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NEWS / Pritzker Architecture Prize 2005
« on: April 01, 2005, 11:10:27 AM »
California Architect Thom Mayne
Becomes the 2005
Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

 
 
     Los Angeles, CA—Thom Mayne, who founded his firm Morphosis to surpass the bounds of traditional forms and materials, while also working to carve out a territory beyond the limits of modernism and postmodernism, has been chosen as the 2005 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.  The Pritzker Prize caps a three-decade career in which Mayne has received 54 AIA Awards, some 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, as well as numerous other honors around the world. The sixty-one year old architect is the first American Laureate in 14 years.

     Mayne’s most recent built works to capture major media attention include the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters and the Science Education Resource Center / Science Center School, both completed in 2004 in Los Angeles.

     Mayne has numerous other Southern California landmarks: the Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, two Salick Medical Office buildings on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, and several distinctive private residences.  Mayne is also currently working on the Cahill Center for Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Nationally, Mayne is completing three projects of major importance for the United States General Services Administration’s Design Excellence program including a Federal Office Building in San Francisco, California, the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon, and the NOAA Satellite Operation Control Facility in Suitland, Maryland.

     Two major competitions in New York City were also recently awarded to his firm: the New Academic Building for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; and the NYC2012 Olympic Village, a project in association with NYC’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.

     His most recent commission, granted just this month as the result of a winning competition design is for the new Alaska State Capitol building to be constructed in Juneau, Alaska.  On the world stage, he has the Hypo Alpe-Adria Center in Klagenfurt, Austria; the ASE Design Center in Taipei, Taiwan; the Sun Tower in Seoul, South Korea; and a Social Housing project slated for completion next year in Madrid, Spain.

     Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. He currently holds a tenured professorship at the University of California in Los Angeles and is a founder of the influential and progressive Southern California Institute of Architecture. He has been a visiting professor and/or lecturer at institutions and universities around the world.

     In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, president of The Hyatt Foundation, said, “When this prize was founded in 1979, Thom Mayne had just received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard the year before. The intervening years have seen 28 Laureates chosen. Thom Mayne is the twenty-ninth, and only the eighth American to be so honored.”

     The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be held on May 31, 2005 in Chicago’s Millennium Park in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a structure named for the founder of the prize and designed by juror and 1989 Pritzker Laureate, Frank Gehry. At that time, a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion will be bestowed.

     Lord Palumbo, beginning his term as Pritzker Jury Chairman, spoke of the jury’s choice, “Every now and then an architect appears on the international scene, who teaches us to look at the art of architecture with fresh eyes, and whose work marks him out as a man apart in the originality and exuberance of its vocabulary, the richness and diversity of its palette, the risks undertaken with confidence and brio, the seamless fusion of art and technology.”

     Bill Lacy, an architect, speaking as the executive director of the Pritzker Prize, quoted from the jury citation which states, “Thom Mayne is a product of the turbulent 60’s who has carried that rebellious attitude and fervent desire for change into his practice, the fruits of which are only now becoming visible in a group of large scale projects."

     Frank Gehry, in his capacity as Pritzker Juror, said, “I was thrilled that our new laureate hails from my part of the world. I’ve known him for a long time, watched him grow into a mature and, I like to say, ‘authentic’ architect.  He continues to explore and search for new ways to make buildings useable and exciting.”

     Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture critic and member of the jury, commented further saying, “The work of Thom Mayne moves architecture from the 20th to the 21st century in its use of today’s art and technology to create a dynamic style that expresses and serves today’s needs.”

     Another juror, Carlos Jimenez from Houston who is professor of architecture at Rice University, said, “Thom Mayne’s work exemplifies an astonishing level of consistency and conviction. The dynamics of this focused pursuit do not result in predictable or rarefied architecture, but produce an architecture that invites us to be full participants and recipients of the architect’s abundant inventiveness. In the process we come to experience architecture anew: from how it is imagined to how it is drawn, to how it is constructed and becomes a collective experience.”

