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Architecture in Competition: A Critical Journey through Portuguese Modernity

Southern Regional Section of the Portuguese Architects’ Association


Competitions lead inevitably to experimentation in design, and the effect of experimentation will be seen not only in the building finally erected, but even more in the education they give to juries, to architects, to clients and to the public.

Talbot F. Hamlin, «Competitions», 1938


Competition is the most open and free way of gaining access to architectural commissions. But, above all, it is the best way of solving a specific architectural, urban and territorial problem. Because of their nature, architectural design contests compare different alternative solutions for dealing with the same situation. This normally anonymous competition between equals encourages experimentation and speculation, in a determined and generous search for the ideal project. Architectural competitions offer the possibility for an interpretation of Portuguese modernity. From the national pavilions erected at the great universal expositions to the public equipment programmes funded by the European Community, including unique examples such as Expo 98, competitions can present a possible portrait for the transformation of a country. In this sense, the “Architecture in Competition” exhibition provides a critical record of this journey through Portuguese modernity. A journey in which Portuguese architects and the country’s Architects’ Association have played a fundamental role.

Curator: Luís Santiago Baptista

This exhibition is part of the School-Architecture Programme organised by the Southern Regional Section of the Portuguese Architects’ Association (OASRS). Further information available at


Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:30)



Ticket €4

50% discount for students and senior citizens (aged over 65)

Admission free for those aged under 18 and holders of the CCB Friend’s Card


29 March to 29 May

Garagem Sul
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