Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Independent Projects

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.


Check the FAQs2021-10-28


Check the FAQs2021-10-28

1. About

The Lisbon Triennale seeks proposals for self-financed projects that relate to the central programming of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale’s 6th edition, for the Autumn of 2022, and bear an independent and diversified character, essential for the living cultural mechanisms in the city and attentive to the liveliness of the debate around architecture.

We are looking for projects that stimulate and question the reflection on the theme for the 6th edition and enhance it, disclosing a broader creative and cultural view. The chosen proposals will be part of the official Triennale programme, sharing the international stage provided by the event with the central exhibitions.

2. Theme

The Triennale 2022, Terra, explores how new paradigms are changing our ways of place-making in a globalised Planet. In this predicament, architecture can ground us as much as it can elevate us. This concurrent background and foreground condition of architecture explores relationships and systems to enable change within a diverse set of socioeconomic conditions across the world.

Terra addresses how climate cha(lle)nges, pressure on resources, and socioeconomic and environmental inequities are profoundly intertwined. Understanding these complex situations requires a paradigm shift from a linear growth model (cities as machines) to a circular evolutionary model (cities as organisms).

The Triennale 2022 aims to create an open forum where multiple voices and perspectives can coexist beyond their apparent dualities, while celebrating daily life as well as aspirations for manifold futures in a diverse world.

The four nuclear exhibitions of the 6th edition of the Triennale are:

Curated by Tau Tavengwa and Vyjayanthi Rao
MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art


Curated by Pamela Prado and Pedro Ignacio Alonso
Garagem Sul – Centro Cultural de Belém

Communal by Design
Curated by José Pablo Ambrosi and Loreta Castro Reguera
MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology


Curated by Anastassia Smirnova with SVESMI

Check here a more detailed description of the nuclear program.

3. Eligibility

3.1 - Individual, Collective, International. Proposals can be submitted by individual or collective applicants, from different background areas, knowledge fields, and nationalities.

3.2 - Connection to the Theme. They must bear a clear connection to the themes of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale’s 6th edition to enhance their debate, and can take any format (Exhibition, Conference, Workshop, Performance, Publishing, or Other).

3.3 - Location. The projects must take place in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML).

In this edition, the Palácio Sinel de Cordes, headquarters of the Lisbon Triennale, is one of the venues available to host proposals that may be specially suited to that space, in limited numbers given the available area. See additional information about the Palácio Sinel de Cordes.

3.4 - Presentation Dates. Projects must occur during the 6th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which takes place between 29 September and 5 December 2022. As for long-term events, the date on which the projects will be carried out must coincide for at least one week with the dates above.

3.5 - Funding. Projects must be entirely self-funded. The production, assembly, and disassembly, as well as the host venue and any related licensing, are the sole responsibility of the proposals’ authors.

3.6 - Business purposes. Projects must not be for profit or for commercial purposes. However, they may generate revenue, which should be used solely and exclusively to finance the proposed activity and stakeholders, without the purpose of accumulating capital.

4. Dissimination

4.1 - Projects will be disseminated in the different channels and means of communication and dissemination of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and respective media partners, benefiting from extensive exposure.

4.2 - Each selected project will have a communication highlight in one (1) of the nine (11) weeks of this edition. The week will be defined by the communication department of the Lisbon Triennale. Each project can be advertised on its own channels and materials, regardless of the Lisbon Triennale’s dissemination.

4.3 - Selected projects are an integral part of the Triennale’s 6th edition.

4.4 - If the selected projects take place in the Palácio Sinel de Cordes, they must mention the venue in all public communication as “Palácio Sinel de Cordes”, whose address is Campo de Santa Clara 144-145, 1100-474 Lisboa.

5. Rights and Ownership

5.1 - The intellectual property rights of third parties, individual or collective, public or private, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark or design rights are the sole responsibility of the selected projects.

5.2 - Clear identification of all co-authors, collaborators, partners and support must be ensured by the authors of the candidate projects.

5.3 - Without prejudice to the provisions of the previous numbers, the selected projects and their respective texts, images, sound or related rights may be used by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale within the scope of the event, with no time limit and free of charge. The Lisbon Triennale will credit the authorship of any materials used (text or image), considering the information provided by the authors of the selected projects.

5.4 - When submitting the proposal, the proposing authors agree that their work is used in promotional materials related to the Lisbon Triennale, except when indicated, without prejudice to the respective copyright and intellectual property rights.

