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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!

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Crisis Buster Grant

  • About

    Open to participants of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, the Crisis Buster grant programme was conceived to engage a diverse mix of agents and entrepreneurs in a drive to fight the crisis through long-term, effective social and civic solutions. The Crisis Buster Grants were awarded by a jury of specialists from Lisbon and abroad, to ten innovative, entrepreneurial and sustainable initiatives tackling specific issues identified in Lisbon.

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  • Juries

    José Esparza, curator, Close, Closer, MX
    Graça Fonseca, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, PT
    Liza Fior, MUF Architecture/Art, UK
    Emiliano Gandolfi, Curry Stone Design Prize / Cohabitation Strategies, IT
    Luísa Valle, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, PT

  • Honourable Mentions

    Less Homeless
    Fala Atelier (PT)

    School Lighting
    Associação de Pais e Encarregados de Educação da Eb1/JI do Bairro do Restelo

    Community Kitchen
    Ateliermob (PT)

    26 FOUNTAINS - Water as an element of social cohesion
    Eduardo Costa Pinto (PT), Nelson Bastos Ferreira (PT), Pedro Costa (PT)

    Urbanomics. Triggering civic economies
    Daniela Dossi (NL), Eugenia Morpurgo (IT)

    Shared Space, Shared Thinking
    MOOV (PT)

    Home Trigger
    Simão Botelho (PT)


  • A Cozinha da Casa do Vapor

    Project by: Collectif EXYZT (FR / DE)
    Category: Instalattion / Kitchen
    Dates: Until 15 October 2013
    Address: Av. António Martins Correia, Cova do Vapor – Trafaria, Portugal

    In Cova do Vapor, in Trafaria, an area to the south of Lisbon, Collectif EXYZT have constructed a sustainable public kitchen, a space for exchange and life, designed to offer alternatives to social disintegration and economic issues caused by the crisis. It is intended to stimulate the local economy, promote artistic production and create social value. The interdisciplinary project encompasses architecture, waste, recycling, participation and an investigation into the food system. Built by a local team using recycled materials and basic kitchen appliances, this culinary laboratory includes a pizza oven and a giant barbecue. Workshops and cooking classes have been established to share collective meals, transfer knowledge and encourage popular appropriation of the structure for new uses. The project is also strongly engaged in the fight against food waste and will connect to the local networks of fishermen and farmers to provide much of the products for the kitchen. A process of collecting scrap and unsold food from large and small distributors will raise awareness of food waste and communicate the initiatives to the public.


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  • Agulha num Palheiro

    © Artéria

    Project by: Artéria (PT)
    Category: Research / Website
    Dates: Ongoing

    In Lisbon there are nearly 1,900 empty buildings in urgent need of intervention. Agulha num Palheiro is a project by young Portuguese studio Artéria to identify, display and share these unexpected and beautiful buildings and connect them to possible end users. The project first began in 2011 as part of Lisbon City Council’s BIP / ZIP funding initiative and analysed the available buildings in a small part of the city. Now further investment will allow the database to expand covering Lisbon’s entire city centre. In times of economic crisis the community has an important role to play in regeneration, and through Agulha num Palheiro citizens can rehabilitate the city through small and medium investments in these properties. Through the website the public can also seek advice from qualified professionals in order to assess the possibilities of sustainable intervention, so the project seeks to connect new clients with institutional partners or real estate agents. An instruction manual will be produced to provide inspiration and guidance throughout these processes.


  • Beautiful, Low Tech & Do-it-Yourself Solutions

    © Catarina Pinto

    Project by: Terrapalha (PT)
    Category: Workshop Geodesic domes
    Dates: 21 – 22.09.2013, 10:00 – 18:00

    Category: Bio construction presentation
    Dates: 26.09.2013, 18:00 – 20:00

    Category: Clay Workshop
    Dates: 28 – 29.09.2013, 10:00 – 18:00

    Category: Bio construction presentation
    Dates: 03.10.2013, 18:00 – 20:00

    Category: Rocket stove Workshops
    Dates: 05.10.2013, 10:00 – 18:00

    Category: Bio construction presentation, debate and
    ending celebration / Laboratory
    Dates: 06.10.2013, 15:00 – 19:00
    Jardim da Quinta das Conchas, Lisbon

    Architectural studio Terrapalha will be creating a temporary open laboratory in Jardim da Quinta das Conchas, one of Lisbon’s public gardens, to teach elemental building skills and strategies. Over three weeks the architects and a team of friends, experts and volunteers will host workshops and idea sessions demonstrating low-tech sustainable and DIY architectural solutions. They will be building a geodesic dome shelter using non-industrial woods or wild canes, demonstrating how to use soils and clays for cladding and how to heat spaces or cook using few resources. There will be sessions on building with strawbales and earth construction and low-tech energy solutions.


