Archinect - News 2017-07-23T10:39:53-04:00 Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta named 2017 Pritzker Prize Winners Archinect 2017-03-01T12:38:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T12:45:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta&#8203;, all three co-founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCR Arquitectes</a>, have been named the laureates of the 2017 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>. Dubbed as the "Nobel Prize" of architecture, the illustrious Pritzker isn't only a big deal in terms of prestige. Once the latest laureate is revealed, the debate surrounding the prize is ignited once more &mdash; from questioning the prize's significance in the field to discussing which architect <em>should</em> have won.</p><p>It's the first time that three architects have been honored with the prize.&nbsp;Originally from Olot in the Catalonian region of Spain, Aranda, Pigem, and Vilalta have worked closely together since founding RCR Arquitectes in 1988. It was this nearly three-decade collaboration &mdash; along with their longtime commitment to creative vision and equal sharing of responsibilities &mdash; that led the jury to select all three architects to win.</p><p>Emphasizing place, narrative, and materiality in their work, their projects &ldquo;seek connections between the exterio...</p> Do architecture awards matter? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T14:16:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T18:56:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Willis </a>investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other architects') incomprehension of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">what these prizes mean</a>. With so many awards and so many buildings that fellow professionals have never visited or heard of before the merit is given, what exactly is the value of an architectural award? Using an Oscar analogy, Willis explains just what he's talking about: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Whereas non-filmmakers have access to nearly all of the films considered for major film awards, most non-architects don&rsquo;t have first-hand experience with any of the buildings and designers being considered for awards. Many casual movie-goers know what defines an award-winning movie, and yet the criteria used to define award-winning buildings are often so disconnected from the public&rsquo;s experience...</em></p> Who'll win the 2017 Pritzker Prize? Just ask a psychic. All will be revealed on the season finale of One-to-One, out now Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-19T16:29:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T15:09:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tired of all those repetitive Pritzker-prediction lists? Always those same, predictable bigly names, and when was the last time they actually got it right? It's time to cut through all the crap and go straight to the source to get the info &mdash; the ones who operate at a higher level than any listicle or explainer-piece could. So we asked a psychic.</p><p>After a quest to find a future-seer who would let me record the reading, I ventured deep into the depths of Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood and sat for 15 minutes with a psychic named Mary. She gave me the following tarot reading, in response to two questions: What are going to be the major concerns for architecture in 2017, and who&rsquo;s going to win the Pritzker? Find out the answers in the season finale of One-to-One.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong>One-to-One</strong>&nbsp;#50, a&nbsp;<strong>psychic Pritzker prediction</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Sound...</strong></li></ul> Chile's local hero: Michael Kimmelman profiles Alejandro Aravena Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-23T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:29:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aravena polished off his beer when a stranger sidled up to the table. It happens all the time now. Drivers in passing cars stop him in the street. Shop clerks, politicians, long-lost acquaintances and schoolteachers ask for selfies with him. They all say the same thing. &ldquo;Thank you,&rdquo; the stranger said to Aravena, who smiled and posed arm in arm with the man for a picture. Thank you &mdash; as if the Pritzker prize...had been awarded on behalf of everybody in Chile.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times,&nbsp;</em>profiles Alejandro Aravena's projects in his native Chile, on the cusp of this year's Venice Biennale opening (which Aravena is also directing). The profile largely focuses on Aravena's social practice, and its attempts at coordinating efforts among the Chilean government, construction companies and actual citizens &ndash; most prominently, after the 2010 earthquake in Constituci&oacute;n.</p><p>For a comparative take on Aravena, from before he won the Pritzker or was named director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, check out Carolina A. Miranda's (art critic for the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>) piece <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiling Chile's emerging group of promising and talented architects</a>.</p><p>For more on Aravena and the Chilean architecture scene:</p><ul><li><a title="Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing</a></li><li><a title="How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties</a></li><li><a title='Mathias Klotz: "The Poetics of Boxes" exhibit opens next month' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mathias Klotz: "The Poetics of Boxes" exhibit opens next month</a></li><li><a title="Chilean Skyscraper Overshadows The City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chilean Skyscraper Ove...</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #444 Nam Henderson 2016-04-13T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T09:09:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a 3 part interview</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coy Howard</a>, by students in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Southern</a>'s &ldquo;Architectural Media and Publishing&rdquo; Cultural Studies seminar at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ewa Lenart</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>Great Work and greatly inspiring teacher!