Once upon a Place – haunted houses & imaginary cities is an international conference devoted to an emerging theme, taking place on the occasion of the Lisbon Triennial of Architecture 2010 and matching its official opening and exhibitions.
The event is dedicated to architects, historians, researchers, essayists, artists and authors, aiming at the reunion of a critical and creative international group for the cultural studies in architecture.
What kinds of stories do spaces and buildings “tell” us? What insights on architectural knowledge and experience can literary forms convey? Are designs, buildings and cities somehow a fabrication on the world? Does form follows fiction? Can fiction foresee architecture and urban futures?
The conference will tackle the reciprocal influences between architecture and fiction, whether they emerge under literary forms or other means related to visual narratives and popular culture.