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Lisbon Architecture Triennale
12 Sep – 15 Dec 2013

Close, Closer is a series of exhibitions and public programmes which aims to challenge and question the role of the architect in contemporary society. We are initiating a discussion around this fast-changing landscape and your input is critical. How can we get closer? It's over to you!

Read the Close, Closer launch booklet



  • Artéria (PT)
    © Rui Pinheiro

    Participant in New Publics
    ARTÉRIA is an independent studio working closely with liberal professionals and artists, aiming to conceive and develop urban renewal projects. ARTÉRIA draws proposals within an interdisciplinary framework with a view to creating unique projects together with public and private institutions. ARTÉRIA works the social, cultural and artistic dimensions of architecture, involving communities in the production of their own intervention programs.

  • Alex Schweder (US)

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Alex Schweder’s “performance architecture” is based on the notion that relationships between occupied spaces and occupying subjects are permeable. A person perceives their environment and is then changed by that perception. They then alter their environment to align with this new fantasy. This process continues and referring to subjects and spaces as distinct becomes irrelevant.

  • Anil Menon (IN)

    Anil Menon writes stories. Short stories, long stories, spec-fic stories, realist stories, stories that go well with chai, stories that don't, stories with brown people, stories without, stories about what is, what isn't, and yet. Menon’s short fiction can be found in magazines and anthologies such as Albedo One, Chiaroscuro, InterZone, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, New Genre, Sybil's Garage, Strange Horizons, TEL: Stories and Apex World SF. His first novel “The Beast With Nine Billion Feet” (Zubaan) is available in Crosswords, Landmark, Odyssey and other major stores. Along with Vandana Singh, he co-edited Breaking The Bow, an international anthology of speculative short fiction inspired by `the' Ramayan.

  • Andrés Jaque (ES)

    Participant in New Publics
    Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation explore the potential of post-foundational politics and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology to rethink architectural practices. The office's slogan is 'ARCHITECTURE IS TECHNOLOGICALLY RENDERED SOCIETY' and is currently devoted to the study of connected-domesticities like politically-activated urbanism. IKEA Disobedients, PHANTOM, TUPPER HOME, NeverNeverLand, ESCARAVOX, Plasencia Clergy House are part of their works.

  • Bart Hess (NL)

    Participant in Future Perfect

    Bart Hess explora vários campos artísticos combinando estudos, animação e fotografia de uma forma surrealista. Levando ao limite as fronteiras do design têxtil, os seus designs transcendem o ofício estendendo-se a outros media como animação, filme e fotografia tornando assim indefinidos os limites entre pele e têxtil, novas espécies e ser humano.

  • Bas Princen (NL)

    Bas Princen is an artist who lives and works in Rotterdam. He studied Design for Public Space at the Design aca-demy in Eindhoven, and Architecture at the postgraduate Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. His most recent publication ‘reservoir’ was published by Hatje Cantz on the occasion of his solo show at deSingel in Antwerp. In 2004 he was awarded the Charlotte Kšhler Prize, and in 2010 he won the Silver Lion, together with Office KGDVS, at the Venice Biennale.

  • Bruce Sterling (US)

    A futurist, journalist, science-fiction author and design critic, Bruce Sterling is best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which defined the cyberpunk genre. His nonfiction works include The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier; Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years; and Shaping Things. He is a contributing editor of Wired magazine, for which he writes on a wide range of topics, including politics, globalization and offshoring, technology and security, and the potential of NGOs. He also writes a weblog. During 2005, Sterling was the "visionary in residence" at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2008, he was the guest curator for the Share Festival of Digital Art and Culture in Torino, Italy, as well as the visionary in residence at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In 2011, he returned to Art Center as visionary in residence to run a special project on augmented reality. Bruce Sterling has appeared on Nightline, The Late Show, Morningside, MTV, and TechTV and in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Nature, I.D., Metropolis, Technology Review, Der Spiegel, La Stampa, La Repubblica, and many other venues.

