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Piano hits right note to win UIA Gold Medal in Berlin

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Renzo Piano won the International Union of Architects (UIA) Gold Medal at last week's triennial World Congress in Berlin. The jury said Piano 'has made an exceptional contribution to architecture's influence around the world, and through the quality of his work has rendered services that greatly surpass the framework of the profession and participate in the harmonious development of society by satisfying both the material and spiritual needs of mankind'.

Previous winners of the award include Hassan Fathy, Charles Correa and Rafael Moneo.

The UIA gave the Auguste Perret Prize for technology applied to architecture to Lord Foster. The Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for town planning went to Group 91 Architects for Temple Bar in Dublin. Manuel Tainha of Portugal and Elias Zenghelis of Greece shared the Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural education. The Sir Robert Matthew Prize for improvement in the quality of human settlement was also shared, by Justin Kilcullen from Ireland and Jaime Lerner from Brazil.

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