2013 Lisboa Architecture Triennale

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The aims of the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which takes place from September 12 to December 15, 2013, are to research, encourage and promote architecture to the specialist and the non-specialist public, in particular projects by Portuguese architects, nationally and internationally.  Under the title “Close, Closer,” the Triennale will examine the political, technological, emotional and institutional forms of spatial practice by publicly questioning the terminology, practical aspects, inspirations, inventions and influences on the city and making it known to new publics.  Over a three-month period, the team of curators, headed by London-based Beatrice Galilee, will analyze the multiple possibilities of architectural production through exhibitions, events, performances and debates to be held in various venues in Lisbon.  The goal is to provide a platform for discussion and present an alternative proposal for understanding architecture as a form of spatial practice. The exhibitions, conferences, talks and fringe events will present this wide-ranging and often uncharted field to the public and a new generation of architects. “Close, Closer” includes three exhibitions, a public program, an e-publishing series, a student prize, a Début Award for young architects and a Lifetime Achievement Award. This edition has also created a new type of competition called Crisis Buster, which grants a limited number of scholarships to teams that submit ideas for short- or long-term projects for Lisbon.

 

From September to December 2013, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will be a critical platform for the plurality of contemporary spatial practice. The events and exhibitions will introduce architecture as a discipline that is not exclusive to professionals or defined only by buildings, but rather as an expanding field with which, amongst others, sociologists, scientists, curators and artists are all dynamically and radically engaging.

 

In the meantime the Triennale has defined a parallel program, “Intervalo”, which includes the ongoing production of cyclical events, such as the organization of competitions, conferences, exhibitions, publications and audiovisual productions, all in Lisbon.



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