Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Associated Projects

5th Lisbon Triennal
3 Oct – 2 Dec 2019
Additional info
Chief curator
Éric Lapierre


Deadline for application: October 31st 2018 2018-06-04


Deadline for application: October 31st 2018 2018-06-04

1. About

The Triennale is looking for national and international independently funded proposals that can be articulated and also complement the central program of the 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, that will take place between October 3rd and December 2nd 2019. 

The Associated Projects can be exhibitions, workshops, talks, and this year also film or music events, which deal with crucial problems relating to contemporary architecture and are interested in a lively debate. All these events will make a solid parallel program composed of varied events that ensures Lisbon as a central point in the international architectural debate. We also want it to show a rich independent production of great relevance and value, so essential to the cultural living mechanisms of the city.

The projects should stimulate and question the practice and reflection of rationality in architecture, consolidating the program of this edition and ensuring a broader cultural and creative scope. At the same time, it will give the projects exposure to key audiences and influencers within a well-established national and international event.

2. Themes

The Triennale 2019, that has as main title "The Poetics of Reason", will house and promote projects connected to one or more exhibition themes:

2.1 That investigates how creative imagination is nurtured by an ongoing confrontation with rational thought and devises rational systems to materialize their own visual, physical and mental universe.

2.2 That is based upon economy of means.

2.3 That thinks in a critical way the issue of contemporary ornament.

2.4 That investigates relationships between architecture and permaculture in literal or metaphorical/conceptual ways.

2.5 That investigates the issue of rational construction in contemporary ways.

Additional information about the Triennale 2019 exhibitions.

3. Communication

Associated Projects will be referenced in the Triennale's communication campaign and promotion/press materials, thus benefiting from its across-the-board impact. The Triennale is happy to act as a visibility platform and interface between audiences, actors and content, fostering awareness, interest and insight.

4. Elegibility

This competition is open to all independently funded projects that happen in the city of Lisbon and that are predicted to happen during the period between October 3rd and December 2nd 2019, and that deal with the themes proposed by the curators of the Triennale.

5. Selection Process

5.1 Jury
The selection for Associated Projects will be made by the curators of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, a team lead by Chief curator Éric Lapierre, and a curatorial team composed by Sébastien Marot, Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli, Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Laurent Esmilaire, Tristan Chadney e Vasco Pinelo de Melo (consultant). A maximum of 12 (twelve) projects will be selected - this number may vary depending on the quality and relevance of the presented proposals.  

5.2 Evaluation
Every proposal will be evaluated depending on its intrinsic quality, viability and connection to the main program of the 5th edition of the Triennale. In the evaluation phase, the Triennale may contact the applicants in order to clarify relevant aspects of the project.  

5.3 Restrictions
Only one submission per applicant will be accepted. If we receive more than one submission from the same applicant, only the last one, submitted within the deadline, will be considered.

6. Technical Information

6.1 Budget 
All projects must be self-funded.  

6.2 Location 
The project's location should be in Lisbon and/or adjacent municipalities.  

6.3 Space, Production and Communication 
The production, installing and uninstalling of the proposed event, as well as the space that houses the referred event, the promotion and communication, and any licensing required, are of the total responsibility of the applicants.  

7. Entry fee

There is no entry fee.  

8. Language

The whole proposal should be written in English. Common language of all members of the jury and Triennale team.  

9. Dates

In case of long duration events, the dates should coincide in, at least, one week with the dates of the Triennale 2019: October 3rd to December 2nd 2019.

Deadline for application: October 31st 2018
Announcement of all the selected projects: until January 31st 2019.    
Deadline of the final information that will feature in promotional materials of the Triennale: until May 31st 2019

10. Guidelines for submission of proposals

10.1 Form
Entries must be solely and exclusively submitted digitally through
 the following online form.
Applications sent via email, post or any other way will not be accepted.;

10.2 ID data

10.2.1 Applicant

  • Name of Organization (optional)
  • Name of person responsible for the project
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone
  • E-mail
  • Website (optional)

10.3 Data concerning the project

10.3.1 Title of the project

10.3.2 Project Summary (max 100 words)

10.3.3 Proposal 
The proposal should be presented in PDF format (other formats submitted will not be accepted), page oriented to landscape, with the maximum of 6Mb. Only one file per submission.

10.3.4 In case of being selected, all the information provided in the form, as well as attached documents, can serve as basis to promote and communicate the projects.

11. Communication and Press Requirements

11.1 The selected projects will be promoted in the communication campaigns of the Triennale's 5th edition, benefiting this way of a more extensive visibility.

11.2 Each selected project will have a communication and promotion highlight in one (1) specific week of the nine (9) weeks of the duration of the Triennale 2019. This week will be agreed between the authors of the selected projects, the chief-curator and the communication department of the Triennale.

11.3 Every selected proposal must reference the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in their press and promotional materials, as well as their status as Associated Project.

12. Right of use and publication of entries

By submitting an entry, an applicant agrees that their work will be used in promotional materials related to the Lisbon Triennale, unless otherwise stated, without prejudice to their respective copyright and creative ownership. The Lisbon Triennale will credit authors of any materials (text or image) used.

13. Copyrights and Property Rights

It is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure that the work submitted does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark and design rights.

14. Changes to proposal

14.1 Any changes made to the submitted and selected proposals, whether of a conceptual (media, content, participants, represented creatives or disciplinary fields) or logistical (venue, dates, duration) nature, must be communicated to the Triennale's team.  

14.2 The Triennale has the right to exclude any project should changes to the original submitted proposal be deemed to have compromised the pertinence of the project's presentation within the scope of Associated Projects.

15. Enquiries

All enquiries should be sent to

16. Final Statement

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale reserves the right to amend these guidelines, hereby committing to communicating those alterations through the same means used in the promotion of the original guidelines.


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