In praise of Lisbon…

As I am about to leave to Harvard GSD, the London AA, and the Rotterdam Biennale for Beyond’s first mini mini world-tour, I must leave here a compliment to my own city… (My newborn baby is already making me homesick!)

Last week in Lisbon was one of those fantastic moments in which an event, namely ExperimentaDesign, really catered for an international audience and created a special atmosphere and buzz in the city…

Still being quite periphereal to the main centres of knowledge production, Lisbon certainly needs that buzz… Tourists may be roaming about the city at all times but one needs more food for thought than that.


My modest contribution for Lisbon’s debate on Terreiro do Paço…Via Público.

In the midst of hard work I just had to make time for EXD09’s opening week.     And instead of being behind the scenes, it was now an immense pleasure not only to be ocasionally in the scene – at the Open Talks, with Nuno Artur Silva and Filipe Homem Fonseca – but specially to enjoy the very tight schedule of presentations and openings as a privileged spectator…

I must say it is quite good to stop being a cultural producer for a while and just enjoy what others put up with much hard effort… So, thank you guys 😉 both for the invitation and the 4 days of endless activity…

And this is not only about the great quality of the exhibitons and conferences. When you put together the fantastic weather with a good crowd – including top designers and the best design journalists from around the world – you get the sense of how pleasurable a socializing and networking event should be.

Good thing one can exchange ideas with the likes of Alejandro Aravena, Peter Saville, Oron Catts, Michael Horsham or Joseph Grima. Or to see already old time friends like Emily CampbellHans Maier-Achen, Max Bruinsma, or James Auger and Jimmy Loiseau

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In moments like this not only does one introduce the secrets of the city to new friends (like it was the case of Justin McGuirk from Icon), but one can also enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing his or her place through the eyes of others, thus being able to rediscover the pleasure of a chosen city…


3 responses to “In praise of Lisbon…

  1. Great stuff you are doing, and congratulations for your newborn (I’m in the same situation…)

    I’m from Lisbon and working to streighten the relations between architecture, design and graffiti/ street art/ Urban Art …

    I was 1 of the first doing graffiti in Lisbon, and at the same time made a Design, urban design and architecture academic path.

    At the moment I’m starting a PHD in IST with Pedro Brandão about this relations…

    I just think you are one of the contacts that could be intressant to join in our international multidisciplinary activities that will come.

    you can see some of our work here: and the concept here:

    best regards
    Pedro Soares Neves

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  3. I don’t know If I said it already but …I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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