Despite being awarded the 2011 Pritzker Prize, Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has admitted difficulty in finding work. In a recent interview with El Mundo, the 59 year-old, Porto-based architect stated that he would prefer to work in his homeland, or even nearby in Spain, but the current economic crisis has him extending his search to other parts of Europe, mainly Italy and France.
Currently immersed in the worst crisis in recent history, Portugal became the third country within the 17-country eurozone in need of financial rescue to avoid bankruptcy, following Greece and Ireland. In February, the country’s unemployment rate reached new heights at 15 percent. Meanwhile, as Souto de Moura pointed out, Spain seems to be struggling even more with the possibility of becoming the fourth member of the eurozone in need of a bailout. Spain’s astonishing 23.6 percent unemployment rate has Bloomberg Businessweek referring to it as the greatest European country in danger. Continue reading for more.
Architect: José Neves
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Construction Year: 2009-2011
Collaborators: Rui Sousa Pinto, Ana Belo, André Matos, Filipe Cameira, Martim Enes Dias, Nuno Florêncio, Steven Evans, Vitor Quaresma; João Pernão, Maria Capelo
Landscape Architecture: F|C
Engineering: Betar, SM&LM, PEN, Natural Works
Client: Parque Escolar
Photographs: Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra, João Morgado
Architects: Saraiva + Associados - PINEARQ
Location: Av. Carlos Teixeira, Loures, Portugal
Design Team: Nuno Mona, Luís Francisco, Joana Peres, Rita Carvalho, Bruno Pereira, Paulo Sousa, Ricardo Gago, Maria João Moreira, Rafael Azriel, Manuela Tamborino, Vera Coimbra, Rita Ribeiro, Mariana Lucena, Ana Ramos, Hugo Baptista, Rui Carvalho
Client: ConsisLoures Consortium
Total Plot Area: 166,000 sqm
Project Leader: Luís Barros
Photographer: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra
Architects: José Adriao Architects
Location: Rua Dos Fanqueiros, 73-85, Lisboa, Portugal
Gross Floor Area: 1 391,70 sqm
Design Team: Tiago Mota, Luis Valente, Rui Didier, Carla Gonçalves, João Albuquerque Matos, Margarida Lameiro, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Rute Ribeiro, Sara Jardim
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Architecture: Guedes + DeCampos / Francisco Vieira de Campos & Cristina Guedes
Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Coordinator: Francisco Vieira de Campos
Project Team: Francisco Lencastre, Cristina Maximino, Adalgisa Lopes, Joana Miguel, Inês Ferreira, Pedro Costa, Ana Matias, Ana Leite Fernandes, António Ferreira, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Mariana Sendas, Tiago Souto Castro, Miguel Brochado, Pedro Azevedo
Date of Construction: 2009-2011
Area: 2,931 sqm (2,520 sqm Upper Station | 411 sqm Lower Station)
Photographer: Alberto Plácido
Last May, Portugal became the third country within the 17-country eurozone in need of a financial rescue to avoid bankruptcy, following Greece and Ireland. Unemployment within the country has climbed up to 14.8 percent as the recession has brought harsh conditions to architects and architecture students alike. Now, the prestigious Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), one that has fostered many great architects such as João Luis Carrilho da Graça and Manuel Aires Mateus, may be forced to close its doors.
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