ASF Potugal hosts the ASF International board meeting in Lisbon.
ASF Portugal organised a seminar and hosted the most recent board meeting in Lisbon from the 23rd - 25th September 2011. The seminar was held at the Ordem dos Arquitectos where a gallery space was also used to display the work of ASF Portugal.
The afternoon seminar was well attended and was kindly chaired by Pedro Ravara of the Ordem dos Arquitectos. Lectures were given by Stephane Plisson, giving an introduction to ASF International and Dick Urban Vestbro of ASF International on the role of architects and planners in the global housing crisis. In the second session Julian Salas spoke about his experiences of architecture helping to reduce poverty and he was followed by Pedro Lima Gaspar who spoke about the work of ASF Portugal and how the organisation has evolved. It was very encouraging to hear how ASF Portugal have worked so well locally with minimal resources and also the analogy of ASF organisations being like the cloves of a bulb of garlic and ASF International as the skin that holds them altogether.
The Ordem dos Arquitectos also kindly provided a room for the board meeting itself, the minutes will be avaliable on the website in due course.
The final day was an organised tour around Lisbon, which was fascinating city and a wonderful venue for the meeting. The board of ASF International would like to thank all those who put so much effort in to the organisation of a great weekend and are very to glad know so much more of our memebers.