This issue introduces fala, a practice based in Porto and led by four partners: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, and Lera Samovich. Founded in 2013, much of their built work, mostly residential, is located in and around Porto. The city has served as their testing ground, where they respond sensitively to its specific culture and situation, translating the solutions they developed into their own architectural language. All of fala’s 54 built works are included here. These buildings, together with 150 or so unrealised projects, form an archipelago – a collective system. This issue arranges their projects into seven themes, each with text from fala and their generation of architects.