Cartha is an editorial project globally supported by the Serra Henriques Foundation and is open to proposals from all over the world. It presents itself as an international sharing platform of critical thinking, mixing Architecture and society, within the perspective of contemporaneity.
The publication is developed by a group of architects and designers of different countries that felt the need to expose a plurality of perspectives over specific subjects they brought to the discussion. The main medium of communication is its website, in English, that proposes a reading of the continuously compiled opinions, in an online archive fashion.
The book Cartha - On
Relations in Architecture joins the printed posters in order to constitute
that archive as an annual compilation, according to a specific subject: the
relationships within the spectrum of architectural practice.
In 280 pages, the 4 subjects the Cartha proposed to debate in 2015 are compiled - Worth Sharing, Confrères; Mannschaft and Santissima Trinidad - focusing on models of collaboration, relations between professionals, with customers, workers or users of the spaces. Each of the four subjects is composed of an interview - with Diogo Seixas Lopes, Grafton Architects, Samuel Schulze and Marco Serra - of a set of articles and of visual contributions - from Guido Guido, Rasmus Norlander, Joël Tettamanti and Onnis Luque.Cartha is also an associated project of the 4th Lisbon Architecture Triennale and set itself to develop a reflection about The Form of the Form, presented in 3 distinct moments: in October, an exhibition at the Mãe-de-Água showing the perspectives of the various international editors invited, gathered in the period of one year and two editions; in December, the launch of a third issue "Lisboa Paralela (Parallel Lisbon)", produced in the context of the city and the various events that took place during the triennale; in 2017, a new book that compiles the generated contents.
As Cartha is originally digital, it is comforting to know that not even in this case has a printed edition lost its place and that these contents will not be lost in the future of the digital age - or, as George Kafka writes in the epilogue, "Cartha is worth sharing".