for Nam June Paik.

Research grant of the Fundação Luso-Americana (Lisbon, 2000), Honor Award for Excellence in Design (Columbia University, 2000), Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize (Columbia University, 2002)