Archinect - News 2014-04-17T15:41:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/97564519/interest-in-a-property-grows-with-one-key-addition-an-architecture-prize Interest in a Property Grows With One Key Addition: An Architecture Prize Alexander Walter 2014-04-08T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:14:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5db8f0f0a59b5f0fc11c47130e42831.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When he won the Pritzker Prize on March 24, the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban had a very busy day.[...] The day after Mr. Ban won the Pritzker, the Douglas Elliman broker Holly Parker had a very busy day, too. &ldquo;The phone started ringing, and it just hasn&rsquo;t stopped,&rdquo; said Ms. Parker, who, thanks to Mr. Ban, has won a prize of her own. Since October 2012, she has been trying to sell [...] condominium inside the Metal Shutter Houses in West Chelsea, Mr. Ban&rsquo;s only completed project in New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96419252/shigeru-ban-named-as-2014-pritzker-prize-laureate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban named as 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96481159/patrik-shumacher-backhanded-compliment-to-shigeru-ban Patrik Shumacher - backhanded compliment to Shigeru Ban? Archinect 2014-03-25T12:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T21:59:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39hh6pwgdy4cr937.jpg" width="514" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I worry if the criteria of the Pritzker Prize ... architecture's... most prestigious prize ... are now also being diverted in the direction of political correctness ....</p></em><br /><br /><p>Conrad Newel responds to Patrik Schumacher's "backhanded compliment" criticizing the Pritzker Prize awarding political correctness...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Patrik Schumacher</strong> :<br><br>"it is Ban's humanitarian work that the Pritzker jury emphasized in announcing the prize"<br><br>&nbsp;I congratulate Shigeru Ban ... love his work, especially the Metz project ... however, I worry if the criteria of the Pritzker Prize ... architecture's... most prestigious prize ... are now also being diverted in the direction of political correctness .... I would wish that architectural innovations that upgrade the discipline's capacity to cope with and facilitate the great urban develpment and restructuring tasks we are facing would dominate choice here ... I am afraid that if criteria shift towards political correctness great iconoclast-innovators like Wolf Prix or Peter Eisenman wont ever stand a chance to be recognized here ...<br><br>does this mean that those who aspire to win the Pritzker - or the nobel prize in physics - have to add humanitaria...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96419252/shigeru-ban-named-as-2014-pritzker-prize-laureate Shigeru Ban named as 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Justine Testado 2014-03-24T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T21:58:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c5x224u5a7evehp.jpg" width="514" height="709" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Japanese architect <a href="http://archinect.com/shigeru_ban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> has been announced as the 2014 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Established by the Pritzker family of Chicago in 1979, the prestigious award is widely regarded as "the Nobel Prize" in the architecture profession.</p><p>Shigeru Ban will be the seventh Japanese architect to become a Pritzker Laureate &mdash; following the late Kenzo Tange in 1987, Fumihiko Maki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995, the team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010, and Toyo Ito in 2013.</p><p>Shigeru Ban will officially accept the prize at a formal ceremony in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on June 13, 2014. This will be the first time the ceremony will be held in The Netherlands.</p><p>Past recipients in recent years include <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/toyo_ito_wins_2013_pritzker_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> (2013), <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/2012_pritzker_prize_goes_to_wang_shu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wang Shu</a> (2012), <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/portuguese_architect_eduardo_souto_de_moura_wins_2011_pritzker_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eduardo Souto de Moura</a> (2011), <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/sanaa_wins_2010_pritzker_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> (2010), and <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/swiss_peter_zumthor_awarded_with_2009_pritzker_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor</a> (2009). Laureates receive a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and a bronze medallion based on the designs of famed Chicago architect Louis Sullivan.<br><br><strong>From the winni...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84391777/denise-scott-brown-and-the-myth-of-individual-creativity Denise Scott Brown and the myth of individual creativity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-17T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-10-20T19:57:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2x/2xh2vp0r7mb6nv9p.jpg" width="300" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, despite breaking with the past stylistically, nonetheless maintains this image of the gifted architect as a lone autonomous genius who overcomes gravity and prevails over his client [...] Rather than an inner activity done in solitude, it has been found that people often discover their thoughts and ideas through interactions with others [...] The centrality of collaboration in architecture is often overlooked in a culture celebrating and branding &ldquo;starchitects.