     And from juror Victoria Newhouse, architectural historian, author, and founder and director of the Architectural History Foundation, “I feel that in the past few years Thom Mayne’s work has shown an impressive development, from being merely good to being outstanding. Diamond Ranch High School (2000) was for me the benchmark. I visited it the year of its completion and found not only the original design admirable, but the way in which the architect adapted that design to the government’s financial limitations was ingenious.”

     Juror Karen Stein, who is editorial director of Phaidon Press in New York, commented, “Thom Mayne sees architecture as a contact sport — a group activity that pushes physical limits, in this case of form making. From his earliest complex, multi-layered drawings to his more recent completed buildings, he has used the latest technologies as both theme and apparatus of his designs, creating a body of work that has consistently explored and expressed architecture as a risk-taking, visceral experience.”

     The purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

     The distinguished jury that selected Mayne as the 2005 Laureate consists of its chairman, Lord Palumbo, chairman of the Serpentine Gallery Trustees, former chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain and well known as an art and architectural patron; and alphabetically: Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Architect, Planner and Professor of Architecture of Ahmedabad, India; Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of Vitra, Basel, Switzerland; Frank Gehry, architect and 1989 Pritzker Laureate; Ada Louise Huxtable, author and architectural critic of New York; Carlos Jimenez, professor at Rice University School of Architecture, and principal, Carlos Jimenez Studio in Houston, Texas; Victoria Newhouse, architectural historian and author who founded and is the director of the Architectural History Foundation in New York; and Karen Stein, editorial director of Phaidon Press in New York.

     The prize presentation ceremony moves to different locations around the world each year, paying homage to historic and contemporary architecture. Last year, the ceremony was held in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The year before in Madrid, Spain in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. Michelangelo’s Campidoglio in Rome, Italy was the location in 2000. In 2002, Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia was the venue. In 2000, the ceremony was held in Jerusalem in the Archaeological Park surrounding the Dome of the Rock.

     The late Philip Johnson was the first Pritzker Laureate in 1979. The late Luis Barragán of Mexico was named in 1980. The late James Stirling of Great Britain was elected in 1981, Kevin Roche in 1982, Ieoh Ming Pei in 1983, and Richard Meier in 1984. Hans Hollein of Austria was the 1985 Laureate. Gottfried Böhm of Germany received the prize in 1986. Kenzo Tange was the first Japanese architect to receive the prize in 1987; Fumihiko Maki was the second from Japan in 1993; and Tadao Ando the third in 1995. Robert Venturi received the honor in 1991, and Alvaro Siza of Portugal in 1992. Christian de Portzamparc of France was elected Pritzker Laureate in 1994. The late Gordon Bunshaft of the United States and Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil, were named in 1988. Frank Gehry was the recipient in 1989, the late Aldo Rossi of Italy in 1990. In 1996, Rafael Moneo of Spain was the Laureate; in 1997 Sverre Fehn of Norway; in 1998 Renzo Piano of Italy, in 1999 Sir Norman Foster of the UK, and in 2000, Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands. In 2001, two architects from Switzerland received the honor: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. The 2002 laureate was Australian Glenn Murcutt. In 2003, Jørn Utzon of Denmark was chosen and last year, the first woman to be selected was Zaha Hadid of the UK.

     The field of architecture was chosen by the Pritzker family because of their keen interest in building due to their involvement with developing the Hyatt Hotels around the world; also because architecture was a creative endeavor not included in the Nobel Prizes. The procedures were modeled after the Nobels, with the final selection being made by the international jury with all deliberations and voting in secret. Nominations are continuous from year to year with hundreds of nominees from countries all around the world being considered each year.

Source : Media Kit at http://www.pritzkerprize.com/

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CAD / BIM Solutions
« on: April 01, 2005, 10:40:06 AM »
Building Information Modellingor BIM as it is popularly know is the latest Buzz word in the CAD industry. There is Revit, ArchiCAD etc. who have their presence in the Indian context.

