Eduardo Souto de Moura from Portugal Wins Pritzker

Eduardo Souto de Moura, a Portuguese architect whose work combines the abstract minimalism of Mies van der Rohe with a preference for local materials and building techniques, has been awarded the 2011 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=4&article_id=126595#axzz1IBqOPxXE

http://www.pritzkerprize.com/

Winter Park Art Festival March 18-20, 2011

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 52nd year.

http://www.wpsaf.org/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=4&Itemid=37

Reinventing a slum?…Caracas: Skyhigh savior by Charlie Devereux – Global Post

El Metrocable de San Agustin – Caracas – Venezuela

http://www.globalpost.com/video/5544937/location-san-agustin-venezuela

A year has passed since the launch of the Venezuelan cable car system in 2010 known as the Metro Cable San Agustin . The Minister of People’s Power for Transportation and Communications, Francisco Garces, said that due to the success of this system, the government plans to implement other similar projects that will benefit the people of other Venezuelan communities such as Petare and Mariche. http://venezuela-us.org/2011/01/21/metro-cable-san-agustin-celebrates-one-year-anniversary/

The Metro Cable of San Agustin – Caracas – Venezuela (From Urban-Think Tank)

Located within one of Caracas, Venezuela’s largest and least accessible barrios, the new cable car system is integrated within the Metro System of Caracas. Designed by Urban-Think Tank, the Metro Cable of San Agustin is 2.1 km in length and employs gondolas holding 8 passengers each. The Metro Cables capacity allows for the movement of 1,200 people per hour in each direction.

The design was conceived by Urban-Think Tank in collaboration with community residents, local leaders, and international experts. Additionally, each cable car station will possess different social and cultural services such as low-cost housing, a gymnasium, public space, a supermarket, and a day care center. This project is predicated upon public transportation but strives to holistically bolster the foundations of San Agustin.

http://www.brillembourg-klumpner.arch.ethz.ch/index.php?/films/metrocable-of-san-agustin/

Urbanization dystopia: Dhaka

Dhaka: fastest growing megacity in the world

A five-part, multimedia series on the coming dystopia that is urbanization.

Erik German and Solana Pyne

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The future is here, and it smells like burning trash.

As the evening call to prayer echoes across Dhaka’s teeming slums, a bluish haze rises in the murky air. Cooking happens mostly on open fires in the shantytowns of the Bangladeshi capital, the flames kindled with paper, scavenged lumber and bits of plastic junk.

On a recent evening in a broken labyrinth of shacks called the Korail slum, a wiry young mother in a red sari stooped to light the clay hearth outside her family’s one-room home. Mina, 24, touched her match to a castoff vinyl folder, three-hole-punched for documents she’ll never read.

http://www.globalpost.com//dispatch/asia/100831/bangladesh-megacities-part-one

Shipping Container architecture… a solution??

Not just for resourceful squatters, container architecture is taking the world by storm. Recycled freight containers bring efficiency, flexibility and affordability to innovative green buildings, from small vacation cabins to movable cafes, schools and skyscrapers

Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/shipping-container-homes-460309#ixzz1G0So5gK0