Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena is best known for his social housing projects, which have been praised for offering economic opportunity to the less privileged.
Leading opposition figure Freddy Guevara has sought refuge in the Chilean embassy after being blamed by Venezuela's government of fomenting violence. A UN report blames the government for the scores of protester deaths.
Tonight, the prestigious Pritzker Prize will be awarded in New York - that’s like the Nobel Prize in architecture. Many of the big stars in the field have had this honour: Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano – and the late Zaha Hadid. This year’s laureate: Chilean Alejandro Aravena.
Alejandro Aravena helped rebuild the Chilean city of Constitución after a disastrous earthquake in 2010. Contracted to provide inexpensive housing, he would build half a house, which its residents could complete with their own money and their own ideas. Whole neighborhoods were built this way.
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