News | What Is Architecture In A Time Of Crisis? Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013 Asks

As announced last month, I will post my first studio visit next week. Yesterday I visited, chatted and filmed this young French agency DATA Architects. I spent a great time. More next week or in one or two weeks. Next…

While the Venice Architecture Biennale is still open (until 25 November), The Lisbon Triennale is hardly working on the 2013 edition, named Close, Closer. Curators are Beatrice Galilee, Liam Young, José Esparza, and Mariana Pestana. Reading the booklet gives me sort of feeling that this edition will function as a think lab, certainly more curatorial than a triennale-like event. Below some glimpses from the booklet you can read visiting Close, Closer website.
The 2013 edition explores the multiple possibilities of architectural output through critical and experimental exhibitions, events, performances and debates across the city. As Beatrice Galilee writes,

By publicly interrogating the terminology, practicalities, inspirations, inventions and their influences on the city, we open spacial practice, one part of which is architecture, to be closer to vital new audiences and new publics.Four curatorial projects will address distinct and discrete realms of spatial practice: Future Perfect, The Real and other Fictions, The Institute Effect and New Publics. Future Perfect, Liam Young writes,

brings together an ensemble of mad scientists, design mavericks, literary astronauts, speculative gamers, visionaries and luminaries to collectively develop the props, spaces, machines, cultures and narratives of a future city, an imaginary urbanism, the landscapes that surrounding it and the stories it contains.
Wander through our fictional city to explore possibilities and consequences of today's emerging biological and technological research. What things may come, in a Future Perfect…The Real And Other Fictions, according to Mariana Pestana,The Real and Other Fictions is an exhibition made of interdisciplinary spatial interventions at the scale of 1:1. All installations are fully functional, welcoming the visitor to eat, read, drink and even spend the night. As it explores the uncanny space between reality and fiction, the exhibition presents itself as an artifice composed of real spaces and programmes. It is an exhibition of hyper-real architecture. And it is alive.José Esparza writes about New Publics,

New Publics presents a three-month-long public programmes that aims to be the central stage for the presentation of the plurality witnessed in the production of contemporary spatial practice, with the goal of providing a platform for the articulation of clear agendas with larger civic ambitions. It presents itself as a forum to materialize the multiplicity of arguments and collectively create effective strategies for structural change.The last curatorial project The Institute Effect,

Some of the most influential authors of contemporary spatial practice are the institutions that establish and disseminate the ideas and movements of the time. The Institute Effect will invite 20 international institutions to exhibit themselves in Lisbon — from magazines to museums, independent groups and publishers — and create a rotating homage to the institution as a spatial practitioner.Six digital publication will be published over the course of one year continuing the discussion on plurality in spatial practice.
The 2013 edition will open from September to December 2013 (precisely: 12 September - 15 December 2013). We will obviously be having more info on this edition to share over the year and the coming year…

This said, the curatorial team invites any of us to answer this question: What is Architecture in a time of crisis? You can add your answer: here. Any idea is welcome… in 100 words.

More: Here.