Architecture’s most distinguished award, the Pritzker Prize, went to Richard Rogers this year, the British architect known for designing the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Lloyd’s of London Tower. The Pritzker jury praised Rogers as “a humanist, who reminds us that architecture is the most social of arts.” See the entire Pritzker Prize media kit and photobooklet here.
Rogers, who’s Pompidou Centre has become a favorite gathering place among Parisians, predicted that cities of the future, “will no longer be zoned as today in isolated one-activity ghettos; rather they will resemble the more richly layered cities of the past. Living, work, shopping, learning, and leisure will overlap and be housed in continuous, varied and changing structures.”
In other news President Bush procliamed April 9-13 “National Architecture Week”. In part a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects, Bush said the event is an opportunity to “recognize the ways in which architecture improves lives.” See the statement in full here.
Posted by: Chris Z