Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
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Published by Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Edited by Lars Müller Publishers

1st edition, 2016

Text: English

Format: 228 color pages, with 230 illustrations

ISBN: 9783037785041

The Form of Form

What is architectural form? What does architectural form mean? And why is it so significant today? Well, from our perspective, architecture is a visual construct with a full field of responsibilities and hidden values. Even before we think about architecture as a means of design, architecture is a type of knowledge. After all the tensions and frictions that happen during the physical and social transformations of our cities and landscapes, when all the fuss is over, and the different agents who contributed to change have left the field of play, what is left is a built form. Citizens live among forms; architectural forms have endured from the past and they will populate the future.


Architects transform the world with architecture, and regardless of the perspective adopted in discussing those transformations it all comes down to the forms the architects are able to produce or preserve. Despite the historical significance of form in architecture, the subject is frequently ignored in architectural debate. The Triennale  2016 publications — an English book published by Lars Müller and a series of Portuguese publications — explore a variety of ideas relating to form, not only through aesthetic and technological approaches but also from social and political positions. The contents underline the cultural and technical relevance of architecture to society. The publications of the 4th edition are linked by a narrative sequence that unfolds in a number of episodes: one pertaining to form and authorship (The Form of Form), another focusing on processes and the construction of forms (Building Site), and a third on cities and the complexities of analysing and representing urban forms (The World in Our Eyes). The final episodes (The Limits of Landscape and Ruins of the Apocalypse) address the contemporary challenges of architectural practice. A series of four discussions in between the chapters connects the threads to form a cohesive theme that shapes this book.



Available at:
Monade (Lisbon)