  • Carlos Azeredo Mesquita (PT)

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    A photograher and graphic designer, Carlos Azeredo Mesquita has a particular interest in the relationship between the legitimizing power of photography and the perception of truth, fiction, enactment and context. He holds a degree in Commmunication Design by the Fine Arts Faculty of Porto University and he was a Moholy-Nagy scholarship holder at the Bucharest Art and Design University.


  • Carlos Vaz Marques (PT)

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Editor of Granta magazine in Portugal. Radio broadcaster hosting three programs in TSF, the main portuguese radio station for information in Portugal. Director of a travel writing collection of books in Tinta-da-china, an independent publishing house.

  • Carsten Höller (DE)

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Carsten Höller, b. 1961, Brussels, lives and works in Stockholm. His work has been shown internationally over the last two decades, including in solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York, USA (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (2011); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2010); MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA (2006); Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2000).

  • Christina Seely (US)

    Christina Seely is a photographer and professor based in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is a part of many private and public collections including: The West Collection, Oaks, Pennsylvania; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. She received her B.A. from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (1998) and her M.F.A. in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (2003). Seely is a member of the faculty of the California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco in the photography, interdisciplinary and graduate programs. She is also a principal member of Civil Twilight, a design collective whose Lunar Resonant Streetlights (streetlights that dim and brighten in correlation with the moon phases) won Metropolis Magazine’s, 2007 “Next Generation Design Competition”.

  • The Center for Genomic Gastrono...The Center for Genomic Gastronomy Center (NO/US)
    ©Shai Heredia

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    The Center for Genomic Gastronomy is an independent research institute that explores the genomes and biotechnologies that make up the human food systems on planet earth. The Center presents its research through public lectures, publications, meals and exhibitions. We have collaborated with scientists, chefs and hackers in North America, Europe and Asia.

  • Charlie Koolhaas (NL)

    Dutch sociologist and artist Charlie Koolhaas (born in London, 1977) graduated with a BA in sociology from New York University (1999), and an MA in interactive media from Goldsmith University (2004). She has contributed extensively to magazines, books, and exhibitions with her writing, art, and photography and is founder and editor of UNIT magazine, based in Guangzhou, China. In 2007, she was cocurator and visual director for the Shenzhen Biennale, China. She participated in Dubai Nextat the Vitra Design Museum, Germany (June, 2008). True Cities, her solo photography exhibition at the AedesLand Gallery in Berlin, featured images of four of the largest urban agglomerations: Guangzhou, Dubai, Lagos, and London (June, 2009). She exhibited in Room for Thought at the Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Switzerland (October, 2010), True Cities at the Architectural Assocaiation in London (2011), and has been a part of Art Dubai in 2011 and 2012.

  • CUP - Center for Urban Pedagogy (US)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    A collaborative enterprise founded originally in 1997 The Center for Urban Pedagogy, (CUP) (US), is a non-profit organisation that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them. We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation. CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations. The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

  • Daniel Beltra (ES)

    Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in images of our environment that are evocatively poignant. The most striking large-scale photographs by Beltrá are images shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale. After two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, he produced many visually arresting images of the man-made disaster. Over the past two decades, Beltrá’s work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields. For his work on the Gulf Oil Spill, he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Yea in 2011. In 2009, Beltrá received the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by Prince Charles. In 2007 and 2006 he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo.

  • Daniel Fernández Pascual (ES)

    Participant in New Publics
    Daniel Fernández Pascual (Spain, 1984) is an architect, urban designer and researcher focusing on the informal shaping of Space through legal loopholes. He graduated in architecture at Madrid ETSAM School of Architecture, Univesidad Politécnica. He also holds a dual MA degree in Science of Urban Design from the Technische Universität Berlin and the Tongji University Shanghai. Currently, he is a La Caixa Foundation fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London, where he is conducting his MPhil/PhD research on Speculation, Sovereignty and Territorial Boundaries concerning the Spanish Real Estate crisis. His work has been featured in international media, such as Domus, Quaderns, Architectural Review, The State and Pidgin.

