Lisbon Triennale 2022: Terra

by Robbie

Terra. It’s the 6th edition of the Triennale for 2022.
It will take place between October and December 2022, chief-curated by Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay. “Terra explores how new paradigms are changing our ways of place-making in a globalised Planet. Terra addresses how climate cha(lle)nges, pressure on resources and socioeconomic and environmental inequities are profoundly intertwined”.

The programme consists of 4 exhibitions, 4 books, 3 awards, 3 days of conferences and a selection of independent Projects. As an international forum that promotes questioning around research and practice, Terra incorporates a declaration of intent and a call to action. It proposes the evolution from the current fragmented and linear system model, characterised by an excessive use of resources, towards a circular and holistic system model, motivated by a greater and deeper balance between communities, resources and processes. Terra suggests that, after a context of closure because of the pandemic, the future should be reassessed by intersecting and exchanging knowledge and practices capable of coexisting, contributing to a more sustainable future for the planet and all its inhabitants.

The main four exhibitions are:

Multiplicity
Tau Tavengwa, Vyjayanthi Rao
MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art

How are design and architecture adapting to a period marked by unprecedented inequality, climate change, pandemics, and a demand to reconsider and rewrite the canon that defines them? Multiplicity examines the contemporary structures where design and architecture operate. Arranged in five parts – Agenda, Appropriations, Systems (re-)Engineering, Manufacture/Acceleration and Knowledge-building/Research – the exhibition explores how these fields are evolving, amalgamating, and mutating in an era of profound global uncertainty.

By presenting practitioners and thinkers whose work redefines the scale of operation and methods necessary to tackle global challenges, we explore how architecture is changing itself, its methods and self-perception, and its growing embrace of complexity while striving to retain relevance beyond a traditionally narrow understanding. Multiplicity, through video, models, artwork, photography, and drawings, charts that process. It explores how architecture and design are being called to respond to a world in multiple states of flux and whether these fields are rising to the challenge at both micro and macro scales.

Communal by Design
Loreta Castro Reguera, Jose Pablo Ambrosi
MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

The broken city, where one third of humanity dwells, desperately screams for the attention of architects. Retroactive infrastructures could become their best tool – they are an architectural typology to address the broken city, a suturing tool that celebrates their current existence, their distribution around the world, and their chances of becoming worthy dwelling spaces.

The present and future of humanity are mainly urban. However, most of the fabric where such life is and will happen is either deteriorated or underserved. It is broken. Through this exhibition we want to awaken the interest of design professionals on the broken city and on the possibilities of intervening in it with projects that restore spatial dignity and belonging by structuring basic needs and services through the design of public facilities. These should reconcile different needs from various scopes by building a bond between people and their context. We name them retroactive infrastructures.

Cycles
Pamela Prado, Pedro Ignacio Alonso
Garagem Sul – CCB

Whether a building is being built or dismantled is sometimes difficult to know. Before the organising powers of architecture are activated through design, a building is no more than a formless accumulation of materials, piles of stuff that re-emerge when the given form is eventually demolished, becoming just weight in the realm of trash. These newly formed mounds of unorganised matter do, however, undergo a process of declassification and reclassification, from waste to recovered materials, when architects reluctant to throw things away design new cycles for them. In their hands, they become projects, the rebirth of something, loosening the borders between garbage and non-garbage, and between what is doomed to perish, and what will still struggle to live.

The exhibition presents material strategies in contemporary architectural practices that turn away from linear models towards the circular within contemporary architecture. By designing new Cycles for the distribution of matter, architects reluctant to throw things away open up enquiries into the past and the present of construction, its relation to the geopolitics of extractivism, and the futures of the building industry. This art of designing Cycles acknowledges the energy, the water, the human labour, and the carbon footprint originally embedded in the materials’ production, towards sustainability, economy, and memory.

Visionaries
Anastassia Smirnova with SVESMI
Culturgest

Visionaries live and work among us. Yet we cannot often distinguish them in the crowd. Or prefer not to, as any encounter with a visionary will put us at risk. We may be confronted by the unknown, feel threatened by the unorthodox or get rattled by ideas we feel are «too much» or «unrealistic». Visions can also lead us to dark futures; they often did in the past. At the same time, visions are a bare necessity. Without them, we might not live to see another day.

This exhibition explores the nature of contemporary visions in the field of architecture, conceived not only by architects and urban planners, but also by other professionals from adjacent fields. The focus is placed on projects that are being realised right now or can be realised – constructed – within decades. The exhibition tells the stories of ideas and, at the same time, it tries to discern the very process of materialising concepts and how radical visions become the new norms.

Three Awards

The Universities Award Competition
This Competition invites universities worldwide in a cross-disciplinary perspective. For the first time, the prize accepts two levels of participation, through master’s degrees and research centres in colleges. Moreover, further related disciplines in the areas of design, technology or the humanities are added to architecture, such as the bordering disciplines of landscape architecture, urban planning and land management, or others such as materials and construction technologies, urban sociology and environmental geography. The registrations are open until November 15th, 2021.

The Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Début Award
This prize acclaims a young architect or practice to celebrate their achievements and promote their career, aiming to support new voices and practice forms. The worldwide competition is open to young architects under the age of 35 or any architecture studio with an average age of under 35. The call for applications are open until February 28, 2022.

The Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Lifetime Achievement Award
It distinguishes the active studio or individual whose work and ideas have influenced and continue to have a deep impact on current architectural practice and thought, without focusing on the end of their career, but rather in the boldness of their practice – we believe in consistent and excellent practice, in relevant work and its distinction.

The Books
Aiming at a wider dissemination of architectural contemporary discourse, our publications make up a long-term legacy. For Triennale 2022, we will publish a collection of pocket-size books that result from over three years of research. This limited collection deals with the themes of the four main exhibitions, written by the curatorial team and invited contributors.

Talk, Talk, Talk
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
The main exhibitions are the starting point for a three-day series of conferences, which will be the second highlight in the Triennale programme. This series aims to create a intertwined composition of talks, gathering thinkers, researchers, scholars and architects from the international scene to discuss thematic priorities for future action. A moment to exchange experience from various fields of expertise, share thoughts, and stimulate a broadened debate on the topics explored by the main showcases, which ends with a more informal gathering opened to a confrontation of ideas between the guests and the audience.

Triennale 2022 aims to create an open forum where multiple voices and perspectives can coexist beyond their apparent dualities, while celebrating daily life as well as aspirations for manifold futures in a diverse world.

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