Public without Rhetoric
Nuno Brandão Costa, Sérgio Mah
Public without Rhetoric brings together 12 public building projects created by Portuguese architects, whose construction was completed between 2007 and 2017, a decade ravaged by the severe financial and economic crisis. The chosen works highlight the Portuguese architects marked generalist nature and cross-generational excellence, in an affirmation of architecture as a celebration of the experience of public space.
Public Without Rhetoric is the project selected to represent Portugal at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2018. The curators Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah propose a tour of the “Public Building” of Portuguese origin through 12 works created at a time when Western Europe is confronted with its limits and possibilities and as architecture manifests its nonconformist nature in reinforcing its role in political and social intervention.