  • Design as Politics (NL)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    Design as Politics is a one of a kind academic research centre. Initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu) and housed within the faculty of architecture at Delft University of Technology, Design as Politics is exploring, researching and defining the boundaries, commonalities and tensions between the fields of politics and design. Far from being neutral, self-explanatory, or merely functional, Design as Politics analyses the making of political choices behind the design agendas, as well as the values and ethical issues reflected by them. Manifesting as an exhibition of the work undertaken at the institute and through a series of talks, Design as Politics presents an investigation into design, democracy, politics and education.

  • Brice Richard (FR)


  • Estudio SIC (ES)

    Participant in New Publics
    Estudio [SIC] is a professional architecture office focused on architecture, city and territory progress from a multidisciplinary, proactive and committed structure. The activity is centered on the investigation and development of matters related to the dynamic processes of architecture and the landscape. The inclusion of a multilateral collaboration between different disciplines provides extra value for buildings; public spaces and urban identity; improving local commerce; more sustainable mobility and global efficiency, looking for a better ways to understand these fields.

  • Fabrica (IT)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    Fabrica is a communication research centre. Established by Benetton in 1994, it offers young people from around the world a one­year scholarship, accommodation and a round­trip ticket to Fabrica, enabling a highly diverse group of researchers. The range of disciplines is equally diverse, such as design, communication, photography, code, video, music, journalism and media, and so on. Fabrica is based near Treviso, Italy, in a tailor­made campus centred on a 17th­century villa restored and significantly augmented by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Fabrica remains an integral part of the Benetton Group, though produces its research work in collaboration with a wide variety of clients.


  • Factory Fifteen (UK)

    Participant in Future Perfect

    Factory Fifteen are a UK based film and animation studio, led by directors Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls and Kibwe Tavares, whose backgrounds range from architecture, 3d visualisation, engineering, animation and photography. They create award winning and evocative films and animations that have been exhibited around the world in various film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, The Royal Academy, Africa International Film Festival and London Short Film Festival, among others.


  • Fernando García-Dory (ES)

    Participant in New Publics
    Fernando García-Dory's (b. 1978) work engages specifically with issues affecting the relation between culture-nature now,  embodied within the contexts of landscape, the rural, desires and expectations related with identity aspects, crisis, utopy and social change. He studied Fine Arts and Rural Sociology in Madrid and Amsterdam, and now prepairing his PhD on Agroecology.


  • Francisca Benítez (CL)

    Participant in New Publics
    Artist, retired architect, born and raised in Chile. Lives and works in New York since 1998 using a wide array of media that includes drawing, photography, text, video and performance. Slowly learning sign languages. Exhibits internationally, most recently at Museo de Artes Visuales (Santiago, 2013), Museo del Barrio (New York, 2011) and Parc de La Villette (Paris, 2011).

  • Frida Escobedo (MX)

    Participant in New Publics
    Frida Escobedo founded her practice in 2006. From 2003 to 2006 she was co-director of the architectural firm Perro Rojo. Her work has focused mainly on reactivating urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten, through focal projects that range from housing and community centers to hotels and gallery spaces. The work of Frida Escobedo has been published and presented both in exhibitions and lectures- nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was winner of the Young Architects Forum, organized by the Architectural League of New York. In 2004 she was awarded with the Scholarship for Young Creators by the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA). In 2012 her work was presented in the Mexican Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial in Venice and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, in San Francisco. Also in 2012, she was invited to participate in a collective exhibition in Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and she presented her first solo exhibition at LIGA in Mexico City.

  • Friendly Fire (PT)
    © Friendly Fire

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Friendly Fire is an independent architecture collective interested in subversive and humorous narratives and practices based in Porto. It operates from a tiny corner shop in the Bouça Housing Complex designed by Álvaro Siza – the city's first Pritzker Prize laureate. Friendly Fire is fully designed in AutoCad and manually put together in Fânzeres, our self-dubbed fanzine Mecca.

  • Kiluanji Kia Henda (AO)
    © Unai Ruiz

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola, 1979), autodidact, belongs to an emerging generation of Angolan artists with a significant international career. He took part in several artist residency programs in Angola, South Africa, China, Italy, France and Brazil. He was the recipient of the National Prize for Culture and Arts (Ministry of Culture – Angola, 2012).

