AkzoNobel to restore five artworks in Brazil ahead of 2017 architecture award AkzoNobel’s partnership with the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in Brazil has been strengthened by a new project to renovate five of the artist’s public artworks. Located in four cities in the State of São Paulo – Santo André, Santos, Guarulhos and São Paulo itself – the pieces are famous for their bright and energizing colors and will now be restored to the artist’s original vision. The launch of the project coincides with a call for entries for the prestigious Instituto Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Architecture Award, which is now in its fourth year. Open to Brazilian architects – or foreign architects who have lived in Brazil for at least two years – the competition is designed to showcase Brazilian architecture in its most varied contexts. Commenting on the restoration program, Heder Frigo, President of AkzoNobel Brazil, said: “As a company, we are committed to improving, energizing and regenerating urban communities across the world. Participating in projects such as this through our global Human Cities initiative means we can offer residents the chance to contemplate art as it was originally intended by the artist.” This year’s Instituto Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Architecture Award will be judged by architects Carla Juaçaba, Gustavo Penna, Nabil Bonduki and Priscyla Gomes. They will select ten finalists, who will take part in an exhibition at the headquarters of the Instituto Tomie Ohtake between August 10 and September 17. The three winners will be announced at the opening of the event. Added Frigo: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with this fourth event. Being able to highlight urban design and recognize innovative solutions that are both sustainable and integrated into the environment could not be more rewarding for us.” All submissions for this year’s contest (which are free of charge) must be made online between March 23 and April 30 via the Instituto Tomie Ohtake's website where full details of the rules and how to enter can be found.