Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Main Exhibition of Triennale 2019 inaugurates in Switzerland

The exhibition Agriculture and Architecture: Taking the Country’s Side opened on 26 February at the Archizoom gallery, which is part of the campus of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL), with the participation of the curator Sébastien Marot.

After its premiere in Lisbon as part of the central programme of Triennale 2019, receiving 8108 visitors, this second moment of presentation is part of an itinerary tour that is being designed. Taking the Country’s Side is now presented at this renowned school where the curator Sébastien Marot teaches Environmental History. Held in co-production between Triennale and CCB/Garagem Sul, it explores the evolution of agriculture and architecture, two complementary practices of domestication that emerged together about ten thousand years ago, during the Neolithic Revolution. Through an indispensable historical retrospective in the current context of environmental awareness, the philosopher recalls the observation of these twin subjects. The school, which was classified in 2018 as the 17th world school of architecture, was involved in the research process of the exhibition, giving answers to the challenges of our contemporary society.

Due to the relevance of the questions it raises, the exhibition is aimed not only at architects but at all those who are concerned with the current evolution of the environment in which we live. 
For Triennale of the greatest relevance to be able to expand the scope of this rigorous study in which the public can learn concepts such as permaculture, social ecology or agroecology through a series of panels and videos with interviews with authors and thinkers of these disciplines, anchored in a chronological line that illustrates the evolution of agriculture and architecture. 

In addition there’s a programme of public events:

- 25 March, 19:00 - Debate with Georges Descombes, Éric Lapierre and Sébastien Marot 
- 1 April, 18:30 - Conference on Agriculture and Regionalism, moderated by Paola Viganò
- 8 April, 18:30 - Conference on Agriculture and Territory, moderated by Elena Cogato Lanza
- 14 March and 4 April - Workshops for children

In Lisbon, the exhibition was open from 5 October 2019 to 16 February 2020 at CCB - Garagem Sul, gathering people who operate in architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, geography, research, as well as a younger public through visits from schools of different academic levels. The interest in the topics it addresses was also visible in the sale of the resulting publication, whose 1st edition of 1800 copies quickly sold out.

Taking the Country’s Side is open at Archizoom from 27 February to 29 April, Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays, from 2pm to 6pm, with free admission. After Lausanne, Switzerland, the exhibition continues its journey to locations to be announced soon.

Sébastien Marot 

Philosopher and professor of environmental history at the School of Architecture of the city and territories of Paris-Est and visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (in the programme led by Rem Koolhaas and AMO) and at the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne. He is a regular writer on the genealogy of contemporary theories in architecture, urban design and landscaping, as well as being the author of several books on the same themes. He was part of the curatorial team of Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, The Poetics of Reason.