1930 City Lodge / Ren Pepe Arquitetos

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Architects: Ren Pepe Arquitetos
Location: Rua de Costa Cabral 1930, 4350 Porto,
Architect In Charge: Ren Ito, Alessandro Pepe
Area: 172.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Attilio Fiumarella

House in a Wall / Sérgio Koch

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Architects: Sérgio Koch
Location: Porto,
Site Area: 813 sqm
Area: 510.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

79 Building / Pedro Mendes Arquitectos

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Architects: Pedro Mendes Arquitectos
Location: Rua Nossa Senhora Fátima 384, 4050-428 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Luis Diaz-Mauriño, Pedro Mendes
Design Team: Patrícia Costa Horta, Pedro Marques Alves, Tiago Marcelino Cruz e Pablo Martín Palomeque
Area: 2855.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jorge Lopez Conde, André Martins

Spotlight: Eduardo Souto de Moura

, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira.

Today is Eduardo Souto de Moura’s 62nd birthday. With over 60 buildings worldwide, Souto de Moura is known for his thoughtful use of colors and materials. Although often described as a “Miesian” architect, de Moura provides local and original interpretations of Mies van Der Rohe’s modernist style.

Born in , Souto de Moura enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in , studying sculpture and later transferring to architecture at the University of – a decision he credits to a meeting with the artist Donald Judd. While still a student, Souto de Moura interned in the studio of Álvaro Siza, where he worked for five years until starting his own practice in 1980, following Siza’s advice. Although his first major commission was the Cultural Center of Porto, his early career included mostly private homes. Later, de Moura was commissioned for larger public buildings, such as the the Braga Municipal Stadium (2004), the Burgo Tower (2007), and the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (2008).

Instalação Bar / José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto

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Architects: José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto
Location: Porto, Portugal
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Escola Secundária Garcia da Orta / Bak Gordon Arquitectos

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Architects: Bak Gordon Arquitectos
Location: Boavista, 4050-426 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Year: 2010
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

DM2 Housing / OODA

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Architects: OODA
Location: Rua D. Manuel II, Porto,
Design Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisca Santos, Lourenço Menezes Rodrigues
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

U8 International Competition: The Unknown Porto

Revista Unidade recently announced their international competition “The Unknown Porto”. The main goal is to convert an industrial ruin into a service station, serving the national road of Portugal.

Registration for the competition will end May 17 and the jury includes , Valerio Olgiati, Jonathan Sergison and Camilo Rebelo. For more information, please go to the competition’s official website.

Exhibition: Porto Poetic

Porto Poetic, an exhibition covering the career and work of notable portuguese architects, started March 6 and will keep on going until April 13. The exhibition, which includes the work of Pritzker Prize winners Álvaro Siza and , will show sketches, plans, models and photographs of their most important work.

The exhibition will include a conference by Siza, Souto de Moura and Francesco Dal Co on April 3rd. The complete program and conference schedule can be downloaded here (in Portuguese).

Title: Exhibition: Porto Poetic
From: Thu, 06 Mar 2014
Until: Sun, 13 Apr 2014
Venue: Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett
Address: Porto,

Casa da Maternidade / Pablo Pita Arquitectos

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Architects: Pablo Pita Arquitectos
Location: Porto,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Rebelo, Pedro Pita
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Campos

Pharmacy Museum / Site Specific Arquitectura

© João Morgado

Architects: Site Specific Arquitectura
Location: Porto, Portugal
Design / Museography / Communication : P-06 Atelier
Year: 2010
Photographs: João Morgado

Flower House / EZZO

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Architects: EZZO
Location: Porto,
Architect In Charge: César Machado Moreira
Collaborator: João Pedro Leal
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: João Ferrand

Consexto Lab / consexto

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Architects: consexto
Location: ,
Client: consexto
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG + SG

Vaulted Cork Pavillion / Pedro de Azambuja Varela + Maria João de Oliveira + Emmanuel Novo

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Architects: Pedro de Azambuja Varela + Maria João de Oliveira + Emmanuel Novo
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Tomas Koolhaas Releases Official ‘REM’ Trailer, Exclusive Interview with Kanye West

Los Angeles-based cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas is nearing completion of his highly anticipated film, REM. The feature length documentary, which focuses on the work of Tomas’ famed father, Koolhaas, is the first architectural film to “comprehensively explore the human conditions in and around Koolhaas’ buildings from a ground level perspective.” Rather than lifeless still shots and long-winded, intellectual discourse, REM exposes the one thing that gives each building function and purpose: how it is used by people.

So far, REM has been funded entirely by grants. However, in order for Tomas to collect the necessary funds to complete post-production, he has turned to you by launching a Kickstarter campaign.

Watch REM’s official trailer above, which follows a parkour expert as he moves through the Casa De Musica in , and follow us after the break for Tomas’ exclusive interview with Kanye West, who comments on his work with OMA at the 2012 Cannes film festival.

Ipam Environmental Graphic Design / P-06 Atelier

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Designers: P-06 Atelier
Building Architects: Lousinha Arquitectos
Location: ,
Design Team: Nuno Gusmão (Creative Director), Mário Videira (Designer)
Area: 4200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: IADE

AD Interviews Eduardo Souto de Moura On His Latest Prize

Prtizker laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura accepts the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design at a ceremony held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in September. Image © Yusuke Suzuki for Events

ArchDaily got the chance to briefly speak with Pritzker-prize winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura when he (along with the Metro Authority) received the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design earlier this month. His design for the Metro system in Porto, Portugal garnered high praise from the jury, with member Rahul Mehrotra explaining that the project “shows generosity to the public realm unusual for contemporary infrastructure projects.” Upon receipt of the award, the head of the Porto Metro, João Velez Carvalho, thanked Souto de Moura for his efforts in this “urban revolution” and touted Porto as a destination in which people actively and enthusiastically seek out the architecture of Souto de Moura and fellow Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. 

Souto de Moura spent a few moments with us to describe both the challenges and rewards of working on a project that saw the completion of 60 new stations constructed in 10 years within the sensitive fabric of the city of Porto—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

ArchDaily: What is your opinion of architecture prizes?

Eduardo Souto de Moura: I won’t be modest, I like describing my opinion about them because the profession is so tough and difficult that is it complicated to achieve a high level of quality. So when you’re awarded a prize it’s like a confirmation of your effort. But the other thing is that a project is not the act of an individual, it’s a collective act. When there’s a prize, the press and the people, the “anonymous people,” go see the project and talk about it, critique it. That’s what gives me the motivation to continue in the profession. And every time it gets more difficult.

Winners Announced for 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, Courtesy of

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the 11th award winners: Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia.

When commenting on the significance of the two prize-winning projects, jury member Micahel Sorkin stated: “If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible.”

More about the prize-winning projects, courtesy of the GSD: