3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale

3 competitions and a Call for Associated Projects

by Mauro Lazzarotto
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Close, Closer, the third Lisbon Architecture Triennale, is initiating a discussion on the plurality of contemporary spatial practice. Led by chief curator Beatrice Galilee, a young curatorial team invites the audience at large to critically examine the potential of architectural output through experimental exhibitions, debates, performances and events across the Portuguese capital.

The 3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale is taking place between September 13 and December 15, 2013. But the program dynamics and exploration behind it are already gathering momentum.

To engage as many people as possible in this critical discussion on the future of architecture and its role in the construction - material, political, social and cultural - of our cities and the way we inhabit them, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is launching 3 competitions and a Call for Associated Projects to invite participation from the creative community as well as students and practitioners from all over the world:

The Crisis Buster Grant Programme, deadline for applications: 18 February 2013.

In a direct response to the social fallout of recession and the cultural and civic deficit raging in crisis-ridden Europe, the Triennale is launching a programme of small grants. In the amount of €500 to €2,500, the grants will be awarded to teams proposing crisis-busting, civic-minded ideas for Lisbon, and reflect the existing entrepreneurial and social spirit that has emerged in the city. An opportunity for architectural thinking and ideas to be applied to the city on a small scale while giving support and exposure to existing local projects. The resulting projects will not only attempt to solve problems and produce exciting, beautiful or profound contributions to the city, but also inspire others to read, understand and replicate them.

Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Universities Award Competition, deadline for applications: 18 February 2013.

The site of the competition for university students is the new headquarters of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, the Sinel de Cordes Palace in Campo de Santa Clara, Lisbon. The competition invites students to put forward a programmatic intervention for this Palace that addresses the theme of Close, Closer. It can be an installation of great beauty, drama or simplicity, an idea or a text, a publishing programme or a radio station. A long-term element of infrastructure or a site-specific piece for the opening. Students will be given a budget to make their intervention and proposals from interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.

Call for Associated Projects, applications will be reviewed every six weeks until 6 May 2013.

It is open to proposals for independently funded projects that directly respond to the theme of Close, Closer. These ideas - from exhibitions to talks and one-off events - will form the fringe events of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The overall theme can be interpreted and appropriated in many ways and the call looks forward to seeing reactions and ideas for collateral projects and events from all over the world.

Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award, deadline for applications: 21 June 2013

For the first time, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is presenting a Début award to a young architect or practice to celebrate their achievements and to encourage their career. Any office with an average age under 35 is eligible for this award and international entrants are welcome. In addition to applications, a shortlist of candidates will nominated by over 50 influential Portuguese and international figures. All candidates, either nominated or applying, will have to submit the same materials based on which they will be evaluated. The winner will be selected by the curatorial team and an expert nominated by the Triennale Board, from a shortlist created by over 50 influential Portuguese and international nominators. The prize is €5000 and a shortlist of 10 will be given commendations.

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