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Referring to recent statistics concerning <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78986132/why-are-so-many-women-leaving-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women in architectural practice</a> and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown Pritzker controversy</a>, architect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14977736/esther-sperber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;calls for an overhaul of how we think about creativity and authorship in architecture. Her piece for <em>Lilith</em>,&nbsp;"Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration", argues that what is perceived as "creative genius" relies on cultural and social affirmation, and is therefore a necessarily collective act.</p> <p> Endorsing D.S.B.'s demand that the architecture community "salute the notion of joint creativity", Sperber's piece recognizes issues of gender inequality within the practice, but is more concerned with the whole notion of individual intellectual ownership -- creativity just doesn't work this way, and prestigious awards shouldn't either.</p> <p> As creative industries adapt "orchestrated serendipity" strategies to capitalize on collaborative processes, the presumption that intellectual production belongs to any one individual dissolves. Sperber'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78307054/beyond-the-pritzker-what-s-next-for-women-in-architecture Beyond the Pritzker: What's Next for Women in Architecture? Places Journal 2013-07-30T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-31T12:44:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fdgq78gxedqhgbze.jpg" width="514" height="628" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My own conviction is that the most meaningful prolonged response to the Pritzker &mdash; but much more, to the entrenched discrimination it both reflects and reinforces &mdash; will involve political action directed toward measureable change. It will involve ramping up the current professional and cultural conversation &mdash; now focused on sharing experiences, promoting awareness, influencing leaders in the field &mdash; and articulating specific goals, definable outcomes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lately the subject of women's status in architecture &mdash; long dismissed as essentialist and unnecessary &mdash; has bounded back onto the agenda. As recent articles, books, exhibitions, online discussions and petition campaigns all attest, the full integration of the profession remains a fraught and unfinished business. Nancy Levinson, editor of Places Journal, argues that it's time to engage the larger sphere of political activism &mdash; to translate the widespread awareness of tenacious inequality into an ongoing campaign with concrete goals.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75543626/editor-s-picks-320 Editor's Picks #320 Nam Henderson 2013-06-19T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T17:02:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tyb6y928ffsfk8hp.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong>: series Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/75126636/student-works-singapore-university-of-technology-and-design-library-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) library pavilion</a>, located on a sloping lawn on the temporary Dover Campus.&nbsp;The gridshell structure designed by City Form Lab had to accommodate three mature trees and forms a noise barrier toward the Ayer Raja Expressway in the north. Especially noteworthy we read "<em>The pavilion is designed to be dismantled and recycled after two years</em>". For his part&nbsp;<strong>TED</strong> liked what he saw writing "<em>Nice stuff - well done</em>"...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gce5v09ujiyin138.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br> American Public Media&rsquo;s Marketplace examined the resurgence of Midtown, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75058322/a-small-pocket-of-detroit-is-thriving-but-it-s-not-a-comeback-city-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a small pocket of Detroit that is thriving</a>.<br><br><strong>observant</strong> believed "<em>There is such a dichotomy between Bloomfield Hills et. al. and the decaying part of the core...The city is probably more in need of urban designers, planners, sociologists, and economists at this point than it is starchitects producing concepts for individual buildings</em>".</p> <p> The NYT reported that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pritzker Pr...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75313095/kazy-varnelis-says-good-riddance-pritzker Kazy Varnelis says, "Good riddance, Pritzker" Archinect 2013-06-15T14:12:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T14:19:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osszpyabkj2u7083.jpg" width="490" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The sort of patronizing language used in the letter by Lord Palumbo is all too familiar. It is the voice of money and authority, the same sort of voice that spoke out against the rights of the women, the poor, and minorities. It is, alas, the voice of what Brown describes as the "sad white men's award."