04 june to 09 October 2022

The Reasons Offsite

Curated and designed by the SUMMARY studio, the virtual/immaterial exhibition "The Reasons Offsite" focused on modular and prefabricated building systems and included the participation of Pedro Ignacio Alonso & Hugo Palmarola, Jorge Christie & Martín Alvarez, Pablo Jimenez-Moreno and Yona Friedman.
On display at the Casa da Arquitectura Gallery from the 4th of June to the 9 October, "The Reasons Offsite" offered an immersive experience through virtual reality. This is an exhibition on modular and prefabricated architecture previously held at the Salt Gallery of the Boston Society of Architects (USA, March 2019), at the Neufert Box Weimar, as part of the official programme for the Bauhaus Centenary (Germany, September 2019), and at the KÉK – Contemporary Architecture Centre Budapest (Hungary, October 2019).

During the project process, SUMMARY worked closely with several architects from different parts of the world related to research and curatorship. Among these are emerging architects such as Pablo Jimenez-Moreno, Jorge Christie and Martín Alvarez, but also widely recognized academics in this field such as Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola, curators of the Chilean pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale where they were awarded the Silver Lion, and Yona Friedman, a visiting professor at Harvard, MIT and Princeton.

The aim of the exhibition is to make an X-ray of the different moments in the evolution of modular and prefabricated architecture (offsite architecture), from the 17th century to the present, through a critical and prospective view. The Reasons Offsite presents 25 buildings or construction systems that were pioneers in the field of prefabricated and modular construction, including anonymous projects, but also works by world-renowned authors such as Jean Prouvé, Buckminster Fuller, Shigeru Ban or MVRDV.

This work presents the classic triptych of any architectural exhibition: images, texts and models. However, in this case, these elements are presented virtually. Visitors use an Oculus Rift Kit that transports them to a 20x20m virtual space, where they can walk through the exhibition, interactively select the contents they want to observe and even handle the exposed models to analyse them from all angles. It is, therefore, an essentially immaterial exhibition, which does not imply the transport and installation of large objects, and which, therefore, does not produce waste or residues after successive assembly and disassembly. This aspect also contributes to the flexibility of this project, which can be shown in places with different dimensions or configurations.

The contemporary context – with the vertiginous growth of the urban population, with the increasing need for immediacy stimulated by a lifestyle associated with brands such as Uber or IKEA, and with the need to execute new programmes for the construction of public housing in record time – confirms the relevance of The Reasons Offsite as an investigation and as an attempt to rediscover the concept of prefabrication, making its history known but also speculating about its future. 

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    Board of Directors

    Executive Commission



    José Manuel Dias da Fonseca

    Executive Director

    Nuno Sampaio

    Accounting Officer

    Joaquim Mendes Pinto 

    General Commissioner

    Nuno Sampaio 


    Carla Barros (Coord.)

    Manuel Gonçalves

    Júlio Senra

    Filipe Silva 

    Communication and Image

    Joana de Belém

    Margarida Portugal

    Pedro Rocha

    José Pereira

    Filipa Guimarães 

    Fundraising and Partnerships

    Margarida Matos (Coord.) 

    Systems and Technologies

    Paulo Silva (Coord.) 

    Logistics, Maintenance and Works

    Liliana Taveira


    Educational Service

    Filipa Godinho (Coord.)

    Inês Lourenço





    Samuel Gonçalves (Coord.)

    Adina Staicu

    Borbála Papp

    Inês Vieira Rodrigues

    João Pedro Meira

    Luca Sabbadini 

    Invited Authors Participation

    Jorge Christie & Martín Alvarez

    Pablo Jimenez-Moreno

    Pedro Alonso & Hugo Palmarola

    Yona Friedman 

    Coding and Virtual Reality

    Luca Sabbadini 


    Sound Design

    Lorenzo Piani 


    Graphic Design


    Montagem de Suportes Expositivos

    Exhibition Supports Installation



    Graphic Content Installation


    Cláudia Valente 



    Ângela Ribeiro

    António Duarte

    Carla Maia

    Carlos Guerra

    João Gabriel

    João Teixeira

    José Maria Ferreira

    Sandra Pereira

    Sérgio Teixeira


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