Italian architect, philosopher, architectural theorist, visionary and design practitioner, Alessandro Mendini, has been selected to receive the 2014 European Prize for Architecture. Awarded annually by the European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the European Prize for Architecture aims to recognize “influential architects that have changed and challenged the direction of contemporary architecture today and who have blazoned a more humane and intellectual approach to architecture.” “Not since Frank Lloyd Wright has the world seen a more theory-driven and profound-thinking architect than Mendini,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Museum President of the Chicago Athenaeum, in a press release. Medini was one of the early members of Studio Alchimia, and later he founded Atelier Mendini with his brother in 1989. His works range from architecture and urban planning to the creation of iconic objects, paintings and installations. Mendini was also heavily involved in architectural theory, making essential contributions to the critical analysis of “postmodern design” and “re-design” since the 1970s.
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