Following an international competition open to participants of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, 10 Crisis Buster were awarded to civic-minded, problem-solving projects for Lisbon. The awarded projects are already in action across Lisbon tackling specific problems identified in and around the city and engaging a diverse mix of agents and entrepreneurs in a drive to fight the crisis through long-term.


Cozinha da Cova do Vapor

A Cozinha da Casa do Vapor, by Collectif EXYZT (FR  / DE)
In Cova do Vapor, an area to the south of Lisbon, Collectif EXYZT have constructed a sustainable public kitchen, a space for exchange and life, designed to offer alternatives to social disintegration and economic issues caused by the crisis. Built by a local team using recycled materials and basic kitchen appliances, this culinary laboratory has been established to share collective meals, transfer knowledge and encourage popular appropriation of the structure for new uses.

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Agulha num Palheiro, by Artéria (PT):

In Lisbon there are nearly 1,900 empty buildings in urgent need of intervention. Agulha num Palheiro is a public, online platform that identifies, display and share unexpected and beautiful and vacant buildings in Lisbon, with a view to connecting these neglected sites with prospective dwellers or possible end users. – Photo © Artéria

Genius Loci, by Gargantua Collective (PT/UAE):

According to the Portuguese Restaurant Association, 27,000 eateries are expected to close in Portugal within 2013, resulting in the loss of 99,000 jobs and valued community hubs. The project aims to introduce Triennale visitors to restaurants in Lisbon under imminent threat, inviting them to take part in the experience of dining at local eateries and participate in sustaining local business. – Photo: © Luísa Andrade Dias

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O Espelho, by Ricardo Lima (PT), Joana Cardoso(PT), João Macdonald (PT), Luis Monteiro (PT), Maria João Guardão (PT), Maria Tengarrinha (PT), Matilde Girão (PT), Sérgio Catumba (PT), Steve Stoer (UK)

Wall newspaper with ethically-engaged, critically content that that brings together local architects, journalists, actors, photographers and writers. During the three months of the Triennale, O Espelho will produce two issues, including essays, articles, statistics and photographs focused on urban culture, its architecture and its spaces. – Photo: © O Espelho

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Beautiful, Low Tech & Do-It-Yourself Solutions, by Terrapalha (PT) -21 Sep/6 Nov: workshops on sustainable, eco-friendly, low-tech building techniques and energy solutions. – Photo: © Catarina Pinto

Academia Juventude na Street, by Inês Neto & Rita Palma (PT): helping a youth group for girls in a social housing project in Lisbon, through the acquisition and rehabilitation of a room to serve as their headquarters. – Project sponsored by British Council Portugal. Photo: © Inês Neto

Mundo Mouraria, by Baga Baga Studios: digital platform that documents and shares the community-building project. “Cozinha Popular da Mouraria” – a communal kitchen in the multicultural neighbourhood of Mouraria.  – Photo: ©  Paulo Nuno Vicente

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Pátio Ambulante, by FRAME Collective (GR /PT/EC):

The pátio – an open space within residential blocks – is a typical historic trait of Lisbon’s urban fabric. Part of the city’s architectural DNA. The Pátio Ambulante projects consists in a network of patios across the city that work as an exchange platform to stimulate social interaction and sharing and support local businesses. – Photo: ©

Entrada Sul – Bairro Alto da Cova da Moura, by Associação Cultural O Moinho da Juventude (PT): requalification of a severely run-down entrance area in a low-income neighborhood in Lisbon, making it a functional social site.  – Photo: ©

The Object That Wanted To Keep Being Itself, by Normalearchitettura (IT)
11 – 15 Sep: workshops for sharing skills and techniques that extend the life and use of everyday objects. – Photo: ©

Impacting target groups in troubled neighbourhoods, communities struggling with integration, struggling local businesses, but also seeking to affect positive change overall by developing skills and sharing hands-on knowledge, Crisis Buster initiatives depart from specific scenarios based on sustainable approaches that can be adjusted and replicated in other cities and communities.