Santiago Calatrava, the renowned Spanish engineer, architect and artist, has received the 2000 Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts. The award was presented in November at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Calatrava has gained an international reputation for integrating technology and aesthetics, producing dynamic structural forms that challenge traditional practice in both architecture and engineering.
He is best known for his public structures including the Campo Volantin Footbridge, a gracefully curving glass-decked footbridge in Bilbao, Spain, the Stadelhofen Railway Station, and the Science Center Museum and Planetarium, in Valencia, Spain.
"What makes Santiago Calatrava such an outstanding artist," stated Meadows Dean Carole Brandt, "and the perfect choice for this year's award, is his ability to merge the boundaries between engineering and architecture, art and function. As a teaching institution, the Meadows School of the Arts' mission in the new millennium is to continue to find innovative ways to combine multiple disciplines to make a whole."
Some of Calatrava's works appear poised to take flight. Philip Jodidio wrote in his book on Santiago Calatrava that in many of his designs, "an apparent disequilibrium or rather a sense of frozen movement is heightened by the lightness of the structure."
Architectural historian David Watkin, in A History of Western Architecture, has written about Calatrava's 1994 TGV Railway station (known as "the bird") at Lyon-Satolas France:
The Campo Volantin Footbridge is a graceful, curving,
glass-decked footbridge in Bilbao, Spain.
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The Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was recently honored in Texas.
Photo: Southern Methodist University
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