Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
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Published by Polígrafa and Lisbon Architecture Triennale  

Edited by Sébastien Marot with the contribution of Matthieu Calame and illustrations of Martin Etienne

Design: Marco Balesteros (Letra)

1st edition, 2019

Text: English


Format: 13 x 21.2 cm, 216 pages, color and black and white illustrations and photos from various authors

Print run: 1800

With the support of Observatoire de la Condition Suburbaine (OCS), Research Lab of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de la Ville et des Territoirs in Paris-Est

ISBN 978-84-343-1389-7

ISBN of the set of the 5 volumes: 978-84-343-1393-4

© Trienal de Lisboa / Ana Guedes

Taking the Country's Side

The Poetics of Reason

Are metropolises really the “manifest destiny” of humankind? Is the environmental predicament calling for more concentration and incorporation? Or is it conducive to some kind of urban exodus? By and large, what might be the principles and ethics of design in such a condition? These are some of the issues that this book addresses.

Providing a rear-view mirror onto the parallel evolutions of agriculture, architecture and urbanism in the past centuries, its core hypothesis is that permaculture, which drew on vernacular and agrarian practices, and was framed 40 years ago as a design approach to the building and maintenance of resilient agro systems in times of energy descent, could deeply inspire architecture and landscape design today, and lead them into a new – and much urgently needed – “poetics of reason”.


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