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El Caminito del Rey receives the 10th Hispanic-American Architecture and Town Planning Biennial Award in São Paulo


El Caminito del Rey receives the 10th Hispanic-American Architecture and Town Planning Biennial Award in São Paulo

The project was given one of the prizes awarded by Latin American architects.

The refurbishment project of El Caminito del Rey, carried out by the County Council of Málaga, was given another award. This way it happened in South America in São Paulo (Brazil). The project was awarded at the 10th Hispanic-American Architecture and Town Planning Biennial (Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo), where twenty-six project out of 194 projects were presented by committees from twenty-two different countries.

County Council Environmental and Territory Promotion Department representative Marina Bravo and Francisco Oblaré, the Public Works Department representative, received the award in the Brazilian city together with architect and creator of the project Luis Machuca, the Head of Architecture and Town Planning Department at the County Council of Málaga.

The event was held at Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo, and it was attended by Vice President of Architecture and Building Department at Ministry of Public Works Francisco Javier Martín Ramiro and Spanish Consul General Ricardo Martínez Vázquez.

El Caminito del Rey was one of seven awarded Spanish projects: old convent Santa María de los Reyes from Seville, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (Higher Technical School of Architecture) in the old military hospital in Granada, Casa Andamio (Scaffolding House) in Girona, Royal Collections Museum in Madrid, House 1014 in Granollers (Barcelona) and Electronic Assembly Factory in Don Benito (Badajoz).

The Hispanic-American Architecture and Town Planning Biennial is a result of the teamwork between the Spanish Government and several Hispanic-American institutions, which has turned into an important event where current situation and future of architecture and planning in Spain and South America can be grasped.

On this occasion, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portuguese architect who was awarded The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011, was also given the Hispanic-American award.

Basic events at the awards ceremony were related to the acknowledgment and spreading of important professional carriers, the most significant architectural and town planning projects, the best journals, the most prominent research, and the best ideas coming from architects and students.


Several Awards

El Caminito del Rey was considered one of twenty-two best town-planning projects preformed in Spain in 2015 at the 13th Spanish Architecture and Town Planning Biennial in the category of Town Planning: Town and Landscape held last April.

El Caminito del Rey Refurbishment was included in a travelling exhibition, called Alternativas (Alternatives) with other twenty-two awarded projects. The exhibition will remain in the Palace of Carlos V in Granada until October 12th, and it will then be taken to several other Spanish towns, as well as abroad, included New York. 

The project also obtained Europa Nostra Award, the most prestigious prize in Europe in the heritage field, in three different categories. There were twenty-eight awarded projects in Conservation Category, and El Caminito del Rey was one of them. It was the only Spanish project, together with the refurbishment of six churches in Lorca after the earthquake. Moreover, it was among seven project that were granted the Grand Prix Award by the experts, and the most voted project by European citizens on the Internet, which is why it obtained the Public Choice Award.
It also received the Premio Andalucía del Turismo 2016 prize (the Andalusian Award for Contribution to Tourism Sector in 2016), in the Good Practice category last September in Ronda, and at the end of last year the path was awarded for emerging tourist destination by the Spanish Cabinet.