As part of the 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale program, this call invites architecture students to engage in deep thought, in an exercise of collective research on constructive rationality. This competition for ideas is open to master degree students from worldwide architecture schools. A selection of proposals will be part of the exhibition “Natural Beauty”, curated by Tristan Chadney and Laurent Esmilaire, alongside a genealogy of works, from the 16th century to the present, that relate to constructive rationality.

The aim of the competition is to explore how the rational nature of construction can embody a form of natural beauty. An intelligible beauty where constructive rationality links each part to each other, as a system to create an organic architecture. Constructive rationality must be considered from a cultural point of view and not only technical.

The competition site is located in the centre of the neighbourhood of Marvila overlooking the riverfront and old Marvila. The area is imbued with a strong architectural imaginary. the site is part of the Regeneration and Optimization of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities program, known as ROCK. The goal of this international competition is to conceive a Community and Interpretive Centre for Marvila. The award consists of one first prize and, up to, two honourable mentions.