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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


Exhibition: The Institute Effect

Cultural institutions are today’s creative powerhouses. They programme and commission practitioners, publish writing and research, host competitions, initiate education and outreach projects and experiment with new formats and technologies.

The museums, project spaces, libraries, journals and magazines all around the world which frame the practice of contemporary architecture, commission and write its future history, are arguably as influential on today’s landscape as the credited authors, the architects.

The Institute Effect becomes a living, changing homage to the contemporary institution.

Intended as a constantly changing stream of activity, 12 pioneering institutions engaged in innovative and groundbreaking practice have been invited to takeover the exhibition space, hosting a public programme of their choosing taking consecutive turns in bringing an ever­changing international residency programme to Lisbon.

Set in a fictitious establishment Institutare designed by the first institute, Fabrica, the exhibition space features everything each institute needs to host their event ­ from a workshop area, archive, blog and library to tools and stationary with five institutional rules that each institution has been asked to follow.

Over the course of three months visitors can participate in activities as diverse as exploring new forms of pedagogy in an action workshop; visit a re­imagined 1:1 construction of a Mexican architecture gallery; or experience Lisbon through a series of city­wide interventions.


The Institutes

  • Fabrica, 11-15 Sep


    Taking the form of an imaginary institute, Institutare challenges the role and context of the term “institution”. A team of emerging international designers from the communication research centre, Fabrica, will design the working landscape for The Institute Effect. The furniture, visual identity and digital services will establish a modular framework, which can be adapted and rearranged according to the approaches of the eleven other guest institutions. A fiveday workshop invites participants to actively codesign parts of the fictitious establishment Institutare with the Fabrica designers. Participants will make appropriate artefacts and graphic material that sits on top of the basic Fabrica system. The workshops will explore creative interpretations of an inclusive institution that accommodates different languages, cultures and goals.

    Rule: Make your institutional portrait using the Fabrica furniture as a background.

    Contributors: Dan Hill (CEO of Fabrica), Sam Baron (creative director of Fabrica Design Studio), Catarina Carreiras (graphic designer), Ryu Yamamoto (product designerarchitect), David Peñuela (interaction designer)


    To take part in the workshop see here.

  • Storefront for Art and Architecture, 17-22 Sep

    Storefront INTERNATIONAL SERIES / Lisbon

    Taking place during the opening days of Close, Closer (11–15 Sep), the Storefront INTERNATIONAL SERIES will host a number of events in contested sites throughout the city of Lisbon, with local and global experts addressing insitu some of the most pressing issues in the construction of public life in the city.
    Storefront I.S. is a nomadic project that takes the Storefront series to different cities and territories around the globe. Establishing a transversal format of inquiry, the program works with local individuals and institutions to identify relevant topics and address the most pressing challenges by providing alternative frameworks of discussion.

    Rule: Go out - Do an event outside the conceptual or physical boundaries of the institute.

    Contributors: Group of global and local experts on social, economical, political, urban and architectural issues.


  • Institut für Raumexperimente, 24-29 Sep

    Spaces of Intimacy

    The space of intimacy takes time. Takes overlap. Takes place in places with history, with people, between things. Intimacy is constructed in inbetween spaces; it is a relationship built in closeness, in interaction, in contact. It is a space of knowing each other. In this knowing, learning and unlearning take place. Institut für Raumexperimente will organize a publishing experiment addressing and generating times and spaces of intimacy in the city. Publishing being part of the institute’s research and production tools, visitors are invited to engage, bringing in their own experience of intimacy, of shared public spheres and of making things public.

    Rule: Come closer, I can’t hear you. A 60minutelong whisper only zone is suggested daily between 14:00–15:00.

    Contributors: Rune Bose, Tomas Espinosa, Jeremias Holliger, Norgard Kröger, Fotini LazaridouHatzigoga, Yves Mettler, Jonas Wendelin, Christina Werner.



    To take part in the workshop see here.

