Centro Cultural de Belém is hosting one of the four main exhibitions of the 2016 Lisbon Triennale, whose theme is “The Form of Form”. With this premise the show at Garagem Sul, curated by FIG Projects, brings together the works of many different architects from all over the world to compare, analyze and categorize the many different approaches to architectural design and representation of contemporary architects.
“The World in our Eyes”
October 5 – December 11, 2016
Garagem Sul – CCB
Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa
Curator: FIG Projects
Exhibition design: Barão–Hutter
Co-producer: Centro Cultural de Belém Foundation
The exhibition divides the forty architect’s work into six categories representing the hierarchies, urban studies, geometries and organization means used by the architects to portray an architectural reality with a larger, political scope.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Description is a project. Architects have deployed a sophisticated arsenal of tools proper to their trade and have borrowed techniques and expertise from other disciplines to generate descriptions and analysis of the physical world. These actions intersect with the concerns of economists, planners, developers and policy makers, engaging multiple audiences in novel understandings of the city. While doing so, architects have also created and refined the tools of their own discipline, in order to generate meaningful representations of urban and territorial conditions.
With the World in Our Eyes, Fig Projects proposes to observe how practitioners engage with the description of the physical transformation of spaces responding to processes of globalization. The selected projects are organized into six groupings, responding either to the methodology used or to the main object of description: “Structures and Superstructures”; “Notations of the Spontaneous City”; “The Predominance of Geometry”; “Taxonomical Indexing”; “For and Against Sprawl”; “Vast Geography”.
These narratives and representations engage wide-ranging audiences in architecture and beyond, thus entering the political sphere. In some cases these descriptions of architecture seek to generate awareness, in others they are explicit critiques of occurring phenomena, and in yet other cases they aim to mobilize stakeholders around alternative visions of the future.
Architects have demonstrated the capacity to attentively observe the city, as well as the ability to create the complex apparatuses of research needed to understand and map it. Description is still design, this exhibition intends to celebrate how this powerful hypothesis continues to resonate today.
Alexander Eisenschmidt, Alex Lehnerer, Anthony Acciavatti, Atelier Bow Wow, Atelier Kempe Thill + Baukuh + GRAU + Lola, AWP Office for Territorial Configuration, Christ & Gantenbein, Cities without Ground, Clare Lyster, Cohabitation Strategies, Danny Wills, Design Earth, Diploma Unit 14 Architectural Association, Felipe Correa, Hashim Sarkis, Hector Design Service, Ido Avissar – List, Instant Hutong, Interboro Partners, Kate Orff – Scape, Keith Krumwiede, LCLA Office + Charlotte Hansson, Manuel Herz Architects, MAP Office, Neeraj Bhatia, Nicholas de Monchaux, Pedro Pitarch, Piovenefabi + 51N4E, Rafi Segal + Els Verbakel, Rua Arquitetos, Schwellenatlas, Studio Works, Superpool, Work AC, Xaveer De Geyter Architects.