</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> explored &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work</a>&rsquo; by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a> thought it was "<em>good work...very interesting...these guys are 100% correct about scale</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Dame Zaha Hadid DBE <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passed</a> on March 31st.&nbsp;Frank Gehry <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remembered</a>&nbsp;"<em>she was one of the guys...[That&rsquo;s] sexist in its own way I suppose. I don&rsquo;t mean it that way...She was undaunted by all the stuff that would be against a woman coming into a field at that level. She didn&rsquo;t pay attention to it&hellip;She was very confident.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Elmore</a> criticized some of commentary "<em>She deserves to be remembered not as one of the best 'female architects' but one of THE BEST architects of our time...A visionary before her time and a...</em></p> Read an excerpt from the new “Where Are the Women Architects?” book Justine Testado 2016-04-11T20:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the stories of Hadid and Scott Brown show, the pairing of architecture prizes (or at least the big ones) and women raises hackles. Hadid won the Pritzker Prize amid talk that she did not deserve it; Scott Brown did not win the prize amid talk that she did not deserve it. No solo female architect has won the Pritzker Prize since Hadid, nor has a husband-and-wife architectural team ever been honored. Indeed, to date, of the 39 Pritzker Prize laureates, only two (or about 5 percent) are women.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Excerpted from her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new book</a>, Despina Stratigakos sheds some light on the Pritzker's lack of awarding women architects in their own right.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despina Stratigakos on the emerging "third wave of feminism" in architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latent Complexity: Denise Scott Brown and Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design) on Archinect Sessions #39</a></p> Decoding Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-04-12T00:35:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suspicion is that the Pritzker judges haven&rsquo;t changed all that much, and are backing an iconic-humanitarian architect, a flipside to the starchitects they previously promoted rather than a radical alternative [...] Some scepticism is in order, as to whether the Pritzker committee have suddenly become experts in the vastly complicated business of humanitarian architecture and whether there might be a large dose of gesture and symbolism in their actions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect.:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is the Pritzker such a big deal?</a></li><li><a title="Race for the Prize &ndash; Aravena's Pritzker ceremony, the scourge of unpaid internships and more on Archinect Sessions #59" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Race for the Prize &ndash; Aravena's Pritzker ceremony, the scourge of unpaid internships and more on Archinect Sessions #59</a></li><li><a title="Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing</a></li><li><a title="&quot;It&rsquo;s going to be about gratitude and it&rsquo;s going to be about joy&quot;: Watch Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker acceptance speech" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"It&rsquo;s going to be about gratitude and it&rsquo;s going to be about joy": Watch Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker acceptance speech</a></li><li><a title='"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48</a></li><li><a title="Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, director of this year's Venice Biennale, named 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, director of this year's Venice Biennale, named 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate</a></li></ul> Race for the Prize – Aravena's Pritzker ceremony, the scourge of unpaid internships and more on Archinect Sessions #59 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-07T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T20:56:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week we witnessed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the loss of Dame Zaha Hadid</a>, one of architecture's most formidable and prolific talents. We'll be devoting a later podcast episode to remembering her and honoring her work. Until then, we'll continue catching you up with the most significant architecture news from the past week.</p><p>This episode we discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker acceptance speech</a> (and the designs he's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giving away for free</a>), how NASA is experimenting with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inflatable space houses</a>, how we <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"crave" public space</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> joins us to discuss the cockroach of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpaid architecture internships</a> (they just won't die).</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 59 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Race for the Prize":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Downl...