An exhibition of architecture centered on the sea and which uses this element as the starting point to inhabit the land, opens this Tuesday to the public at the Garagem Sul exhibition space, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon.
“The Sea is Our Earth. The sensitive construction of the coastline ”is the name and motto of this architectural exhibition, curated by André Tavares and Miguel Figueira, which does not feature beautiful buildings, but shows how this discipline helps to understand that the sea is a defining place everyone's habitat.
In a production that resulted from a partnership with the Lab2PT Research Center at the University of Minho, this exhibition aims to “go beyond the concept that architecture is to make beautiful buildings” and show that architecture “is all about construction”, explained André Tavares, who is also the programmer at Garagem Sul, during a guided visit to the media.
Based on this assumption, an exhibition was set up “around the sea and the idea of how to inhabit the land we have to have another notion of the sea”, he said, stating that it is necessary to “reverse the look and understand the dynamics of the land, but not from the earth ”.
The result of this lack of vision is coastal erosions and rising sea levels, for example, and the exhibition's title “makes this explicit: the coastline as a negotiating space”, he added.
For the curator, the path passes, not through the opposition "to the sea, but through finding a balance point".
At a time when living in a context of environmental emergency and when the sea is one of the areas of inevitable change, a group of architects has removed the coordinates necessary to understand aspects such as coastal erosion, the relationship of cities with the sea, port trade flows and the sea as a means of global communication, the forms of construction associated with the exploitation of natural marine resources.
One of these architects is curator Miguel Figueira, an amateur surfer who, along with other people connected with surfing, thought about this whole concept.
“For us, surfing was the way we found to relate to that space. The use of surfing allowed us to look at the sea as an inhabited place ”, he said.
Thus, the exhibition “O Mar É Nossa Terra” invites us to turn our gaze, to think of the land from the sea, to adjust the ways in which we think of the space we inhabit.
This exhibition maps and presents the contradictions between land and sea, from the perspective of architecture, spatial planning and landscape construction, through footage of beaches collected with 'drones', maps, maps, toponymy works, photographs, model boats and short videos.
All these elements allow us to show the human occupation of the coast over the years, and to convey a look that does not seek to take sides, but to find the solution at sea, because until now "planning was always done with the back to the sea", he explained Miguel Figueira.
The exhibition is organized around 15 cutouts from the coast line between the mouth of the Douro and the Peniche top, and in these images the dynamics of waves and human activity, from fishing to industry, from work to surf, are evident. from leisure to religion.
Thus, the motto is given to present two systems of relationship between land and sea: sand and rock.
The architectural projects anchored in this new vision, in this new concept of thinking about the construction of the land from the dynamics of the sea, are not yet realized, but they demonstrate that the social role of architecture can go beyond the mere technical resolution of construction problems.
The exhibition will be open until August 9th.