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Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Lisbon launch of project representing country at Venice architecture biennale

Lisbon, Jan.23,2023(Lusa)- The project "Fertile Futures", which will represent Portugal at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Andreia Garcia, which includes debates on the scarcity of fresh water, will be launched this coming weekend in Lisbon. The launch of the project that discusses the issue of water resources from seven different cases in Portugal will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Palácio Sinel de Cordes, headquarters of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, in a programme of debates with 16 national and foreign participants, according to the organisation.
The five focus groups that make up the "Fertile Futures" project include moments of debate, awareness and mediation open to the public, and free of charge, which will take place in Lisbon, Venice, Braga, Faro and Porto Santo.
Commissioned and organised by the Directorate-General for the Arts (DGArtes), the official Portuguese representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023 aims to discuss and present strategies for the management, storage and transformation of fresh water and contribute to a global discussion.
The project of the architect, curator and university professor Andreia Garcia is a response to the call by Lesley Lokko, curator of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition - Venice Biennale, whose title and theme is "The Laboratory of the Future".
According to the organisation, the sessions aim to "foster reflection on fresh water as a vital element for human and non-human species, functioning as spaces for reciprocal (re)learning based on the coexistence of knowledge".
The "Fertile Futures" project will invite teams of architects, in collaboration with experts from other fields, "to consider and design speculative solutions that seek to reverse the recent memory of overlapping and imposing models, interests and ways of acting" on these resources.
The cases in study chosen for the project, exemplifying the action of the human being on natural and finite water resources are "the impact of the Gigabateria (giga battery) in the river Tâmega basin; the breach of the convention in the International Douro; the mining extraction in the Middle Tagus; the imposition of interests in the Alqueva reservoir; the anarchy in the irrigation perimeter of the Mira River; the overload of the lagoons in the Sete Cidades Lagoon and the risk of alluvium in the Madeiran streams".
In this first session launching "Fertile Futures" participate, as consultants, Álvaro Domingues, Ana Salgueiro Rodrigues, Ana Tostões, Andres Lepik, Aurora Carapinha, Eglantina Monteiro, Érica Castanheira, Francisco Ferreira, João Mora Porteiro, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Luca Astorri, Margarida Waco, Marina Otero, Patti Anahory, Pedro Gadanho and Pedro Ignacio Alonso: 20 and 13:30, and 15:00 and 17:30, and Sunday, from 10:20 to 13:30.
The project by Andreia Garcia was selected in a competition promoted by DGArtes, and will defend, between Portugal and Venice, "the pertinence of the contribution of Architecture in the redesign of a decarbonised, decolonised and collaborative future".
As part of this work, architects, architectresses and artists from other areas of knowledge will be commissioned to "present propositional models for a more sustainable, healthy and equitable tomorrow, in non-hierarchical cooperation between disciplines, generations and species".
The Portuguese representation will be housed in Palazzo Franchetti during the Venice Architecture Biennale, which runs from 20 May to 26 November, with a pre-opening on 18 and 19 May.
In the previous edition, Portugal was represented with the project "In Conflict", by the depA architects collective, to answer the question posed by the curator Hashim Sarkis about "How will we live together?".


Agency : LUSA

Date : 2023-01-24 10:30:00


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