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Casa das Caldeiras of the IRFM - Indústrias Reunidas Fábricas Matarazzo, São Paulo: identification, recognition and intervention

Grant number: 17/26681-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2018
Effective date (End): October 02, 2020
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Project
Principal Investigator:Hélio Hirao
Grantee:Davi Luis Galindo dos Santos
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/22108-4 - The contemporary intervention on industrial heritage: La Fábrica de Hielo, Valencia, Spain, BE.EP.IC


This research is inserted into the debate about intervention projects in urban and architectonic preexistence of industrial heritage by collecting and schematizing textual and iconographic data, as well as experiencing its physical and sociocultural space and, associating it with the remarks of the restoration theory. Intending, that way, to identify, recognize, gather information about the historic process of the intervention project and investigate the current context of the work used and appropriated by the Casa das Caldeiras/IRFM - Indústrias Reunidas Fábricas Matarazzo, located in São Paulo-SP, material witness of the Brazilian industrial development. Implanted in the 1920s, the building houses boilers imported from Europe to produce energy to the industrial area owned by Count Francesco Matarazzo. In 1986, it was registered by CONDEPHAAT - Council for the Defense of Historical, Archaeological, Artistic and Tourist Heritage in the State of São Paulo and IPHAN- National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage as a historic site of São Paulo-SP. The architectural complex constituted by the Casa das Caldeiras, one of the last remaining buildings of the textile complex belonged by IRFM, was restored and given a new meaning between 1998-1999 as a Cultural and Events Center by the architects Marcos Carrilho and Victor Hugo Mori. Thus, through the critical investigation supported by the space perception, theory of restoration and Patrimonial Charter guidelines, this research seeks to promote discussions and reflections in order to subsidize the Architect and Urban Planner researches, professional practice and its intervention possibilities upon abandoned and deteriorated areas with heritage importance that were restored and given a new meaning to the contemporary city. (AU)

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