All vendors of BIM claim huge advantages of using BIM. I would like to know from those who have used these software if:-

1. Is it trully benifitial ?

2. Does it reduce the no. of people required to do a job as claim by vendors ?

3. What happens when your sub-consultants do not use BIM and are still on traditional 2D CAD systems. And you have to integrate their data into your system ?

4. How easy is it to incorporate changes that happen while work has started on site and you have converted your drawings into plain 2D ?

5. How easy or difficult is it to work in the Indian Context when there is practically no form of standardization ?

6. Is it a quantum jump from working in 2D, like it was from Paper to CAD ?


 

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General Discussion / SPA Alumni database
« on: January 27, 2005, 10:55:34 PM »
Hi ! SPA Alumni
 
As you might be aware the SPA Alumni Association publishes a directory of all alumni members. This directory is for private circulation only and helps the SPA Alumni Association get in touch with all the Alumni, whether they are registered members or not, at times of crisis and celebration. It has been observed that the Alumni Directory is desperately In need of updating and a large number of addresses and phone numbers have changed over time. Further, there are almost no working e-mail addresses so as to enable cheaper and faster communication.
 
I would request you to please visit http://spa.indianarchitecture.net/spaa.htm  or http://indianarchitecture.netfirms.com/spaa.htm and enter your details so that we may update them into the directory. Lastly, I would request you to forward this to as many alumni as possible so that the database may be updated effectively, In the circumstance that you have a valid set of addresses etc for alumni and would be more comfortable entering the data yourself please feel free to enter VALID data for as many people as possible
 

If you are yet not part of the SPA Alumni Association you can downlaod the Application form at http://spa.indianarchitecture.net/spaa.pdf (Pdf format) and send the  same accompanied by A/c Payee Cheque or Demand Draft in favour of 'SPA Alumni' payable at New Delhi  to the Treasurer, SPA Alumni, C/o School of Planning and Architecture, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi 110002.

Fees and subscription payable for each category is explained in the Aplication form.

All coresspondence can be addressed to

Jt. Secretary
SPA Alumni,
C/o School of Planning and Architecture,
Indraprastha Estate,
New Delhi 110002
INDIA.

or email spaa@indianarchitecture.net


With warm regards

Shamit Manchanda
 

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NEWS / International Conference on Medical Architecture
« on: January 24, 2005, 04:31:39 PM »
International Conference on Medical Architecture

ICMA 2005

The first conference on Medical Architecture in India was held in March 2002 by The Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter. It was an immense success due to the specific subjects and targeted audience.

This year School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning, Greater Noida in collaboration with The Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter are organising a two days International Conference on Medical Architecture - ICMA 2005 on 4th - 5th March 2005 at Indian National Science Academy, Delhi.
Advisors
Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
Director, Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning, Greater Noida
Head of the Department, Architecture, SPA
President, Council of Architecture
President, The Indian Institute of Architects
Chairman, The Indian Institute of Architects (Northern Chapter)
Dean of Studies, SPA
Medical Suprintendant, AIIMS
Advisor - Higher Technical Educational, Apeejay Education Society
CMD, Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (HSCC)

Event Chairman
Dr R Chandrashekhar
Sr Architect, DteGHS
Vice Chairman, IIA (Northern Chapter)

Conveners
Ar Anil Dewan (SPA)
9868120869
Ar Rajashree G Bhardwaj (APJ)
9868495847
Ar Vijay Garg (IIA)
9811157289

Co-Convenor

Shamit Manchanda
Amit Hajela

Editorial
CBS Forum
Ar Ashutosh Agarwal

The conference is supported by

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
WHO
Council of Architecture
Deptt. of Hospital Administration, AIIMS
Hospital Services Consultancy Corp. (I) Ltd.

organised by
School of Planning and Architecture & Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning
In collaboration with
The Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter

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NEWS / Interactive session by Prof Andrew Charleson
« on: January 04, 2005, 11:57:24 PM »
The Northen Chapter, Indian Institute of Architects, ISET & School of Planning and Architecture invite you to an Interactive session on "Earthquake Resistant Design for Architects" by Prof. Andrew Charleson, School of Architecture, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Date   : 6th January 2005

Time   : 4:30 Pm to 6:30 PM

Venue : New Committee Room, Planning Building, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi.


For more details contact

Ar. Abhijit Ray
Chairman
Northern Chapter, IIA
#26015146

Ar. Vijay Garg
Jt. Secretary,
Northern Chapter, IIA
#9811157289
 

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NEWS / MASTERS PROGRAMME IN MEDICAL ARCHITECTURE
« on: November 30, 2004, 02:42:28 PM »

PGI TO COMMENCE MASTERS PROGRAMME IN MEDICAL ARCHITECTURE AND HOSPITAL ENGINEERING


The National Centre for Hospital Engineering and Architecture (NCHEA), under the aegis of Institute of Hospital Engineering at PGI Chandigarh, is commencing a masters programme in medical architecture and hospital engineering at the Institute.

Dr. R. Chandrashekar, Senior Architect, Central Design Bureau for Medical and Health Buildings, Directorate General of Health Services, said “The course has specially been designed for the health planners, hospital administrators, nurses, hospital engineers and architects.”

The governing body of this course would comprise eminent personalities from the Punjab University and PGI. While the curriculum and course methodology is under formulation, talks are on with various universities for affiliation. “It could be a distance learning postgraduate diploma course, modalities of which are being worked out. There could be foreign collaborations as well” informed Dr. Chandrashekhar, speaking at a seminar on design and planning of operation theatres organized jointly by the Indian Institute of Architects (Northern Chapter) and Interbuild India at New Delhi in September 2004.
 

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NEWS / NEW POLICY ANNOUNCED FOR ENTRANCE TESTS
« on: November 25, 2004, 10:13:25 AM »
NEW POLICY ANNOUNCED FOR ENTRANCE TESTS FOR ADMISSION TO TECHNICAL COURSES

http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=5060

The Government has come out with a new policy regarding entrance tests for admission to all professional educational institutions. Under the new policy it is mandatory for all educational institutions like National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institute of Forge and Foundry Technology, Ranchi, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and other Institutes of Central Government to base their admissions through all India Engineering Entrance Examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). For all other educational institutions like Central/Deemed Universities it has been made optional. It is up to the Institution to participate in the common entrance examination or conduct its own examination based on transparent procedure. The new policy is in conformity with the Government’s Policy of respecting the autonomy of educational institutions.

A similar decision has been taken in regard to common entrance examinations for Business Management/PGDM or equivalent programmes conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) etc. subject to the condition that these tests shall be conducted independently and are transparent. All specified Central Institutions admitting students on all India bases will have to opt for one of these examinations. All the Central/Deemed Universities will have the option to participate in these tests or conduct their own entrance examination and admit students in a fair and transparent manner.

The States will have the option to participate in these tests by giving option to CBSE, IIMs, IITs, AIMS, AIMA and XLRI.

A programme for common examination for various Engineering, Architecture & Planning programmes, Business Management Administration/PGDM or equivalent programmes courses is given as an Annexure.

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NEWS / Capital venue for Aga Khan architecture award
« on: November 24, 2004, 01:13:20 PM »

Capital venue for Aga Khan architecture award
Express News Service
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=107600

New Delhi, November 22: This weekend will see the environs at Humayun’s Tomb come alive with an evening of history and architectural excellence. The tomb has been chosen as the venue for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2004.

