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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

by , 03/05/14

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Inhabitat: What are your first considerations when approaching a project?

LIKEArchitects: We consider performance as an architectural object. Due to the nature of our practice, we have to focus on budget, time and the available resources. In addition, our interventions are always answers to the functional and community issues that are inherent to every project.

We want our buildings to make people feel something, to make them curious. Whether they love it or hate it. Although small and temporary, our buildings or interventions have had a significant role in their sites during their lifetime, gathering people from the community involved, and we certainly want to continue to achieve the same success in the future.

Inhabitat: What are you working on now?

LIKEArchitects: We have just won a competition for the Christmas lightning of one of the most important squares in Lisbon: Praça D. Pedro IV – Rossio. It’s a temporary light installation called “Frozen Trees” that creates a new urban landscape which interacts with the existing fluxes of the square. It is also an appeal to the need for more creativity in these uncertain times.

Furthermore, we are producing a TV program for an exclusively cultural Portuguese channel on the importance of the use of color in spatial interventions, and the episodes are divided by colors and also focus on some monochromatic projects. It has been a phenomenal challenge! Both projects are in the final production stage and will be on display very soon.

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