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).

Álvaro Siza’s Archives May Soon Belong to Canada

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The archives of Álvaro Siza, whose drawings, sketches, and models have been exhibited in the most renowned cultural institutions around the world, may soon be transferred to the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d’Architecture, CCA) in Montreal.

The architect confirmed on Wednesday to Portuguese paper PÚBLICO that he has been “in talks” with the CCA, as well as other un-named institutions from different countries, in order to “decide the future” of his archives.

Refurbishment of Office Building / Moura Martins Architects

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Architects: Moura Martins Architects
Location: Lousada,
Project Team: Sara Moura Martins, Ariana Faustino
Area: 2570.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Instalação Bar / José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto

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

Secondary School Garcia Da Orta / Bak Gordon

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

Secondary School Da Amora / Bak Gordon

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Architects: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG- Fernando Guerra

Fernando Guerra’s Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza’s Most Inspiring Works

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Today, the renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza turns 81. To celebrate, we’ve rounded-up some of Siza’s most inspiring works, all courtesy of Fernando Guerra and Sergio Guerra – FG + SG.

Siza was born in Matosinhos, , in 1933. His first work was built in 1954, before Siza had even completed his studies at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Porto (now Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto – FAUP).

‘What’s Your Favorite Space?’ Video Competition Winners

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Building Pictures, a Portuguese company specialized in producing and directing architecture videos, decided to celebrate the year of Portuguese architecture by creating a competition inviting architects, artists, designers, directors, and students to submit their favorite spaces. 31 videos answered the challenge and shared their experiences and inspiring places. The jury selected three winners, whose beautiful videos can be seen after the break.

Tagus Linear Park / Topiaris Landscape Architecture

Architects: Topiaris Landscape Architecture
Location: 2625-039 , Portugal
Landscape Authors: Luis Ribeiro, Teresa Barão, Catarina Viana
Architecture Author: Olavo Dias
Area: 15000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Palacete do Relógio Renovation / Alexandre Marques Pereira Arquitectura

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Architects: Alexandre Marques Pereira Arquitectura
Location: Cais do Sodre, , Portugal
Project Architects: Alexandre Marques Pereira, Manuel Tainha
Project Team: Tânia Campos, Helena Arguelles, Daniela Decca
Project Area: 2,723 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Pedro Ferreira

Inside Homeland, Portugal’s Pavilion at the US Biennale

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The Portuguese Pavilion at the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale has created a newspaper, “, News from ,” which covers the last 100 years of architectural, social and economic news from .

“Homeland, News from Portugal” has the objective of addressing the issues raised by Rem Koolhaas for Fundamentals – Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 through a critical and purposeful reflection on housing – a field par excellence for modern experiments – as an essential element of urban and rural environments and a social and cultural reflection of inhabitants.

The newspaper will publish the progress of ongoing projects of 6 groups of architects working in 6 Portuguese cities on 6 different types of housing (temporary, informal, collective, improvement, isolated, rural), and will be distributed during the 6 months of the Venice Biennale.

Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal’s Pavilion Has No Buildings At All

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The following text by Pedro Gadanho was originally published in Portuguese in Portugal’s Diário Expresso.

The most awaited event in the architecture world begins this week: the opening of the Venice Biennale. Thousands of participants, journalists, and invited guests will flood the fantastical Italian city to take the pulse of the discipline -the nations’ representations, the novelties, the state of the art. For this, the 14th edition of the Biennale, the artistic direction of Rem Koolhaas has raised great expectations: the architect behind Casa da Música is, after all, the ultimate provocateur of an architectural stardom that’s ever more predictable.

Mortuary House in Vila Caiz / Raul Sousa Cardoso + Graca Vaz

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Architects: Graca Vaz
Location: Vila Caiz,
Area: 110 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jose Campos

Casa Varatojo / Atelier Data

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Architects: Atelier Data
Location: Varatojo, , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão
Design Team: Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente, Marta Frazão, André Almeida, António Cotrim
Area: 380 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard John Seymour

Gafanha da Boa Hora School Center / António Portugal e Manuel Maria Reis

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Architects: António Portugal e Manuel Maria Reis
Location: 3840 ,
Architect In Charge: António Portugal and Manuel Maria Reis
Design Team: Cláudia Freitas, Elisabete Queirós, Nelson Miranda, Pedro Pita
Area: 3100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

Casa da Severa / José Adrião

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Architects: José Adrião
Location: Largo Severa 2, , Portugal
Design Team: Margarida Lameiro, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Carla Gonçalves, João Matos, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Tiago Pereira
Area: 2,014 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hugo Santos Silva

Venice Biennale 2014: Portugal to Distribute “Homeland” Newspaper Based on Housing

Cover of “, News from

This year for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Portugal will be officially represented by newspaper. This choice in media corresponds to the possibility of framing worldviews by revelling events, culture traits and socio-economic challenges of a country.

Extensively distributed in three different editions, over the six month period of the Biennale, Homeland, News from Portugal intends to report news about current architectural, social and economic life in Portugal, reflecting on and informing about a variety of aspects of the modernization of the country over the past 100 years.

More from the curator, after the break…

DM2 Housing / OODA

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