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The Architecture Creative Cluster of Palácio Sinel de Cordes is an example of a spatial – cross collaboration service in the city of Lisbon including the establishment of a multifunctional architectural community, based in complementary units of study, design and research. This will be accomplished by implementing various functional units, such as:

  • Co – Working:  Spaces for temporary use, by architecture creative’s, under a rotating system;
  • Young Start Up: Offices to young architects, with a limited permanence, in cycles of three years; their work will be presented in temporary exhibitions, open to all interested  stakeholders;
  •  Two resident partners: To choose between a photograph or a digital modelling cabinet, a maquette workshop or a office communication design;
  • Additional spaces will be available to residents and general public: documentation center and archive, event spaces, restaurant (Workshops on food design) and bookstore.

Role of partners?
The protocol between the City of Lisbon and the Architecture Triennale of Lisbon establishes their headquarters at the Palace Sinel Cordes, in Santa Clara field was signed on February 10, 2012.
This protocol defines that the Municipality of Lisbon and the Triennale will work in a three-year partnership in order to implement a Creative Cluster in that building, in which all activities about architecture,  will be a central goal.

Why is it needed?
Lisbon has significant critical mass, particularly in the field of architecture, which make it a destination chosen by the global elites. In just five years, seven winners of the Pritzker Prize, attended the Lisbon Triennale. The city created the conditions for the permanence of these “actors”, enhancing their interaction and “contamination” to the Portuguese architects. Accordingly, there is a need to create a reference institution, which is independent, agile and based on a broad network of partnerships, with national and international institutions that are acting in the same cultural sphere.

What are the success factors and challenges?
With the appropriate policies and instruments, Lisbon, can be positioned in 10 years between the major cities of the world in the field of architectural research and production. But it is important that the knowledge generated by this dynamic, helps to raise the levels of demand by those involved in the process of building the city and leads the policy direction in urban development, in order to contribute to a better skilled and sustainable transformation in the coming decades.

The Triennale will be the first element of a broader program that will be developed in this area, continuing its mission to foster the debate among the different groups involved in designing, planning, practice and criticism of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Architects are artists, architecture students, philosophers, economists, journalists, anthropologists, politicians and authors from around the country.

This cluster can be a reference institution, promoting interdisciplinary reflection and debating the multidisciplinary nature of architecture and recognizing its central role in recent years.

Business name: Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Contact name: António Alvarenga
Address: Campo de Santa Clara, 142-145 / 1100-474 LISBOA
Telephone: + 351 21 7988160
City: Lisbon
Country: Portugal
E-mail: dir(at)
Legal status of Company: Non-profit Private Association
Number of employees: 9
Nature of business: The Triennale’s mission is to promote research in architecture, particularly produced by portuguese architects, targeted to specialized and non-specialized audiences. The Triennale’s programme encompasses permanent activities and production of periodical events such as the organization of competitions, conferences, exhibitions and multimedia productions.
Name of company collaborating with: Lisbon City Hall
Title of project: Architecture Creative Cluster of Palácio Sinel de Cordes
Dates of activity: 2012 – present
Activity Theme: Spatial Cross-Collaboration

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