Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture

Performance Architecture Competition

by Valentina Ieva
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The Performance Architecture was an international competition curated by Pedro Gadanho for the construction of up to five temporary urban interventions in the scope of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, at Portugal.

Intervention 01 | CONSTRUCTION WITH CLOTHES by DANTIOPE (c) Minimal// Mobile

Amongst architects, artists and designers, in multidisciplinary teams, Performance Architecture intended to map out recent spatial strategies that, by reactivating approaches to Performance practices, to provide new outlooks on the role of architects and other creatives in a broad urban context.

Intervention 02 | BODYPHONIC by DOSEcollective (c) Minimal// Mobile

Intervention 03 | FOUNTAIN HACKS by LIKEarchitects (c) Minimal// Mobile

While welcoming temporary interventions that met programming needs for the visibility and urban interaction of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, the Performance Architecture competition focused on architectural and urban practices that replaced the building of monuments and other lasting structures with installations, actions, happenings and temporary urban interventions.

Intervention 04 | agriCultural Mountain by IUT (c) Minimal// Mobile

Intervention 05 | UNIDADE by Pedrita Studio +Ricardo Jacinto (c) Minimal// Mobile

Through the contribution of new ideas that came out of a bottom-up selection process and by the presence of leading practitioners in the field (as jury members, as part of a small retrospective exhibition, and as conference speakers in a one day seminar at the opening of the ASA Factory) Performance Architecture thought about spatial interventions that acknowledged the consciousness of the body, the relevance of the community and the presence of a social critique in reinventing public space.

Jury Members: Pedro Gadanho, A77, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Office for Subversive Architecture, Raumlabor

The competition selected multidisciplinary teams proposing temporary concepts and structures that would stimulate the appropriation of controversial public spaces by the city inhabitants.

Exhibition @ CAAA Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura | Guimarães 2012 (c) Minimal// Mobile

Performance Architecture had 4 phases: the Open Call (untill January 6),the Evaluation of the projects and the Conference (February 25), the Exhibition (June 14) and the Construction (Summer 2012).

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    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)

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    agriCultural Mountain

    Guimarães / Portugal / 2012