INDIGENOUS TECHNOLOGY IN MATO GROSSO: DWELLINGS
“The title: “Indigenous Technology in Mato Grosso: Dwellings” introduces a subject which is
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indispensable for any type of Architectural teaching in Brazil. Paulo Mendes da Rocha (Architect and Urbanist), in the presentation of this second edition.
[This] book opens us up through all its originality and dignity, but also through all its socio-economic and technological constraint and specificity in relation to Brazilian Indigenous Architecture in terms of each of the ethnicities studied. Indeed, it is precisely this process that brings them out of the dusty limbo of historical references and prejudices, inviting them to enter the universe of local cultures and the dominant civilizations of the globalized and living world of the current age.
Carlos Zibel Costa, Architect (FAU-USP)
In his doctoral thesis [...] the author adopted an ethnographic position in the surveying of indigenous house design, seeking sources in bibliographical records and in the extensive field studies made on the Paresí, Bakairi, Myky, Irantxe, Xavante, Bororo and Umutina people as well as the indians from the Xingu National Park (the Yawalapiti and the Kamayurá). The survey of the drawings is one of his most important contributions, which is incorporated into the set of studies that are consolidated references in the field of architecture itself [...]. The field material comprises an unprecedented collection, including dwellings that are recorded from an architectural perspective for the first time, in terms of their construction techniques, which also makes a substantial contribution to the indians themselves, by helping to record their own memories. [...] (Prof. Dr. Maria Fátima Roberto Machado, Department of Anthropology/Rondon Museum – UFMT, Coordinator of the Tecnoíndia Nucleus)
José Afonso Botura Portocarrero 2 ed Inglês
José Afonso Botura Portocarrero was born on the border with Paraguay in 1951, in the town of Bela Vista, Mato Grosso do Sul, and has lived in Cuiabá since 1962. He graduated in architecture in 1976 at the University of Architecture and Urbanism, Santos, SP. In 1980, he began his teaching career at the Civil Engineering Department of the Federal University of Mato Grosso - the UFMT. Between 1984 and 1985, he specialized in urban planning at the University of Dortmund in Germany. He was president of the Institute of Architects of Mato Grosso (IAB-MT) from 1989 to 1990. In 1993, he helped to found and was the first Municipal Secretary for the Environment in Cuiabá. Later, he returned to his university career at the UFMT where he participated in the creation of the Architecture and Urbanism Department. He obtained a Master’s Degree in History from the UFMT, in 2001, with a dissertation on the Bororo house. In 2006, his doctoral thesis, Tecnoíndia, was approved by the Architecture and Urbanism Faculty of the University of São Paulo. In 2007, he participated in the 7th International Bienal of Architecture as a Brazilian invitee. He is currently associate professor II and researcher at the Indigenous Technologies, Study and Research Nucleus - Tecnoindia. In 2014 he received a tribute from the National Federation of Architects and Urbanists, FNA, as Architect of the Year.