</strong></li></ul> "It’s going to be about gratitude and it’s going to be about joy": Watch Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker acceptance speech Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T19:40:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T07:36:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Yesterday, the Chilean architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> was awarded the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a> during a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Known for his socially-engaged practice, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, Aravena will also serve as the curator for this summer's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;The work of this year&rsquo;s Pritzker laureate, Alejandro Aravena of Chile, shows how much architecture can contribute to achieving our shared goals," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who gave the first address of the night via video.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The United Nations is striving to build resilient societies and to support the most vulnerable members of society," Ban asserted &ndash; the first in many comments made throughout the event that compared the work of Aravena with the intergovernmental organization. "Se&ntilde;or Aravena is a pioneer in low cost social housing and in rebuilding cities after natural disasters.&rdquo;</p><p>Lord Peter Palumbo, the chair of Pritzker jury, followed Ban with a sentimental address. Beginning by paying respects ...</p> Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good." Julia Ingalls 2016-03-31T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:05:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What was it like to be Zaha Hadid? From teaching to developing her vision to turning down an opportunity to work with Rem Koolhaas, in this remembrance we collect a few of Zaha's first-person writings and interviews about her life and work from her unparalleled, groundbreaking career.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On being a woman and an Arab, excerpted from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, 2012:</strong></p><p>Being an Arab woman and a modern architect certainly don't exclude each other &ndash; when I was growing up in Iraq, there were many women architects. You cannot believe the enormous resistance I've faced just for being an Arab, and a woman on top of that. It is like a double-edged sword. The moment my woman-ness is accepted, the Arab-ness seems to become a problem.</p><p>I've broken beyond the barrier, but it's been a very long struggle. It's made me tougher and more precise &ndash; and maybe this is reflected in my architecture. I still experience resistance but I think this keeps you on the go.&nbsp;</p><p>As a woman in architecture, you need confidence. Sometimes, w...</p> How the Pritzker Prize came to be Justine Testado 2016-03-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T23:32:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="568" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As native Chicagoans, it&rsquo;s not surprising that our family was keenly aware of architecture [...] While the architecture of Chicago made us cognizant of the art of architecture, our work with designing and building hotels made us aware of the impact architecture could have on human behavior. So in 1978, when we were approached with the idea of honoring living architects, we were responsive. &mdash; Thomas J. Pritzker</p></em><br /><br /><p>A brief history on the family behind "the architecture profession's highest honor", and how the prize was established.</p><p>For more, check out Archinect's most recent coverage on the Pritzker Prize:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is the Pritzker such a big deal?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, director of this year's Venice Biennale, named 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate</a></p> Editor's Picks #440 Nam Henderson 2016-01-20T12:07:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T13:36:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;profiles <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the work of Samira Boon</a> who in in recent years "<em>has turned to an interesting series of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">research-led design projects</a> focusing on making 3D fabrics</em>"&nbsp;and immersed&nbsp;herself "<em>in research on structural textiles</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;rounded up the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical Reaction to the news of Aravena's 2016 Pritzker</a>.&nbsp;His closing line "<em>it remains important to avoid disciplinary self-satisfaction and inflated self-importance, particularly when we still consider a bronze medal conferred by an international hospitality conglomerate as among the highest achievements possible.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virgilio Rico</a>&nbsp;believes&nbsp;"<em>We will never end homelessness but we can provide housing solutions that procure not only dignity but that also fulfill the spiritual needs of the people, and Aravena does that. Maybe for many that's not enough to be deserving of the Pritzker Price, but his awarding definitely sends a political message to everyone in the industry; we should care about things other than the aesthetic and...</em></p> "Making A Pritzker Laureate" – Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-14T18:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-21T18:23:34-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When news broke yesterday that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena was the winner of this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>, reactions were generally positive, albeit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a bit conflicted</a>. Aravena is most praised, and cited by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker</a>, for his work on social housing projects in his home base of Santiago de Chile, where he operates as the executive director of the "do tank", <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELEMENTAL</a>. And few would contest that his work is worthy of the prize, despite the fact that he's only 48.</p><p>But Aravena was also a Pritzker juror from 2009 - 2015, serving alongside jurors who ultimately chose to cite him, and he isn't the first winner to have previously served on the jury. And as a juror, he was a vocal proponent of the Pritzker highlighting more socially-minded, communitarian work. This makes it impossible to ignore criticism that the award tends to stay within a pretty tight-knit circle of practitioners. Often described as the most prestigious architecture award out there, what is the point of the prize nowaday...