Manrique, National Building Award posthumously
César Manrique has been awarded, posthumously, coinciding with the centenary of his birth, with the National Building Prize, awarded for the first time by the General Council of the Technical Architecture of Spain (CGATE), coordinating body of all Associations Associations and National Technical Architects, with more than 50,000 members.
The prize was collected on Thursday afternoon in Madrid by the director of the César Manrique Foundation (FCM), Fernando Gómez Aguilera, from the counselor of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Antonio Valbuena.
When awarding this award to Manrique, the jury valued the vital and creative trajectory of the artist “who combined with the defense of the environmental values of the Canary Islands, especially the island of Lanzarote”. He also took into account “his public attitude of commitment to the natural and cultural heritage of the island, in particular traditional architecture”, and the fact that he poses “an important work of public art and landscaping that combines tradition and modernity.” Finally, the jury wanted to recognize “the defense of the natural and cultural heritage of Lanzarote, its integration of buildings into the landscape, respect for nature and the search for harmony between interior design and creative outdoor spaces, as well as its artistic work as ambassador of culture and nature “.