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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 »

Explore Virtual Practices to Make New History during the Chicago Architecture Biennial

An after-work session sponsored by the AIA Trust and the American Institute of Architects Practice Management Knowledge Community (AIA PMKC) will be held on November 9th at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, focusing how technology is impacting architectural practice—with an emphasis on how “virtual practice” is gaining popularity among various types of practitioners. The session... Read more »

Physics Slam and Public Lecture

Physics Slam and Public Lecture
The structures of the natural and built environment are subject to forces and loads that can affect how they are designed. Whether you’re an architect or a fan of science (no need to be a scientist), then this event is for you! Come see five particle physicists from around the world put on a show... Read more »
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Rachel Armstrong, PhD is Headline Speaker for RIBA-USA's Program at Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) USA will bring attendees of the Chicago Architecture Biennial to unusual experiences via a public lecture about “the idea that modern architecture designs for equilibrium – while Nature itself produces structures that are at far from equilibrium” in Chicago’s Fair Lady yacht. Rachel Armstrong, PhD, a Professor of... Read more »

No matter who you are, what you look like, where you're from, or who you love, you were the 'IN' crowd

The first-ever Global Inclusion Reception (EV321) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was held during its national convention in Chicago on June 27, 2014 at the Hafele Chicago Showroom. Here are my three takeaways from the event: It is possible for a diverse group of creative organizations to come together in fellowship. Humanitarian issues,... Read more »

Architecture Showcase: Diversity in Design

Join Chicago and international architects and designers that include Bohdan Gernaga, Ashley Mistry, Juan Moreno, Monte Chapin, Lira Luis, James Karl Fischer, Melissa Sterry, Jimenez Lai, and Sara Frisk as they showcase architecture in all its varied forms as we celebrate design diversity at one of the icons of design, Apple. If you go: Where: Apple... Read more »
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Aspiring Architects Rediscover The Future

Aspiring Architects Rediscover The Future
College and high school students today are exposed to technology far more sophisticated than the computers that put man on the moon in 1961. In a few more years, they will join a workforce that is dominated by diverse parameters–one that is perhaps multi-generational, working in multiple geographies and time zones, and require skill sets... Read more »

Chicago Architecture & Design students: Enter The Generation Kingspan Architecture Competition and Design a Net-Zero Energy Building Read more: Enter The Generation Kingspan Architecture Competition and Design a Net-Zero Energy Building

Generation Kingspan 2012 Design Competition for architecture students
(view original article from Inhabitat)   Kingspan Insulated Panels North America has just announced their Generation Kingspan 2012 Design Competition for architecture students. The contest encourages U.S. and Canadian students to use Kingspan’s Insulated Metal Panels to create an innovative, net-zero energy, low-impact building that also reflects the company’s sustainable philosophy. The contest is currently in progress... Read more »