Twitter Critics React to Frei Otto's Posthumous Pritzker

The sudden and unexpected announcement of the Pritzker Prize yesterday evening sent shockwaves through the architecture world. With the sad death of the Prize's latest laureate Frei Otto on Monday, the Pritzker made the unprecedented decision to announce the winner two weeks early, ensuring that Otto's final, crowning achievement would make its way into the obituaries of this great man.

Of course, despite the sudden nature of the announcement, the many critics on Twitter were on hand to lend their initial thoughts in what was an interesting mix of congratulations, sadness and nostalgia. Read on after the break for all the reactions.

As you'd expect given the unfortunate circumstances there was really no negative criticism, however the congratulations from those such as Witold Rybczynski, The Observer's Rowan Moore and Architect Magazine's Deane Madsen seemed nonetheless sincere:

Others such as Alexandra Lange and Mimi Zeiger were less emotional, yet still offered their support for the selection:

The New York Times' Michael Kimmelman, in addition to expressing his support and sadness, added one more accolade to Otto's oeuvre - a comparison to a certain Buckminster Fuller:

Kimmelman also backed up The New York Times' assertion that "prominent architects had quietly pushed for him to receive the award for years," by name dropping Renzo Piano and Shigeru Ban:

Others took the opportunity to discuss Otto's legacy. Both New York Magazine's Justin Davidson and The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright drew comparisons to BIG and Heatherwick Studio's recently released designs for Google's new headquarters - with Wainwright suggesting that this is perhaps not the legacy Otto deserved:

However, in a conversation between himself and Alexandra Lange, Fred Scharmen seemed to question whether we should be so dismissive of work that follows in Frei Otto's footsteps:

Other critics took the opportunity to share their past coverage of Otto, with Justin McGuirk sharing a profile written after Otto's RIBA Gold Medal win ten years ago, and Tom Dyckhoff sharing his Culture Show episode on tents in which Otto was heavily featured (both of these are well worth your time):

And finally, The Pritzker Prize itself used Twitter to share tributes from individual members of its jury:

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Twitter Critics React to Frei Otto's Posthumous Pritzker" 11 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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