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Joana Rafael (b.1979) is an architect, researcher, lecturer and ghostwriter, currently based in Porto, Portugal, working between architecture, (issues of) ecology, material culture and technology. She holds a PhD (2017) in Visual Cultures and an MRes (2009) in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London, an MA (2008) from the Metropolis Graduate Programme in Architecture and Urban Culture, run by the Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona and a degree (2002) in Architecture from the University of Minho, Guimarães. Joana teaches Contextual Studies and Contemporary Culture -related courses, and is a member of ID+ (Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture) and CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning). Joana is also a certified farmer.

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architecture renewal project

Old hostel renewed to host 2 duplex apartments: 1-bedroom / 1 floor and 3-bedrooms / 3 floors apartments.
A less invasive staircase - than the original square shaped staircase - structures dynamically, the 5 floors of the building.
In 2019 the owners plea for a divorce and for the building to be re-divided: 2-bedroom / 2 floors and 3-bedrooms / 2 floors apartments - which the 2009 easily allowed.
41 08'88.9"N 8 37'03.4"W