On May 28, opening day at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale in Venice, REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The awards ceremony will be held at Ca’ Giustinian, the historic home of the Biennale.
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, winner of the 2006 Pritzker Prize, was nominated by Alejandro Aravena, curator of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale in Venice, and approved by the Biennale Board, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
The motivation for the awarding of the prize to Paulo Mendes da Rocha emphasises “the extraordinary quality of his architectural projects, epitomised in their longevity; many decades after their construction, all his projects have proven capable of withstanding the test of time, in both stylistic and physical terms”.
According to the reasons cited for the prize, this consistency results not only from the architect's structural skill but his ideological integrity. Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been called “non-conformist, provocative and at the same time a dedicated realist”, “a person capable of participating in shared and collective initiatives, with the ability to convince others to join him in fighting for the cause of improving the built environment.”
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