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Press kit - Press release - 10 Crisis Buster Grants and 7 Special Mentions / Universities Award announcement - Lisbon Architecture Triennale

10 Crisis Buster Grants and 7 Special Mentions / Universities Award announcement

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!


Lisbon, Portugal, 2013-04-09 - Ten civic projects and a site-specific installation will be launched in Lisbon this september for Close, Closer, the third Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
10 CRISIS BUSTER GRANTS
7 SPECIAL MENTIONS

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale has announced the winners of its Crisis Buster Grants and Triennale Millennium BCP Universities Competition Award.

The winning projects will all be constructed, printed or devised and will take place during this year’s Triennale, Close, Closer, from September 12 to December 15.

The Crisis Buster Grants were awarded to ten civic and social initiatives tackling specific issues identified in Lisbon. The winning proposals range from an open laboratory on sustainable building to a communal kitchen, the running costs of a political newspaper, a guide to risk-of-closure restaurants, a website identifying empty buildings in the city and the creation of a new youth group specifically supporting young women.

Open to participants of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, the Crisis Buster Grants were conceived as part of the ‘Close, Closer’ concept, to engage a diverse mix of agents and entrepreneurs in a drive to fight the crisis through long-term, effective problem-solving solutions. The response was expressive and Crisis Buster welcomed 152 submissions from as many as 19 countries, most notably Portugal (81), Germany (15) and the United Kingdom (12).

The jury for the Crisis Buster grants were:

José Esparza, curator, Close, Closer, Mexico
Graça Fonseca, Municipality of Lisbon, Portugal
Liza Fior, MUF Architecture/Art, United Kingdom
Emiliano Gandolfi, Curry Stone Design Prize / Cohabitation Strategies, Italy
Luísa Valle, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal

The jury also commended a further 7 projects hoping to find partners and sponsors to give more Crisis Buster grants in the future.

Chief curator Beatrice Galilee said, during the announcements: “The Crisis Buster grants are a call to arms for talented people with ideas to make positive, public things change in a very difficult moment in Lisbon’s history. We were all incredibly moved by the volume and quality of ideas and hope that those who didn’t win the grants on this occasion will find ways – through crowdfunding or campaigning – to build their projects and make them happen in Lisbon.”

Crisis Buster is supported by the Gulbenkian Program of Human Development / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and counts the British Council Portugal and ARUP as Patrons.

1. Beautiful, Low Tech & Do-¬It-¬Yourself Solutions
Terrapalha (PT)
Awarded a grant of 2,500 €

An open laboratory set in a Lisbon public garden, this project will carry out practical workshops, discussions and presentations on natural building and alternative energy solutions. For three weeks, the lab will teach low budget, ecological, innovative, do-¬‐it--‐yourself techniques, starting with the construction of a shelter structure that will house the lab itself. The idea is to teach solutions, improve skills, empower and inspire people in practical workshops that involve guests, friends and the local community.


2. South Entrance -¬ Bairro Alto da Cova da Moura
Associação Cultural O Moinho da Juventude (PT)
Awarded a grant of 2,500 €

South Entrance functions as the starting point for the requalification of the different entrances of Cova da Moura, a run-down, low-income neighbourhood in Lisbon.
A strategic point of access to facilities such as the sports pavilion, the local nursery and plots of cultivated land, this site is currently in a severe state of neglect. Working in close collaboration with the locals, the South Entrance project will rehabilitate the site and return it to the community as a functional public space for informal get-togethers or planned activities.

3. Genius Loci
The Gargantua Collective (PT)
Awarded a grant of 2,500 €

In Portugal, restaurants are social platforms in the life of cities and its inhabitants. Genius Loci will propose three “restaurant trails” in the vicinity of the Triennale’s main venues, using the event’s guidebook. Enjoying a meal at one of these traditional establishments will be recommended as a unique experience of Lisbon, one that is gastronomic as well as spatial and social. Unbeknownst to the visitors however, the recommended eateries are under risk of going out of business, due to the crisis. By inviting Triennale visitors to enjoy local eateries, the project allows them to inadvertently play a role in keeping them open for business, while raising awareness to their tangible and intangible heritage.