The awards mark the completion of the ninth cycle of the programme (2002-04) and will be announced by His Highness the Aga Khan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest at the ceremony.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, to ‘‘enhance the understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture as expressed through architecture’’. The venue of the award ceremony has gained significance over the decades (see box), chosen as they are for their historical importance in the Muslim world. Humayun’s Tomb fitted the bill, besides being an architectural benchmark.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture has contributed immensely to the beautification and maintenance of the historical structure. Now, authorities in charge at the complex are leaving nothing to chance. A quick spruce-up is underway, with feverish activity to give the monument a facelift. Besides, the pathways to the tomb are getting a layer of coarse red sand, setting off the lawns and the landscaped gardens.

‘‘The monument is being retouched for the award ceremony which will be held on November 27,’’ said an official of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). ‘‘The entire complex is also being spruced up for the occasion. The banquet which will follow the award ceremony will be held at the adjoining Arab ki Sarai. We are leaving nothing to chance at all. The whole place is being pored over in detail.’’

The award, which carries a prize sum of $50,OOO, is given to projects which have attained the highest international standards of architectural excellence while reflecting the values of the primarily Muslim societies the projects are intended to serve. The award ceremony will be followed by the unveiling of a stamp at Agra Fort to commemorate the historical monument and celebrate the 2004 awards  

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CAD / Which CAD software ?
« on: November 10, 2004, 11:12:08 AM »
In the Indian context cost of a CAD software becomes a prime factor in deciding the software to purchace. The most basic Acad LT (ment only for 2d drafting), in the US cost around 600-700$ - about 1/10th the monthly salary of a fresh architect. In India its approx Rs. 60,000 - 10 times the monthly salary of a fresh architect. In come other softwares like Cadian, bricscad, tricad, powerdraft etc. which are available in the range of Rs. 15-20,000/-. But are these softwares really as efficient as autocad - which has a virtual monoply.

I would like to hear from users about their experience with these cheaper software, in terms of

1. ease of migration from autocad.

2. handling of large files previously done in autocad

3. exchanging information with consultants using autocad

4. finding trained manpower to work on these software

 

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NEWS / Ambassadors of the Indian Architecture
« on: November 09, 2004, 08:16:52 PM »
Ambassadors of the Indian Architecture

Source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=103719
 
Architects of the Spanish embassy, Snehanshu Mukherjee and A R Ramanathan, are the only Indians other than Satish Gujral to have designed an embassy building in Delhi.
 
Pooja Kumar
 
New Delhi, October 16: They point out the traces of Spanish colonial architecture and the style that marks Lutyens’ Delhi. About as imposing as a two-storey building can possibly be, the Spanish embassy on Prithviraj Road is the second embassy building to be designed by Indian nationals. After struggling against building by-laws that detailed new constructions in Lutyens’ Delhi to conform to the area, volume and height of the last standing construction and discarding the original plans, architects Snehanshu Mukherjee and A R Ramanathan have finally completed the construction.

Norm has it that New Delhi’s embassies are designed by architects from their respective countries. Following the one earlier exception of the Belgian embassy which was designed by Satish Gujral, the Spanish embassy by Mukherjee and Ramanathan’s TEAM— Team for Engineering Architecture and Management— is the only other one. ‘‘It was entirely by chance. We were recommended to the embassy in 1993 and they liked the designs and signed us on,’’ says Mukherjee. From there on followed a decade-long delay due to various controversies over building restrictions. ‘‘Conference rooms, extensions and staff housing all had to be scrapped because of the restrictions, but the structure is finally ready,’’ says Mukherjee of the construction that began in January 2003.

With floors in marble that’s come from Jaisalmer and Italy, Udaipur and Bhutan, the embassy is not the only prestigious project under their belts. Graduates of the School of Planning and Architecture, Mukherjee and Ramanathan have specialised in housing in third world countries and management respectively. The new wing of the National Gallery for Modern Art at India Gate has been designed by them. So has the Osho commune— a more new-age construction— on the outskirts of Delhi near Najafgarh.

‘‘The challenging bit about the embassy is that we had to address both the future and the past, keeping in mind the surrounding architecture of Lutyens’ Delhi, without compromising on the building itself,’’ says Ramanathan.