  • Strelka Institute, 01–06 Oct

    Institute as Catalyst

    Strelka Institute and Strelka Press present an evening of talks on institutes of architecture, urbanism and the city. Strelka codirector Brendan McGetrick will talk about Strelka’s educational mission, with particular reference to this year’s theme, its educational programme and impact on Moscow. Writer and urbanist Kuba Snopek, will discuss the topic of his forthcoming Strelka Press ebook, on the microrayon (or Soviet housing block) of Belyayevo and writer Dasha Paramonova will discuss the topic of her Russianlanguage Strelka Press ebook, on the architecture of the “Luzhkov style” – built under exmayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov.

    Rule: Every day of your tenure come up with the title of an imaginary book you would like to see published.

    Contributors: Justin McGuirk (director of Strelka Press), Brendan McGetrick (codirector of Strelka Institute), Kuba Snopek (writer and urbanist), Dasha Paramonova (writer).


    Reserve a seat at the talk

  • Spatial Agency, 17-20 Oct

    The Institute for Radical Spatial Education (IRSE)

    The aim of The Institute of Radical Spatial Education is to rethink professional and pedagogical agendas through a series of "actions" that will alter the space within the gallery and beyond. Over two days Spatial Agency will be working with up to 40 participants from a range of backgrounds and ageranges, to produce a manifesto on radical pedagogy. They will explore, discuss and visualise spatial education that leads towards radical social change. Work with them to transform education through spatial actions!

    Rule: Describe your pedagogy and make it public.

    Contributors: Nishat Awan (The University of Sheffield), Tatjana Schneider (The University of Sheffield), Jeremy Till (Central Saint Martins/University of the Arts London).


  • SALT, 22–27 Oct

    In Situ Qualitative

    In Situ Qualitative is a programme on programmes. Experimenting with SALT’s own content; its creators and users, it charts out the effects of individuals over institutions. Three main topics “interdisciplinarity,” “contribution,” and “qualities” in SALT’s public programmes are tested through network maps. Resulting in a unique book that details the interrelations among content, contributors and concepts. It will be shown alongside a film documenting the SALT research and programmes team and its SALT audience. A third and final layer consisting of twodays of public discussions, moderated by Vasif Kortun and Meriç Öner of SALT, will be held with Lisbon based researchers, architects, artists, curators and ecologists on the themes of "Superimposition" and "Format".

    Rule: Write a fullon critique of SALT and publish it online.

    Contributors: Vasif Kortun (director of research and programs of SALT), Meriç Öner (associate director of research and programs at SALT).


    Reserve a place at the "Superimposition" talk

    Reserve a place at the "Format" talk

  • Urban-Think Tank, 29-30 Oct

    Architecture at 24 Frames per Second

    Architecture at 24 Frames per Second is a continuous 32hour institute serving as a resource for learning about the history and conceptual overlap between architecture and moving images. A largescale, single channel stream of video, produced by the design studio UrbanThink  Tank (UTT) for research and artistic endeavours, becomes the backdrop to a series of visual displays and miniforums. UTT contends that modern day architects, who wish to truthfully understand and work within reality, must adopt cinema as both a product and process. The institute seeks to inspire a new generation of urban spacemakers to treat video as an invaluable tool in the efforts to build better cities.

    Rule: Learn from failures and reappropriate the city.

    Contributors: Alfredo Brillembourg (founder and codirector UTT), Hubert Klumpner (codirector of UTT), with Daniel Schwartz and Martin Andersson (filmakers).


    Attend the opening of Urban-Think Tank's Architecture at 24 Frames per Second 

  • Center for Urban Pedagogy, 01 Oct-03 Nov

    Making Policy Public

    CUP will present Making Policy Public, a series of foldout posters that use graphic design to explore and explain policy topics. Each poster is the product of a collaboration between a designer, an advocate, and CUP staff members, who work together to create a visual explanation of a critical policy issue. They are designed with and for the audience that most needs the information, and the completed posters are distributed by community organisers directly to their constituents, who use the information to advocate for their own needs. Over the last several years, CUP has developed 12 issues of Making Policy Public that explain issues from hydraulic fracturing to domestic workers' labour rights. CUP will also make a presentation of their working methods, followed by a discussion with individuals using design to address social issues in Portugal.

