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Building Futures Together: Open House Europe Summit 2023


On 15-16 December 2023, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will host the first Annual Summit of Open House Europe, an international cooperation project co-funded by the European Union, of which the Irish Architecture Foundation is a member.

As well as members’ meetings, the summit will feature a Public Programme related to this year’s theme, Building Futures Together, focusing on sustainable practices in our built environment.

The Annual Summit is a gathering of the community of Open House festivals’ organisers, architecture enthusiasts, students, and professionals. Hosted by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in an 18th-century palace transformed into a cultural centre, the first Open House Europe Annual Summit will feature a lively programme with three public debates, three guided tours, a workshop, an exhibition and film screenings. It aims to facilitate cross-regional exchange, bringing together perspectives and expertise from diverse fields of knowledge. It is a unique opportunity for the Open House community and anyone who is planning to launch an Open House festival in their cities, to come together, learn, exchange knowledge, and share experiences.

The Open House Dublin team will be representing the Irish Architecture Foundation at this year’s Summit.

As a collaborative effort by the organisers of Open House Milano, Open House Bilbao, and Open House Lisboa, the Annual Summit showcases an array of international experts. Central to this programme are three public debates, which form the cornerstone of this Summit encompassing moderated discussions and presentations, delve into the theme of sustainability in our cities, exploring it at various scales.

The three debates will be streamed online for free on the Open House Europe YouTube channel.

Public Programme Schedule

Friday 15 December

16:00 Welcome and Introduction to Open House Europe

17:00 Governance, architecture and sustainability (live streamed)
Moderator: Sandra Marques Pereira. 
Panellists: Demetrio Scoppeliti, Filipa Serpa, Janet Sanz, Susana Ruiz.

19:00 Opening of the Visual Stories Exhibition

Saturday 16 December

10:00 Welcome

10:10 Sustainability in Urban Planning (live streamed)
Moderator: Mustafa Sherif. 
Panellists: Aurora Carapinha, Manuel Banza, Mariana Sanchez Salvador.

11:40 Achieving Sustainability in Architecture (live streamed)
Moderator: Ivan Blasi. 
Panellists: Marta Álvarez Pastor from Studio Vaumm, Gianandrea Barreca from
Barreca & La Varra, Francisco Adão da Fonseca from Oficina Pedrêz.

14:30 Workshop and Guided Tours

Tune in to the Open House Europe YouTube live stream to watch the three debates from the comfort of home.

Photo: Casa Imensas Janelas, Open House Lisboa 2023. Photo by Hugo David © courtesy of Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa.