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1 – Tall buildings. Chicago and New York invented the skyscraper because America had the technology and an extremely competitive commercial context. Skyscrapers started to rely on load-bearing structures in masonry. Later, skyscrapers as the Empire State Building, with a steel structure enclosed with masonry elements, become the standard. After the Second World War, lighter steel structures with a central core

A book that really impressed me, when I started to study wood construction, was Colin Davies' "The Prefabricated Home" (Reaktion, 2005). For my architectural generation, the concepts of authorship, place, and solidity were part of a set of unquestionable principles. The Portuguese architects we admired expressed these values without being necessary to theorize them. At that time, one of the