fala is an architecture practice based in Porto. Led by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisasoares, and Ahmed Belkhodja, the atelier takes lightness and joy very seriously. fala has lectured at different universities and institutions including the Architectural Association; the Royal Institute of British Architects; the Barbican Centre in London; the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in New York; the Graham Foundation in Chicago; the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels; and the Casa dell'Architettura in Rome among others. Currently, fall holds teaching positions in Toronto, Geneva, and Lisbon. fala has taught architecture in Venice, Munich, Porto, and London. The atelier’s work has been exhibited at the architecture biennales in Venice and Chicago. They have been included in exhibitions at the Serralves Museum and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris among others. fala's work has been widely publicized by international media platforms. A survey of early projects by the atelier was included in Gram 01. Issue eighty of the publication 2G and issue ninety-eight of the publication AV Proyectos are dedicated to fala’s work. Among other honors, fala was awarded the Spotlight Award in 2020 by Rice University and selected as one of the fifty most relevant young offices in the world that same year by Domus magazine.
Within the available city, a field of elements ready to find new lives. Circular benches for intimate gatherings, pyramidal roofs to shelter activities, fields of grass to lounge in, mineral pavements to play on, a few small walls that refuse to be boundaries, columns for potential additional coverings, trees providing shade and fruits, water basins for the splashes.
The field of elements can take over any plot of the city. It can also be reconfigured and appropriated according to the needs of the neighbors. It seeks a vivid, and open-ended experience of generic and pragmatic things—a toolbox, but one without a box. The architectural tools are set free.