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown Pritzker jury will not revisit decision to exclude Denise Scott Brown Orhan Ayyüce 2013-06-14T19:28:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T13:18:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0viagcmcnsk6ime.jpg" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Insofar as you have in mind a retroactive award of the prize to Ms. Scott Brown, the present jury cannot do so&rdquo; -Peter Palumbo, the Pritzker chairman</p></em><br /><br /><p> No Pritzker Prize for Denise Scott Brown and no more pretzels for you guys! Boooooooo!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74514211/unforgetting-women-architects Unforgetting Women Architects Places Journal 2013-06-03T17:15:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T11:15:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mhrw3so8cicvochq.jpg" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A historian might spend decades undertaking research in archives and writing up discoveries in scholarly journals, but if the work does not have a presence online &mdash; and, specifically, a presence that is not behind a paywall &mdash; it is all but invisible outside academia. As Ridge states, &ldquo;If it&rsquo;s not Googleable, it doesn&rsquo;t exist.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Over the decades women architects have received scant attention from historians and prize juries. On Places, Despina Stratigakos writes, "The painful cancellation of Denise Scott Brown in the awarding of the Pritzker Prize solely to her husband and collaborator, Robert Venturi, is an important but hardly exceptional example of how female partners are written out of history by a profession suffering from Star Architect Disorder, or SAD." Stratigakos argues that it's time to write women back into history &mdash; and that the place to start is Wikipedia.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74259261/toyo-ito-s-pritzker-prize-acceptance-speech Toyo Ito’s Pritzker Prize Acceptance Speech Alexander Walter 2013-05-30T21:18:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T01:09:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jea28tltnrw5jn9.jpg" width="514" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year in March, it was announced that Japanese architect Toyo Ito would join the ranks of the architecture Gods and be honored with the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Last night now at a festive ceremony in Boston's John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, he finally received his coveted medal and $100,000 grant from Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which has sponsored the prize since its founding in 1979.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Following is Ito's full acceptance speech in English:</p> <p> "Good evening ladies and gentlemen! I am thrilled and honored to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in the presence of so many dear friends and distinguished architects from around the world.&nbsp; It is also a special pleasure to be here, in the John F. Kennedy Library, on the birthday of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President. I do believe this is the best day of my life so far!</p> <p> I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude first to the Pritzker Family: Mrs. Cindy Pritzker, Mr. Thomas J. Pritzker, and Mrs. Margaret Pritzker. I also thank the jury members, Lord Peter Palumbo, Mr. Alejandro Aravena, Mr. Juhani Pallasmaa, Mr. Glenn Murcutt, Mr. Stephen Breyer, Mr. Yung Ho Chang, and Ms. Martha Thorne.</p> <p> At the same time, being here in Boston, I cannot help but think of the bombing that happened here last month. Please allow me to offer my condolences to the victims and to all of those whose lives were affected by those horrific events.</p> ... http://archinect.com/news/article/71485649/robert-stern-refuses-to-sign-petition-for-pritzker-to-grant-joint-prize-to-denise-scott-brown Robert Stern refuses to sign petition for Pritzker to grant joint prize to Denise Scott Brown Archinect 2013-04-18T14:25:00-04:00 >2013-04-21T00:49:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmbsll4r5ittcje9.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Robert A. M. Stern, the dean of Yale&rsquo;s Architecture School, said he declined to sign the petition because he objected to its use of the word &ldquo;demand,&rdquo; but that he backed it in principle. &ldquo;It would be wonderful for the Pritzker committee to review the situation and to offer her the prize,&rdquo; Mr. Stern said. &ldquo;The nature of the collaboration was so intense on every level.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/70694164/denise-scott-brown-discusses-her-unusual-situation Denise Scott Brown discusses her "unusual situation" Nam Henderson 2013-04-05T16:30:00-04:00 >2013-04-08T20:04:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lk0kzp2wafakkbpd.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Naturally, there were some projects that Bob worked on more and others that I worked on more. Sometimes our collaboration was more close than others. But I think our best projects were when we worked together. I remember so many real tousles&mdash;and those were the projects that worked out best.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The co-founder of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates (now VSBA) talks to ARCHITECT about a petition to put her name on the 1991 Pritzer Architecture Prize, about sexism in architecture, and about her career in design.