The Convento da Arrábida was built during the 16th Century, after being founded in 1542 by Friar Martinho de Santa Maria. It became an important site for pilgrimage and a home to monks, living in cells carved into the steep rocks of the mountain range of Arrábida.
Syntropic agriculture as a sustainable practice, a system developed based on the ideas of Ernst Gotsch, is explored at the Herdade Freixo do Meio.
A Portuguese architecture classic: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on construction with locally fabricated bricks.
Mizette Nielsen preserves a piece of Portuguese cultural history by keeping alive regional weaver patterns for textile manufacturing with remixed colours.
One of the most extensive books on Portuguese architecture, geography, geology and population form the 1980s. Alentejo region.
Time stands still at this estate based on a regenerative agroforestry model and organic farming methods with majestic cork trees and organic produce.
Bolotas, or acorns, might be considered unusual vegetables but they are finding a way back to human consumption thanks to their many nutrients. Learn how.
Natural building materials are tested at Oficinas do Convento's Earth Lab, giving new life to an old convent by hosting workshops and residencies.
Learning about the process of making bricks, the unique beauty of the material, the danger of bricks breaking with the cold and about hand crafts becoming almost extinct in Portugal as a building material supplier.
Francisco explains the conservation of biodiversity, the smell of freshly harvested cork and the many advantages of cork as a sustainable building material.
A biodiversity hotspot, spanning across rolling hills of protected nature. A home to animals, grapes for Portuguese wine and the slow forward movement.
Local building materials and techniques are discussed in this Portuguese classic book: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on adobe construction.