Since 2007, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to research, foster and promote architectural thinking and practice. We have been doing just that throughout the last 10 years with a myriad of activities. And we will mark 2019 with another edition of our major international forum, which once again promotes debate, discussion and the dissemination of architecture while crossing geographic and disciplinary boundaries. 

Dátum:2019 Október 03. , Csütörtök


The 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will be “The Poetics of Reason”. This title states that, for all its subjective and non-scientific dimension, architecture does rest on reason, and its aim is to shed light onto the specificity of this reason. Indeed, the fact that architecture is grounded into reason and rationality is key to its being understandable, i.e. shareable, by everyone, and not just by architects. More than ever before, it stands as a condition to define an architecture for our contemporary ordinary condition. As a result of a massification of construction – more buildings have been built since the beginning of the previous century than ever before – such a condition implies that everybody is entitled to understand architecture without a specific background in the field.

Each of the five exhibitions that compose the Triennale 2019 will take up one particular aspect or dimension of this theme, in an attempt to circumscribe the stakes of architectural rationality.


MAAT – Central Tejo 

Economy of Means investigates what makes this category both a mark and a precondition of a rational architecture. Drawing on a large number of historical and contemporary examples, the exhibition will propose a typology of the ways in which the economy of means has exerted itself so far, and inquire about those it might choose to explore today. 
Curatorship: Éric Lapierre 

CCB – Garagem Sul

Taking the Country’s Side: Permaculture for Architects looks into an environmental movement, which for more than four decades has consistently explored the hypothesis of a future of energy descent and its consequences for the redesign and maintenance of territories. In an attempt to reconnect architecture and agriculture, the exhibition will stress some of the lessons that contemporary architects and urbanists might draw from this whole school of thought and action. 
Curatorship: Sébastien Marot

Millennium Gallery

Inner Space investigates how creative imagination has been historically nurtured by an ongoing confrontation with rational thought and how architects and artists in different epochs have devised rational systems to materialize their own visual, physical and mental universe. The exhibition aims at illustrating how architectural imagination lays the foundation for any architectural work, from classical treatises to the Internet and video games. 
Curatorship: Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli 


What is Ornament? thinks about how after the Modern Movement had banned ornament from architecture, this idea and concerns did regain momentum since the Post-War, and have become nowadays crucial for the rational production of meaningful architecture. The exhibition will explain, through a series of thematic sections always showing historic and contemporary production, how ornament has never completely disappeared and in which conditions it can still exist nowadays as a relevant and essential issue. 
Curatorship: Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene

Sinel de Cordes Palace

Natural Beauty looks at the way in which constructive rationality has been at the core of architecture for ages and how it can still be relevant in the contemporary production in Lisbon to create an organic architecture, as a system where each part is linked to each other. This exhibition will include works selected for the Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award Competition. 
Curatorship: Laurent Esmilaire and Tristan Chadney 


Based on criteria of excellence in the contribution to architecture, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will make a conference during the opening week of this 5th edition. A work of art of Portuguese authorship will be commissioned, and given to the winner of this Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Open to young people till the age of 35, or to any studio with an age average that does not exceed 35, the Début Award wants to boost the recognition of recently established studios. During the opening week, whoever wins this prize will also be invited to present their work in a conference. 

The Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award Competition will entail the participation of architecture schools that will be invited to study a territory. In 2019, that territory will be Marvila, in Lisbon. Some of the selected proposals will be part of the exhibition “Natural Beauty”. 

The call for the Début Award will be open from May 24th 2018 to March 26th 2019, and for the Universities Award Competition, open to students in architecture schools around the world, the call is open from May 24th 2018 to April 30th 2019. Don’t leave anything to the last minute. 

Talk, Talk, Talk

This highlight of the programme of Triennale 2019 is to be held during the closing week. Three days of conferences and debates, in a program that is born from the several themes of the exhibitions, and that will bring prominent architects, researchers and players from the international architectural scene. The talks will be held at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the experience and thought doesn’t end here: the debates will be followed by dinners and special concerts. 

Associated Projects

An independent and rich production of great relevance and value, so essential to the cultural living mechanisms of the city. We invite exhibition projects, workshops, talks, and this year also film or music events, which deal with crucial problems relating to contemporary architecture and are interested in a lively debate, to join the Triennale 2019. From May 24th to October 31st 2018, a call will be open to present projects. Honestly, don’t leave anything to the last minute.