Codfish Architecture is a debate organised by Centro Cultural de Belém/Garagem Sul in Lisbon
bridging Portugal’s and Norway’s fishing and built environment cultures. Funded by EEA Grants Portugal
through the Bilateral Relations Fund, it will trace research currently in progress at Universidade do Minho’s
School of Architecture, being part of Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laborator(Lab2PT), and
the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
The debate will focus on the thriving ties between marine ecosystems and built environment
and will allow us to understand how port cities and territories have changed according to
fishing practices, technological processing procedures, and the human impact in marine ecosystems.
For this exchange programme, lectures will be hosted in the two countries, and the outcome will be published in a booklet.
To conclude the exhibition Our Land Is the Sea public program, this session will combine two presentations in a conversation about codfish.
Karl Otto Ellefsen, professor at the School of Architecture and Design in Oslo, will present various stages and processe of urban
development associated with cod fishing in northern Norway. André Tavares, co-curator of the exhibition and programmer
at Garagem Sul, will examine some equivalent examples of construction in Newfoundland and Portugal. In conversation
with Diego Inglez de Souza, we return to the fundamental question of the exhibition: How do environmental and ecological
circumstances give shape and meaning to construction practices of landscape and architecture?
How do codfish construct the space we inhabit on land?