THE GRAND PROJECTS

Architectural and urbanistic operations after the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition

Grand Projects 2021 | Urban Legacies of the late 20th Century | International Conference

From the 17th to 19th February, the research project organized the Grand Projects 2021 International Conference aiming to debate the transformations that have taken place in urban territories over the last two decades by considering the impacts of late 20th century policies and policy conjunctures.
The three-day virtual event featured keynote speeches, round-table discussions, parallel sessions on ten conference tracks and side events. Overall, the conference featured 79 presentations and included the participation of more than 160 130 people.

The event started on the 17th with a tribute session to Professor Vitor Matias Ferreira and a roundtable with Gonçalo Byrne, João P. Matos Fernandes and Ricardo Paes Mamede.
In the next days, key-note speeches of Claire Colomb, Manuel Salgado and Josep Acebillo, Christian Schmid and Jean-Louis Cohen, together with authors presentations and a roundtable on grand projects in Portugal, Italy and Brazil, provided critical insights and generated fruitful debates on the legacies of the late 20th century and its repercussions on architectural, urban and social transformations.

As a side-event, a presentation of the Lisbon Waterfront Atlas was made by the final year students of the Integrated Architecture Master at Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisbon. Documentation on the several works is available.

Our acknowledgement to the institutions that provided the support: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Iscte- Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, DINÂMIA’CET, Iscte-IUL and Ordem dos Arquitectos.

Conference proceedings are in preparation and will be available soon.