Winner Prémio Távora 2020: Sea Stars, Coastal Fortifications of Mainland Portugal

Carlos Machado e Moura (WG3) and Pedro Abranches Vasconcelos are the winners of the Prémio Távora 2020 award, with the project “Estrelas do mar: Fortificações Costeiras de Portugal Continental” [Sea Stars: Coastal Fortifications of Mainland Portugal]. The Prize is organised by the Northern Chapter of the Portuguese Order of Architects (OASRN) together with the Marques da Silva Foundation (FIMS), since 2005. After the trip, whose itinerary is available in http://www.estrelasdomar.pt, Carlos and Pedro will provide an essay and a public lecture in October 2021. Eliana Sousa Santos (WG2) was the recipient of the same Award in 2017. We are proud to share this delighted news, for more information check: https://www.arquitectos.pt/index.htm?no=2020497326


Statement of the Jury (excerpt):

“Sea Stars: Coastal Fortifications of Mainland Portugal” was distinguished for being unprecedented, contributing to an updated and systematic knowledge of the coastal defensive heritage, through the use of drawing and new technologies in terms of presentation. “Most of these Stars are documented, in old surveys, some excellent in-depth partial studies, amateur compilations and specific routes in tourist areas, but the whole deserves an inclusive analysis, in a critical, contemporary and architectural perspective”.

About the Award:

The Prize is organised by the Northern Chapter of the Portuguese Order of Architects (OASRN) in partnership with the Arquitecto José Marques da Silva Foundation (FIMS), and the sponsorship of Ageas Seguros.

Given annually, this Award consists of a travel grant worth 6.000 euros for the best research trip proposed. OASRN created it as a tribute to the architect Fernando Távora who, as an architect and pedagogue, was an influence for successive generations of architects. It relates to the habits of Távora who, throughout his life, travelled across the world to study the architecture of all periods. The objective is to encourage and enhance Research Trip as an instrument for training the architect.

The Fernando Távora Award allows architects to prepare themselves through real experiences, valuing the importance of travel and direct contact with other countries for the formation of the architect’s culture.

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