Norman Foster wins top Spanish arts prize

21st May 2009, Comments 0 comments

British architect Norman Foster, famous for his glass and steel designs was awarded the Prince of Asturias prize for arts.

Madrid – British architect Norman Foster, famous for his glass and steel designs, was Wednesday awarded one of Spain's highest honours, the Prince of Asturias prize for arts, the jury announced.

Foster, 73, beat 25 other nominees from 11 countries, including British actress Vanessa Redgrave, for the prize, worth EUR 50,000 (USD 68,000) and which he will officially receive from Crown Prince Felipe in October.

His projects have included the restoration of the Reichstag in Berlin, the Millennium Bridge in London, Hong Kong Airport and the Millau viaduct in France.

Last year the prize went to a publicly financed network of Venezuelan youth orchestras known as "El Sistema" which aims to provide children from impoverished backgrounds away from the streets.

The Prince of Asturias awards are also given in the fields of communication and humanities, scientific and technical research, social science, letters, international cooperation, international understanding and sport.

Named after Crown Prince Felipe, they are presented in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, capital of the Asturias region.

AFP / Expatica

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