January 4, 2013
New York Times
Fresh Insights Where Decay Meets Architecture
For the Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, the 2011 winner of the Pritzker Prize for architecture, there are two potential responses to the presence of a ruin in a landscape. The first is the default Romantic expression of bittersweet wonder. The second, and more intriguing, is to ask: “What can I do here? What does this suggest to me that I am able to build?” Mr. Souto de Moura is the subject of “Reconversão,” a new film by the Los Angeles filmmaker Thom Andersen, who could be the architect’s cinematic doppelgänger.
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