Call for Entries: The Lisbon Triennale Universities Competition Award

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Universities are critical centres for the production of knowledge and innovation. Since the inception of the Triennale we have involved these institutions in the programme of each edition of its most emblematic event. As such, we invite schools from all over the world to participate in a transverse perspective of possible cooperation. The Millennium bcp Lisbon Triennale Universities Competition Award is part of the central programme for the 6th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale to take place in the Autumn of 2022.

The competition is open directly to the field of architecture and also to its related disciplines, whether these are project oriented - such as urbanism or landscape architecture - technical - such as construction or material technologies - or multidisciplinary - such as urban sociology or environmental studies. We seek proposals of various project typologies, intended to be of an architectural response or with the potential for practical development.

For the first time, the award assumes two levels of participation through Master’s Degree programmes and also Research programmes. The aim is to stimulate individual and collective participation in the production of knowledge in, for and on architecture. This edition, entitled Terra, explores how new paradigms are changing our ways of place-making in a globalised Planet. This concurrent background and foreground condition of architecture explores relationships and systems to enable change within a diverse set of socioeconomic conditions across the world.The Competition is open to proposals encompassed by the project subject, research projects with a strong visual component, or intervention projects. Each proposal is intended to focus on at least one of the sub themes that make up the Triennale programme in its four core exhibitions. These are:

Theme 1 - MultiplicityTo address global uncertainty at both micro and macro scale, architecture, and its related fields, are being called to adapt to multiple states of flux and technological divide. How can some of the biggest global challenges including climate change, pandemics, socio-economic inequality and cultural conflict be interpreted at an architectural scale? How can current canons be expanded to address contexts of extreme uncertainty? What does a more inclusive architecture that responds to these challenges look like?

Theme 2 - Communal by DesignCities are ever-changing organisms; formal and informal settlements grow and mature in between states of vulnerability. How can architecture, and its related fields, be relevant vehicles for change in the process of mending imbalances? What kind of self-reflective, retroactive infrastructures - facilities and systems - are capable of restituting basic needs, services, spatial dignity and sense of belonging? What mechanisms can enable collective existence within urban density?

Theme 3 - CyclesThe enquiry into the past and present of construction may lead to virtuous encounters between sustainability, economy and memory. How can re-appropriation methods embrace redistribution of matter and challenge the commonplace of extractivism? What strategies can be used to design new cycles for construction that is doomed to perish or struggling to live? How is architecture acknowledging the use of energy, water, human labour, and the carbon footprint originally embedded in materials’ production, in new processes of making?

Theme 4 - VisionariesVisions are a bare necessity. The unusual and seemingly impossible can be realised and even accepted by many as a new value. How can multidisciplinary teams create long-term thinking briefs for systemic transformation? What architectural prototypes can be produced in the future, and how will they be replicated? How can new and emerging materials affect the form and the process of architectural production to radically change our approach to design in the long run?

Clarification requests must be sent by October 18th, 2021. A selection of twelve proposals will be an integral part of the four main exhibitions of Triennale 2022., chief curated by Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay.