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Joana Rafael (b.1979) is an architect, researcher and lecturer currently based in Porto, Portugal, working between architecture, (issues of) ecology and visual culture. 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 is a member of ID+ (Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture), NIAM (Nucleus of Research in Arts and Multimedia) and CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning). Joana also possesses a Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture and Biological Farming Practice, from Espaço Virtual, Porto, Portugal.

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Casa Diogo Brandão

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