An afternoon with Cedric Price at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

In October I was invited to join a panel discussion at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, also featuring Isabelle Doucet (University of Manchester, UK), Samantha Hardingham (Architectural Association, London, UK), Tanja Herdt (TU Munich, Germany), Jim Njoo (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette, France). The discussion was followed by a presentation of newly published Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-minded Retrospective by Samantha Hardingham.

The event was organised by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal and Lisbon architecture studio Artéria and coincided with the exhibition Obra / Building Site at the Gulbenkian Foundation, which featured Price’s McAppy project, for which Price produced a report on improving working conditions on construction sites in Britain during the 1970s.

I presented some of my work from my time as Mellon Researcher (2014-2016) at the CCA, researching the collaboration between Price and cybernetician Gordon Pask on the Fun Palace.

This was my first time in Lisbon, which I found to be a beautiful and friendly city. I visited the extraordinary Tower of Belém and spent time exploring the city by foot, tram and also by funicular (which were decalred national monuments in 2002). I also met up with University of Brighton Studio 01 alumni Eve Olsen, who has been working in the city since the summer.