Universities Award Competition

The Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award Competition, part of the 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale program, invites architecture students to engage in an exercise of collective research on constructive rationality. A selection of proposals will be part of the exhibition “Natural Beauty” alongside a genealogy of works, from the 16th century to the present, that relate to constructive rationality.
Theme of Universities Competition: Architectural form is reasoned by the logics of construction. At the same time, it reflects reality by condensing time and space. Construction engages directly the spatiality and expression of the architectural object. It also illustrates an answer to a necessity in the contemporary condition in which it takes place.
The aim of the competition is to explore how the rational nature of construction can embody a form of natural beauty. An intelligible beauty where constructive rationality links each part to each other, as a system to create an organic architecture. This allows architecture to be understandable and shareable by all, while staying relevant as a discipline established on a historical and theoretical basis. Constructive rationality, therefore, is the hypothesis of research for a contemporary beauty. Constructive rationality must be considered from a cultural point of views. The award consists of one first prize and, up to, two honourable mentions.

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