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Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi Receives the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Balkrishna Doshi 
(Photo courtesy of VSF)
designed Aranya Low Cost Housing (Indore, 1989), which presently accommodates over 80,000 individuals through a system of houses, courtyards and a labyrinth of internal pathways Over 6,500 residences range from modest one-room units to spacious homes, accommodating low and middle-income residents Overlapping layers and transitional areas encourage fluid and adaptable living conditions, customary in Indian society.
Doshi ́s architecture is both poetic and functional The Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore, 1977-1992), inspired by traditional maze-like Indian cities and temples, is organized as interlocking buildings, courts and galleries It also provides a variety of spaces protected from the hot climate. The scale of masonry and vast corridors infused with a campus of greenery allow visitors to be simultaneously indoors and outdoors As people pass through the buildings and spaces, Doshi invites them to experience their surroundings and also suggests the possibility of transformation.
The 2018 Jury Citation states, in part: “Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends With a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture, he has created projects for public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others ” The Jury continues, “Doshi is acutely aware of the context in which his buildings are located His solutions take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions, and therefore his architecture is totally engaged with sustainability”.
His studio, Sangath (Ahmedabad, 1980), translates to “moving together ” The placement of communal spaces, including a garden and outdoor amphitheater, highlights Doshi’s regard for collaboration and social responsibility Vaulted roofs, porcelain mosaic tile coverings, grassy areas, and sunken spaces mitigate extreme heat The mosaic tile detail is echoed in the tortoise-shell inspired roof of Amdavad Ni Gufa (Ahmedabad, 1994), an undulating, cave-like, ferro-cement art gallery, positioned underground, featuring works of Maqbool Fida Husain.
Other notable works include academic institution Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University) (Ahmedabad, 1966-2012); cultural spaces such as Tagore Memorial Hall (Ahmedabad, 1967), the Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad, 1962), and Premabhai Hall (Ahmedabad, 1976); housing complexes Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan and Urban Design (Jaipur, 1984) and Life Insurance Corporation Housing or “Bima Nagar” (Ahmedabad, 1973); and private residence Kamala House (Ahmedabad, 1963), among many others.
“Every object around us, and nature itself—lights, sky, water and storm—everything is in a symphony,” explains Doshi “And this symphony is what architecture is all about My work is the story of my life, continuously evolving, changing and searching...searching to take away the role of architecture, and look only at life”.
Doshi is the 45th Pritzker Prize Laureate, and the first to hail from India The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremony commemorates the 40th anniversary of the accolade, and will take place at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, this May. The Laureate will present a public lecture, in partnership with the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto on May 16, 2018.
Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor. Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture throughout... Read more »

The Obama Presidential Center finds its center in the South Side

Getting excited to attend two of five sessions in the public meeting: 
- Designing the Obama Presidential Campus: Buildings & Landscape - Inside the Obama Presidential Center: the Visitor Experience and Programming
On Tuesday, February 27th, I attended the public meeting to discuss the future of the Obama Presidential Center. There were five session topics offered and one of them piqued my interest the most: “Designing the Obama Presidential Campus: Buildings & Landscape”. The buildings in the Obama Presidential Campus are being designed by Todd Williams and... Read more »