In 1984, Giovanni Chiaramonte photographed Álvaro Siza’s building in Berlin, on whose façade some young people had written Bonjour Tristesse. The image was published on the cover of the magazine Lotus International. The following year, Siza and Chiaramonte met in Évora, on the occa- sion of a new series by the Italian photographer featuring the buildings of the great Portuguese architect. It marked the beginning of a long friendship and a shared reflection on architecture, photography, and urban life. The Measure of the West presents a selection of sixty drawings by Siza and forty photographs taken by Chiaramonte in cities around the world. They make up two parallel routes that lead to the discovery of the shape of the modern city – always hanging in the balance between proportion, in which civilization can develop, and dispropor- tion, in which civilization can go astray. Although animated by different intentions, these sketches and photographs appear as coherent traces of the same design, guided by the same desire to see, dis- cover, understand, and learn. The differences be- tween the black and white strokes of the drawings and the colour of the photographs disappear. Short texts, including thoughts on architecture, photography, drawing, representation, and nature, enrich a “poem of change” taking place in an era of globalization. Álvaro Siza has architectural works in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. Giovanni Chiaramonte teaches history and theory of photography at iulm and naba, Milan, and is the author of numerous books accompanied by exhibitions worldwide. 3 4 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 8 A R C H I T E C T U R E • P H O T O G R A P H Y The Measure of the West A Representation of Travel álvaro siza and giovanni chiaramonte Foreword by Mirko Zardini Two acclaimed artists and friends provide a unique visual account of the global urban landscape. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S September 2018 -i2l9lii87l77c7l-ZZ ui7n99NZbmU4Zuh7n99NZA64Zg77n99ZZ3o3as -n7ZBZ,cn7ZZc,h33ZZh9ZCsoItpx.4Z S9Z1050dsZ3$0r0xso3$. a:00£ZoDot5oT5a