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 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 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

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.

House On A Warehouse / Miguel Marcelino

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Architects: Miguel Marcelino
Location: , Portugal
Area: 437 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

Villa Escarpa / Mario Martins


Architects: Mario Martins
Location: Luz,
Team: Rita Rocha, Rui Duarte, Sara Glória, Sónia Santos, Fernanda Pereira, Ana Filipa Santos
Technical Projects: Nuno Grave, Engenharia, Lda
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG

Cabanas no Rio / Aires Mateus

© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Manuel & Francisco Aires Mateus
Coordination: Maria Rebelo Pinto
Collaborators: Luz Jiménez, David Carceller
Area: 26 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

De Lemos / Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design

© Hugo Carvalho Araújo

Architects: Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design
Location: ,
Design Team: José Manuel Carvalho Araújo, Joel Moniz, Sandra Ferreira, Emanuel de Sousa, Ana Vilar, André Santos, Liliana Costa, Nuno Vieira, Pedro Mendes, Carlos Santos, José João Santos, Leandro Silva
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hugo Carvalho Araújo

House in Pedrogão / Phyd Arquitectura

© Montserrat Zamorano Gañán

Architects: Phyd Arquitectura
Location: Pedrogão, 2350,
Architect In Charge: Paulo Henrique Durão
Model: Alexandre Calado
Area: 285.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Montserrat Zamorano Gañán

House in Mosteiro / Arquitectos Matos

© Joao Morgado

Architects: Arquitectos Matos
Location: Santa Maria da Feira,
Architect In Charge: Ricardo Matos, Nuno Matos
Co Author: Luís Loureiro
Architecture Collaboration: Hugo Gomes
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Winners Announced for 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, , Courtesy of Harvard GSD

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, , 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:

Casa 103 / ultramarino | marlene uldschmidt architects


Architects: ultramarino | marlene uldschmidt architects
Location: ,
Collaborator: Maurícia Bento, Arq.ª
Area: 230 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG+SG

RAINHA / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra

Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

San Lorenzo House / de Blacam and Meagher Architects

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Architects: de Blacam and Meagher Architects
Location: Quinta do Lago, Portugal
Design Team: John Meagher, Paul Fox, Andy Richardson
Project Managment: Forbes Project Management
Collaborating Architects: Lawrence and Long Architects and Planassociados
Area: 650 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Quinta do Lago

Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo / Eduardo Souto de Moura

© Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura
Location: ,
Collaborators: Diogo Guimarães, , Ricardo Rosa Santos, João Queiróz e Lima, Jana Scheibner, Luis Peixoto, Manuel Vasconcelos, Tiago Coelho
Area: 8706.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Alvenaria Social Housing Competition Entry / fala atelier

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With the challenge of creating a new identity for the “Alvenaria” neighborhood in , fala atelier defined a module with variations and multiplications which allowed the dwellings to develop iteratively. As opposed to a static solution, this 2.55m cube module sets ground rules for the organization of the interiors, while providing the flexibility for several possible typologies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gruta do Escoural / Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq


Architects: Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq
Location: Escoural, Montemor-o-novo, Alentejo,
Structural Engineers: Artur Pinto Martins
Lighting: Fernando Brito
Year: 2011
Photographs: FG+SG

Paulo Rolo House / Inspazo Arquitectura

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Architects: Inspazo Arquitectura
Location: Sintra,
Design Team: Wilson Tafula, Hugo Ferramacho, Sofia Malveira, Daniela Silva, Vanessa Ribeiro, Sérgio Guedes
Area: 280 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cátia Mingote

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum / LIKEarchitects


Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Laura Diaz
Area: 75 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG+SG

GNRation / Atelier Carvalho Araújo

© Hugo Carvalho Araújo

Architects: Atelier Carvalho Araújo
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: José Manuel Carvalho Araújo, Joel Moniz, Pedro Mendes, Filipa Casaca, André Torres, Leandro Silva, Ana Vilar, Sandra Ferreira, José João Santos, Carlos Vinagre
Structural Engineering: Pedro Alves
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hugo Carvalho Araújo

Crux Pavilion / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects

© Diana Quintela

Architects: Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Collaborators: Joao Quintela, Tim Simon, Peter Weeber
Builder: Kairos
Structural Consultant: Luis Mendieta
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Diana Quintela