AFEX Grand Prix 2014 for French architecture overseas awarded to the City of Arts by Christian de Portzamparc in Rio de Janeiro
Since 2010, the UNESCO Venice Office is associated with the selection of the AFEX - French Architects Overseas - Grand Prix, aiming at promoting the work of French architects abroad. This year, the AFEX Grand Prix was awarded to the City of Arts by Christian de Portzamparc in Brazil and a special Jury Prize assigned to Paul Andreu for his work in China.
The Jury for this edition of the prize met on 17 December 2013 at the City of Architecture and Heritage in Paris to identify the winner among 10 high quality projects, among which they selected the City of Arts by Christian de Portzamparc in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), serves on the jury of the AFEX Grand Prix 2014.
In addition, a Special Prize of the Jury was awarded to Paul Andreu for his entire work in China, as a way to reward, beyond the Jinan Grand Theatre, works as important as the Beijing Opera or the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, realised before the creation of the AFEX Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix and the Special Prize will be awarded to the winners at the premises of the UNESCO Venice Office on 4 June 2014, on the occasion of the opening night of the 14th International Exhibition – Architecture Biennale 2014. Throughout the duration of the Biennale, Palazzo Zorzi will also host an exhibition of the projects included in the ‘Palmarès’.
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