Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Critical Lisboa, Critical Distance’s workshop

Coordination: Lev Bratishenko, Frederico Duarte, Becky Quintal
The Critical Distance cycle that was founded in 2011 with the patronage of Caixa Geral de Depósitos debuted in the workshop format. Critical Lisboa is dedicated to expression, discussion, writing and critical publication about architecture. From 16 to 21 July 2012, the notion that the architect and the public operate in ideologically disparate universes in their common search and desire to improve the city was confronted. For a week, they explored the challenges and obstacles that architecture critics must face, but also the strategies, tactics and tools they use to overcome them.

Coordinated by the independent researcher Lev Bratishenko, the design critic Frederico Duarte and the editor Becky Quintal, the participants developed a speculative editorial project, analysing the various means and messages available to today's critics, from essays, videos, opinion pieces, photographs, interviews with architects and other key players in the city to descriptive reviews of buildings or current controversies over public space. Aimed at students and young professionals interested in design, architecture and urban issues, participation was eligible for 8 credits from the Institute of Portuguese Architects.

The workshop was held in English, and had several partners specialized media online and printed for the exploration of the theme, namely: Architects Newspaper, Arte Capital, Arqa, Domus, Disegno , Design Observer – Places Journal and Público - P3.

With an intense schedule, from 09:30 to 18:00, the result of the workshop was publicly presented at Sinel de Cordes Palace, as reported by the media partners of this pedagogical initiative.

Check here more details about the 1st Critical Distance series.