Bárbara Maçães Costa
Bárbara Maçães Costa graduated in 2008 from the Univ. of Porto Faculty of Architecture (dipl. Arch.) and in 2016 from the Univ. of Lisbon Faculty of Fine-Arts (MFA). Between 2009 and 2011, she was project architect for the Belgian landscape architecture office Bureau Bas Smets. She is currently employed at the EPFL's Laboratory Basel (LABA) as doctoral assistant and lecturer of the Teaching Unit U – Cartography. Her research focusses on environmental aesthetics and representation in architecture, with an emphasis on cartography as a situated language. More broadly, she is interested in issues of justice and political ecology within the built environment (eco-feminism, eco-socialism, nature rights). Fields of expertise include cartography and drawing, landscape theory and environmental aesthetics.
She was teaching assistant in figure and landscape drawing at the Lisbon Faculty of Fine-Arts (fall 2012) and visiting lecturer in cartography at the University of Basel (fall 2017). She has given talks at Hogeschool Sint-Lukas, Erasmus Hoogeschool Jette, ENSAS Strasbourg, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, University of Liechtenstein, Université Grenoble Alpes, and the ETH D-ARCH.
Architecture / Landscape
Political ecology / Environmental aesthetics
Drawing / Cartography
|Teaching Unit U – Cartography, Lecturer||LABA||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||2015âpresent.|
|Research Assistant||LABA||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||2014âpresent.|
|Mapping Infrastructure and Urbanization, Guest Lecturer||Critical Urbanisms||University of Basel||2017.|
|Figure and Landscape Drawing, Teaching Assistant||Drawing Department||Faculdade de Belas Artes Universidade de Lisboa||2012.|
Essays- B. Costa and H. Gugger, “Homemaking on a Hostile Planet”, in Portugal Lessons: Environmental Objects, edited by H. Gugger et al., 8–15. Zurich: Park Books, 2018. [in press] - B. Costa and H. Gugger, “Arcadian Dreams and Agricultural Myths: Israel’s Promised Land”, in Israel Lessons: Industrial Arcadia, edited by H. Gugger et al., 8–15. Zurich: Park Books, 2017. - B. Costa, 2017. “Eugenic Garden City: The Urbanism of Controlled Evolution”, in: Kritische Berichte 2 (Jul 2017): 18–27. - B. Costa and H. Gugger, “Nostalgic Venice: The Paradox of Preservation”, in Venice Lessons: Industrial Nostalgia, edited by H. Gugger et al., 65–69. Zurich: Park Books, 2016. - B. Costa and H. Gugger, “Abstract Environments: Industrial Iceland,” in Icelandic Lessons: Industrial Landscape, edited by H. Gugger et al., 3–5. Zürich: Park Books, 2015. - B. Costa and H. Gugger, “The Ecology of Planetary Artifice” in San Rocco, Ecology 10 (Nov 2014): 32–40.
Enseignement & Phd