It will be delivered at the Giardini the 29 August during the opening ceremony of the International Architecture Exhibition 13ma the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement attributed to the architect poetoghese Alvaro Siza Vieira.
The decision was taken by the board of the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon the proposal of Director David Chipperfield. Motivation opens with a quote from Pessoa: "Why do I have the size of what I see and not the size of my height." "It 'hard to think of a contemporary architect who has maintained a consistent presence in the profession as Miser Siza - says later - that such a presence is maintained precisely by an architect who lives and works the extreme edge of the Atlantic' Europe only serves to emphasize his authority and his condition ".
"Protected by its isolated location - continued motivation - emanates a universal wisdom. Experimenting with extreme geometric shapes can create buildings of great rigor. Developing an architectural language of its own seems to speak to us all. While his work exudes certainty of judgment, it is clearly enhanced by careful reflection. While we are dazzled by the brightness of its buildings, we feel all their consistency. "