During two months, Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016 will present a vast programme of exhibitions, debates, book presentations and several other activities.

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale’s intensive opening week is a preview of what will happen up until 11 December. From Wednesday to Saturday (5 to 8 October), there will be opening exhibition parties, book presentations, debates, and many other activities throughout the city of Lisbon, Portugal.

This year’s edition, under the tittle ‘The Form of Form’, sets out to further the debate around the possibility of architecture as a cultural device to produce built forms. Or “in other words, to debate the ways in which the world is transformed [through architecture]”, wrote chief curators André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes in the curatorial text.

The programme will be articulated around four core exhibitions: The Form of Form, Building Site, The World in Our Eyes, and Sines: Seaside Logistics — all opening on the first week. Also, the subjects covered by the exhibitions will generate a three-day international conference on November. Parallel satellite exhibitions and several associated projects are other key moments.

The Form of Form, curated by Diogo Seixas Lopes (who passed away in February), opens on 5 October at the brand new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) that will also open to the public on the same day. The exhibition is a dialogue, built by three architects, that challenges notions of authorship and the limits of form. The ultimate aim is for it to be a “meeting space” that can demonstrate the meaning of form in architectural design, in the past, present and future.

Acting as a “conversation,” the exhibition’s narrative is developed around 12 spaces that are inspired by examples of architectural designs by Johnston Marklee, Nuno Brandão Costa and Office KGDVS, who designed the exhibition. Each space will house content from the extensive database of Socks, the online “magazine” founded by Italian architects Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarell who are responsible for the exhibition content.

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Hans Dieter Schaal, Paths and Passages 1978, Germany ©Hans Dieter Schaal

Building Site, curated by André Tavares, explores how recent advances in construction and building site organization transformed architectural practice. The exhibition opens on 6 October at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. David Chipperfield Architects, OMA, SKREI and Usina are the invited studios.

On the following day, The World in Our Eyes opens at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB). With over 30 participants presenting projects from all around the globe, the exhibition will focus on urban space, the way it changes, and how we perceive those changes. The curators are Fabrizio Gallanti and Francisca Insulza who founded FIG Projects in 2003 as a platform to promote interdisciplinary initiatives and explore the boundaries of architecture, urban research and visual arts.

Sines: Seaside Logistics brings together academic projects by students and professors from 14 Portuguese architecture and landscape architecture courses in the context of the Lisbon Triennale Universities Award. Participants were asked to reflect on Sines territory, a Portuguese costal city that hosts one of the most important ports in the country. The exhibition opens on 8 October, at the Triennale’s HQ, with 20 selected projects, including the winning proposal ‘A Terceira Água’ by Flora di Martino, Rita Martins and Saule Grybenaite, of the Faculty of Architecture, Porto University.

A Terceira Água - Lisbon Triennale Universities Award 2016

‘A Terceira Água’, Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award 2016. ©Lisbon Triennale

Then on November, it’s time for the international conference Talk, Talk, Talk, the second highlight in this Triennale’s programme. For three days in a row (17 to 19 November) prominent architects, researchers and players in the architectural scene will extend the discussion proposed by each of the main exhibitions. The conference’s headline features names such as Giovanna Borasi (Canadian Centre for Architecture chief curator), Hashim Sarkis (Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning), Sébastien Marot (philosopher, author and architecture theorist), and Martino Stierli (MoMA’s chief curator of architecture and design).

During the two-month programme, several Satellite exhibitions and Associated Projects will spread out through the urban landscape of Lisbon. These include installations, festivals, films, and books, that the curators hope will provoke lively conversations and promote the exploration of new architectural paths.

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Kenneth Frampton, Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Lifetime Achievement Award 2013. ©Lisbon Triennale

Besides the Universities Award, two other awards will be granted by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016. Both the Début Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be announced on 8 October. The Lifetime Achievement award ceremony will take place on 15 November in the CCB Main Auditorium, and will be followed by a conference delivered by the winner.

In previous editions, the Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to Vittorio Gregotti (2007), Álvaro Siza Vieira (2010) and Kenneth Frampton (2013).

For more information on the fourth edition of the Lisbon Triennale visit the official website.