Beginning this month, the duo are also designing Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s new management building on KG Marg. ‘‘We are also moving into other areas like heritage hotels where we will design not just the hotel building but also the infrastructure of the surrounding area. Architecture is not about naksha banana, it is about engineering and management as well,’’ says Mukherjee.


 
 

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General Discussion / Pritzker Architecture Prize 2004
« on: November 02, 2004, 05:13:46 PM »
Zaha Hadid Becomes the First  Woman to Receive the
Pritzker Architecture Prize


     Los Angeles, CA—Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi born British citizen has been chosen as the 2004 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize marking the first time a woman has been named for this 26 year old award. Hadid, who is 53, has completed one project in the United States, the Richard and Lois Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio; and is currently developing another to co-exist with a Frank Lloyd Wright structure, the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

     Her other completed projects in Europe include a fire station for the Vitra Furniture Company in Weil am Rhein, Germany; LFone/Landesgartenschau, an exhibition building to mark the 1999 garden festival in that same city; a car park and terminus Hoenheim North, a “park and ride” and tramway on the outskirts of Strasbourg, France; and a ski jump situated on the Bergisel Mountain overlooking Innsbruck, Austria.

     She has numerous other projects in various stages of development including a building for BMW in Leipzig, and a Science Center in Wolfsburg, both in Germany; a National Center of Contemporary Arts in Rome; a Master Plan for Bilbao, Spain; a Guggenheim Museum for Taichung, Taiwan; and a high speed train station outside Naples; and a new public archive, library and sport center in Montpellier, France.

     In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, president of The Hyatt Foundation, said, “It is gratifying to us as sponsors of the prize to see our very independent jury honor a woman for the first time. Although her body of work is relatively small, she has achieved great acclaim and her energy and ideas show even greater promise for the future.”

     Pritzker Prize jury chairman, Lord Rothschild, commented, “At the same time as her theoretical and academic work, as a practicing architect, Zaha Hadid has been unswerving in her commitment to modernism. Always inventive, she’s moved away from existing typology, from high tech, and has shifted the geometry of buildings.”
     Continuing, Lord Rothschild said, “In her fourth year at the Architectural Association in London, as a student of Rem Koolhaas (himself a recent recipient of the Pritzker Prize) her graduation project was called Malevich’s Tectonik. She placed a hotel on the Hungerford Bridge on the Rivers Thames, drawing from suprematist forms to meet the demands of the programme and the site. It’s a happy coincidence therefore that this year’s prize ceremony should be taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia, where Malevich lived and worked, a city of extraordinary beauty and originality.”

     The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture's highest honor will be held on May 31, 2004. At that time, a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion will be bestowed in the State Hermitage Museum followed by a reception and dinner in the Grand Peterhof Palace. The prize presentation ceremony moves to different locations around the world each year, paying homage to historic and contemporary architecture.

     Juror Frank Gehry, who is also the 1989 Pritzker Laureate, said, “The 2004 laureate is probably one of the youngest laureates and has one of the clearest architectural trajectories we’ve seen in many years. Each project unfolds with new excitement and innovation." A new juror this year, journalist Karen Stein who is editorial director of Phaidon Press, commented, “Over the past 25 years, Zaha Hadid has built a career on defying convention—conventional ideas of architectural space, of practice, of representation and of construction.”

    Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the board of Vitra, who also became a juror this year, said, “Without ever building, Zaha Hadid would have radically expanded architecture’s repertoire of spatial articulation. Now that the implementation in complex buildings is happening, the power of her innovation is fully revealed."

     Juror and architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable said of the choice, “Zaha Hadid is one of the most gifted practitioners of the art of architecture today. From the earliest drawings and models to current buildings and work in progress, there has been a consistently original and strong personal vision that has changed the way we see and experience space. Hadid’s fragmented geometry and fluid mobility do more than create an abstract, dynamic beauty; this is a body of work that explores and expresses the world we live in”

       Another juror, Carlos Jimenez from Houston who is professor of architecture at Rice University, said, “Presaged by an inimitable graphic and formal exuberance, Zaha Hadid’s work reminds us that architecture is a siphon for collective energies, a far cry from the stand alone building, perennially oblivious to the vitality of the city.”

