Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Closing the circle of European cooperation with a book

The experience of Future Architecture Platform, the first pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals and producers, bringing ideas on the future of cities and architecture to the wider public, has come to an end. To close the circle, Ljubljana’s MAO – Museum of Architecture and Design has published the Future Architecture Book, a register of this network’s fruitful work across its six-year period from 2015 to 2021.

The book is a long-term legacy resulting from this successful collaboration connecting organisations across Europe. FAP has fostered the visibility of the new generations of architects, created a European programme focused on architecture, and revealed a wide array of emerging talents with diverse perspectives. 

In this book, materials are treated as objects presented in their “as is” state, as an artifact or a ready-made, and the culture of collaboration is conveyed, rather than explained. In this sense, the book is an archive, preventing cultural production from vanishing. Using appropriation to recontextualise the materials, it is less focused on the content of the ideas presented, but rather as a look behind the collaborative mechanisms of the platform.

For the Lisbon Triennale, this cooperation with the FAP network led by the MAO was extremely productive: a conference in 2017, three exhibitions in 2016, 2020 and 2021 and an educational programme in 2019. These involved a total of 16 authors (individual and collective) from the most diverse origins, along with the participation of members in three of those initiatives. The Triennale also organised the coordination meeting hosted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2016, creating additional synergies with the 4th edition of the Triennale, The Form of Form. 

The book will be available for consultation at the Triennale's documentation centre, to be opened in the near future.

Three books displayed on a table. Blank cover with a black typeface for it title

Future Architecture Book, 2022 ©MAO

FAP members:
MAO Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Lisbon Architecture Triennale (Lisbon, Portugal)
MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts (Rome, Italy)
HDA House of Architecture (Graz, Austria)
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal)
Oslo Architecture Triennale (Oslo, Norway)
S AM Swiss Architecture Museum (Basel, Switzerland)
Estonian Museum of Architecture (Tallinn, Estonia)
Fundació Mies van der Rohe (Barcelona, Spain)
Museum of Architecture in Wrocław (Wroclaw, Poland)
dpr-barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
BINA Belgrade International Architecture Week (Belgrade, Serbia)
Tirana Architecture / Design Week (Tirana, Albania)
DAI-SAI Association of Istrian Architects (Pula, Croatia)
Theatrum Mundi (Paris, France)
VI PER Gallery (Prague, Czech Republic)
Forecast (Berlin, Germany)
Copenhagen Architecture Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Kosovo Architecture Foundation (Prishtina, Kosovo)
Architektūros fondas (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Design Biotop (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
CANactions (Kyiv, Ukraine)
The Royal Academy of Arts (London, United Kingdom)
Architectuul (Tallinn, Estonia)
Tbilisi Architecture Biennial (Tbilisi, Georgia)
BETA Timișoara Architecture Biennial (Timișoara, Romania)
Days of Architecture (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Gothenburg City Triennial (Gothenburg, Sweden)