Archinect - Features 2016-02-05T17:38:18-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/145812094/why-is-the-pritzker-such-a-big-deal Why is the Pritzker such a big deal? Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T07:01:00-05:00 >2016-02-01T07:24:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55k5b5tle3cnxu2t.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First awarded in 1979 to Philip Johnson, the annual Pritzker Architecture Prize has become the profession&rsquo;s top award. But why?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145673128/aravena-s-pritzker-a-critical-round-up Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T14:25:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T12:06:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rg7pwns6cssvoz9s.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What to make of this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize awarding? With today&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145643352/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-director-of-this-year-s-venice-biennale-named-2016-pritzker-prize-laureate" target="_blank">announcement</a>, the Chilean architect <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/598317/alejandro-aravena" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> has secured his place within the upper echelon of the architecture community. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be his big year: he&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" target="_blank">curating this summer&rsquo;s Venice Biennale</a>, which is expected to be something of a showcase for the type of high-design yet socially-aware and economically-pragmatic practices that his own &ldquo;Do Tank,&rdquo; <a href="http://archinect.com/Alejandro_Aravena" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, typifies.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/41080183/amateur-architecture-a-new-vernacular Amateur Architecture: A New Vernacular? Evan Chakroff 2012-03-11T20:20:00-04:00 >2013-03-09T21:03:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx8ebhtqk6yxdnjc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Wang Shu may be a surprising choice for this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize, but it&rsquo;s an excellent one, and well-deserved. In recent years the Pritzker Committee has gravitated towards architects who produce work with an innate understanding of place, allowing their ties to local culture to infuse their work. The choice of Wang Shu (and, by extension, of Amateur Architecture and partner Lu Wenyu) continues this trend: his work is as culturally-sensitive and contextually responsive as it is aesthetically stunning.</p>