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NEWS / Pritzker Architecture Prize 2006
« on: April 10, 2006, 05:30:46 PM »
Paulo Mendes da Rocha
of Brazil Becomes the 2006
Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been chosen as the 2006 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The 77-year old architect becomes the second laureate from Brazil, Oscar Niemeyer being the first, chosen in 1988.
In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, president of The Hyatt Foundation, said, “Mendes da Rocha has shown a deep understanding of space and scale through the great variety of buildings he has designed, from private residences, housing complexes, a church, museums and sports stadia to urban plans for public space. While few of his buildings were realized outside of Brazil, the lessons to be learned from his work, both as a practicing architect and a teacher, are universal.”
The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be held on May 30, 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey. At that time, a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion are bestowed.
The new laureate began his career in the 1950s and was part of what was then considered the avant-garde in São Paulo, known loosely as creators of the Paulist brutalist architecture — practicioners whose work, often using simple materials and forms, emhasized an ethical dimension of architecture. He is widely considered the most outstanding architect of Brazil. He has steadfastly devoted his career to the creation of buildings and spaces guided by a sense of responsibility toward the residents of his buildings and the broader society.
During a career that spans six decades, he has maintained his own practice, taught for many years at the University of São Paulo, and contributed to the professional community through his work as president of the Brazilian Institute for Architects. He has lectured extensively throughout South America and Europe. He has received many awards, but it was the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Latin American Architecture in 2000 that brought international recognition.
Pritzker Prize jury chairman, Lord Palumbo, commented, “Mendes da Rocha brings the joyful lilt of Brazil to his work...never afraid of innovation or of taking risks...indeed, a worthy choice.”
Among his most widely known built works is the Brazilian Sculpture Museum, a non-traditional concept of a museum, nestled partly underground in a garden in São Paulo. He made bold use of a giant concrete beam on the exterior that traverses the site.
His Forma Furniture Showroom in the same city is considered an icon of his approach to architecture. The front has a window that spans the length of the building, opening the building to the cityscape, a recurring theme of his work.
His renovation of São Paulo’s oldest Fine Arts Museum, the Pinacoteca do Estado, affirmed his understanding and respect for Brazil’s legacy — the basic structure of the 19th century building was simply restored with some striking new functional additions.
Mendes da Rocha revitalized a square in the heart of São Paulo, called Patriarch Plaza, adding an enormous steel canopy that appears to float over the square.
Internationally, he was a finalist in the competition for the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1972, and was the architect of Brazil’s Pavilion at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan in 1970. Currently, in Galicia in the northwest part of Spain, he is developing a master plan for the Technological City, part of the University of Vigo. His task is to integrate new buildings — library, engineering departments, student residences, administration offices — designed by several different Spanish architects into an overall landscape scheme that also fosters connections between buildings.
Martha Thorne, speaking as the executive director of the Pritzker Prize, quoting from the jury citation which states, “Inspired by the principles and language of modernism, he brings a renewed force to each of his projects through his bold use of simple materials and a deep understanding of the poetics of space.”
Juror Carlos Jimenez from Houston who is professor of architecture at Rice University, said, “...he builds with exceptional economy to achieve an architecture of profound social engagement, an architecture that transcends the limits of construction to dazzle with poetic rigor and imagination. ”
Balkrishna Doshi, Pritzker Juror from India, spoke of Mendes da Rocha’s work, “It is not impossible to create generous architecture even in situations with minimum resources and numerous constraints. What one needs is a largeness of vision and a desire to create something that people can touch, feel, and in which they can participate.”
“For Mendes da Rocha, the meaning of architecture is not to create isolated buildings, but to respond to the eternal question of human habitation. His answers are at the same time classical and audacious: a new força geográfica for a new society,” is juror Rolf Fehlbaum’s comment.
Another juror, Victoria Newhouse, says, “The jury was deeply impressed by this practitioner’s ability to create powerful structures working within the technical limitations of his culture.”
Juror Karen Stein commented, “As the translation of his surname — “of the rock”—- implies, he has steadfastly adhered to the experimental approach upon which he established his own architectural practice over half a century ago, consistently pushing the sculptural limits of structural form to surprising and often poetic effect.”
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 Mendes da Rocha as the 2006 Laureate consists of its chairman, Lord Palumbo, internationally known architectural patron of London, chairman of the trustees, Serpentine Gallery, former chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, former chairman of the Tate Gallery Foundation, and former trustee of the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and alphabetically: Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, architect, planner and professor of architecture of Ahmedabad, India; Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the board, Vitra in Basel, Switzerland; Frank O. Gehry, architect and Pritzker Laureate 1989 from Los Angeles, California; Carlos Jimenez, professor, Rice University School of Architecture, principal, Carlos Jimenez Studio in Houston, Texas; Victoria Newhouse architectural historian and author, founder and director of the Architectural History Foundation, New York, 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 Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, in Millennium Park. The previous year, it was in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the years prior, ceremonies have been at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain; Michelangelo’s Campidoglio in Rome, Italy; Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia; as well as at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
The list of venues goes on to include not only a great many of the great museums in the United States, but also many other countries including France, England, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Japan.
“This year, by going to Istanbul,” explains Hyatt Foundation president, Thomas Pritzker, “we hope to increase the awareness of architecture in a country that has historically been the crossroads of eastern and western cultures for many centuries.”
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. The late 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. Australian Glenn Murcutt received the prize in 2002. Jørn Utzon of Denmark was honored in 2003; Zaha Hadid of the UK in 2004; and Thom Mayne of the United States in 2005.
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.

Citation from the Jury
Paulo Mendes da Rocha of Sao Paulo, Brazil, inspired by the principles and language of modernism, as well as through his bold use of simple materials, has over the past six decades produced buildings with a deep understanding of the poetics of space. He modifies the landscape and space with his architecture, striving to meet both social and aesthetic human needs.
Whether individual homes or apartments, to a church, sports stadium, art museum, kindergarten, furniture showroom or public plaza, Mendes da Rocha has devoted his career to the creation of architecture guided by a sense of responsibility to the inhabitants of his projects as well as to a broader society.
Adhering to a social vision commensurate with the new world, he reminds us that architecture is foremost a human endeavor inspired by nature’s omnipresence. The vast territory of his country has given this architect a rich lineage to harness and reconcile nature and architecture as congruent forces.
His signature concrete materials and intelligent, yet remarkably straightforward construction methods create powerful and expressive, internationally-recognized buildings. There is no doubt that the raw materials he uses in achieving monumental results have had influences the world over.
He has also proven his mastery of restoration and renovation, reaffirming his understanding and respect for his country’s legacy and his own belief in the relevancy of the architecture of our time. Mendes da Rocha looks at history as it relates to the future.
He has dedicated himself to a search for a synthesis of design and form that is as beautiful as it is technically perfect.
In his own words, his definition of architecture is “…the transformation of nature, a total fusion of science, art and technology in a sublime statement of human dignity and intelligence through the settlements we build for ourselves…”
All of these qualities and accomplishments have qualified him as the recipient of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

More information is avaialble at


Students of Architecture / futhure study
« on: April 04, 2006, 10:21:28 AM »
Not having done your 12th would be a hinderance for you getting into a B.Arch degree course. ( I am not sure if any B.Arch today admits any diploma holders) You though have the option of joining the IIA ( ) programme which will lead you to the Associateship of the Indian Institute of Architects. For purposes of jobs etc. in the govt. sector it is recognised as an equivalent of a B.Arch degree. the Council of Architecture ( ) also recognises the Associateship. For starters you can lookup the websites mentioned above or contact the Surat Centre of IIA whose Chairman is Ar. Bankim Dave Tel: 0261-2667655


Professional Practice / LIGHT AND ARCHITECTURE............
« on: March 29, 2006, 04:18:25 PM »
i was just thinking .............what architects do without knowledge how the sunlight or artificial light will treat their form........its interesting to know ..............

