Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Team of nine led by Éric Lapierre to curate the 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale

03 OCT 2019 - 02 DEC 2019
Éric Lapierre, Sébastien Marot, Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli, assistidos por Laurent Esmilaire, Tristan Chadney and Vasco Pinelo de Melo

A team led by Éric Lapierre, the architect whose award winning practice is based in Paris, has been appointed as the curatorial team of the fifth edition of Lisbon Architecture Triennale, to be held from October to December 2019. The curatorial team, which runs the master Architecture & Experience in the school of architecture of Marne-la-Vallée (Paris), and will co-operate with philosopher Sébastien Marot, is composed of a highly qualified group of practitioners and theoreticians: Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli, Laurent Esmilaire, Tristan Chadney and Vasco Pinelo de Melo.


The conceptual framework of the fifth Lisbon Triennale

Contemporary architecture seems split between iconic buildings that aim to be monuments by forgetting their links to history and to the theoretical issues upon which the discipline has rested for ages, on the one hand, and buildings which are sated with historical references considered as an almost infinite reservoir of forms ready to be mixed at will, irrespective of their condition of appearance and meaning, on the other hand. In order to try overcoming these typical dead ends of post-truth architecture, this proposal wishes to state that high architecture has always been based on a specific rationality. This rationality is what allows buildings to communicate clear as well as obscure but always understandable meanings through the poetics of architecture. The fifth Triennale will aim to define the specificity of architectural rationality in order to keep creating relevant architectures bound to the past without nostalgia or literal quotations, and linked to this eternal core of architectural theory that needs to be permanently updated and modified so as to remain the same.


About the Chief Curator

Éric Lapierre is architect and theoretician of architecture. He is the founder and principal of Éric Lapierre Experience (ELEx), his Paris based organization that coordinates both his activities as builder and as writer. ELEx buildings are recognized on national and international level through many awards and publications. They aim at keeping architecture as a sophisticated cultural medium in the contemporary ordinary condition.

Éric Lapierre teaches design and theory of architecture at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée (Paris), and in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and has been guest teacher at Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Université de Montréal (UdM), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and KU Leuven in Ghent. Among other books, he has edited Identification d’une ville – Architectures de Paris, 2002; Guide d’architecture de Paris 1900-2008, 2008; Le Point du Jour A Concrete Architecture, 2011;Architecture Of The Real, 2004, and Se la forma scompare, la sua radice è eterna, 2017.


About Lisbon Architecture Triennale

By all measures, the past edition of the Lisbon Triennale was a resounding success. Exceeding our best expectations, the 2016 edition featured the visionary ideas of 178 participants from 38 countries with a programme of 121 events that has received wide critical acclaim. The Lisbon Triennale is also pleased to announce that Lisbon City Hall, EDP Foundation, Millennium bcp Foundation and the Portuguese Ministry of Culture - Directory General for the Arts renewed their support of this major architectural forum positioning Lisbon as a leading cultural destination.