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 .

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

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 Eduardo Souto de Moura, 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

© José Campos

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: ,
Design / Museography / Communication : P-06 Atelier
Year: 2010
Photographs: João Morgado

Flower House / EZZO

© João Ferrand

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

Consexto Lab / consexto

© FG + SG

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

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

© Joao Morgado

Architects: + Maria João de Oliveira + Emmanuel Novo
Location: , Portugal
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, Rem Koolhaas, is the first architectural film to “comprehensively explore the human conditions in and around Rem 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 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 Harvard GSD Events

ArchDaily got the chance to briefly speak with Pritzker-prize winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura when he (along with the Porto 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 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 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design 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:

Happy Birthday Eduardo Souto de Moura!

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

Today, July 25th, is Eduardo Souto de Moura’s 61st birthday! With over 60 buildings designed 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 credited to a meeting with the artist Donald Judd. While still a student, Souto de Moura interned in the studio of Álvaro Siza, where he continued to work for five years until starting his own practice in 1980, on Siza’s advice. Although his first major commission was the Cultural Center of Porto, his early career included mostly private homes. Later, de Moura began to be 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).

PINC Pavilion / Clínica de Arquitectura

© Alexandre Delmar

Architects: Clínica de Arquitectura
Location: Porto,
Project Architects: Pedro Geraldes, Nuno Travasso, João Silva
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alexandre Delmar

Gull / Alfredo Resende Arquitectos

© Luis Ferreira Alves

Architects: Alfredo Resende Arquitectos
Location: Porto,
Design Team: Alfredo Resende, João Resende
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves

Cebes School / OVAL

© João Morgado

Architects: OVAL
Location: Oporto,
Architect In Charge: Avelino Oliveira, Gil Brito, Elina Briede, Catarina Ferreira
Construction: Triplano
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

Video: 227 Flat / OODA

227 Flat was designed by Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas and Francisco Lencastre from OODA in Porto Portugal. It’s a 150 sqm two-story apartment completed in 2012.

Filming: Ivo Tavares (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
Post-Production: Luís Melo (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
Translation: Pedro Carvalho (INCEPTION ARCHITECTS)

Dental Clinic in Oporto / Paulo Merlini

© Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Architects: Paulo Merlini
Location: Porto,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Casa da Baixa / Rocha Leite Arquitectos Associados

© Marcos Oliveira

Architects: Rocha Leite Arquitectos Associados
Location: Rua de Santa Teresa, 4-6, , Portugal
Architects In Charge: António Rocha Leite + Carla Rocha Leite
Associates: Pedro Carvalho and Artur Soares, Architects
Clients: Luis Miguel Soares, Joana Jervell and Nuno Freitas
Photographs: Marcos Oliveira