5 Oct – 12 Dec 2016
Lisbon Architecture Triennale / 5 Oct – 11 Dec 2016
5.10 – 11.12 2016

Talk, Talk, Talk


The main exhibitions will be the point of departure for three conferences on 17, 18 and 19 November 2016, representing a second highlight in the Triennale programme. Held in venues adjacent to the exhibitions at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Belém Cultural Centre and MAAT, they will bring to the podium prominent architects, researchers and players in the international architectural scene. The debates will deepen reflection on the themes dealt with in the exhibitions, launching new views and questions and opening up new paths for debate.

Conference booklet (.pdf)

Talk, Building Site
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
10.00am —6.30pm

If architecture mirrors society, contemporary shifts in construction practices reflect upon design and its meaningfulness. To tackle these shifts and explore their capacity to equate to architectural practice, this daylong debate will bring architects, engineers, historians and scholars together to converge differing views and respond to the key enquiry: To what extent does the organization of building sites affect architecture?

10.00am Opening Session
André Tavares (PT)
10.20am Keynote
Pedro Fiori Arantes (BR): Building in the Financial Digital Era*

11.00am Coffee Break

11.15am Panel
Eike Roswag-Klinge (DE): Creating Natural Change
Émilien Robin (FR): Method by drawing*
12.45pm Debate
Moderated by Ivo Poças Martins (PT)

1.15pm Lunch Break

3.00pm Panel
Rui Furtado (PT): Echoes of building activity
Adrian Forty (UK): The Constructive Imaginary
4.15pm Debate
Moderated by Bárbara Rangel (PT)

5.00pm Coffee Break

5.30pm Keynote
Grafton Architects (IR): The Physics of Culture

*presentation in portuguese with simultaneous translation to english.
*presentation in french with simultaneous translation to english.


Talk, The World in Our Eyes
Centro Cultural de Belém

Description is a project. In the past two decades representation has acquired a powerful role, one supported by a renewed interest in graphic and visual tools as means to convey information and to decipher reality. Narratives and representations can be used to engage wide-ranging and not always architectural audiences, thus entering a political sphere. How does this impressive hypothesis resonate today?

3.00pm Opening Session
FIG Projects (CA)
3.30pm Keynote 
Bas Princen (NL): The Construction of an Image

4.30pm Coffee Break

4.45pm Panel
Alessandra Cianchetta (IT): Remainder
Martino Tattara (IT): Problematics and Potentials of Large-scale Design
Manuel Herz (CH): The Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara
6.15pm Debate
Moderated by Joaquim Moreno (PT)

7.00pm Coffee Break

7.15pm Keynote
Sébastien Marot (FR): The Story of the Pool – Forty Years Later


Talk, The Form of Form
MAAT, Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology

Citizens live among forms; architectural forms have endured the past and they will populate the future. As a visual construct, architecture encompasses a full range of responsibilities and hidden values. Before we can think about it as a means of design, architecture is a type of knowledge. This daylong debate aims to dissect architectural forms to reveal the tensions between authorship, responsibility and theory.

10.00am Opening Session
André Tavares (PT)
10.20am Keynote
Aristide Antonas (GR): The Protocol as an Artefact

11.00am Coffee Break

11.15am Panel
Pier Paolo Tamburelli (IT):The form of space, the possibility of gestures, the construction of the common
Bernardo Rodrigues (PT): On the Origin of Architecture
Michael Meredith & Hilary Sample (US): Productive Indifference
12.45pm Debate
Moderated by Manuel Montenegro (PT)

1.15pm Lunch Break

3.00pm Panel
Irénée Scalbert (FR): Hidden Architecture
Eric Lapierre (FR): Ontological Plans
Emanuel Christ (CH): More Than a Hundred Years
4.15pm Debate
Moderated by Pedro Guedes (PT)

5.00pm Coffee Break

5.30pm Keynote
Martino Stierli (CH): Form NOT



17, 18, 19 November


3 day pass: 99€
Student/ unemployed: 69€
Triennale's Friends: 59€

17 or 19 November
Daily Ticket: 40€
Student/ unemployed: 28€
Triennale's Friends: 24€

18 November
Daily Ticket: 35€
Student/ unemployed: 24€
Triennale's Friends: 21€



Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Av. de Berna 45A
1067-001 Lisbon

Centro Cultural de Belém

Praça do Império
1449-003 Lisbon


Av. de Brasília, Central Tejo
1300-598 Lisbon

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