Architect Eduardo Souto De Moura Wins Pritzker The 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to Eduardo Souto de Moura, a Portuguese architect who blends modernism with tradition and history. The jury noted that Souto de Moura's buildings are "imbued with intelligence and seriousness."
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Architect Eduardo Souto De Moura Wins Pritzker

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Architect Eduardo Souto De Moura Wins Pritzker

Architect Eduardo Souto De Moura Wins Pritzker

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Now let's hear about someone who keeps his infrastructure simple: the winner of this year's Pritzker Prize for Architecture. He's a Portuguese architect, not too well-known in the U.S. His pictures are straight forward and draw on local traditions. Edward Lifson reports.

EDWARD LIFSON: When he showed me the stadium in Braga, which is probably one of his most eloquent buildings...

LIFSON: Terence Riley is the former chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

RILEY: It's built right into a rocky slope. It's as much a landscape project as it is a stadium.

LIFSON: Souto de Moura dynamited the mountain to make it one end of the stadium. He mixed the crushed granite into the concrete. But beyond any kind of physical beauty, it's also the social concern that really pleases Terence Riley.

RILEY: He took great care to site the building, so that those who couldn't afford to pay to buy a ticket, could climb up on the rocky slopes around the stadium, and get a free view from there. And he pointed out that it's a tradition in Portuguese stadiums, that you try to create an opportunity for those who cannot afford a ticket to get a view from outside.

LIFSON: For NPR News, I'm Edward Lifson

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