  • Greg Girard (CA)

    Based in Shanghai, Greg Girard is a photographer working to record the changes taking place in China and across Asia for leading editorial and corporate clients. In 1986 he began his photographic career at Asiaweek, covering news and features in Hong Kong. Between 1987 and 1997 Girard photographed on assignment across Asia. In 1993, with co-author Ian Lambot, he published the book City of Darkness, a document of the final years of Kowloon's "Walled City," a Hong Kong high-rise that was home to 35,000 people. In 2002, in collaboration with fellow photographer Fritz Hoffmann, Girard launched the picture agency documentCHINA, an online archive specializing in contemporary photography from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Girard's photographs have appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, Elle, Paris-Match, Stern, the New York Times Magazine, and others worldwide. His work has been exhibited in galleries in South Korea, London, Germany, Helsinki, and New York.

  • Greg White (UK)

    Greg’s work reveals a love of function and mystery combined in the graphic elements of architecture and landscape. He is inspired by repetitions of form in space. An unflinching modernism and cool detachment inflects all his images, in the bright whites of super-watt bulbs and in light-filled landscapes. His first monograph, Svalbard, was published in 2010 and most recently Chernobyl was published in 2013 in which his images of the devastated area combine with portraits and landscapes of the New Safe Confinement: a huge engineering project to make safe the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant. Notable awards include the prestigious title of AOP Photographer of the Year (2008) and ADC Young Gun in New York (2009). Greg’s work has appeared in Wallpaper*, Wired, The Times, Eureka, Next Level, Creative Review, MARK, V-Man, LIV, Car, Four Seasons, Rocks, Dazed, Ferrari Mag, Lexus Mag, Popular Science, Process Journal, BJP and Viewpoint.He has photographed cars for Toyota, Peugeot, BMW, Audi, Nissan, Volkswagen and Lexus among others. Client commissions include BP, Nike, BNP Paribas, Glenmorangie, Swarovski, TFL and COI, Ubisoft, Vaseline and Sony.


  • Institut für Raumexperimente (DE)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    The Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments) is an educational research project by Prof. Olafur Eliasson, affiliated to the College of Fine Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and supported by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. The Institut für Raumexperimente is under the direction of artist Olafur Eliasson and his team of colleagues, Christina Werner and Eric Ellingsen. In the Institut für Raumexperimente an experimental, transdisciplinary, and participative form of teaching is practised, providing spaces for the generation of a co­production of knowledge and of art while simultaneously opening the participants to social discourse. As an experimental platform for the investigation of spatial dimensions and the development of artists’ perception, the Institut für Raumexperimente promotes programmatic links between art, science and society. The Institute started in 2009 and will close its program after ten semester in 2014.


  • Jonathan Dotse (GH)

    Jonathan Dotse is a techno-progressive who seeks to explore, develop, and promote science- and speculative-fiction pertaining to the people of Africa. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems at Ashesi University College, in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Jonathan is currently working on his debut novel; a detective mystery/thriller set in the sprawling metropolis of Accra in the middle of the 21st century. He discusses the future of African science fiction on his blog at afrocyberpunk.com.

  • Jornal Arquitectos (PT)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    The Jornal Arquitectos, J–A for friends, is the quarterly magazine of the Portuguese “Ordem dos Arquitectos”. As such, it is an editorial outlet of the professional association of architects in Portugal and the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale overlaps its 247th issue. Published since 1981 it has evolved from a monthly magazine with a broadsheet format to its current conventional magazine standard. It has had as directors António Mattos Gomes, Gonçalo Byrne, Fernando Gonçalves, Francisco Silva Dias, Michel Toussaint and Manuel Graça Dias. Since 2005 the director and the editorial team have been appointed following an open competition among architects, its directors being José Adrião and Ricardo Carvalho between 2005-2008, Manuel Graça Dias and Ana Vaz Milheiro between 2009-2012. It has around 14.000 copies print run and it is distributed among all Portuguese architects, several features having its English translation available online. The editorship is awarded as result of an open call. For the current series, JA seeks to react positively to a complicated social situation by showing architecture can still be a mighty force for the transformation of society.