How about sharing your thoughts on Light and its use on / in architecture.


NEWS / Design Consultant for Games Village
« on: February 24, 2006, 02:44:44 PM »
Delhi Development authority is looking for consultants for developing the Games Village for the Common Wealth games to be held in 2010 in New Delhi.

The advt. can be seen at

Students of Architecture / TOP Ten Architecture Schools in India ?
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:31:04 PM »
Which are the 10 best schools of architecture in India today ?

There have been some schools which have maintained their standards thru the years, some new school produce good (which is also a subjective issue) architects, and then there are those whose students when they show their thesis work it seems like the first year design submission.

We would like to see if we can come out with the top ten best schools.

After we have some 15-20 names we will set up a poll to see how they fare.

Urban-Open International Architecture Competition

Deadline: April 15, 2006

The Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in conjunction with Archi-Treasures, Bethany Brethren Community Center, the Garfield Park Conservancy Alliance, and the AIA Young Architects Forum have launched a two phase, international architectural competition for the design of an outdoor community space in Garfield Park, Chicago, Illinois. The design should honor the commitment of Chicago to sustainability and community development while defining the actual space, sculpturally, architecturally, and naturally.

Jury: Samuel Assefa, Jeanne Gang, Carolyn O’Boyle, Erma Purnell, Ceasar McDowell, Michelle McKay, Mark Sexton, and Kristen Akre.

Architectural Competitions / Norwegian Wood Design Competition
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:07:28 AM »
Norwegian Wood Design Competition

Deadline: March 10,2006

Norwegian Design is currently accepting applications to pre-qualify for architectural services. The competition is for 15 all timber buildings in Rogaland and Stavanger Norway. This international design competition is intended to further the urban, modern, and sustainable development of the historic city, which is to be the 2008 European Cultural Capital.

Architectural Competitions / Designing the Future of New Orleans
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:05:31 AM »
Designing the Future of New Orleans

Deadline: March 1,2006

Architectural Record in collaboration with McGraw-Hill Construction and Tulane University School of Architecture has begun a dual international design competition for the rebuilding of New Orleans. The dual competition, New Orleans Housing Prototype and High Density on High Ground, includes a student competition for the design of an affordable single-family housing prototype, and the second competition for everyone is the design of a mixed-use multi-family housing complex. Winning entries will be published in Architectural Record and displayed at the 2006 AIA Convention.

Jury: High Density on High Ground; Charles Correa, David Adjaye, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Monica Ponce de Leon, Natalie De Vries, Robert Ivy and Sean Cummings. New Orleans Housing Prototype; Brian MacKay Lyons, Deborah Berke, Mabel Wilson, Mario Gooden, Merril Elam, Patty Gay and Robert Ivy.

Architectural Competitions / Greenstop Design Competition
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:00:58 AM »
The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and The Great Valley Center, with the support of the American Institute of Architects, California Council, and private organizations, are partnering in an open one-stage international competition to select a design, and thereby a design team, for a self-sustainable and "off the grid" roadside GreenStop © the word coined to designate a green roadside rest area. The Sponsors view this as a unique opportunity to create a "green" rest area that can serve as a model for current and future rest stops within the state system, with the ability to be customized so as to be regionally relevant for each location. The site for purposes of the competition is the Tipton rest area site along Route 99 in Tulare County, San Joaquin Valley, CA. The site currently accommodates nearly 3 million travelers per year. While the design will be required to address the larger sustainability and interpretive issues, it will also be required to provide an image and identity reflecting this region of California's Central Valley.

While this competition is site specific, the goal of this competition is to serve as a pilot project that will create a new model that could be replicated elsewhere in the state. The competition will address the redevelopment of the existing rest area, and will include interpretive elements that provide opportunities for visitors to better understand the unique qualities and products of the region.

The competition will be conducted from early January through mid-April 2006, and is open to all architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, educators, students and others interested in sustainability issues. Multi-disciplinary teams that include environmental specialists and landscape architects are encouraged. Prizes include a $10,000 Grand Prize and other awards. Bill Liskamm, FAIA will serve as the Competition Advisor.

For additional information contact Bill Liskamm, Competition Advisor at

Type: Open
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2006
Submission Deadline: April 10, 2006
Open to: All
Entry Fee: US$100
Awards: US$10,000 Grand Prize
Jury: Rob Wellington Quigley, Ken Smith, Jerry Goldberg, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Lynn Simon, Keith Robinson and Steve Castellanos

Students of Architecture / SPA? TVB SHS? Rizvi? JJ?
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:54:28 AM »

Energy Efficient Architecture in India / heat resistant roof
« on: January 18, 2006, 02:37:51 PM »
Least expensive cover your terrace with potted plants

You could also go in for under deck insulation and false ceiling.

Today many vendors are pushing heat reflective coatings which "They Claim" can be used for traffic (walk).  I had personaly done a test on one such material but it did not live upto its claim of heat relection nor usabilty.

Other options would inclde rippinig open you existing roof covering (read expensive) most probably Mud phaska and brick tiles, and introducing a material that would increase the time lag required for heat to travel inside.

The materials can be

1. Inverted shallow pots (air is a good insulator)
2. 50 mm Thermocole
3. 25 MM PUF (Roffmatte etc.)
4. Vermaculite (dont remeber the specs off hand).
 Plus many otherwater proofing heat reflective memberaness.

On top of this you will require a layer of screed, waterproofing and then a top surface as you may want for the roof (brick tiles, kota stone, marbles or even china mosaic (also reflects heat).

Jobs / Architect Required
« on: January 12, 2006, 11:53:45 PM »
Architect - 2 positions available.

Experience : 0-3 years

Job profile : Design development / Working drawings / detailing  for Hospital, Residential buildings, Interiors etc. etc.

Contact :
Shamit Manchanda
Manchanda Associates
B-83, Shivalik,
New Delhi

Tel : 26691407, 26692588, 9810180445

General Discussion / SPA Alumni GBM & Dinner
« on: November 29, 2005, 04:07:00 PM »
This is just to spread the word around that the "SPA Alumni" is organising a "General Body Meeting" (GBM)  followed by Cocktails with Dinner at the Dilli O Dilli Terrace, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
Schedule of Events :
Date :  Friday the 9th of December 2005.

Time :  7:00 PM Sharp.
We have managed a partial sponsor and should therefore be able to subsidize the evening quite a bit. The contributory part is placed at:
Alumni Member / Spouse / Children below 18 years : Rs. 200/- per person
Non Member Alumni / Guest : Rs. 600/- per person
(Members with outstanding dues will also be placed in this category)
You also have the option of carrying a cheque favouring "SPA Alumni", for Rs. 1100/- and taking a "Lifetime Membership". This would then instantly allow you to pay only Rs. 200/- as the contribution.
Please pass the word around and try to rope together sufficient friends and batch mates to make the evening a rocking success
With Warm Regards
Executive Committee SPA Alumni

General Discussion / Architects are sexiest
« on: November 09, 2005, 11:31:33 AM »
Interesting findings

U.S. Green Building Council Honors Industry Leaders at Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the 2005 recipients of the Fourth Annual Leadership Awards. The awards are presented in six categories including Community, Education, LEED, Organizational Excellence, Research and Advocacy. The Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that signify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction.

The recipients will be honored at USGBC's annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo on Thursday, November 10, 2005, at a ceremony to be held at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga.

Each Leadership Award category recognizes one organization and one individual. In the Community category, the Kresge Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the U.S., was recognized for their green building leadership and program initiatives including a national program which provides educational materials and funding for nonprofit organizations to plan and design green buildings.