    Rule: Send a message to the next institution with three things you learned in the process of creating your installation.

    Contributors: Christine Gaspar (executive director of CUP), Valeria Mogilevich (deputy director of CUP)


    Reserve a place at CUP's talk Design and Political Change

  • Z33, 05-10 Nov

    Openstructures Temporary Spaces

    Z33 – House for contemporary art, Belgium, invites Belgian designer Thomas Lommée and a team of Belgian and Portuguese designers, architects and engineers to explore the design of temporary constructions and spaces in a workshop setting. An extension of Thomas Lommée’s OpenStructures project, OpenStructures Temporary Spaces will explore the possibilities of a modular construction model for open design, on the basis of one shared geometrical grid. The fourday workshop will be a continuous loop of investigation and experimentation, of thinking and doing, followed by a day of presentations and panel debate.

    Rule: Use the – practice of or ideas behind the – OpenStructures system

    Contributors: Thomas Lommée (designer), Lukas Wegwerth (designer), Jan Boelen (artistic director of Z33).


    Listen to Jan Boelen from Z33 discuss the Openstructures Temporary Spaces project with Thomas Lommée

  • LIGA, espacio para arquitectura, 12-17 Nov

    LIGA 11, Mexico City, RCJV / LIGA 12, Lisbon, MMX

    For The Institute Effect, the Mexican gallery LIGA moves temporarily to Lisbon, where the small space is replicated in MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, through an installation by Mexican architecture office, MMX. By replicating LIGA, MMX reflect on the physical qualities of the exhibition space as a generator for curatorial content. At the same time, the Portuguese studio RCJV is invited to LIGA Mexico City where they will inaugurate their sitespecific installation and present their work to the Mexican public. The sum of both creates an active interchange between local cultures, questions the idea of exhibition space and its location, and brings the idea of the double to the foreground. A special double issue of LIGA that occurs simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic!

    Rule: Whether readapting, programming, burning, or converting it into a bar or basecamp, the next Institute must take active use of the pavilion "LIGA, Lisbon".

    Contributors: Jorge Arvizu, Diego Ricalde, Emmanuel Ramírez and Ignacio Del Rio (cofounders of MMX), Ricardo Carvalho and Joana Vilhena (founders of RCJV), Mariesla Castro (director of LIGA), and Moisés Cosío (founder of FUNDACIÓN ALUMNOS47).


  • Design as Politics, 20-23 Nov

    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.

    Rule: Be ready to vote

    Contributors: Wouter Vanstiphout (Architectural Historian, Professor Design as Politics, TU Delft) and Marta Relats (Architecture and Philosopher, Research Director Design as Politics, TU Delft)


  • Jornal Arquitectos, 26 Nov-01 Dec

    That's the Press, Baby

    Jornal Arquitectos (JA), the last institute of The Institute Effect, proposes to continue with the task it has always set out to do: research and report on reality as it is. The editorial team of the Portuguese architecture magazine, JA, will undertake a “forensic analysis” of each institute’s previous activities, debriefing and disclosing what has taken place, to make an inhouse and handson periodical. A kind of “cadavre exquis”, the pamphlet will mirror the multiple agents that have contributed to The Institute Effect. Yet, JA stays committed to its style. No fancy concepts, nor strange formats. True to the ethos of journalism, what you see is what you get. “That’s the Press, Baby” are the famous last words of Humphrey Bogart in Deadline USA (1952), a movie about reporters and freedom of press.

    Contributors: Pedro Baía, Isabel Barbas, Pedro Campos Costa, Pedro Clarke, Marta Labastida, Ivo Poças Martins, Rui Mendes, Paulo Moreira, Joaquim Moreno, Mariana Pestana, Diogo Seixas Lopes, André Tavares (JA editorial team)


    Reserve a place at Jornal Arquitectos closing talk