Pre-Conference Tour - Walking Tour of Guimarães and Welcome Reception

The International Conference on the Constructed Environment is pleased to offer a complimentary Pre-Conference Tour.

About the Tour

As the opening event of the conference, this tour provides an in-situ experience of Guimarães' history, culture, and architecture (EAUM), opened in 2004 and designed by the architects Fernando Távora and José Bernardo Távora, we will walk through Guimarães' historic center, a World Heritage site with its enclave of exceptionally well-preserved urban structure and medieval monuments. Then, wandering from the Castle hill through the narrow streets and main squares of the city center, we will arrive to the Largo do Toural and Alameda São Dâmaso, located outside the medieval city walls. The tour will then take us to the Couros area, old industrial neighborhood related to the tanning industry, that goes back to the Middle Ages.

At the end of this experience we welcome participants to the conference welcome reception at the Institute of Design (IDEGUI), whose facilities take advantage of an old factory building rehabilitated by the Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture, and framed by the Campurbis project promoted by the Municipality of Guimarães and the University of Minho.

Date: Wednesday, 22 May
Time: 15:00-18:00 (3:00-6:00 PM)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: Complimentary
Meeting Location: School of Architecture, University of Minho. See map.


Please register for this tour using the button below. The tour is complimentary, but please note that only registrations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed. Simply requesting a reservation without a paid conference registration will not guarantee a place on the tour.

Conference Tour - Understanding Place and Space in-situ - Braga

The International Conference on the Constructed Environment is pleased to offer a complimentary Conference Tour.

The visit to Braga will focus on three extraordinary architectural works: Braga's football stadium (2003) by Eduardo Souto de Moura architect (Pritzker Prize 2011); The Tree of Life Chapel (2010) at the Conciliar Seminary; and the Cheia de Graça Chapel (2016) in the Imaculada Chapel by Cerejeira Fontes architects. The aim of this visit is to present a unique experience of the Portuguese contemporaneous architecture with three examples that appeal to different scales and problematics of site-specific interventions.

We will start by visiting the Braga's stadium. Innovative in its formal and constructive aspects, this large-scale project carves itself into the abandoned granite quarry of Monte Castro. By recovering a place that was discarded, the project brings together architecture and landscape as one operation open to new possibilities. Then, we will move into two introspective spaces, to visit the Chapels with an in-situ lecture by André Fontes. Fontes will explain to us the principles and processes that have guided these projects, illuminating a detailed craft full of deepness in all their elements.

Date: Friday, 24 May
Time: 14:00-18:00 (2:00-6:00 PM) during the second day of the conference. Meet at 14:45.
Cost: Included in conference registration

Conference Gala Dinner

Join your fellow delegates at the conference dinner at Dona Mafalda Restaurant. Enjoy local dishes in this monastery turned hotel restaurant. A shuttle will be provided from the conference hotel at 7 PM, and will leave at 7:10 PM. The shuttle will pick up from the dinner at 9:30 PM, and bring delegates back to the conference hotel. Please meet in the lobby of the hotel if you would like to take the shuttle to the dinner.

Dinner Details

Date: Friday, 24 May 2019
Time: 19:30 (7:30 PM)
Location: Dona Mafalda Restaurant. A shuttle will take delegates from the conference hotel to the dinner at 19:00 (7 PM)
Cost: US$65


Tomato with codfish mixture and coriander cream

Main Dish:
Iberian pork loin cooked in 16 hours, glazed asparagus and wild mushroom rice

Three traditional sweets with fruit

Green wine Encostas D/Abadia, Douro White and Red, Beer, Soft Drinks and Coffee or Tea


Dinner can be booked and paid for at the time of registration. The dinner must be paid in full to be considered confirmed. Space is limited and reservations will be made in the order they are received. The conference dinner usually fills up quickly, so be sure to book early!