Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
16 JUN 2021 - 17 JUN 2021
Palácio Sinel de Cordes
Free Admission
Direção-Geral das Artes
Additional info
Debate on June 16 :

Organised by: Samuel de Brito Gonçalves
Guests: Álvaro Domingues, Helena Roseta, Joana Couceiro, Sónia Alves

Debate on June 17:
Organised by: Anna Puigjaner & Moisés Puente
Guests: B+ & Lacol

Terrassenhaus project conceived by Brandlhuber+ studio © David von Becke

In Conflict

Lisbon Debates

In 2021, the studio depA is in charge of the Portuguese Official Representation, with the project In Conflict aiming to learn from processes characterised by conflict, questioning the problem of living, in its physical and social dimensions through an exhibition showcased at the Palazzo Giustinian Lolin in Venice and a series of in-person debates taking place in three cities: Lisbon, at the headquarters of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale; Porto, at the Mira Forum and in Venice, at the Pavilion of Portugal.

To think about the role of architecture as an artistic, public, political and ethical discipline, we welcome two debate sessions at Palácio Sinel de Cordes. 

Public Housing - No Silver Bullet
June 16, 2021, 7pm

What Future for the Public Housing Policy in Portugal? 

This is a moment of an unprecedented challenge. With the certainty of a new economic crisis haunting this decade, the public housing policy becomes a national emergency. While the housing problem grows, new strategies and public funds are being drafted to tackle it. It is crucial to ensure their proper implementation, avoiding errors from the past, and fostering flexible solutions, adapted to the territory’s contradictory mosaic. It is a long-known challenge, but there isn’t still a silver bullet.

This is the brief for the Public Housing – No Silver Bullet debate, a prospective view to complement the historical and critical data on display at the In Conflict exhibition, the Portuguese Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura. It brings together five guests. Two architects will drive the discussion, by questioning (and provoking) three experts in different fields - geography, sociology and politics - in order to outline driven principals for an imperative new national public housing approach.

The session includes the screening of the documentary Morada  (23') which proposes a cinematographic map of the housing architecture supported by the Portuguese state, studied in the research project Mapping Public Housing. Through a continuous movement in a fictitious address, contexts are suggested and some of the most emblematic buildings constructed by public housing programs are presented, in one of the most contested periods of recent Portuguese history. Directed by Luis Martinho Urbano, you can have a look on the documentary teaser.

Álvaro Domingues is a geographer, PhD in Human Geography, researcher and Professor at FAUP. He worked alongside the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Foundation for Science and Technology, the Portuguese Architecture Guild (OA), among others, in numerous research projects and publications. Its activity focuses on Human Geography, Landscape, Urbanism and Urban Policy. Álvaro writes regularly for the Portuguese newspaper Público.

Helena Roseta, architect, has dedicated her life to the public cause serving as mayor, city councillor, Parliament deputy and Portuguese representative in the Council of Europe. Was President of the Portuguese Association of Architects (OA) from 2001 to 2007. Helena led some of the most important public initiatives for housing and citizen participation, such as the municipal BIP-ZIP (awarded as Best Practice in Citizen Participation in 2013 by the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy), the Housing Basic Law (2019), and the “Healthy Neighbourhoods” Program in 2020.

Joana Couceiro is an architect, researcher and professor graduated by the Architecture Department at University of Coimbra (2005) and PhD by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (2018) with a thesis entitled “Chiado e Estilo. A importância da noção de Estilo na construção do Chiado de Siza”. She is an invited assistant professor at FAUP since 2013, on the subject of History of Modern Architecture, and a supervisor of Master’s Degree dissertations and PhD Thesis. She is a co-founder of the publishing house, bookshop and gallery Circo de Ideias (2008/2018). In the curatorial field she also highlights the five editions of PechaKucha Night Porto (2008/2010) and the fifth edition of Open House Porto (2019). Author of several texts and articles, she also has been the co-author of various projects, some of which were published in leading journals.

Sónia Alves is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of University of Lisbon, and a visiting researcher at the BUILD - Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University. Her work focuses primarily on aspects of comparative planning and urban policy and the differential impact of housing policies upon social groups and areas within cities. Major themes in her research have included analysis of the relationship between planning and housing; and between rent regulation and housing rehabilitation in Portugal and in European housing systems.

Luís Martinho Urbano (Coimbra, 1972) is an architect and teacher at the Faculty of Architecture of Porto University. He has a doctoral degree from the same university, with the final thesis “Between two worlds. Architecture and Cinema in Portugal, 1959-1974”. He works as an editor at JACK magazine - Journal on Architecture and Cinema and he is the author of Histórias Simples (2013). He directed short films such as Sizígia (2021), A Casa do Lado (2012) Como se Desenha uma Casa (2014) and the documentary Morada (2019). He is the director of Cultural Association JackBackPack and the vice-president of Marques da Silva Foundation. 

Samuel Gonçalves graduated in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. He worked at the Chilean studio Elemental as a team member of the Innovation Center UC project (Santiago, Chile) and several social housing projects, such as the incremental public housing complex in Constitución, Chile. In 2015 he founds his own studio – Summary – focused on prefabricated architecture. He is currently developing the public project for 25 low-cost houses in Arouca, Portugal, in order to face the exponential rise of private housing market prices. His work has been exhibited in several venues, such as La Biennale di Venezia (2016), the Boston Society of Architects (2019) and the Bauhaus Centenary (2019).

Photo: “Bairro da Jamaica”, one of many places affected by a coronavirus outbreak in Portugal. The inhabitants have been steadily rehoused since 2017. The process should be concluded by the end of 2019. However, 74 families are still living there, under poor conditions.

Domestic Matters
June 17, 2021, 7pm

With B+ & Lacol
Moderated by Anna Puigjaner & Moisés Puente 

The precarity upon which contemporary life relies, has boosted the different types of ownership, social relations and management systems. Domestic Matters is a one-day event which will put in conversation two architectural practices, LaCol and Brandlhuber+, with the aim of establishing an open debate about contemporary domestic realities, their conflicts and possible futures.
You can watch this In Conflict round table here.

LaCol is a cooperative of architects that works in the neighbourhoods of Sants, in Barcelona. They work from architecture toward social transformation, using architecture as a tool to intervene critically in the environments that are closest to them. They root their activity in a horizontal system of labor, acting alongside society with justice and solidarity in mind.

Brandlhuber+ is a collaborative practice founded in 2006 by Arno Brandlhuber in Berlin. The practice is devoted to the idea of collaboration with other practices, disciplines, and individuals. Their work includes architectural and research projects, exhibitions, publications, and political interventions. Resulting from reflections on the shifting parameters that guide and shape their work, between practice and theory, the office is currently in transition to become B+. The Lisbon Triennale invited Arno Brandlhuber for a Critical Distance conference held in Lisbon in 2019.

Anna Puigjaner is an architect, a founder member of the MAIO architecture studio in Barcelona and Associate Professor at Columbia University. Her research on the ‘Kitchenless City’ was awarded the Wheelwright Prize by Harvard University in 2016.

Moisés Puente is an architect and editor. He was on the editorial committee of the Quaderns d’Architecture de Urbanisme magazine, worked with publisher Gustavo Gili as editor and a director of 2G magazine. He runs the Puente Editores publisher.