Frame Colectivo is a Lisbon based architecture firm that explores the realms of architecture, urbanism, and art in transdisciplinary collaborations. Since 2013 we have dedicated our research to public and semi-public open spaces, implementing contextualized collective projects. We design interventions that question dominant urban micro-politics and promote citizens' participation. We collaborate with artists regularly to develop new methodologies of horizontal communication in architecture.
Carolina Miguel Barreiros
Ana Sophie Salazar
Adriana Ferreira Gil
Anna de Giorgi
Camilla Van Baarsel
We organize extended workshops during which our team works and lives near the intervention sites, following the logic of the artist residency. Through this continuous presence, we aim to establish a close communication channel with the population. An old-time fire truck, our support platform, provides the initial meeting point to generate a constructive exchange of ideas.
Understanding the Territory
We develop participatory methods of mapping and reading territories. The approaches steming from architecture and urban planning have rigorous technical results, which we expand with various methods originating from visual anthropology, based on interviews, walks, and video and audio documentation. In this way, we obtain a comprehensive understanding of the social complexity of the territory.
We apply collective building processes to create new spaces. We strongly believe that sharing knowledge and skills between all collaborators enriches the work, creates inspiring results, and stimulates alternative narratives for the urban territories at stake.
Frame Colectivo Timeline
Open conversation about the Detail Plan for Ginjal
We took part in an open meeting about the Detail Plan for Ginjal. This conversation, organized by some dwellers, aimed to deepen the debate over the available materials in Câmara Municipal de Almada website about the Plan. More than 30 people got together in Centro de Cultura Libertária, in Cacilhas. In the end, some doubts about the project were collected in order to present a document to the city hall.
Pecha Kucha Night Lisbon
We presented our work in a Pecha Kucha night in Lusitano Clube in Alfama. It was an opportunity to get to know other projects that take place in Lisbon. Check out the complete presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKkv8N9SbgE&t=303s
We explored the copy-paste phenomena considering the blue windows as a mark point of these processes in different villages. The blue glass windows are frequently used elements in houses of some Andean countries in South America. These elements raise issues as the materials symbolic integration, and the development of a new aesthetic language, frequently alienated from climatic and urbanistic local needs.
We went for a googleride
through Ecuador’s blue route…
Furniture for public or private spaces, exhibition structures, performance settings... We now have the perfect space for them to be thought out, developed, experimented, and built–Frame Lab is finally open for all the new carpentry work we are eager to do!
A poetical and playful transformation of a public garden into a living room. It was such a pleasure to have an open carpentry workshop in the middle of Campo Santana, building furniture for an open-air living room and having our structures being immediately used by visitors. A great thanks to the Festival TODOS team and all the people who collaborated!
Performapping in Penha
In February 2015, we finally found the perfect space for our office: The Espaço da Penha, an old garage turned into a co-working space, hosting the Rumo do Fumo, Forum Dança, and other cultural associations. After organizing participatory interventions in public spaces of our new neighborhood, we invited old and new friends to the interactive exhibition “Performapping” to celebrate the space we inhabit and further our awareness of its daily life.
Patio Under Construction
Some urban spaces possess a special attraction for us. From the very beginning, the Pátio Dom Fradique was one of these magnetic places. During Summer 2014, we proudly co-curated a cultural program including street theater, workshops, and open-air cinema. Such an incredibly magical place!
Trafaria Building Workshop
Our first collaboration with another building workshop in Portugal was a great experience. Organized by EDA and the local municipality, the whole team was fully engaged during the construction process of Trafaria’s new public library, and continues to fill it with life every day. We are proud to have been part of this amazing project since its inception!
Pátio Ambulante wins Participatory Budget
And it happened! Our pilot-project Pátio Ambulante was one of the awarded by Lisbon’s Participatory Budget 2013. A huge thank you to all the people who collaborated, shared their art, enriched our events, and voted for us! The project will be funded until Spring 2017. Check it out!
Crisis Buster Grant by Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Addressing the European financial crisis, the 2013 Triennale invited to rethink the city of Lisbon through small-scale intervention strategies. We applied to a Crisis Buster Grant with the project Pátio Ambulante, focusing on the urban typology of the patio (courtyard), which has been losing its importance as meeting point. Reverting this development, we wished to explore the patio to its full potential as public gathering space. The grant by the Triennale enabled us to organize the first event at the Pátio of São João, transforming a closed private courtyard into an open square with a diverse four-day cultural program.
Having been commissioned by Berlin’s City Hall to build an architectural model of the Arminius Markthalle, we were eager to seize the opportunity to create a catalog of ideas and opinions by the Moabit population. Since inviting residents to meetings often results in weak attendance, our first action was to actively participate in street markets instead. Equipped with the model and our newly developed mapping strategies, we interviewed the passersby. Our passion for participation in architecture pushed us into a journey of constantly improving and refining our processes, as well as designing new methods to put into practice.
Frame in Berlin
It all started in Moabit, Berlin. We focused on the Arminius Markthalle, a market from 1890, and worked from a small office inside the building researching participation methods for its revitalization. We learned so much from the flexibility and the endless possibilities offered by the structural cast iron frames of the market, that we integrated the concept as our guiding principle. Frame Colectivo was born!