  • LIGA - espacio para arquitectura (MX)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    LIGA, espacio para arquitectura, is an exhibition platform in Mexico City established to promote the exchange of ideas and investigation on contemporary architectural practice in Latin America. It is a space of encounter to enhance the dialogue amongst professionals and those interested. We focus mainly on Latin America, but the space is open to other international proposals to expand contexts and open the debate. The exhibitions will have an approximate duration of 3 months. We will invite every architect or studio to realize a specific exhibition proposal for the space, according to his or her way of working and thinking. Every project will presented through a dialogue with the invited architect in order to explain their work and their proposal for LIGA in a direct way to our public. The installations at LIGA will be furthermore complemented with an inedited text and a 60 by 90cm poster designed by the invited architect. These posters can be picked up for free when visiting the exhibition space.  In due time these different poster will become an active archive of the most interesting emerging studios from Latin America and abroad.
    LIGA is a non profit initiative, organized by Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime y Wonne Ickx from the architectural studio PRODUCTORA, in collaboration with Ruth Estevez, curator and art critic.



  • Maria Fusco (IE)

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer, based in Scotland. She writes fiction, critical and theoretical texts and edit publications, and contribute to a broad range of international magazines, books and catalogues. Her work is has been translated into seven languages.

  • Marshmallow Laser Feast (UK)

    Participant in Future Perfect

    Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) is a London-based creative and artistic studio that produces ground-breaking projects at the intersection of arts and cutting-edge technologies and whose focus is to create emotional and engaging experience with the audience. Founded in 2011 by three multi-talented visual artists - Memo Akten, Robin McNicholas and Barney Steel –  the studio have already been present at Curtain Hall, Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity and STRP Biennale.

  • Mediated Matter Group ()

    Directed by Neri Oxman, the Mediated Matter Group at MIT’s Media Lab is dedicated to the development and application of novel processes that enable and support the design of physical matter, and its adaptability to environmental conditions in the creation of form. Their research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication. This enables mediating synergies between objects and environment; between humans and objects; and between humans and environment. The group’s goal is to enhance the relation between natural and man-made environments by achieving high degrees of design customization and versatility, environmental performance integration, and material efficiency. They seek to establish new forms of design and novel processes of material practice at the intersection of computer science, material engineering, design and ecology, with broad applications across multiple scales.

  • Michael Wolf (DE)

    The focus of the German photographer Michael Wolf’s work is life in mega cities. Many of his projects document the architecture and the  vernacular culture of metropolises. Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Venice Bienniale for Architecture, Aperture Gallery, New York, Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland, Museum for work in Hamburg, Germany, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is held in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, California; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum Folkwang, Essen and the German Museum for Architecture, Frankfurt. He has won first prize in the world press photo award competition on two occasions (2005 & 2010) and an honorable mention (2011).

  • Neil Chowdhury (US)

    Neil Chowdhury thinks in images. He uses the camera to examine the relationships between individuals, societies, and their environments, concentrating his efforts on exploring his heritage in India. He has been awarded the 2011 Light Work Grant, and the 2005 SPE Gary Fritz Imagemaker Award. His works have been widely exhibited and published in the United States and abroad. He has also participated in artist residencies in several countries. Chowdhury’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the William Benton Museum of Art, Light Work, the Tasveer Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, The Gershwin Hotel, and the National Gallery of Macedonia. Chowdhury has served as the director of the photography program at Cazenovia College. He has also taught at Zayed University, the College for Creative Studies, and the University of Washington, where he received his MFA. In addition to his work as a fine artist and educator, Chowdhury accepts freelance travel, editorial, and commercial photography assignments.

  • Neri Oxman, Mediated Matter Gro...Neri Oxman, Mediated Matter Group at MIT's Media Lab (US/IL)

    Designer Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development and assistant professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter research group. There she explores how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and constructions of objects, buildings, and systems with the goal of enhance the relation between natural and man-made environments.

