Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2019
Triennale’s 5th edition - The Poetics of Reason
The 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will be The Poetics of Reason. This title states that, for all its subjective and non-scientific dimension, architecture does rest on reason, and its aim is to shed light onto the specificity of this reason. Indeed, the fact that architecture is grounded into reason and rationality is key to its being understandable, i.e. shareable, by everyone, and not just by architects. More than ever before, it stands as a condition to define an architecture for our contemporary ordinary condition. As a result of a massification of construction – more buildings have been built since the beginning of the previous century than ever before – such a condition implies that everybody is entitled to understand architecture without a specific background in the field.
Each of the five exhibitions that compose the Triennale 2019 will take up one particular aspect or dimension of this theme, in an attempt to circumscribe the stakes of architectural rationality.
The team is preparing the Triennale’s 5th edition, which will take place in 2019. An open call was made by the Triennale in 2016, determined that the team of curators of this edition will be led by Éric Lapierre, architect and theoretician of architecture based in Paris. The curatorial team, which runs the master Architecture & Experience in the school of architecture of Marne-la-Vallée (Paris), and will co-operate with philosopher Sébastien Marot, is composed of a highly qualified group of practitioners and theoreticians: Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli, Laurent Esmilaire, Tristan Chadney and Vasco Pinelo de Melo.
Apart from organising its main event, the Triennale produces much more, for instance, the Critical Distance conferences, which bring to Lisbon architecture world renowned names. Between 2011 and 2013, the first cycle brought names like Kazuyo Sejima, Alberto Campo Baeza or Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, and the second cycle between 2014 and 2016, invited Smiljan Radić, Bijoy Jain from Studio Mumbai, or Ellen van Loon from OMA. A third cycle started in 2017, with a conference by Paul Ghirardani, art director of the HBO TV series, “Game of Thrones”. These conferences are made in partnership with the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon.