Shigeru Ban’s design for the Japan Pavilion at Hannover Expo in 2000. Executed in collaboration with Frei Otto. (Image courtesy of Shigeru Ban. Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai.)
It seems like I’ve been on a bit of a Shigeru Ban tear in ARCHITECT. Last week I wrote up his design for the new Aspen Art Museum. This week, I was on to his Pritzker win. And the following day I participated in a round table with architecture critics Christopher Hawthorne, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange to talk about what it all means — for Ban and the Pritzker.
Check ‘em out. I am so ready to start building stuff with toilet paper tubes now…
Denise Scott Brown in Las Vegas, 1966, working on a study of the city’s vernacular architecture. (Photo by Robert Venturi.)
Every once in a while I get to do an interview that blows my mind. This time, the mind-blower was Denise Scott Brown, a Philadelphia-based architect and theorist who has been the force behind seminal books such as Learning From Las Vegas. In 1991, the Pritzker committee awarded the prize to her husband, architect Robert Venturi — even though she and Venturi had been design partners for almost three decades at that point, collaborating on buildings, books and other activities. A petition out of the Harvard Graduate School of Design has called for Scott Brown to be belatedly recognized (and has been signed by the likes of Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas).
In my Q&A with her regarding the controversy, she spoke openly and honestly — and very smartly — about her work and the way she has been treated because she’s a woman. Her stories are as fascinating as they are horrifying.
Find the interview here.