Bob Berkebile, of BNIM Architects, was recognized in the Community category for his lifelong commitment to sustainability. For the past 30 years, Berkebile has been committed to restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to our communities through his role as founding Chairman of the American Institute of Architect's Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) and his previous service on the USGBC Board of Directors.

In the Education category the Croxton Collaborative, founded by Randolph R. Croxton, was honored for their development of environmental/sustainable and human-centered architecture and design. Internationally recognized as an innovator, the firm has been instrumental in defining the criteria used to establish universally accepted goals and practices in this field of green architecture.

Traci Ryder of Alliance Architecture was also recognized in the Education category. Ryder is the Chair and a founding member of USGBC’s Emerging Green Builders, whose mission is to integrate students and young professionals into the green building movement. Traci has been essential to the success of the EGB program. Over the past three years since its inception, Traci has created and led the USGBC Design Competition; a national program that recognizes and awards students and young professionals for exceptional project design using the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.

The LEED award went to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). With leadership from Craig Kneeland, a NYSERDA project manager, the organization has become a critical force for green building in New York. Kneeland initiated the first green building program based on the principles of the LEED green building rating system in the state of New York. He led the effort to craft New York State Green Building tax credit legislation.

The LEED individual award went to Paul von Paumgartten of Johnson Controls for his many years of service in the development of the LEED for New Construction and for Existing Buildings rating systems as a member and as Chair of LEED committees, and for his leadership within Johnson Controls in brining the message of sustainability to their customers. Paul provides valuable counsel to the sales force, and he helps customers understand the tremendous triple-bottom-line value green building can bring to their organizations. Additionally, Paul formed an internal "Green Team" that includes more than 50 people from Johnson Controls who have become LEED Accredited Professionals.

In the category of Organizational Excellence, Gensler Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide was recognized for its advancement of sustainable design in the role of leader, innovator, and supporter of the successful, seamless integration of superior design and green principles. Under the direction of founder Art Gensler, Gensler explores avenues of innovation that demonstrate how a green approach can add value to clients’ businesses by enhancing the public responsibility component of the corporate culture and confirming a commitment to a high-quality and healthier workplace.

Ross Spiegel of Fletcher-Thompson, Inc, was also honored for Organizational Excellence. Spiegel leads his firm's green team and is responsible for the greening of the firm's written construction documents and building a base of technical knowledge on green products for use by the firm's architects, engineers, and interior designers. Ross has also served on the Greenbuild Steering Committee for the past four Greenbuild conferences.

The Research award went to Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings (AEDG-SO). The AEDG is a joint effort of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI). AEDG-SO was recognized for their outstanding effort in developing the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings, a significant contribution helping to advance green building.

The Research individual award went to G. Z. Brown, professor of architecture and director of the University of Oregon Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. Brown has been a proponent of sustainable building practices his entire career. He was principally responsible for integrating sustainable curriculum into the University of Oregon School of Architecture. In 1985, Brown founded the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory and has served as its director since.

Global Green received the Advocacy award for working for the last 10 years to advance policy initiatives that support green building. Global Green USA was founded in 1993 as the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, President Mikhail Gorbachev’s international environmental movement. The mission of the organization is to foster a global value shift toward a more sustainable world by focusing on the three greatest problems facing the world: global climate change, weapons of mass destruction, and access to clean water.

Tim Carey, former president and CEO of Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and current Chief Operating Officer, New York Power Authority received the Advocacy award for his leadership at BPCA; Carey demonstrated a deep commitment to spreading the word about the successes and lessons learned in Battery Park City, and about the work of USGBC. Thanks in part to these foundational efforts and the leadership of Gifford Miller, speaker of the New York City Council, in October 2005 Mayor Mike Bloomberg signed the city’s High Performance Buildings Bill, requiring LEED Silver for all city buildings -- becoming one of the first major cities in the nation to enact legislation requiring green building practices.

"The recipients of the 2005 Leadership Awards are to be congratulated," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The organizations and individuals represented are among the most influential green building leaders and their achievements are bedrock to our mission of transforming the built environment.”

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