Curated by André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, the 2016 Lisbon Triennale started last week with a program filled with events and programmed exhibition for the next three months. This year’s theme “The form of Form” takes its name from the opening exhibition, curated by Seixas Lopes himself, in which he reflects on the ever-changing approaches of architects to architectural form in the past, present and future.
2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale “The Form of Form”
October 5 – December 11, 2016
MAAT, Pátio do Carvão
Av. de Brasília, Central Tejo 1300-598, Lisbon
Curator: Diogo Seixas Lopes
Contents: MICROCITIES / SOCKS STUDIO
Exhibition design: Johnston Marklee Nuno Brandão Costa Office KGDVS
Done in collaboration with Socks-Studio and architects Johnston Marklee, Nuno Brandão Costa and Office KGDVS, the exhibition revolves around a series of narratives created by the author with the images of Socks and the architects’ own work.
During its 67 days, the programme of Triennale will feature a very rich array of exhibitions, conferences, guided tours, workshops, book presentations and much more. The four main exhibitions are: The Form of Form, Building Site, The World in Our Eyes and Sines: Seaside Logistics. They will be hosted at prime venues in Lisbon: the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the brand new MAAT Museum, Triennale’s headquarters as well as Garagem Sul: Centro Cultural de Belém. These shows are complemented by seven Satellites unfolding around Lisbon, its outskirts and beyond, expanding the geographical and thematic reach of the event. An extended programme of Associated Projects will further widen the discussion.
Three major highlights in the program are the Opening Week, the Talk,Talk,Talk conference series as well as the Closing Week finissage. A four-day long event, the Opening Week taking place from 5 October to 9 October will bring together the general public as well as participants, curators and press.
Another highlight will be the Talk, Talk, Talk, a three-day series of conferences taking place from 17 to 19 November, 2016. The event will feature talks by prominent architects and researchers debating the issues raised by Triennale’s program of events. The same week, on 15 November, Triennale will host the lecture by the winner of its Lifetime Achievement Award as well.
Last but not least, the Closing Week from 7 to 11 December 2016 will be an additional highlight in this edition of Triennale and it will feature a lecture by Triennale Millennium bcp Début Award winner.
ABOUT THE FORM OF FORM BY DIOGO SEIXAS LOPES
One of architecture’s fundamental legacy is its own form. Not only is history built from its visual universe, but form is also a common language that brings together architects from all over the world in a collective conversation. In this exhibition, which proceeds from a potentially infinite repository, the participants build a dialogue that challenges notions of authorship and the limits of form.
Functioning as a “conversation,” the exhibition’s narrative developes through a number of spaces inspired by examples of architectural designs selected by Johnston Marklee, Nuno Brandão Costa and Office KGDVS within their respective bodies of work. Each of these spaces is designed to house content chosen from the extensive Socks image database.
In their turn, Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli of Socks Studio were invited to reflect upon a selection of examples taken from their own platform (www.socks-studio.com). The Socks format has evolved over the years from an online magazine to become a platform for speculation and discussion that also draws on Microcities’ own architectural projects. Through this selection, Socks decided to highlight the permanence of form and its capacity to condense a set of values into any visible thing.
The language of architecture is explored through a sample of construction drawings, landscape interventions, urban plans, artistic investigation, and other elements. Originating from different time periods and regions of the world, the content highlights what remains constant and what changes, identifying analogies and affinities in the creation of the built environment. Organized along twelve interlinked spaces, with each space incorporating images related to a core element, the exhibition will define a continuous seam of works that are directly inter-related, be it through affinity or opposition.
Curated by Diogo Seixas Lopes, the The Form of Form exhibition is also a process. The ultimate aim is for it to be a “meeting space” that can demonstrate the meaning of form in architectural design, in the past, present and future.
THE TRIENNALE: TEXT BY THE CURATORS
The world is transformed through architecture. Under the title The Form of Form, this fourth edition of the Lisbon Triennale sets out to further the debate around a wide spectrum of contemporary approaches to architectural practice today; in other words, to debate the ways in which the world is transformed.
With its diverse yet cohesive programme, the Triennale will seek to highlight currents of thought considered important for the production of architecture in a social context that is in constant transformation.
The different perspectives on architecture will be presented through their aesthetic, technical, social and political aspects. Understanding architecture as a profession that is committed to a complex social context will make it possible to further advance the implications and possibilities of architectural decisions, enhancing their technical and cultural importance in society.
ABOUT THE TRIENNALE
The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to examine, foster and promote architectural thinking and practice. It holds a major forum every three years for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture across geographic and disciplinary boundaries. In addition to this main periodic appointment, the Triennale organizes conferences and events all year round, such as Open House Lisboa, an event that for one weekend each year opens the doors to the best architecture in the cities.