</p> Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, director of this year's Venice Biennale, named 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-13T11:39:00-05:00 >2016-01-24T00:39:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been named Pritzker Prize Laureate for 2016. The 48-year old is known for his socially-minded work at various scales in Chile, produced under two forms of practice &ndash; principal of his private firm,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena Architects</a>,&nbsp;and executive director of the&nbsp;&ldquo;Do Tank&rdquo;, ELEMENTAL, both based in Santiago. He is the first Chilean architect to receive the prize, and one of the youngest.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Anacleto Angelini, 2014, San Joaqu&iacute;n Campus, Universidad Cat&oacute;lica de Chile, Santiago</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Siamese Towers, 2005, San Joaqu&iacute;n Campus, Universidad Cat&oacute;lica de Chile, Santiago</em></p><p>Although Aravena's most recognizable work might be his multiple projects for&nbsp;Universidad Cat&oacute;lica de Chile in Santiago &ndash; the UC Innovation Center includes Anacleto Angelini (2014), the Siamese Towers (2005), Medical School (2004), School of Architecture (2004), and the Mathematics School (1999) &ndash; the most significant note mentioned in the jury's citation is his commitment to social housing, mostly ...</p> Archinect's front runners for the 2016 Pritzker Prize Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-08T15:41:00-05:00 >2017-04-13T18:09:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Next Wednesday, January 13, the 2016 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize will be announced. The winner will receive the Pritzker's bronze medal, $100,000, and an avalanche of "what does this mean for architecture" media attention.</p><p>Check back here for the winner announcement first thing Wednesday, but until then, revel with us in the contentious practice of Pritzker-Predictions! Our top 6 picks follow:</p><p><strong>Steven Holl: the perennial prediction</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China</em></p><p>Holl seems like an obvious choice, and his name has certainly echoed before in prediction lists. His work is known for its impressive light choreography and has a far-reaching global roster of projects, most recently including the Reid Building expansion at the Glasgow School of Art and the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum in China.</p><p><strong>DS+R: the buzziest</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>The High Line in New York City.</em></p><p>If buzz were the judge, DSR would be a shoe-in. Their work on the High Line received criticism veering on rapturous, and while their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B...</a></p> Between the Temporary and the Monumental: A Review of Shigeru Ban's Lecture at LACMA Nicholas Korody 2015-06-19T18:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:46:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;I hate to throw things away,&rdquo; explained the Pritzker Prize-winning architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> to a packed audience at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a> last night. On the projection screen, one of his first works as an architect was displayed: an exhibition of the work of Alvar Aalto, who Ban cited as one of his primary influences. The exhibition was the first time Ban worked with paper tubes, which has become one of his signature strategies. &ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t afford wood like Aalto,&rdquo; so he turned to the large tubes that had once supported reams of tracing paper. Finding the tubes surprisingly strong, Ban began testing their viability &ndash; and the rest has become history.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Throughout the evening&rsquo;s lecture, Ban spoke with refreshing humility, a quality that often seems lacking among his peers. Many of his most iconic design decisions he attributed to chance, like his use of paper. As Ban worked his way through a retrospective survey of his career, he made frequent quips that enlivened the mood a...</p> Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frei Otto: "What does society really need?" Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pritzker Architecture Prize, undoubtedly the most prestigious architecture award in the world, is having its ceremony in Miami this week. [...] Otto often questioned how his work could benefit mankind. When speaking with Icon magazine in 2005, he was critical of grandiose structures such as Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s vision of an enormous dome over Manhattan, asking to himself: &ldquo;What does society really need?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Frei Otto wins 2015 Pritzker Prize</a></p> Editor's Picks #408 Nam Henderson 2015-03-16T11:50:00-04:00 >2015-03-16T18:43:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Nomadic Division</a> (LAND).&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong>&nbsp;was excited as has "<em>been looking for a way to get involved with something like this</em>".&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;- The world lost visionary Frei Otto and his death moved up the announcement of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his winning the 2015 Pritzker Prize</a>.&nbsp;Plus,&nbsp;the renowned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves died</a> and his firm promised to "<em>continue to honor Michael&rsquo;s humanistic design philosophy</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> thought Otto was "<em>a spectacular choice. &nbsp;Bravo.