Sines: Urban Core, Industry and Port Structure
Taking the port city of Sines as a starting point, the curators propose an exercise that explores the boundary between poetic transformation and political experience.
In a context dominated by large-scale infrastructures, how can we approach issues such as shared uses and the borderline spaces between the city proper and the waterfront?
How can architecture intervene in the mechanical creation of logistic infrastructures? How should we occupy and transform spaces that are governed by a combination of strictly functional and safety-related criteria and the principles of maximum economic return?
The Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award presents an exercise in reflection for schools of architecture around the country. An exercise aimed at making full use of existing resources, the site’s programmatic potential and the relationships and contexts that help to overcome the scale and time of the territory itself and reveal architecture’s transformative capacities.
The exercise will be carried out during the first semester of the 2015-2016 academic year.
The goal is to draw a balance sheet on the current state, in terms of quality and competence, of the architectural training offered in Portugal, with 14 schools participating. A first prize of €1500 and up to two honourable mentions of €500 each are to be awarded.
The 2016 competition resulted in 56 applications evaluated by the following jury:
André Tavares (Chief curator, with Diogo Seixas Lopes, of 4th edition of Lisbon Architecture Triennale),
José Carlos Varela Lima (Architect representing the Sines Port),
Marta Labastida (Curator of Universities Award),
Nuno Mascarenhas, (President of Sines City Hall),
Paulo David (Architect representing Lisbon Triennale and Millennium bcp),
Ricardo Pereira (Architect representing Sines City Hall),
Rui Mendes (Curator of Universities Award).
A Terceira Água by Flora di Martino, Rita Martins and Saule Grybenaite, of the Faculty of Architecture, Porto University, was the project that raised the most relevant questions and better represented the main tendencies of the strategies to respond to the territorial problematic of Sines: which meant the conjugation of an urban core, industry and port structure.
De Encontro ao Mar by Carolina Dias e Cristina Silva of the Arts School, University of Évora; and Atlas de Sines by Anna Villa, Beatriz Morgado, Constança Lino, João Costa, Luca Salermo, Marco Meggiato, Marina Vismara, Paulo César and Vera Cunha, of Autónoma University of Lisbon.
The exhibition Sines: Seaside Logistics opens on 8 October 2016, at the Triennale’s HQ, with 20 selected projects coming from this competition.