the pritzker architecture prize

Zaha Hadid’s The Peak Project, Hong Kong, China (1991)

In response to last week’s executive order denying citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations entry to the United States, we have installed works by artists from some of those countries throughout our collection galleries. One of these works is Zaha Hadid’s The Peak Project, Hong Kong, China (1991), adjacent to Henri Rousseau’s The Sleeping Gypsy (1897). Hadid (British, born Iraq. 1950–2016) became the first woman, and first Iraqi, to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. See this work up close

Google doodle honours architect Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was one of Britain’s most renowned architects, known for her modern designs, which often were formed from a single curve of concrete.

Today, Dame Zaha’s legacy is being honoured with a Google Doodle. This is because on the 30 May 2004 she became the first woman to win the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Here are just a few of some her best-known buildings:

London 2012 Aquatics Centre, UK

Credit: George Rex/Wikimedia commons

Heydar Aliyev Center, Azerbaijan

Credit: Iwan Baan

MAXXII Museum, Rome, Italy 

Credit: Iwan Baan 

Guangzhou Opera House, China

Credit: Iwan Baan

anonymous asked:

What do you think are the most important women architect in the history of architecture, and your fav?

OK, here is MY list. Everyone is free to agree or disagree or to comment on who was left out but I limited the list to 10 spots and focused on the last century.

You are invited to post about any of those that were not included and tag me, if I agree with your suggestion I will add a list of runner ups and link it to your post.

Lina Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi, was an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect. A prolific architect and designer, Lina Bo Bardi devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. Source Image

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anonymous asked:

Dear Archy, what's your opinion about Philip Johnson's buildings?

Philip Johnson, in my opinion, was an architect that took the ideas bubbling in the architectural community and made them acceptable for the public at large. Initially he was an advocate of the Modernist movement (coining the term International Style) with projects like the Glass House and followed throughout his life the latest architectural movement up to the his post-modernist opus the AT&T Building.

Glass House

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March 9: A panel of curators, architects, and scholars discusses the themes and work featured in the upcoming exhibition A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, & Beyond. The exhibition explores the network of architects and designers that has developed around Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA, and the structural invention, non-hierarchical thinking, and novel uses of transparency and lightness that link their practices. Get tickets on our website.

[Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995–2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama]

Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016

I was gutted to hear of Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid’s death today. In 2004, Hadid became the first female winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and her signature style of swooping curves and multiple viewpoints has secured her a legion of loyal fans over the years. I’ve always admired Hadid’s work and driven character, but it was only recently that I saw one of her structures in person, albeit from afar! The CMA CGM Tower in Marseille, completed by Hadid in 2011, was designed to look like the prow of a ship on the horizon. Check out this complete list of the architect’s work, and whilst you’re at it, have a listen to the recent Zaha Hadid edition of Desert Island Discs to hear more from the enigmatic lady herself.


This year’s Pritzker Prize winning architect Alejandro Aravena was featured in the 2010-11 MoMA exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. In 2003, the Chilean government commissioned Aravena’s firm to create housing for a community of nearly one hundred low-income households on a 1.25-acre site in central Iquique, a desert city in northern Chile with a population of 200,000. The budget consisted of $7,500 per unit for land, infrastructure, and building.  

[Elemental. Quinta Monroy Housing. 2003–05. Iquique, Chile. Photograph: Tadeuz Jalocha]


When Phillip Johnson was asked to design a new building for Pennzoil, their only request was they didn’t want it to look like 1 Shell Plaza. Little did they know he would design a Pritzker Prize winning building that broke the current trend of modernism and international style (less is more), of the 70’s and usher in Post Modernism (less is bore), to the stage of world architecture.

He would ride in a limo on I-45 continuously looking at his creation. Less then a decade later he would design Nations Bank Center (now Bank of America Plaza), which over shadowed Pennzoil Place I & II from the signature western view of the Skyline.

He considered the city his playground, before the oil busts of 82’ and 84’.
Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins 2016 Pritzker prize
Social housing visionary, who engaged residents in designing their own homes, urges architects to address issues of poverty, pollution and segregation
By Oliver Wainwright

And also THIS GUY!

Further to my architectural post yesterday, this guy is kind of the living embodiment of SolarPunk philosophy in the built environment. Sure - he’s not as pretty as Ole Scheeren, but I think he is practicing the exact kind of design that I am celebrating in my novel. A visionary, with a vision of a better future. 

Bravo! and Bravo! again to the Pritzker for recognising such a young, and interesting kind of architect. It says that they are taking the challenges of this century seriously.

From the man himself:

“One of the biggest mistakes that architects make is that they tend to deal with problems that only interest other architects. The biggest challenge is to engage with the important non-architectural issues – poverty, pollution, congestion, segregation – and apply our specific knowledge. It’s not enough to raise awareness. I want people to leave with more tools. We must share the challenges so we are aware of the coming battles.”
Why Architecture Isn't Art (And Shouldn't Be)
The very concept of architecture could be misleading both the public and the profession.

Huffington Post readers aren’t alone in this view, of course. “Architecture is art, nothing else,” architect Philip Johnson once declared, and Pritzker Prize winner Richard Meier claims that architecture is in fact “the greatest of the arts.” In 2011,President Obama observed that architecture at its best becomes “works of art that we can move through and live in,” and the Chicago Architecture Biennial, going on now til January, is themed “The State of the Art of Architecture.

I studied Architecture because it was not exclusively an art or exclusively utilitarian, as a way to find a place where both sides of my brain met. Either without the other leaves us with incomplete structures: A building that its all style but no substance or a machine for living. What do you think?