2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate: Arata Isozaki

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki was named the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate. He is the 46th recipient of the prize, and the 8th hailing from Japan.

The 87-year-old architect, theorist, and planner is known for an amorphous catalogue of work, both realized and conceptual, that continues to challenge the legacy of Modernism and our present period of globalization. Notable works include "City in the Air" (1961), the Oita Prefectural Library (1966), the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (1974), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1996), Ceramic Park Mino (2002),  and the Qatar National Convention Center (2013).

To commemorate the award we are planning several articles featuring Isozaki's work from our archives.  


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Crux Pavilion

by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen – with whom we recently created an A+U monograph – have completed their intervention at KAIROS Pavilion – designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon – in Lisbon, Portugal. A pair of timber pieces – composed of two columns supporting a beam – are positioned perpendicular to each other and intended to “unveil the hidden asymmetry of the existing pavilion”.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s work will be exhibited through August 4th, 2013.

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Takeshi Hosaka – Ku u so u

Curated by Michal Skoda

Currently on show in Budweis, Czech Republic, Japanese architect Takeshi Hosaka presents his work for the first time in Europe. The exhibition "Ku u so u" includes the sketches were drawn for his projects but were not adopted at the end. Yet, as the architects states, these unrealized 99 % certainly comprise his Ku-u-so-u (fantasy), the starting point of his architecture.

The exhibition will continue through May 3rd, 2013.

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White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes

Exhibition curated by Raymund Ryan

In the April issue of A+U magazine, Raymund Ryan – curator for the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art – contributed a report on the exhibition White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes which was on show at the museum in 2012. In the report, Mr. Ryan discusses the current trend amongst museums where architecture, art, and landscape all play the integral part through six such museums located throughout the world.

The exhibition is currently on display at Yale School of Architecture Gallery in Connecticut, USA, until May 4, 2013.

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Exhibition curated by Winy Maas

In the April 2013 issue, A+U magazine features Glass Farm in Schijndel, the Netherlands, by Dutch architect MVRDV. The building is entirely composed of glass with images of local farmhouses printed. The magazine also features a conversation between MVRDV’s Winy Maas and Japanese architect Yasutaka Yoshimura on Glass Farm which further explores the building’s unique process of conception as well as its monumentality.

Currently, there is an exhibition called WAAR? (Where? in English) in Schijndel. The show was curated by Mr. Maas – who was born in the town – to investigate the relation between context and authenticity with the focus on Glass Farm. The exhibition will be open until May 5, 2013.

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2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate: Toyo Ito

Tokyo-based architect Toyo Ito was announced as the laureate of 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

71 year old architect is known internationally for his work such as Sendai Mediatheque in Miyagi Prefecture, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002, Tama Art University Library, and more recently, recovery projects in Tohoku region.

Portrait by Yoshiaki Tsutsui, courtesy of architect

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