     And from juror Jorge Silvetti, who is a Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, “Zaha Hadid’s buildings are today among the most convincing arguments for the primacy of architecture in the production of space. What she has achieved with her inimitable manipulation of walls, ground planes and roofs, with those transparent, interwoven and fluid spaces, are vivid proof that architecture as a fine art has not run out of steam and is hardly wanting in imagination."

     Bill Lacy, an architect, spoke as the executive director of the Pritzker Prize, “Only rarely does an architect emerge with a philosophy and approach to the art form that influences the direction of the entire field. Such an architect is Zaha Hadid who has patiently created and refined a vocabulary that sets new boundaries for the art of architecture.”

     The purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. The prize was established in 1979 by The Hyatt Foundation.

     Hadid is the third architect from the United Kingdom to be awarded the Pritzker Prize: the late James Stirling of Great Britain was elected in 1981, and in 1999 Lord (then Sir Norman) Foster. Philip Johnson was the first Pritzker Laureate in 1979. The late Luis Barragán of Mexico was named in 1980. Kevin Roche in 1982, Ieoh Ming Pei in 1983, and Richard Meier in 1984. Hans Hollein of Austria was the 1985 Laureate. Gottfried Böhm of Germany received the prize in 1986. Kenzo Tange was the first Japanese architect to receive the prize in 1987; Fumihiko Maki was the second from Japan in 1993; and Tadao Ando the third in 1995. Robert Venturi received the honor in 1991, and Alvaro Siza of Portugal in 1992. Christian de Portzamparc of France was elected Pritzker Laureate in 1994. The late Gordon Bunshaft of the United States and Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil, were named in 1988. Frank Gehry was the recipient in 1989, the late Aldo Rossi of Italy in 1990. In 1996, Rafael Moneo of Spain was the Laureate; in 1997 Sverre Fehn of Norway; in 1998 Renzo Piano of Italy, and in 2000, Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands. In 2001, two architects from Switzerland received the honor: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Australian Glenn Murcutt won the prize in 2002. Danish architect Jørn Utzon was chosen in 2003.

     The field of architecture was chosen by the Pritzker family because of their keen interest in building due to their involvement with developing the Hyatt Hotels around the world; also because architecture was a creative endeavor not included in the Nobel Prizes. The procedures were modeled after the Nobels, with the final selection being made by the international jury with all deliberations and voting in secret. Nominations are continuous from year to year with hundreds of nominees from countries all around the world being considered each year.
 
Source : http://www.pritzkerprize.com/2004/mediakit.htm

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General Discussion / Vaastu
« on: October 30, 2004, 04:08:37 PM »
Is there a relavance to Vastu in todays world ?

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Professional Practice / Presentation on ENGINEERING THE FUTURE WTC
« on: October 18, 2004, 08:57:53 PM »
Indian Institute of Architects
 
In association with
 
Office of Public Affairs
Embassy of the United States of America

 
Cordially invite you to a Presentation on
 
ENGINEERING THE FUTURE WORLD TRADE CENTER:
 REBUILDING GROUND ZERO
 by
 
Ar. Daniel Libeskind
Cultural Ambassador
and
Winner of  the worldwide architectural design competition to rebuild the WORLD TRADE CENTER
 
 
Venue : PHD Chambers of Commerce, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi
Date : 19th October 2004    

Time:      5:00 PM

Programme supported by HUDCO
 
Detailed Programme
 
5.00 p.m.        Registration
5.15 p.m.        Fellowship & High Tea
5.45 p.m.        Welcome & Introductions
5.50 p.m.        Presentation by Ar. Daniel Libeskind
6.45 p.m.        Interaction & vote of thanks

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