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Museu Paula Rego, Casa das Histórias, Cascais, Portugal by Eduardo Souto de Moura © FG + SG Fernando Guerra

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura was awarded the 2011 Pritzker Prize this week, the most honorable architecture prize. Souto Moura lives and works in Oporto, in the north of the country and is the second Portuguese architect, after Álvaro Siza Vieira in 1992, to be awarded with this prize. The news were welcomed in a great climate of expectation and surprise, especially in a time when the news coming from southwest Europe haven’t been the best for the last few weeks. And specially this week, with Portugal finally asking, as much expected and predicted, for a financial bailout.

Things don’t look good there I must say (but well, that’s subject for another, longer post). But still, news like that, surprising even for a Portuguese in days like these, leave us with the feeling that everything might not be lost.

Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal. Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

Braga Stadium by (2004) © Luis Ferreira Alves