</p> <p> h/t&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/amlblog/status/320164546608250880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ana Mar&iacute;a Le&oacute;n</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70491432/editor-s-picks-309 Editor's Picks #309 Nam Henderson 2013-04-02T11:00:00-04:00 >2013-04-07T15:27:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsvng3i8m5dgfn7t.jpg" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70178032/announcing-the-2013-la-film-festival-director-s-lounge-design-competition-co-hosted-by-archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect was excited to announce a competition we're co-hosting with Designer Pages and the LA Film Festival. This competition seeks proposals for the interior design/layout of the VIP Director's Lounge for this year's LA Film Festival</a>. The winner will have their design executed, with a cash prize and an "Industry Badge" pass to the LA Film Festival in June. The winner's designs will also be on display in the director's lounge throughout the festival.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/16/16cpanwfbo8cao3b.png"><br><br><strong>News</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70068172/call-for-denise-scott-brown-to-be-given-pritzker-recognition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> The Architect&rsquo;s Journal reported that Denise Scott Brown has called for her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 win to be acknowledged retrospectively as a salute to "<em>the notion of joint creativity</em><em>"</em> and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March</a>. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown&rsquo;s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard&rsquo;s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70068172/call-for-denise-scott-brown-to-be-given-pritzker-recognition Call for Denise Scott Brown to be given Pritzker recognition Archinect 2013-03-25T17:18:00-04:00 >2013-04-05T14:45:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8ee40193369610299e4e5bb164fc2689.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a speech prepared for the AJ Women in Architecture lunch, Scott Brown called on her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 win to be acknowledged retrospectively. Describing it as a &lsquo;very sad&rsquo; situation, she said: &lsquo;They owe me not a Pritzker Prize but a Pritzker inclusion ceremony. Let&rsquo;s salute the notion of joint creativity.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69618310/toyo-ito-announced-as-recipient-for-2013-pritzker-prize Toyo Ito announced as recipient for 2013 Pritzker Prize Paul Petrunia 2013-03-17T16:09:00-04:00 >2013-04-01T16:11:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8s9itpyd7eh309iq.jpg" width="514" height="873" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For nearly 40 years, Toyo Ito has pursued excellence. His work has not remained static and has never been predictable. He has been an inspiration and influenced the thinking of younger generations of architects both within his land and abroad.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Contrary to the popular choice of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, in this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/68346683/pritzker-bets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Bets</a> thread in the Archinect forum, <a href="http://archinect.com/toyo_ito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> takes the prestigious award. Credit goes to members jk3hl, miesian and helenakeys for their insightful predictions (or hopes, to be more accurate).</p> <p> Steven Ward says, "Yep, there's def a grudge against Holl..."</p> <p> There's no denying, however, that Toyo Ito is deserving of the Pritzker. Perhaps Holl's year is next.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzpvix8ixte56lok.jpg" title=""><br><em>Tower of Winds, 1986, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan<br> Photo by Tomio Ohashi</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>The 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Ceremony Will Be Held in Boston at the <a href="http://www.jfklibrary.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy Library</a>.</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>Some comments from this year's jurors:</strong></u></p> <p> <em>Toyo Ito, his manner, methodology, and generosity of mind and spirit to the younger generation of architects; as well as the brilliance of the constant innovation and execution of his work throughout his long and distinguished career, are qualities that those younger architects would do well to study. Toyo Ito is, quite simply, a ma...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/64748808/pritzker-winner-eduardo-souto-de-moura-honored-with-israel-s-prestigious-wolf-prize Pritzker Winner Eduardo Souto de Moura Honored with Israel’s Prestigious Wolf Prize Alexander Walter 2013-01-03T14:07:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T18:22:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f98cb2c2aaf14f039b0f3d47339b5df.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portuguese architect and 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura was announced today as one of this year's laureates of Israel&rsquo;s prestigious Wolf Prize. Souto de Moura is being honored for his achievements in architecture while other prizes are given to scientists in the fields of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and agriculture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/1036693/portuguese-architect-eduardo-souto-de-moura-wins-2011-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portuguese Architect Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins 2011 Pritzker Prize</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49254877/wang-shu-blasts-demolition-culture-in-china Wang Shu blasts demolition culture in China Archinect 2012-05-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2012-05-29T02:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c022795ae714d1dba5ac715f3c9d38e.