Oscar Niemeyer Awards

Latinamerican Canon


The Network of Latin American Architecture Biennials (Redbaal) has given its first Oscar Niemeyer Award (ON Prize) to El Lugar de la Memoria (The Place for Memory) in Lima (Perú), designed and executed by Barclay & Crousse. The award was instituted with the idea of promoting gravitational balance in architectural production, which has been tilted towards Europe and Asia. Every two years it will be drawing attention to the quality of works carried out in some of the countries encompassed by Redbaal (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela). The winner was announced in the course of the 20th Pan-American Architecture Biennial, held in Quito, by the jury, presided by Carlos Jiménez and including, among others, Glauco Campello, Lauro Cavalcanti, and Sara Topelson. Second prize went to the Brazilian Library in São Paulo (Brazil), a work of Eduardo de Almedia and Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb. Third prize fell upon the San Bernardo Chapel in La Playosa (Argentina) – it will be featured in the next Arquitectura Viva issue. Finally, honorable mentions were bestowed on Building 03 98 in Loja (Ecuador), by Espinoza Carvajal Arquitectos; Toy Box in Mexico City, by Grupo Arquitectura; and the Käpäcläjui Indigenous Training Center in Grano de Oro (Costa Rica), by Entre Nos Atelier (see Arquitectura Viva 171).

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