7th Edition, 2018
OH Lisboa 2018
In this, its 7th edition, Open House Lisboa will once again hold many of the keys in the city for two days, over the weekend of 22 and 23 September, offering free and unforgettable visits to many buildings. We hereby invite all to discover the list of 84 spaces, 38 of which are new to the programme. This year we also offer nine Urban Tours of different parts of the city, with local specialists serving as guides. They are designed to provide better insight into the history, changes and architecture in the city’s neighbourhoods.
This was the proposal of our curator team for 2018, made up of the architect, critic and lecturer Luís Santiago Baptista, and the architect, lecturer and researcher Maria Rita Pais. The duo divided Lisbon up into nine areas, using a spatial and temporal arc that begins in the historic centre but sets out to take an X-ray of each zone, thus bringing reflection on the city into the contemporary period. It is our aim to reflect on the city of today whilst carrying with us knowledge of its history and the urbanistic developments that modernity has brought with it.
And the diversity in the guide for this year reveals precisely that: from a house in bourgeois Restelo to the “Pink Panther” housing block in Chelas; from the Conde Barão Garage to the Cecílio de Sousa Studio and to the Torre do Tombo National Archives Building. We then leave it to the visitor to create their own relationships, and reflect on their experience and on the alterations to their city. And because diversity not only played a role in the selection of the spaces; and, indeed, because Open House Lisboa is for everyone, we also have, as always, tours for groups with diverse disabilities, children’s activities and our Plus Programme.
Each year we provide a collectible view of Lisbon – views that are well worth keeping. For this reason our printed guide is different. The OH guide is now richer in content and can be used to read up on the programme, choose which spaces to go see, and gain insight into the spaces. The opening hours and other information are available on our website and on the map we make available for the most special weekend of the year. Open House Lisbon is yours, every year, to keep and reflect on.
A concept that was originally devised in London in 1992 by Victoria Thornton, Open House Lisbon is part of the big Open House Worldwide family. The Lisbon Triennale has been organising OH Lisboa since 2012. Since 2015 it has been doing so in partnership with EGEAC, Lisbon’s municipal cultural management company.
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To Inhabit a City in Transformation
Modernity has brought with it major transformations in terms of the organisation of the city of Lisbon, expanding it on a metropolitan scale and also leading to progressive transformation of its consolidated historic fabric. It is on the basis of this modern urban structure that the city has developed, giving rise to new dilemmas and challenges. Now that Lisbon repeatedly features on lists of the most attractive and cosmopolitan cities in the world, a reflection of the urban, social and cultural phenomena associated with a globalised world, we are now witnessing accentuated and accelerated transformation not only of the city’s physical structure, but also of how it is used and lived in. However, the processes of change are not a constant or identical across the city. They are closely linked to the specific nature of the various urban areas and take place at varying intensities and velocities. It is important to understand the multiple energies and stimuli each of these areas, with their different problems, needs and potentials, have and are subject to, and to never lose sight of the idea of the general interdependence and cohesion of the city.
Open House 2018 focuses on the affirmation of metropolitan Lisbon – the city we live in today, with all its modern and contemporary proposals. The exemplary works of architecture featured in this guide are seen in terms of their urban integration, taking the different ways of inhabiting the city into account, as well as the various dynamics at play in current city building. Accordingly, the aim is to showcase the role architects have played and continue to play in transforming and improving Lisbon. In short, Open House 2018 is an opportunity not only to celebrate the city we have now, but also to reflect on what kind of city we want in the future.
Luís Santiago Baptista and Maria Rita Pais (the curators)
Board and Staff
Open House Lisboa 2018
Luís Santiago Baptista
Maria Rita Pais
|Texts about the spaces|
|Coordination OH Lisboa|
Beatriz Caetano Bento
Filipa Tomaz (coordination)
Ana Rita Valente
André Veiga Rosa
Ana Cláudia Brás
Luís Filipe Fernandes
Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
José Mateus, Chairman
Nuno Sampaio, Vice–chairman
José Manuel dos Santos, Member
Maria Dalila Rodrigues, Member
Pedro Araújo e Sá, Member
|Communication and Press:|
Sara Battesti (coordination)
Cláudia Duarte (press)
Raquel Guerreiro (graphic design)
Susana Pomba (editor)
Isabel Antunes (coordination)
|Fundraising and Partnerships|
What can art do? 50 Years of May 68
Discover MAAT – Architecture Special
Expert/Guide: Tiago Oliveira
The Children’s Choir of the Marvila Library
A Tiger-Lily is Hard to Find
Positioning systems: techniques of disappearance
Lila Athanasiadou and Maria Alexandrescu
Saturday 10h30 and 16h
IBISCO Theatre Group – Open Rehearsal
Space. Sound. Body
Barbara Galli, Katharina Voigt, Nicolas Drössel, Simon Schankula – informal collective
My House Reflects Me
Expert/Guide: Inês Lobo
Expert/Guide: Ricardo Carvalho
Conversas de Curral
Santos, Príncipe Real and Campo de Ourique
Expert/Guide: Ana Vaz Milheiro
The Eggplant Princess
Saturday 11h and 12h
To be an architect of ideas
Expert/Guide: Tiago Mota Saraiva
1:1 A House at Full-Scale
Saturday 11h and 16h
Workshop Art for Non-Humans
with the artist Miguel Santos
Architecture is for us!
Expert/Guide: Patrícia Bento D'Almeida
The Ages of the City – Industrial Lisbon
Parque das Nações
Specialist/Guide: Michel Toussaint
Expert/Guide: Paulo Tormenta Pinto
Reactivate Relationships: Alegria Social Hub
Gennaro Giacalone and Roberta Pellé
The Glory of Lisbon
Crosstalks by Filmadoria
Joana Gouveia Alves, João Filipe Silva
Expert/Guide: José Manuel Fernandes