</em>",&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>Frei Otto's work inspired Glen Small's BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE and much of early SCI_Arc student work</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RJ Magoon</a>&nbsp;also opined "<em>No matter your opinion on the man or his work, it's hard to deny Graves' enormous influence on the practice and education in the last quarter of the Twentieth Century</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayesha Ghosh</a>&nbsp;reported in from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the first of the Architectural League of New York 2015 </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emerging Voices</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> lecture series</a>, with firms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aranda\Lasch</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS</a>. There Aranda claimed "<em>we like th...</em></p> Archinect Sessions Episode #20: Three Funerals and a Curator Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-12T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T10:53:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ten minutes before we sat down to record this week's episode, the Pritzker Prize Laureate was announced &ndash; posthumously. The winner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frei Otto</a> (1925 - 2015), was a German architect whose impressive work and research with lightweight and sustainable structures influenced countless architects through the 20th century to today. Otto was informed of the prize before his death in Germany this past Monday, March 9, prompting the Pritzker committee to make the formal announcement the day after.&nbsp;</p><p>This episode, we reflect on Otto's remarkable life and the Prize's announcement in the midst of his passing. We also examine the uncertain fate (and value) of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House</a>, which will be up for sale on May 19, and consider whether architects should shoulder the cultural and emotional weight of deciding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">how we bury our dead</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And on the heels of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's announcement that BIG will collaborate with Heatherwick Studios</a> on their campus expansion, Amelia spoke with curator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooke Hodge</a> i...</p> Frei Otto wins 2015 Pritzker Prize Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-10T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T21:00:34-04:00 <img src="" width="619" height="583" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>German architect Frei Otto has been named the 2015 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize Laureate</a>. Otto was known for his technologically progressive and sustainable work with lightweight, adaptable structures that accomplished remarkable engineering feats &ndash; a noteworthy instance being his canopy for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. In 2006, he won the Praemium Imperiale prize for architecture, and was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for architecture from RIBA in 2005. Otto passed away yesterday in Germany, prompting the Prizker committee to break the news in advance of the scheduled announcement on March 23rd. This is the first time winner has died before the announcement was made.</p><p>Otto had already been informed of his win, responding to Pritzker officials,&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never done anything to gain this prize... Prize-winning is not the goal of my life. I try to help poor people, but what shall I say here, I&rsquo;m very happy.&rdquo;&nbsp;According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a>, the Pritzker ceremony will precede as scheduled on May 15, w...</p> Interest in a Property Grows With One Key Addition: An Architecture Prize Alexander Walter 2014-04-08T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T13:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="569" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban named as 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate</a></p> Patrik Shumacher - backhanded compliment to Shigeru Ban? Archinect 2014-03-25T12:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="835" 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> Shigeru Ban named as 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Justine Testado 2014-03-24T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-10-17T17:46:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="897" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Japanese architect <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> (2013), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wang Shu</a> (2012), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eduardo Souto de Moura</a> (2011), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> (2010), and <a href="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women in architectural practice</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown Pritzker controversy</a>, architect&nbsp;<a href="" 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> 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="" width="525" height="641" 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> Editor's Picks #320 Nam Henderson 2013-06-19T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T17:02:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong>: series Archinect featured <a href="" 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="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br> American Public Media&rsquo;s Marketplace examined the resurgence of Midtown, <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pritzker Pr...</a></p> Kazy Varnelis says, "Good riddance, Pritzker" Archinect 2013-06-15T14:12:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T14:19:09-04:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="574" 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> Unforgetting Women Architects Places Journal 2013-06-03T17:15:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T11:15:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="841" 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>