Architecture in the street, Lisbon in your ears
The 9th edition and a handful of miles
On the last weekend of 26 and 27 September 2020 the Open House returned to the streets to celebrate the city’s architecture, exalt Lisbon’s personality and premiere a format. In a pandemic year, new rules and more distance, Triennale approached the desire to reinvent this programme, without postponing it to 2021. Because architecture doesn’t postpone itself, the 9th edition invited people to leave home to walk and wander through everyday places. For the first time, an eclectic selection of people from different areas of culture participated in this programme, bringing together a diversity of perspectives on the Portuguese capital to rediscover the same city.
For two days, those who discovered the suggested sound walks witnessed friends, family, couples and people alone walking the same streets, with a map in their hands and headphones in their ears. With a reinforced attention, people were looking around and Lisbon made this place of paths guided by the voices of Inês Meneses, Leonor Teles, Lígia Soares, Gonçalo Byrne, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Paula Moura Pinheiro, Rui Tavares and Tomás Wallenstein, a place of invitation and participation. There are those who have traveled the 700 meters of Space, Chair, Path and Writing of Gonçalo M. Tavares or those who have added more than 20 km doing the full eight journeys. We listened to Luís Severo and dressed those Olhos de Lince to tame the building around us, we became more familiar with names of buildings, we discovered galleries where we had never entered and thus the appetite was revived by the memories of the palate that several voices evoked.
Along with the urbanity that was explored between Damião de Góis or The Kaleidoscope Lovers, the children were also active participants in these tours through which we invited them to imagine the city and who inhabits it, or rethink its forms and creatures. There was an unparalleled adherence of the families who joined and also dedicated part of their time to the youngest. In 2020, the Open House Júnior was materialized in cards of playful activities designed to stimulate the exploration of observation and imagination around the world we inhabit.
We reinvented ourselves to underline the importance of the city and this event that highlights (our) September agenda. We joined efforts to make it possible to premiere it. Dizplay Soundlab was a great accomplice throughout the meticulous journey through the production of the audio files that total 454 minutes, making this project a reality. With them, we added many hours between the recording studio and the sound design to build and shape the audios that were the master GPS of these sensory journeys.
The sound walks were available on 25 September, 2020, on the official website from the SoundCloud platform, Spotify and usual aggregators. From 25 to 27 September, we recorded 4,766 reproductions distributed between 4,396 in SoundCloud and 370 in Spotify) and 2,118 downloads, the equivalent of 6,884 visits. The peak of users happened on Saturday, 26 September, with Gonçalo Byrne tour as the most requested. It was decided to keep these audio files in the air, giving the opportunity to those who were not available during the weekend to accept the invitation and be guided by unique personalities of culture in Portugal. Financed by the Directorate-General for the Arts, the Open House is a co-production between the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and EGEAC, as part of Lisboa Na Rua programme and involving their cultural spaces. Since its creation, it is supported by the strategic partnership of Lisbon City Hall and EDP Foundation and is part of the international network Open House Worldwide, which connects more than fifty cities around the world between five continents. This celebration once again involved institutional partners (Serra Henriques Foundation, Casa da Arquitectura, Metropolitano de Lisboa), with a set of media partners that amplified the dissemination (Antena 1, Archdaily, Canal180, Cision, Jornal Construir, FG+SG – Architecture Photography, Gerador, RTP), also had a team of students from ETIC, responsible for the production of videos, as well as several supports (Docomomo Portugal, ATL – Lisbon Tourism Association, Ammazza, Fab Lab Lisboa, Come, Gira – Lisbon Bicycles and Jardins Abertos) with whom we share this achievement.
And, with the usual strength, the volunteer team joined us to enroll this big family. The open call for become a Volt registered a higher number than necessary, exceeding our best expectations. This group composed of several ages and training areas brought the fundamental energy to favor the best enjoyment of this circuit that mapped Lisbon. In recognition of their generosity, we distributed snacks, offered vouchers and the trilogy of the 2010 Triennale catalogue. And, now, get to know our volunteers family:
Adalgisa Rodrigues, Alexandra Sorokina, Ana Catarina Correia, Ana Filipa Muxagata, Ana Rita Valente, André Rosa, Arthur Macedo, Barbara Arita, Beatriz Couto, Beatriz Gomes, Bruna Silva, Bruno Xisto, Carlos Jorrim, Carolina Cerqueira, Catarina Martins, Clara Sprung, Daniela Esteves, Diogo Santos, Diogo Veloso, Eduardo Barreira, Emilija Sequeira, José Francisco Loureiro, Gabriel Lima, Gabriela Magalhães, Gabriella De Souza Martins, Giovanna Belmiro, Guilherme Adão, Inês Inácio, Inês Marques, Inês Soares, Ingrid Guerth Mayer, Jared Fantasia, Joana de Lemos, Joana Simões, João Fernandes, João Gomes, João Pedro Simões, José Frutuoso, Jule Kurbjeweit, Julia Hachiya, Laura Sofia Pinzón, Leonor Joanes, Lina Jesus, Luísa Lisboa, Luisa Medina, Luiz Augusto Perine, Mafalda Pinto, Manuel Louro, Manuela Synek, Marcelo Ribeiro, Márcia Gonçalves, Marco Morais, Maria Cristina Camacho, Maria Nogueira, Mariana Faria, Mariana Luís, Marília de Jesus Pires, Marina de Carvalho, Marjory Ribeiro, Marta Custódia, Miguel Ferreira, Miguel Santos, Mónica Leonardo, Nicoleta Iurescu, Paula Rodrigues, Paulo Leone, Pedro Couto de Sousa, Raquel Ambrósio, Raquel Nunes, Raquel Pereira, Rebecca Nunes, Rei Balduino Simões, Rita Candeias, Rita Pedro, Roberta Marquardt, Rosana Lopes, Rúben Coelho, Sandra Samina, Sofia Rocha, Sofia Silva Correia, Susana Duarte, Tânia Pinheiro, Thamires Melo, Tiago Lourenço, Tiago Pinto, Tuany Oliveira, Vasylyna Kuzmych, Vinicios Brito, Vitor Moreira, Zaida Freire.
Our team was involved with the contribution of 54 people, dedicated to diverse challenges and areas. Now, we’re starting the work regarding the participation in the 1st international online festival of the Open House Worldwide that will take place on 14 and 15 November 2020, with our eyes set on the next edition for 2021, which is expected to be very special, since it’s the 10th anniversary.