In architecture, a conference is one of the primordial ways of sharing knowledge. This conference cycles allows precisely that space, establishing a close proximity and dialogue between public and speakers.
Common Field is the new cycle that takes place between 2020-22, curated by Diana Menino and Felipe de Ferrari. This new approach makes architecture an imperative for change, in its condition of approaching the world and appropriation of reality. At the CCB, international guests gather around this field to analyze and debate the strategic attitude of architecture towards our days, among communities, people and different environments.
Between 2017 and 2019, in partnership with the Centro Cultural de Belém, the Critical Distance conferences called the debate a wide spectrum of guests, as emerging authors and forms of design beyond conventional programs, and opening space for the "fictional", cinematic or high-tech essays that open radically new paths to human habitat in extreme conditions.
In the first two cycles of Critical Distance (2011-2013 and 2014-2016), the eleven guests were references in thought and practice in contemporary architecture, with a consistent and unique career, widely recognized by critics as well as awarded. The programme also includes a workshop and a publication, with the launch of a Nude Anthology, held in partnership with the Coimbra Architecture Department Student Centre.