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 .... — Patrik Schumacher
Conrad Newel responds to Patrik Schumacher's "backhanded compliment" criticizing the Pritzker Prize awarding political correctness...
Patrik Schumacher :
"it is Ban's humanitarian work that the Pritzker jury emphasized in announcing the prize"
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 ...
does this mean that those who aspire to win the Pritzker - or the nobel prize in physics - have to add humanitarian charity work into the mix?
The purpose of the Pritzker prize is as follows:
To honor a living architect/s whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.
Notice that it clearly states CONSISTENT AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANITY.
This has always been a part of the Pritzker mandate.
The Pritzker committee has normally overlooked this aspect when awarding the prize as evidenced by its selection of laurites.
Giving the prize to Sheru on these grounds is perhaps a baby step in honoring that clause.