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Moneo´s controversial Kursaal, best European building in the last two years.
The controversial Kursaal continues to gather accolades.This time, the architect Rafael Moneo, has been awarded the Mies Van der Rohe prize. Only a few weeks ago he was informed that he had won the Manuel de la Dehersa Award (for the third time), for the same building. In this way, the giant cube of the Kursaal, in San Sebastián, becomes the best European built work in the last two years. The prize, which consists of 50.000 Euro and a sculpture by Xavier Corberó, was awarded in Barcelona on 23rd April by the European Commissioner for Education and Culture, Vivianne Reding, and the Mayor of the city, Joan Clos, in a ceremony held at the Mies Van der Rohe pavilion.

Jordi Torres exhibits in Munich
The Munich Venue LE COVP and Global Generation, a German Company that promotes the most important lines in international design, backing names like Ron Arad, Olav Slingerland and Masahiro Mori, are sponsoring an exhibition of work by Jordi Torres, founder of the interior and product design firm Torres & Torres. The show, which begins on 29th March and will continue until the end of May, will include furniture pieces "l´Angelus de Millet", "L´alba" and "La llengua de Meritxel", and the collection of silver items "Latents". LE COVP is at Promenadeplatz 12, 80333, Munich.

Street furniture manufacturers Fundició Dúctil Benito have organised the second edition of the design competition "Future Cities". Entrants are required to submit the conceptual design of the future street furniture of our cities. How will spaces be lighted? How will pedestrians rest? How will waste be collected?
All students of design, architecture and engineering registered for the academic year 2000-2001 in Spanish and Portuguese schools are invited to enter. Entries will also be accepted from graduates of the year 1999-2000. Winners of the first, second and third prizes will receive trophies especially designed by the firm Fundició Ductil Benito, S.L.

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