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese winner of architecture&rsquo;s most prestigious award has criticised the wanton demolition that has left many of the nation&rsquo;s cities fragmented and almost unrecognisable to their citizens. The comments from Wang Shu, who will on Friday receive the 2012 Pritzker prize in a ceremony in Beijing, highlight widespread complaints in China about urban planning amid a process of urbanisation that saw more than 20m rural dwellers move to cities last year alone.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/49254275/pritzker-prize-s-double-payoff-fame-for-chinese-architect-possible-brand-boost-for-hyatt Pritzker prize’s double payoff: Fame for Chinese architect, possible brand boost for Hyatt Archinect 2012-05-24T14:14:00-04:00 >2012-05-25T13:03:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6b8c96348002a7e92abfe7f4830ff896.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When architect Wang Shu accepts his field&rsquo;s richest prize in a ceremony Friday at the seat of China&rsquo;s legislature, a symbolic second winner will be waiting in the background &mdash; Hyatt Hotels. The Pritzker Architecture Prize has special resonance for communist leaders who want to promote China as a global cultural power. Receiving it made Wang a celebrity in China. Until now, the 49-year-old had been little known outside architecture circles.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/40268237/editor-s-picks-253 Editor's Picks #253 Nam Henderson 2012-03-04T18:04:00-05:00 >2012-03-05T19:34:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b5zzkjx9rnyqyty.jpg" width="514" height="542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese architect Wang Shu was this week named the 2012 Pritzker Prize winner. Will Galloway commented "unexpected but very coolio. i met wang shu last year at conference held by my uni her in tokyo. nice guy and very impressive presentation. love his work and his approach. i like that pritzker is not going after the usual suspects, personally."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Woody Evans a librarian living on the south side of Dubai., recently interviewed Sophia Vyzoviti an assistant professor of architectural design methodology at the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly Greece, about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/31857259/building-between-dimensions-an-interview-with-sophia-vyzoviti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Between Dimensions</a>.<br><br> They discussed augmented reality, touching stuff, and the aesthetics of smart textures. Sophia is quoted therein saying "<em>Material computing is a recent discipline specific term that describes the analogue form-finding processes complementing the new digital design tools</em>". The two also explored the possible implications of applying the phrase uncanny valley from robotics to the development of biomimetic architecture.&nbsp;There is also this mouthful of a passage, used to describe Sophia&rsquo;s book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Soft-Shells-Deployable-Architectural-Screens/dp/9063692692" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Soft Shells</a>, "<em>The work is primarily analogue, conducted in a low-tech, high-concept fashion, but operates as a digital morphogenesis propedia, exercises algorithmic thinking and suggests alternative and cross-over fabrication methods</em>".</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/39542836/wang-shu-is-named-first-chinese-pritzker-winner Wang Shu is named first Chinese Pritzker winner Archinect 2012-02-27T11:27:00-05:00 >2012-03-02T16:46:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xcif111b57hmvw0u.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wang Shu, 49, deftly melds tradition and modernity, often by reusing bricks and tiles from demolished buildings in such bold new designs as a history museum in the Chinese city of Ningbo. Wang calls his office the "Amateur Architecture Studio," yet that name is far too modest, the jury that selected him said in its citation. His work "is that of a virtuoso in full command of the instruments of architecture &mdash; form, scale, material, space and light," said the jury...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/46/467cbca05356b32690744cd6d7cb19e6.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Note: as<em> the.rkitekt</em> points out below in the comments, "Wang is NOT the first Chinese architect to win the Pritzker as so many writers are mentioning. I.M. Pei won in the 80's and while living predominantely in the US, he was born in Guangzhou, China. Wang is the first China based Chinese architect to win the prize."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/25382441/pritzker-architecture-prize-ceremonies-head-to-china Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremonies head to China Archinect 2011-10-27T16:58:57-04:00 >2011-10-28T09:20:40-04:00 <em><p>The 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Ceremony will be held in Beijing, China on May 25, 2012, it was disclosed today In a joint announcement by Guo Jinlong, the Mayor of Beijing, China and Thomas J. Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>