Archive for: JULY, 2009


Avoid disappointment and Book your tickets now for the Lisbon Conference during the EXD’09 Opening Week.

Dates: 09 - 12 September

Venue: Teatro Camoes

Prices: 1 Day: €7 and €6 for students and senior citizens

And only €20 for a full conference pass (4 days, 8 presentations) and €17 for students and senior citizens.

Book Online-

Conference Schedule -

Day 1 - Alejandro Aravena and Julien de Smedt

Day 2 - Peter Saville and Michael Horsham

Day 3 - Dario Buzzini, Leif Huff and Michael Young

Day 4 - Konstantin Grcic and Giulio Cappellini


Just returning from Luanda, after presenting EXD09 there and developing new projects with the Trienal de Luanda. The name of the project, Anatomy of Spedd, is not by chance…

See the video Legend of the cock here

Legend of the cock

In this gallery you can see how we experienced Lisboa from 15th – 18th July.

We had a nice and patient escort who showed us the interesting spots around Experimenta and in the city of Lisboa.

We saw 3 sunsets in 3 days, we drank good Portuguese beer, had good food and rode a pedal go cart.

So, we have to thank all the people we got to know from the Experimenta. We had a really nice and productive time.



















This year EXD is offering expert Guided Tours of the exhibitions.

1. Visits and hands-on activities for youngsters organised for school groups (6 – 14 years old). On the weekend these quiz visits extend to creative workshops offering a dynamic and playful environment for families and young individuals.
2. Workshops and special tours for high school students and undergraduates.
3. Bespoke itineraries and guided tours by experts for adult audiences. The opportunity to visit and explore the main exhibitions in one full day for students as well as Portuguese and international tourists.
T. +351 210 993 045
Guided tours and play-visits: 2€ p/person, all age groups
Creative workshops: 3€ to 10€ p/person


EXD is famous for taking over the city of Lisbon when the biennale is on. Besides choosing exquisite venues for the core programme… the Portuguese creative community collaborate with EXD to make it a memorable experience for locals and visitors alike. With this said, EXD is proud to include on the programme 53 Parallel events - made up of predominantly Portuguese creatives (50 and 3 International - Italian, Austrian and Swedish) and taking place all over the city.

A marked increase from previous years - 11 in 1999 and 30 in 2005.

Full details available on the EXD website.


Guta Moura Guedes unveiled the detailed programme of EXD’09 Lisboa to the Portuguese Press yesterday.

EXD'09 Press Conference in Lisbon

EXD'09 Press Conference in Lisbon

71 Events . 258 Participants . 23 Countries

71 Events . 258 Participants . 23 Countries


Saturday saw the conclusion of an enlightening Workshop week in Lisbon for Action for Age - an RSA Design Directions initiative and EXD Special project.

Under the the supervision of two Portuguese designers, Susana Antonio and Rita Filipe, six students took part in an intense 6-day workshop at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

As part of the workshop, students had visited nursing homes, elderly care centres and healthcare centres - awarding them the opportunity to interview people. Herewith some feedback from the fieldtrip:


Lisbon Social Support Centre

“It is important that people have the ability to choose.”

“The need for attention, conversation and communication in everything.”

“The lack of memories for people with Alzheimers. How can we create moments of happiness?”

“Older people that love life are happy”


75 year old Mr. Carlos at his tailor shop in Alfama

“Expensive private care homes may have everything, but residents in public homes have community, emotion and integration.”

“Communities that mix old people with different needs are good.”

“Older people love to connect with younger people”

“We visited a public care home that engages with residents to help sustain the workings of the home.”

“People in social care homes miss their homes and don’t want to be where they are.”

“They struggel to identify with other people therefore isolate themselves.”

“Some people are unhappy as they unable to travel, even though they love to.”


Action for Age participants visit Mr. José Alves at his store

“People work - ‘to be active’, ‘to be proud of their past’ ‘to have stories in their life’ ‘to be independent’

“How can we use the expertise and wisdom of older people to share skills.”

“The Action for Age workshop is discovering the diversity of elderly Portuguese people.”

FOR MORE IMAGES from the Lisbon Workshop visit -

(images posted by Think Public)


Emily King and Frith Kerr visited Lisbon last week for meetings with EXD and the Berardo Museum for the Exhibition Quick Quick Slow…

Emily King & Frith Kerr at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon

Emily King & Frith Kerr at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon

Emily :

I have had a great time in Lisbon, both working with the Experimenta team and making new friends from the art and design communities. There have been lots of nice relaxed meals and drinks around Barrio Alto, and we hope for lots more!

In terms of working for the Museum, it has been exciting to operate at the scale allowed by their enormous galleries. I was inspired by the sweep of rooms I was shown at the first meeting to embark on constructing a substantial history of graphic design. Also, it is a fabulous opportunity to  partner with an institution that is able to negotiate loans of important historic material, Futurist typography, Dada journals and so on, from museums like the Pompidou and the Wolfsonian. I have never been able to function on this kind of physical and historical scale before, and, while it is a little daunting, it is also a fantastic opportunity.


and enjoy it next September in Lisbon


Holland Herald, the KLM inflight magazine, recently did a fantastic feature on Lisbon…. here is an excerpt of the article. (For those visiting Lisbon for EXD’09, visit for information)

‘The city’s architecture combines a mish-mash of influences ranging from Moorish Manueline to baroque and art nouveau. “Lisbon is totally irregular,” says Guta Moura Guedes, chair of ExperimentaDesign, the international architecture and design biennale held in Lisbon. “The city is a mixture of different layers: she’s charismatic and charming, there’s an atmosphere of pleasure here combined with a certain idea of fun, a strong connection to the past and a huge amount of creative energy. Each edition of ExperimentaDesign changes locations to feature different places in Lisbon and we’re still discovering incredible new places, hidden places or monastries.”

Part of Lisbon’s charm is the feeling of having stepped back in time; old ladies sit chatting, tavern owners write up the menu of the day and the cobblestoned roads and paths keep the pace slow.”It feels like time stopped a little in Lisbon,” says historian Joao Pimental. Guta Moura Guedes echoes this sentiment. “A friend of mine recently visited and said he felt like he’d stepped back 30 years. Lisbon grows slowly, so you feel like you’re in a bit of a sleepy city, which is actually really beautiful.” However, sitting by the riverside in the boutique hotel the Altis Belem, it feels very much like 2009.’

Words: Jeanne Tan for the Holland Herald


EXD’09 Programme for Conferences and Debates closed. From next thursday check out our website for programme and tickets. Time to plan and book Lisbon in your agenda from 9 to 13 September….!


I started reading Alain de Botton’s “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work” on my flight from London to Lisbon last Wednesday. I got the book after seeing de Botton in conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library last month. De Botton is a master in revealing the extraordinary behind the commonplace of our globalised world. In his latest book, he does just does that – wonderfully. And just as I was about to land in Lisbon I found a paragraph that talks about our warped notion of time through the life and death of strawberries. Indulge me if you will. (more…)