  • Noam Toran (US)
    © Onkar Kular

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives developed as a means to reflect upon the interrelations of cinema, literature, history, design and memory. The works are most often exhibited as sculptures, films and installations. The work is exhibited, screened and published internationally, and is part of the NY MoMA, FRAC Ile-de-France, and Israel Museum collections.

  • Noura Al Sayeh (BH)

    Participant in New Publics
    Noura Al Sayeh is an architect currently working as the Head of Architectural Affairs at the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Bahrain. She is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of several planned cultural institutions as well as for the creation of an active agenda of exhibitions, academic exchange initiatives and architecture competitions. She earned a Master's in Architecture from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and has worked as an architect in Amsterdam, New York, Jerusalem, Bahrain and Paris. She was the Co-Curator of RECLAIM , Bahrain's first participation at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, which was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation.

  • Onkar Kular (UK)
    © Jean-Baptiste Beranger

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Onkar Kular investigates how contemporary design practice can be used to engage with the understanding of cultural and popular issues. His work uses different media appropriate to the particular research project, including new objects, films, events, performances, and installations. The work is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, film festivals, and publications.

  • Paulo Moreira (PT)
    © Carlos Lobão

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Paulo Moreira (Portugal, 1980) is an architect (FAUP 2005) and researcher (The Cass) based in Porto and London. He was the recipient of the Noel Hill Travel Award (American Institute of Architects – UK Chapter, 2009); Prize for Social Entrepreneurship (The Cass – UK, 2009); and the Tavora Prize (OASRN – Portugal, 2012).

  • Pelin Tan (TK)

    Participant in New Publics
    Pelin Tan is involved in research-based artistic and architectural projects that focus on urban conflict&territorial politics, gift economy, the condition of labor and mixed methods in research. Trained in Sociology, Tan completed her MA thesis ‘Globalization and Contemporary Art after 1990’ at Art History, Istanbul Technical University (2003) and PhD thesis on the concept of ‘locality’ in socially engaged art practices at ITU (2010) that she partly has preceded at Berlin Humboldt Univ. Art History Dept. (DAAD, 2006-2007).



  • Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen (UK)

    Participant in Future Perfect

    Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen run a London based experimental practice that operates on the border between art and design, exploring the juxtaposition of the natural with the artificial. Their award winning work constructs a composed wilderness of posthuman bodies, bespoke metabolisms, unnatural animals and poetic machines and can be seen in the collections of MoMA New York and the Science Gallery London.

  • SALT (TR)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    SALT is a not-for-profit institution located in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. Opened in April 2011, SALT hosts exhibitions, conferences and public programs; engages in interdisciplinary research projects; and sustains SALT Research, a library and archive of recent art, architecture, design, urbanism, and social and economic histories to make them available for research and public use.
    SALT is a member of L’Internationale, an organization of six European art institutions (Moderna galerija Ljubljana [MG, Ljubljana, Slovenia]; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía [MNCARS, Madrid, Spain]; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona [MACBA, Barcelona, Spain]; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen [M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium]; SALT [Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey] and Van Abbemuseum [VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands]), based on the shared use of collections and archives.
    SALT’s mission is to explore critical and timely issues in visual and material culture, and cultivate innovative programs for research and experimental thinking. Assuming an open attitude and establishing itself as a site of learning and debate, the institution aims to challenge, excite and provoke its visitors by encouraging them to offer critique and response.

  • Samit Basu (IN)

    Samit Basu is a writer of books, films and comics. His first novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, published by Penguin India in 2003, when Samit was 23, was the first book in the bestselling Gameworld Trilogy and marked the beginning of Indian English fantasy writing. The other books in the trilogy are The Manticore’s Secret and The Unwaba Revelations.

    Samit’s other novels include a YA novel, Terror on the Titanic, and a superhero novel, Turbulence. Turbulence was published in the UK in 2012 and in the US in 2013 to rave reviews. It won Wired‘s Goldenbot Award as one of the books of 2012. All five of Basu’s novels have been Indian bestsellers. Basu’s work in comics ranges from historical romance to zombie comedy, and includes diverse collaborators, from X-Men/Felix Castor writer Mike Carey to Terry Gilliam and Duran Duran. His next GN, Local Monsters, is to be published in 2013.

  • Spatial Agency (UK)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    Spatial Agency is a project dedicated to exposing alternative approaches to spatial production.The online database and book offer an insight into ways of working with(in) space beyond the object, both in recent history and today. The book and website, co authored by Nishat Awan, Tatjana Schneider and Jeremy Till, provides the theoretical and practical grounding for spatial practice that is political as much as it is transformative.

  • Storefront Art and Architecture (US)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    Founded in 1982, Storefront for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. Their program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design.
    Storefront was founded in 1982 by Kyong Park as an experimental forum and exhibition space for activating and engaging emerging voices and promoting public discourse around issues effecting, influencing and challenging the built environment. The organization presented its first program, Performance A­Z on September 18, 1982. The inaugural exhibition included a series of 26 consecutive nights of performances by 26 artists.


  • Strelka Institute (RU)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design (RU) is an international post graduate educational project with a curriculum co­designed by Rem Koolhaas / AMO. Strelka provides one year research­based education, as well as hosts a variety of public lectures, seminars and workshops at its campuses in downtown Moscow, consults on urban development and publishes books on urbanism, design, media, and architecture. Strelka offers a one­year multidisciplinary programme, tailor­made educational course on contemporary urbanism and city development, individual research projects, involving best international experts and students. Strelka Press, the Institute’s publishing arm, produces new writing on architecture, design and the city. We are a digital­first project, publishing essays and long­form journalism as ebooks. Our mission is to be a crossroads for critical thinking from around the world. Based in Moscow and London, we believe that by providing a platform for international debate we can be a tool for change in Russia. All Strelka Press titles are ebooks, available as Kindle editions on Amazon and as iPad or iPhone editions on iTunes.


  • Teatro Praga (PT)

    Participant in New Publics
    The individualities that form Teatro Praga (a group of artists that work without director) embrace an unrepeatable theatrical practice. Teatro Praga was formed in 1995 and is currently located at Espaço Teatro Praga, in Lisbon. The group has been regularly creating theatre pieces co-produced by the most prestigious contemporary cultural organizations in Portugal and have performed at several festivals and events in other European countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia and Denmark).

  • Tim Maughan (UK)

    After spending most of his life putting it off, Bristol based author Tim Maughan finally started writing science fiction back in the heady days of 2008. In 2011 he released the critically acclaimed Paintwork, a collection of three short stories dealing with the roles of art, celebrity and globalisation in a very near, and strangely familiar, future. He’s currently working on his debut novel, another near-future piece looking at the social and cultural impact of hacktivism, online protest and cyber-warfare. Away from fiction he is one of the UK’s best known writers on Japanese animation and comics, a resident blogger for Tor.com, and a freelance contributor to magazines such as Icon and SFX.

  • Rachel Armstrong (UK)

    Rachel Armstrong is a Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. 2010 Senior TED Fellow, and Visiting Research Assistant at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach.


  • Unipop (PT)

    Participant in New Publics
    Unipop is a Lisbon collective set up in 2007 to disseminate critical theory and militant practice beyond the narrow confines of the academic circuit, and to open up spaces where contemporary capitalism can be subject to analysis and political intervention.  Unipop has a few core members but operates as a network that over the past few years has relied on the participation of hundreds of individual militants and academics as well as a number of independent organizations.

  • Urban Think Thank (CH)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    Urban­Think Tank is an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high­level research and design in a variety of subjects concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism. The philosophy of U­TT is to deliver innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists. In 1993, Alfredo Brillembourg founded U­TT in Caracas, Venezuela, and in 1998, Hubert Klumpner joined as co­director. Since July 2010, they have held the Chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich. Their work concerns both theoretical and practical applications within architecture and urban planning. Working with various specialists in global contexts, spanning film, education and development, they help bridge advanced industry and developing informal areas. U­TT films ask for an active commitment and awareness. Focusing on the medium’s potential to educate and effect social change, their work attempts to foster novel expressions of public opinion and invigorate architectural criticism.


  • Vincent Fournier (FR)

    Born in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in 1970, Vincent Fournier grew up in France on the coast of Brittany. After undergraduate studies in Sociology and a Masters in Visual Arts (Montpellier 1994) he obtained the Diploma of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 1997. His work is represented by a number of galleries and is regularly shown at international art fairs. His work is inspired by science and different forms of utopias and explores themes such as space exploration, robotics, and synthetic biology. The purpose of his work is not to give any answers but to stimulate ambiguous situation and leave room for open interpretation. Vincent Fournier currently lives and works in Paris.

  • Vincenzo Natali (CA)

    Vincenzo Natali is an American-Canadian film director and screenwriter whose debut came in 1997 when he was approached to direct Cube. The film became a success worldwide receiving five nominations at the 19th Genie Awards and wining the award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. After this success, Natali directed Cypher (2002), Nothing (2003) and Splice (2009).

  • Victoria Bugge Øye (NO)

    Participant in New Publics
    Victoria Bugge Øye is a Norwegian writer and critic based in New York. She is currently a contributor to Domus. Is working on the exhibition and oral history project Nicht Realisiert: In Search of Lost Experience, Vienna 1968-1972, which focuses on the reception of Coop Himmelblau’s early installations. She has previously studied architecture, aesthetical theory and urban geography, and graduated from M.S. Critical, Curatorial & Conceptual Practices in Architecture at GSAPP, Columbia University, in 2012.

  • Warren Ellis (UK)

    Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN.  The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel being due in summer 2013.  His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures, with Tim Miller attached to direct.  IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He’s also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters, and is co-writing a video project called WASTELANDERS with Joss Whedon. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus. His next publication will be the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012. Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

  • Z33 (BE)

    Participant in The Institute Effect
    Z33 is a house for contemporary art (BE). Since 2002, Z33 has been organising projects and exhibitions that encourage visitors to see everyday things in a new way. A unique laboratory and a meeting place for experimentation and innovation, this is the place to be when it comes to unique exhibitions of contemporary art and design. The name Z33 comes from its location, Zuivelmarkt 33, the site of the historical beguinage in the city of Hasselt. Z33 does not have a permanent collection of its own, but rather an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions. Each year, Z33 presents three large and three smaller exhibition projects. These exhibitions always have a strong social orientation, addressing topical themes from various artistic standpoints with a critical eye (e.g. Designing Critical Design, 2007; 1% Water, 2008; Thomas Lommée OpenStructures, 2009; Design by Performance, 2010; Alter Nature, 2010; Architecture of Fear, 2011). Each project combines an exhibition with an extensive programme of related events.

  • Zuloark (ES)

    Participant in The Real and Other Fictions
    Zuloark is an architecture network defining itself as proximity learning area, the existing space between knowing how to do something and not knowing how; the environment where you can learn how to do something being helped by others. Our final aim consists in an active participation of each individual reconfiguring the whole collective by giving and teaching his own experience, all organize in fluid hierarchies in each project.

  • Victoria Sambunaris (US)

    Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been following the US/Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics and culture along the volatile international boundary. She is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Lannan Foundation.

  • Thomas Weinberger (DE)

    Weinberger positions his camera in city spaces and industrial areas. He also selects unusual viewpoints which are unapprecia­ted by our everyday perception. Through an absence of people, the pictures possess a strange emptiness and stillness. Their indefinable gray-blue skies and unclear lighting conditions make it impossible to discern what time of day the images were made. Weinberger understands his day-night photographs as models for cap­turing space and time. They throw into question an everyday reality experienced as a linear continuum. With the first public recognition of his work in 2005, former architect Thomas Weinberger has achieved rapid interna­tional acclaim. His work has been ex­hibited in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels (2007), the Australian Centre for Photography (2007), the Gulbenki­an Foundation in Paris (2008) and at the interdisciplinary show “Dreamlands” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010). His works can be found in private and public collections worldwide.