Joana Rafael is an architect, researcher and lecturer. Her work focuses on (issues of) ecology, human geography and natural sciences, encompassing contemporary culture, media studies, art and technology. She combines architecture as a discipline of thought and design practice, reflecting on the boundaries of buildings, infrastructures and (radiological-)contaminated territories. Engages in speculative thinking and writing to develop a critical distance from anthropocentric understandings and attend to reciprocal relationships between humans and nature. Joana teaches Contextual Studies and Contemporary Culture-related courses. She is a member of CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning) and CEAA (Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo). Joana is a cofounder of REFINERY BOARD.
Portraits of a Portuguese Radioactive Wilderness
ATLAS - Mapping the Nuclear Grave and Remediation-Related Campaigns
Written between February 2022 and January 2023
Focuses on the history of complicity between industries of (radium and uranium) extraction, decontamination and tourism - and the environmental liabilities negotiated in Urgeiriça, Canas de Senhorim (Viseu).