Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Universities Competition steps into second stage

29 SEP 2022 - 05 DEC 2022
Various venues in the city of Lisbon
Curatorial Team: Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay, Anastassia Smirnova, Jose Pablo Ambrosi & Loreta Castro Reguera, Pamela Prado & Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Tau Tavengwa & Vyjayanthi Rao.
CCB/Garagem Sul, Culturgest, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, EDP/MAAT Foundation, Millennium bcp Foundation / MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art.
The first stage of proposal submission for the Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award Competition, curated by Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay, closed on February 7, 2022. Each proposal consists of the presentation of three A2-sized posters that combine text and images.

A total of 111 proposals were received, where 81 fall into the master’s degree tier and 30 into the research tier, the latter newly created for the 6th edition, Terra. These figures correspond to a participation of 46 schools, representing a group of 22 countries. The competition is thus enriched with a diverse scenery of the knowledge currently being produced in the academic context worldwide. 13 proposals were submitted from Portugal, which corresponds to a solid national participation, representing around 30%.

Considering the four themes of this competition, which respond to the core exhibitions, we received 57 proposals for Multiplicity, 48 for Retroact, 39 for Cycles and as many for Visionaries. The guidelines acknowledged that each proposal could be broken down into more than one theme.

The results of the first evaluation stage, carried out in complete anonymity, will be communicated to the applicants at the beginning of March 2022. The second stage for project development follows with a more restricted group, corresponding to the selection made by the jury of the competition which brings together the entire curatorial team of Terra. For the first time, the selection of proposals for the competition gives applicants the opportunity to integrate the main exhibitions, enhancing the four perspectives that reflect the motto of the Triennale 2022, whose doors open on September 29.

66 members from schools across five continents are involved in this competition. Bangalore, Cairo, Canada, Czech Republic, Queensland or Santiago de Chile, among many others, are a good example of the diversity reflected in this excellent result, which shows the importance of bringing to light the new generations that focus on architecture and its related areas.

The Triennale will also produce a digital publication with an anthology of critical essays based on the selection of proposals in the research tier.