6. Selection

6.1 - A maximum of twelve (12) proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Proposal’s connection to the theme of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale’s 6th edition, in conjunction with the sub-theme(s) in which it fits;
  • Original idea, relevant and feasible project;
  • Relevance of the project team and their partnerships.

6.2 -  Only one (1) proposal per applicant will be accepted. If more than one proposal is received per applicant, only the last one submitted within the deadline will be considered.

7. Submission of  Proposals

7.1 - Online Form. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the online form. Applications sent by email, regular post or any other way will not be considered nor returned.

7.2 - English or Portuguese. All information entered, as well as the document to be submitted in the registration form, must be written in English or Portuguese.

7.3 -  The document submitted in the registration form must consider the following points:

7.3.1 - PDF format with horizontal orientation and optimised for reading on a computer screen, with a maximum size of 6 MB;

7.3.2 - It must include, for each member of the proposing team, name, date of birth, nationality and brief biography;

7.3.3 - It must briefly explain the relevance of the project and connection to the theme of the 6th edition;

7.3.4 - It must include three (3) illustrative images of the project.

7.4 - In case of selection, all the information contained in the form and attached documents can serve as a basis for the dissemination of the projects, so they must all be duly credited.

7.5 - There is no registration fee.

8. Changes to the Proposals

8.1 - Proposals submitted on the form must be as close as possible to the reality of their implementation and their feasibility.

8.2 - The Lisbon Triennale reserves the right to exclude any project whose changes to the original proposal differ in such a way from the elements which led to its selection that its relevance in relation to the objectives of this open call may be compromised.

9. Jury

  • Cristina Veríssimo (Chief Curator of the Triennale 2022)
  • Diogo Burnay (Chief Curator of the Triennale 2022)
  • José Mateus (Chairperson, Lisbon Triennale)
  • Filipa Tomaz (Educational Service Coordinator, Lisbon Triennale)
  • Tiago Pombal (Independent Projects Coordinator, Lisbon Triennale)

10. Clarifications

10.1 - This set of projects is part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale’s 6th edition. 

10.2 - Every clarification and doubt about the interpretation of the present guidelines, as well as other questions, must be submitted to the organisation by sending an e-mail message to within the period defined in the calendar of this call.

10.3 - The Lisbon Triennale will publish here the list of FAQ’s.

11. Dates

June 8, 2021

Clarification requests
By September 13, 2021

Online submission of proposals
By 23:59 UTC of November 1st, 2021

Announcement of selected proposals
By January 25, 2022

Reception of information to appear in disclosure
By May 3, 2022

Presentation of Projects
September 29 to December 5, 2022 (long-term projects must coincide at least one week with the indicated period)

12. Final Provision

The Lisbon Triennale reserves the right to amend these guidelines, committing itself to announcing such changes the same way used for the original guidelines.

13. Form

Entries must be submitted through this submission form.


Where can Independent Projects take place?

Independent Projects can materialise in the spaces of institutions with partnerships developed by the proponents or in the public space inside the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. In the 2022 edition, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale also opens the doors of Palácio Sinel de Cordes, its headquarters, to host Independent Projects.

Can only architects apply?

This call is open to everyone, whatever their background or field, whether individually or in groups. 

Are you only looking for proposals that are presented for the first time or others that have already been presented/materialised in the past?

The call is open to proposals that may have already materialised, and in such case the application must mention where and when the project has taken place, or first-time projects. However, the originality of the proposal is an important issue within the selection criteria.

Yes. Projects can be about any part of the world. However, they must have a representation in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area during the period indicated for the presentation of the Independent Projects, in the format that suits them best, such as an exhibition, a concert or a performance, for example.

My proposal has no images as it has not yet been materialised. Can I apply? How can I submit my application?

Yes, you can apply. However, it is always necessary to upload images that may be illustrative or suggestive of the concept, even if they do not represent the final project. If it is a publication that has not yet materialised, for example, images to be included in the publication can be uploaded, or even extracts from the book itself, in the formats mentioned on the application form.

Even though the projects are non-profit, can they have a box office?

Yes, they can. Projects cannot be for profit or commercial purposes. They may, however, generate revenue, which should be used exclusively for financing the proposed activity and intervening parties, without the purpose of accumulating capital.

My proposal is a conversation. Am I eligible?

Yes. Independent Projects do not have to be just physical installations but can also be conversations, get-togethers, workshops, performances, among others.