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  • Genius Loci

    Genius Loci, Gargantua Collective, 2013 © Luísa Andrade Dias

    Project by: Gargantua Collective (PT/UAE)
    Dates: Ongoing

    According to the Portuguese Restaurant Association, 27,000 eateries are expected to close in Portugal between 2012 and 2013, resulting in the loss of 99,000 jobs and valued community hubs. Genius Loci by the Gargantua Collective aims to introduce Triennale visitors to restaurants in Lisbon under imminent threat, inviting them to take part in the experience of dining at local eateries and participate in sustaining local business. The project is composed of two parts. The first is a written intervention in this official Triennale guidebook, providing first hand research on a selection of restaurants expected to close down around the main event sites. The second part is formed by a series of interventions, attracting more people and improving the spaces. Held on specific dates, these interventions range from talks, debates, thematic dinners to performances by renowned Portuguese chefs.


    Adega dos Lombinhos
    Mon – Fri,, 07:00 – 20:00
    Sat,  07:00 – 19:00
    T. +351 21 887 8028
    Rua dos Douradores, 52

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    Solar dos Nunes
    Mon–Sat, 10:00 – 16:00/19:00 – 02:00
    T. +351 21 364 7359
    Rua dos Lusíadas, 70

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    Antiga Casa Faz Frio
    Mon – Sat, 12:00 – 15:00 / 19:00 – 23:00
    T. +351 21 346 1860
    Rua D. Pedro V, 96

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    Restaurante Pessoa
    Mon – Fri, Sun, 12:00 – 16:00, 19:00 – 23:00
    T. +351 21 887 4250
    Rua dos Douradores 190

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    A Paz
    Mon – Fri 12:00 – 16:00 / 20:00 – 22:00
    T. +351 21 364 1503
    Largo da Paz, 22B

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    Cervejaria Bessa
    Mon – Sat, 12:00 – 15:00 / 19:00 – 22:00
    T. +352 21 887 3832
    Rua dos Douradores, 206

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    Granja Velha-Churrasqueira
    Mon – Fri, 12:00 – 15:00 / 19:00 – 22:00
    T. +351 21 887 3891
    Rua dos Douradores, 200

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  • Juventude na Street

    Juventude na Street, Inês Neto and Rita Palma, 2013 © Inês Neto

    Project by: Inês Neto & Rita Palma (PT)
    Category: Community
    Dates: Ongoing
    Address: R. Herculano Pimentel, lote A12
    Bairro da Horta Nova, 1600 – 472 Lisboa

    Academia Juventude na Street is a project dedicated to the continued development of a youth group for girls between the ages of 10 to 17 in Horta Nova, a social housing neighbourhood in Lisbon. Alcohol,drugs, crime and  transmitted diseases are risks the girls and young women in the area face daily. Often succumbing to social pressures, many drop out of school, develop addictions or get pregnant. In September 2012 the Juventude Horta Nova  FutebolClube initiated an all female football team to provide empowerment and direction to these young women. Over the past months, with the support and supervision of the coach, the team has expanded into a youth group aimed at developing cooperation, assertiveness and problem solving skills, work related skills and increasing self-esteem.
    Juventude na Street will continue working with this group by acquiring and rehabilitating a dedicated communitarian
    room in the neighborhood, which the youth group members will renovate themselves under the guidance of an architect. British Council Portugal is the patron of this project.


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  • Mundo Mouraria

    Mundo Mouraria, Bagabaga Studios, 2013 © Paulo Nuno Vicente

    Project by: Baga Baga Studios
    Category: Food - Crisis - Territory/ Interactive documentary
    Dates: 15.10 – 20.10.2013
    Address: Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Campo de Santa Clara 142 – 145 Lisboa

    Mundo Mouraria explores the relationship between Crisis, Food and Territory through an interactive webdocumentary. Architecture is adressed by the hand of those who dwell space. Having as a starting point the Cozinha Popular da Mouraria and the cooking and sharing of meals as a metaphor of community building, we walked the Mouraria neighborhood looking for stories to emerge. We questioned how a neighborhood makes people closer and how people find opportunities, even in crisis periods. We also questioned how food is related to new social relations, new modes of production and distribution.  We reveal different life stories, very different but very close at the same time. Mundo Mouraria gives Architecture back to the city as "being in the world" and as a "resource".This is, a solution of "citizenship", in itself a priviledged production of BAGABAGA STUDIOS, a cooperative dedicated to production, teaching and researching digital media, cooperation and development.


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  • O Espelho

    © O Espelho

    Project by: Álvaro Rosendo (PT), Ricardo Lima (PT), Joana Cardoso (PT), João Macdonald (PT), Luis Monteiro (PT), Maria João Guardão (PT), Maria Tengarrilha (PT), Matilde Girão (PT), Sérgio Catumba (PT), Steve Stoer (UK)
    Category: Publication
    Dates: 12.09 – 15.12.2013

    Espelho is a Lisbon-based newspaper that brings together local architects, journalists, actors, photographers and writers. O Espelho is dedicated to creating a space for free thought and collective discourse, away from the commercial interests of mass media.
    During the three months of the Triennale, O Espelho will produce two issues, including essays, articles, statistics and photographs focused on urban culture, its architecture and its spaces. These issues will be posted in the streets of Lisbon, cladding its walls with content free for all.
    O Espelho will host a series of roundtable discussions to spark open debates, share ideas and involve regular and new collaborators.
    Freedom of press leads to freedom of thought and the potential for empowerment. O Espelho is a DIY tool to bust the crisis.


  • Pátio Ambulante

    Pátio Ambulante, FRAME 408, 2013 © Agapi Dimitriadou

    Project by: FRAME Collective (GR /PT/EC)
    Category: Community
    Dates: 12.09 – 15.12.2013
    Pátio Ambulante 1: Internato de São João,
    Travessa do Loureiro 8, 1150 – 210 Lisbon
    Pátio Ambulante 2:
    Biblioteca Municipal Orlando Ribeiro
    Estrada de Telheiras, 146 1600 – 772 Lisbon
    Pátio Ambulante 3:
    25 anos das Irmãs Oblatas
    Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 1100 – 285 Lisbon

    The pátio – an open space within residential blocks – is a typical historic trait of Lisbon’s urban fabric. Part of the city’s architectural DNA, this space has been repurposed by its inhabitants over the centuries, acting as a site for leisure and community, the exchange of goods and even food production.
    The Pátio Ambulante project by FRAME Collective plans to build an exchange platform in chosen pátios around Lisbon in order to promote interaction and support local businesses and initiatives, bringing back to life its historic role within the urban community. An old fire truck “408 pátio unit” will connect the network, working both as a mode of transportation, a social ice-breaker and ice cream truck.
    The “408 pátio unit” will be serving ice cream and inviting visitors to learn more about the project.


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  • Entrada Sul – Bairro Alto da Cova da Moura

    Entrada Sul, Associação Cultural Moinho da Juventude, 2013 © Filipa Verol de Araújo

    Project by: Associação Cultural O Moinho da Juventude (PT)
    Category: Comunidade
    Dates: Em curso
    Address: R. do Moinho, 1 Alto da Cova da Moura 2610-202 Buraca

    The Bairro Alto da Cova da Moura is a dense neighbourhood made up of a complex system of streets and housing units with several entrance points linking the borough to the surrounding city. These entrances have been allowed to fall into disrepair, standing abandoned and transmitting a negative image of the neighbourhood.
    The South Entrance project will work as a starting point for the rehabilitation of these access points. The South entrance is strategically important to the neighbourhood, providing access to both the sports pavilion and the nursery as well as to a plot of cultivated land tended by the community. With technical experts and the community working together the South Entrance project will introduce plantings, benches, tables and traditional sidewalk game boards, transforming this neglected site into a positive public space.


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  • The Object that wanted to keep being itself

    The Object that Wanted to Keep Being Itself (OWKBI), NORMALEARCHITETTURA° (Chiara Filios + Arnaldo Arnaldi), 2013 © Alessandro Nassiri.

    Project by: Normalearchitettura (IT)
    Category: Workshop
    Dates: 11.09 – 15.09.2013
    Address: Casa Comunitária da Mouraria – Beco do Rosendo, nº 8 – 10, 1100-460 Lisbon

    This project is a reflection on the life of things.
    To measure the level of an economic crisis we often use trends in the consumption of goods, and shopping behavior in Lisbon and many European cities has completely transformed over the last year.
    Yet many objects have a built-in life cycle where the repair is economically prohibitive in comparison to purchaing new product. However, it’s in such crisis situations as these, similar to a post-war period, where alternative forms of consumption and exchange of goods spontaneously emerge. The object that wanted to keep being itself is an unorthodox economic model to free ouselves from the slavery of disposable objects.
    Working closely with an artisanal shop and the flea market close to the Triennale headquarters, a series of workshops will take place to propose a second life for objects through assemblage, recycling, redesigning and reuse. This activity will absorb a network of local traditions and hopes to become a reference for strategies extending an object’s use once they reach the end of their life.


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