Rivoli - Grande Auditório
New public arena / New public space

Chaired by 

Marta Pedro


The idea of public space is indelibly marked by Ancient Greece. It is impossible to separate classical culture from its architecture, based on the polis. Over two thousand years later, Antiquity is symbolised by the ruins of agoras, amphitheatres, temples, stadiums and other public buildings. What will contemporary ruins symbolise in the future? Which classical principles should we use to build (or reconstruct) the public space?

In this session, the architect Toyo Ito, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2013 and author of numerous public buildings, such as Taiwan’s National Stadium, will analyse the importance of reconstruction projects (high seawalls, temporary housings, public housings etc.) of ruins that have arisen in Japan over recent years, caused by numerous natural disasters. The architect argues that these new structures objectify nature and respect individuality to such an extent that leads to the “segregation” – of people from nature as well as between people. In this talk, moderated by the architect, Marta Pedro, Ito will explain how the public arena now needs to find a new philosophy that, with the aid of state-of-the-art technologies, will replace the notion of “segregation” with “connection”.

In collaboration with Espaço de Arquitetura

Simultaneous interpretation