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Japanese architect Toyo Ito wins Pritzker Prize

(Excerpt from 'Japanese architect Toyo Ito, 71, wins Pritzker Prize' posted by Christopher Hawthorne on Los Angeles Times on Mar. 17, 2013. Found here,0,2719958.story)


The international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect for significant achievement includes a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and since 1987, a bronze medallion.

In a return to form for the most prestigious award in architecture, Japan's Toyo Ito has won this year’s Pritzker Prize.

After honoring younger and lesser-known figures in recent years -- including 49-year-old Chinese architect Wang Shu in 2012 -- the Pritzker jury this year chose a well-established architect with 40 years of built work to his credit. For at least a decade Ito has been a presumed Pritzker front-runner.

Along with Tadao Ando, the 1995 Pritzker laureate, the 71-year-old Ito is the dean of Japanese architecture, though with his mop of black hair he looks many years younger. He is best known for his 2001 Sendai Mediatheque, a seven-story glass box of a building that was dramatically shaken, though only lightly damaged, by the Tohoku earthquake two years ago.

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Image: Toyo Ito's Tama Art University Library in Tokyo (Tomio Ohashi)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/25/13 | tags: Award architecture Japan

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