U.Minho – Centro ALGORITMI – Lab2PT

Deadline for submitting applications: January 31st, 2019.


This contest encourages students of architecture, artists and multidisciplinary teams to come up with an original idea for the creation of a mobile structure designed for the exhibition of Contemporary Photography Projects within the research project VISUAL SPACES OF CHANGE (VSC).

VSC is the first stage of an Architecture, Art, Image and Innovation (AAI2) project about emerging dynamics of change in the Metropolitan Area of Porto (AMP). Contemporary Photography Projects (CPP) will be developed and implemented in specific places, conceived as "visual narratives" that intentionally interfere with the metropolitan territory in an exercise of self-reflexive representation of its own process of urban change. This network of public and collective spaces will constitute an "Open Museum" in the AMP, stimulating artistic and cultural institutions to broaden their reach and participation in the public space.

The territory under study in this project is used simultaneously as the laboratory for empirical experimentation and the stage of visual representation of the agents and processes of urban change that are intended to be analysed. This project will produce visual syntheses of these dynamics, in order to give visibility to specific aspects of their interconnected nature and historical uniqueness that are difficult to perceive without the purposeful use of image and photography.  This project opens new avenues of investigation by proposing an original combination of methods of visual research and spatial analysis, in order to change perceptions about contemporary dynamics of transformation of the public space, with the objective of collectively transforming the imaginary of the city to the metropolitan scale, contributing to the identification of opportunities for co-evolution between citizens, institutions and the urban environment.

This international contest is thus part of a dynamic of research for the creation of a set of tools that aim to respond to the need to develop a deeper reading about processes of transformation of the city, through the universe of image, especially photography, supporting the communication of contents related to emerging dynamics of change in the public space of AMP in articulation with identity and historical spaces as well as museums and other cultural spaces.

Theme and object of the contest

The VSC Mobile Exhibition Structure is an idea contest with the objective of motivating students of architecture, art, photography, multimedia and design, as well as artists and interdisciplinary treams, to develop an original concept for an exhibition structure to be used along the implementation phase of the VSC project.

Inserted in this broader context of research, this contest intends to reward original ideas for the creation of a mobile structure for the exhibition of photographic projects.

The structures to be proposed by each candidate should be light and portable, possible to use with different lengths – modular system -, or and may integrate locomotion mechanisms that enable easy transport and displacement from each installation and exhibition space.

The evaluation of the proposals will value the design of the structure, its mobility and flexibility of use and adaptation, the capacity to be used in exterior and interior spaces, the possibility to use with different lengths – modular system - and the feasibility of the project, considering that the exhibition structures will be placed in several points of the AMP.

The exhibition structures should be designed to provide various levels of interaction with the public, allowing the exhibition of images in various supports for the visualization of different aspects of the selected spaces with diverse media of representation, favouring a greater critical perception of the processes and dynamics of change in the territory under study.

Organization and responsibility of the international contest 

This competition is open to all students in the areas of Architecture and Design, nationally and internationally, being possible and desirable the constitution of multi-displinars teams. Students / teams with winning proposals will have the opportunity to become directly involved with the VSC project, materializing their proposal with appropriate material and conceptual support.

The launching and organization of the competition is the responsibility of the research group Center for Communication and Spatial Representation (CCRE), integrated in the FAUP R & D center (CEAU), in collaboration with the CITYSCOPIO Cultural Association, being linked to the project Visual Spaces of Change (VSC).

The coordination of the competition is the responsibility of the consortium CCRE-CEAU / FAUP and Centro ALGORITMI-Lab2PT / UMINHO responsible for the application presented by U. Porto in the contest - Projects for Scientific Research and Technological Development (IC & DT) - http: //www.poci -compete2020.pt/concursos/detail/AAC_02-SAICT-2017.


The competition is open to all students of Architecture and Design, or to multidisciplinary teams in which one of these areas is present, nationally and internationally.

Participation in the contest is individual or in groups up to 5 elements. It is encouraged that the composition of the groups to be interdisciplinary, provided that one element is a student in the areas of Architecture or Design.

Material to be delivered by each candidate

- Poster, in A1 format, printed with the presentation of the proposal / concept. The graphic elements to be presented should be decided by each competitor and should give priority to expressive communication of the idea and its materialization.

- In case of being selected to execute the proposal, the competitor will have to deliver, within two weeks after announcement of the result, an A3 dossier with complementary plants, cuts, constructive details and descriptive memory. In case of not fulfilling this obligation, the organization reserves the right to disqualify it and to elect the proposal in second place to be fulfilled, passing through the same process.

- Any competitor may submit the complementary dossier to the proposal before the winner is announced, if it deems it necessary for a better understanding of the project.

- CD with PDF of Poster A1 (resolution of 300dpi) and Dossier A3 (if applicable).

- Document in A4 format containing personal information about the competitor, including name of each element, telephone contact, email and Institution of Education.

Submission of the proposals

The works will be delivered by 6:00 pm on January 1, 2019, at the CEMR premises (at CEAU-FAUP) or by post. Any competitor may submit their tender before that date. At the time of delivery, participants will receive a receipt confirming receipt of the work.


The works will be evaluated by a jury composed of the following elements:

– Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP, coordinator of the VSC project);

- Luis Gonzaga  (UMINHO);

- José Barbedo  (Researcher / FAUP - CCRE-CEAU);

 - Invited researcher (FAUP - CCRE-CEAU);

 - Invited researcher (UMINHO) ;

- Invited researcher (UMINHO);

- Invited researcher (UMINHO) 

- (invited person(s) from outside VSC project)

In case of a tied vote, it is up to the VSC coordinator to resolve the final decision. The jury reserves the right not to award any of the prizes provided for in this Regulation if it considers that the submitted works do not meet the expected meritorious levels. The decisions of the jury are sovereign, not admitting appeal.


The prizes for the 3 winner (s) will be the inclusion of their study and credits in the VSC research project, being at least ensured the inclusion of one of the proposals for execution. The authors of this winning proposal will be contacted to deepen the project, with the support of CCRE-CEAU-FAUP, AAi2 Lab and Centro ALGORITMI-Lab2PT / UMINHO and other partners, in order to make feasible its construction.

Without prejudice to the prizes awarded to each of the winning proposals, a certificate of participation will be given to each contest team, as well as their entries will be made available on the platforms and networks of the CCRE group (websites, social networks, etc.).

Disclosure and publication of results

The result of the contest will be announced until 28 February 2019 on the contest website, social networks and internet platforms associated with the VSC project, namely:chttp://scopionetwork.com/https://sigarra.up.pt/faup/pt/web_page.Inicial and other public sites.

Ownership and permissions

Without prejudice to the respective copyright, the works submitted by the competitors will become the property of the organizing entities to which the publication and exhibition rights will be reserved.

CCRE reserves the right to disclose, within the scope of this competition, by the means it deems most convenient, the work submitted by its competitors, always referring to the authorship of the work.

The intellectual property of the works is reserved to the authors of the proposals.

General provisions

The act of presenting to the competition presupposes the full acceptance of the rules defined by this Regulation. Failure to comply with the rules makes it impossible to enter the competition. The organization does not accept any additional responsibilities other than those explained in this Regulation, directly or indirectly arising from this Contest.

Learn more about this exciting challenge at mil.up.pt/aai2lab and scopionetwork.com/news

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