4. The Object that wanted to keep being itself
normalearchitettura (IT)
Awarded a grant of 2,500 €

A weeklong workshop where Lisbon artisans or craftsmen together with students learn a number of simple techniques to extend the life and use of everyday objects.
At the end of the week, the shop(s) will inherit the content of the activity, becoming reference point for all those interested in acquiring the products or learning the techniques. As the crisis has forcibly brought about a change in consumer habits in Lisbon as well as other European cities, this initiative proposes to make objects last longer, without losing its original function or effectiveness.

5. Pátio Ambulante
frame collective(PT)
Awarded a grant of 2,500 €

Pátio Ambulante proposes the creation of a pátio-network in Lisbon, working as an exchange platform to stimulate interaction between patio dwellers and users, support local businesses and projects.
The network will be connected by an old fire truck “408 pátio unit”, its ambassador and transport unit, which is fitted with an ice-cream store that ensure its economic self-sufficiency. The project will launch in a starter patio, where “408 pátio unit” will be stationed and a programme of activities will be carried out to promote the network: an exhibition on the pátio typology in Lisbon, a music installation with a live piano performance and a local swop market market.

6. A Cozinha da Casa do Vapor
EXYZT Collective (FR)
Awarded a grant of 2,500 €

Cozinha da Casa do Vapor proposes the construction of a sustainable, communal kitchen at a site developed by EXYZT Collective, as part of an overall strategy of improving quality of life, helping local businesses and propitiating social cohesion. The kitchen will be a site for shared meals but also cooking workshops, looking to drive social interaction through the rituals of preparing and consuming food as a group.
In a bid to fight waste and aid local shops or producers, a system will be implemented for collecting surplus perishable goods (such as fish and produce).

7. O Espelho
Newspaper "O ESPELHO" (PT)
Awarded a grant of 2,080 €

O Espelho (The Mirror) consist in the publication of two issues of the wall newspaper O Espelho, cladding the walls of Lisbon during the Triennale with content free for all. Freedom of press leads to freedom of thought. O Espelho is a do-¬‐it-¬ yourself tool that creates a public space for ideas to circulate, igniting debate. With this “old school” format, it seeks to mirror and reflect upon events taking place presently. Content will focus on aspects related to the urban culture, its architecture and spaces. The issues will be published at the start and end of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, at which time the project team proposes to host round tables in universities and other venues to further the discussion.

8. Agulha num Palheiro (Needle in a Haystack)
Artéria (PT)
Awarded a grant of 2,500 €

Agulha num Palheiro [Needle in a haystack] is a public platform where the many vacant houses and neglected buildings in Lisbon’s old quarters are collected and systematized. The goal is facilitate the process of identifying, renting or buying of these spaces by prospective dwellers. A visual depiction of this realm of possibilities will be presented in 3 short films, shot in 3 vacant houses from 3 historical periods. They will be released in sequence to spark discussion on the rehabilitation of Lisbon in social networks and media, contributing to build critical mass around the project.

9. Mundo Mouraria
Baga Baga Studios
Awarded a grant of 2,000 €

The project consists of a digital platform to communicate the social business model and community building project “Cozinha Popular da Mouraria” – a communal kitchen located in the multicultural neighbourhood of Mouraria. This platform will document and share the stories that radiate from cooking sessions and meals held at the kitchen, bringing the project to the attention of a vast global audience and putting Lisbon on the map of creative, civic-minded networks. The next step is to give local community members access to digital communication tools and their potential, thus empowering them through the ability to compose and share their own narratives.

