Beatrice Galilee, a 29-year old writer and curator, has won the curatorship of the third Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Here she speaks to the AJ about her plans
What are your plans for the Triennale?
The third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a move away from exhibiting the physical forms and effects of building towards an unravelling of new forms of architectural practice. Rather than searching for symbolism or aesthetics in architecture through examining the practitioner or place, this Triennale seeks to discover other agents, authors and collaborators.
What are your hopes for it?
My hope is that the Triennale will become a kind of laboratory and breeding ground for a new generation of international practitioners whose work and interests are not defined by a traditional client-architect model. This can be anything from public space, landscape, science-fiction, criticism to experimental economic models or new production models such as open source architecture. A lot of this work and thinking is already happening in the UK and at The Gopher Hole we have been exhibited and providing a platform for that practice for nearly a year.
What’s the practical setup?
The set-up of the Triennale will be 5 main exhibitions - 3 in Lisbon, 1 in Porto and 1 in London, along with ‘fringe’ events and programmes. I’ll definitely be talking to British architects and designers about participating and curating and welcome all ideas and proposals!
What does it mean for British Architecture?
In terms of what it means for British architecture - hopefully it will encourage young students who don’t see a future in practice to think about how else they can contribute to an international conversation on contemporary spatial practice. Or, like me, consider a career in writing and curating architecture!
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Beatrice Galilee on her plans for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale