September 29 – December 5, 2022

Terra is the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2022. The program consists of four exhibitions, four books, three awards, three days of conferences and a selection of Independent Projects. Chief-curated by Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay, Terra incorporates a declaration of intent and a call to action. It proposes the evolution from the current fragmented and linear system model, characterized by an excessive use of resources, towards a circular and holistic system model, motivated by a greater and deeper balance between communities, resources and processes.

Terra suggests that the future should be reassessed by intersecting and exchanging knowledge and practices capable of coexisting, contributing to a more sustainable future for the planet and all its inhabitants.

The Triennale 2022 explores how new paradigms are changing our ways of place-making in a globalized Planet. Terra addresses how climate cha(lle)nges, pressure on resources, and socioeconomic and environmental inequities are profoundly intertwined. Understanding these complex situations requires a paradigm shift from a linear growth model (“cities as machines”) to a circular evolutionary model (“cities as organisms”).

Azra Aksamija and Future Heritage Lab are part of the Retroactive exhibition, curated by Loreta Castro Reguera and José Pablo Ambrosi. This exhibition focuses on:

The broken city, where one third of humanity dwells, desperately screams for the attention of architects. Self-reflective and retroactive infrastructures could become their best tool – they are an architectural typology to address the broken city, a suturing tool that celebrates their current existence, their distribution around the world, and their chances of becoming worthy dwelling spaces.

The present and future of humanity are mainly urban. However, most of the fabric where such life is and will happen is either deteriorated or underserved. It is broken. Through this exhibition we want to awaken the interest of design professionals on the broken city and on the possibilities of intervening in it with projects that restore spatial dignity and belonging by structuring basic needs and services through the design of public facilities. These should reconcile different needs from various scopes by building a bond between people and their context. We name them retroactive infrastructures.