10. Juventude na Street
Inês Neto (PT)
Awarded a grant of 2,000 €
Project Supported by the British Council

The project “Juventude na Street – Youth on the street” aims to create a youth group for girls aged 10 to 17 years old, in the social housing neighbourhood of Horta Nova, a community where youngster are left alone for great parts of the day without adult supervision. The group would provide an alternative, positive occupation where members would participate in activities that stimulate cooperation, assertiveness, problem-¬solving and social skills. The project foresees the rehabilitation of a communal room in the neighbourhood, with the support of an architect but carried out by the girls, giving them a sense of achievement and responsibility.

The 7 SPECIAL MENTIONS WERE AWARDED TO:

1. Less Homeless
Fala Atelier (PT)

2. School Lighting
Associação de Pais e Encarregados de Educação da Eb1/JI do Bairro do Restelo (PT)

3. Community Kitchen
Ateliermob (PT)

4. 26 FOUNTAINS - Water as an element of social cohesion
Eduardo Costa Pinto (PT), Nelson Bastos Ferreira (PT), Pedro Costa (PT)

5. Urbanomics. Triggering civic economies
Daniela Dossi (NL), Eugenia Morpurgo (IT)

6. Shared Space, Shared Thinking
MOOV (PT)

7. Home Trigger
Simão Botelho (PT)

EDITORS NOTES

For information on press accreditation or further images contact: press@trienaldelisboa.com

ABOUT CLOSE, CLOSER

The third Lisbon Architecture Triennale Close, Closer opens 12 September 2013 – 15 December 2013. Close, Closer will put forward an alternative reading of contemporary spatial practice. For three months chief curator Beatrice Galilee and curators Liam Young, Mariana Pestana and José Esparza will examine the multiple possibilities of architectural output through critical and experimental exhibitions, events, performances and debates across the city. During the Triennale, architecture will be portrayed as a living, social and artistic force, charting cultural, political, scientific and aesthetic territories. By largely excluding built-form of architectural practice and focusing on alternatives the Triennale is responding to a shifting economic and social climate in which traditional modes of architectural production are changing and where innovation is breeding fast.

ABOUT LISBON ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to research, foster and promote architectural thinking and practice. It holds a major forum every three years for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture across geographic and disciplinary boundaries. The first Triennale, "Urban Voids" took place in 2007 with a programme of international exhibitions, competitions and conferences drawing 52,000 visitors and participants. In 2010, "Let’s Talk About Houses" consolidated the Triennale’s presence in the circuit of events devoted to architecture with an estimated 154,000 attendees. Now, from its new headquarters in the Sinel de Cordes Palace, where a creative cluster will be established in the near future, the Triennale is organising a programme of "Intervalo" events while preparing for its third edition, "Close, Closer".

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2007 and 2010) was distinguished with the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic and in 2010, it was also awarded the status of Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Culture.

2013 LISBON TRIENNALE MILLENNIUM BCP UNIVERSITIES AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT

The winner of the Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Universities Award Competition is Colectivo Inventado a multidisciplinary team of 6 students from London’s Royal College of Art, who have 3 fields of study (Architecture, Visual Communication, Design Products) and 6 nationalities between them.

Two honourable mentions were given to students from London College of Communication and Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad Técnica de Madrid.

The competition invited university students of all nationalities and disciplines to propose an intervention – programmatically or physically - in the Triennale’s headquarters, the 18th century Sinel de Cordes Palace, based on the thematics of the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer.

The students were required to examine the expanded field of contemporary architecture - that is the issues, narratives and structure around building, but not necessarily engaged in construction - and to closely consider what it means to exhibit architecture today. The winners intervention will form part of the main programme of Close, Closer and will be constructed in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale headquarters, one of four venues around the city which will form the Triennale.

Chosen from among 48 entries from 10 countries – Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom being the most represented – the winning project will be developed and unveiled at this year’s Triennale.

This award is sponsored by the Millennium BCP Foundation.

The jury members were:

Minsuk Cho, MASS Studies, South Korea
Bjarke Ingels, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark
Mariana Pestana, curator, Close, Closer, Portugal
Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm architectes, Switerzland
Luis Santiago Baptista, Arqa Magazine, Portugal

Chief curator Beatrice Galilee said of the winners: “It’s fantastic to see that the winners and honourable mentions are all from multidisciplinary teams tackling the ideas and issues around contemporary architecture. Their ideas for interventions take on many creative and exciting different forms.”

WINNERS:

Fábrica de Sonhos

by Colectivo Inventado: Astrid Bois d’Enghien (BE), Catarina Vasconcelos (PT), Clio Capeille, (FR/GR); Margarida Rêgo, (PT), Rain Wu (TW) and Simon Kinneir (UK).

Royal College of Art (Architecture, Visual Communication, Design Products)

In response to the Lisbon Triennale’s theme of Close, Closer the project team decided to explore the importance of being close to one’s dreams not as mere utopias, but as a way of looking beyond the present political and economic constraints. Fábrica de Sonhos (Dream Factory) is a process-based project that will involve an in-situ team, operating over 25 days in Lisbon. ¬The project unfolds in two different stages. First, an active collecting of people’s dreams, through an online platform and a physical one travelling the streets of Lisbon for 5 days. This will provide the source material for an installation at the Sinel de Cordes Palace, in the form of a changing landscape of dreams projected on site.

1st Honourable Mention
Scripts

Camille Leproust, FR
Andres Ayerbe Posada, IT

London College of Communication (BA Graphic and Media Design)

Evoking an essential component in the architecture of power, Scripts proposes an ephemeral column made of paper. Twenty-four thermal printers will print out in real time ‘tweets’ about 24 leading issues of dissent, social or political protest online. The installation reflects on the nature of dissent and protest in the age of the internet, questioning the relationship between social and political struggle and the space it plays out in, as well as the nature of online dissent.

2nd Honourable Mention
We don´t need no Education – Chamber of Architectural Diseases

Gabriel Ruiz-Larrea Fernandez, ES
Judit Parejo García, ES
Jorge Sobejano Nieto, ES
Félix Zamora Gómez, ES

Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad Técnica de Madrid (Psychology, Architecture and Art History)

Suggesting a reflection on architecture from psychology and vice –versa, this project not only outlines the common ground between the 2 disciplines, it also seeks to spatially configure the anomalies and disorders of contemporaneity.
It proposes to translate the disorder, the individual, inalienable and shapeless, into a multiple and dispossessed space. The Sinel de Cordes Palace would become a chamber of disorders that the visitor would wander through.

EDITORS NOTES:

For information on press accreditation or further images contact: press@trienaldelisboa.com

ABOUT CLOSE, CLOSER

The third Lisbon Architecture Triennale Close, Closer will take place between 12 September 2013 – 15 December 2013. Close, Closer will put forward an alternative reading of contemporary spatial practice. For three months chief curator Beatrice Galilee and curators Liam Young, Mariana Pestana and José Esparza will examine the multiple possibilities of architectural output through critical and experimental exhibitions, events, performances and debates across the city. During the Triennale, architecture will be portrayed as a living, social and artistic force, charting cultural, political, scientific and aesthetic territories. By largely excluding built-form of architectural practice and focusing on alternatives the Triennale is responding to a shifting economic and social climate in which traditional modes of architectural production are changing and where innovation is breeding fast

ABOUT LISBON ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to research, foster and promote architectural thinking and practice. It holds a major forum every three years for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture across geographic and disciplinary boundaries. The first Triennale, "Urban Voids" took place in 2007 with a programme of international exhibitions, competitions and conferences drawing 52,000 visitors and participants. In 2010, "Let’s Talk About Houses" consolidated the Triennale’s presence in the circuit of events devoted to architecture with an estimated 154,000 attendees. Now, from its new headquarters in the Sinel de Cordes Palace, where a creative cluster will be established in the near future, the Triennale is organising a programme of "Intervalo" events while preparing for its third edition, "Close, Closer".

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2007 and 2010) was distinguished with the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic and in 2010, it was also awarded the status of Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Culture.

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