PODER ARQUITETURA EXHIBITION
The relation between Power and Architecture is fundamental to question how contemporary society and architecture work together.
Since power lacks a comprehensive logic, coherence, and capability for instrumentalization, the question refers both to the autonomous powers of the architectural forms and to a set of external powers re-presented through architecture.
The presented series of projects, current and brutal syntheses of comprehensive and complex world-views, enables us to map out a network of eight powers that align, intersect, inflect and diverge from each other: collective power, ordaining power, economic power, technological power, ritual power, cultural power, media power and domestic power.
Through images, models, objects and documents, the exhibition and the book render visible a set of entities, informal conventions, stakeholders and means involved in the creation of architecture, i.e., the dynamics of the collective which ceaselessly tests the architectural composition of the common world.
SELECTED PROJECTS Among the 40 selected projects are some which have never been published before and others which are very little known of yet. The projects have an authorship as varied as 51N4E, Álvaro Siza, Assemble, David Chipperfield, Dietmar Feichtinger, Duplex Architecten, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Elora Hardy, Gesine Weinmiller, Gokhan Avcoglu, Gramazio & Kohler + Bearth & Deplazes, Helmut Jahn, Herzog & De Meuron, Inês Lobo, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Johnston Marklee + Nuno Brandão Costa + Office KGDVS, Kees Christiaanse, Lacaton & Vassal, Manuel e Francisco Aires Mateus, Marina Tabassum, Michael Maltzan, Oving Architekten, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Pedro Maurício Borges + João André Simões, Peter Soderman, Promontório Arquitectos, Renato Rizzi, Rem Koolhaas, Sporaarchitects, Valerio Olgiati, Vijitha Basnayake, Vylder Vinck and Witherford Watson Mann, amongst others.
The book Power Architecture will be co-published by Casa da Arquitectura and a European publisher. At circa 350 pages, it is intended to be a timeless object that reaches a general, non-specialised audience as well as the academic world; In addition to material related to the selected projects, it will contain 9 thematic essays by Alexandra Vougia (Architectural Association – School of Architecture, London), André Tavares (Department of Architecture , ETH Zurich), Craig Buckley (Yale School of Architecture), Guilherme Wisnik (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, São Paulo University), João Belo Rodeia (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa) and Joaquim Moreno (Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York), amongst others. It will be released in two editions, one in Portuguese and another in English.