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The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of Australia's Icon

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of Australia's Icon, Under Construction in 1968. Image © Flickr – User: PhillipC
Under Construction in 1968. Image © Flickr – User: PhillipC

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the completion of Danish architect Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, The Opera House Project takes you on a journey from the project's inception in 1954 - known as Design 218 - to the completed masterpiece up to 2012, and all the personal, political and technical struggles that the designers were faced with. As expressed by Sam Doust, writer and director of the project, the epic journey is based on an "aspiration to perfection" and then the "failure to achieve it".

Necessary Hauntings: Why Architecture Must Listen to its Forgotten Women

01:00 - 16 July, 2013
Necessary Hauntings: Why Architecture Must Listen to its Forgotten Women, From left: Ray Eames; Denise Scott Brown; Jeanne Gang Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; Courtesy Sally Ryan Photography; Courtesy Frank Hanswijk
From left: Ray Eames; Denise Scott Brown; Jeanne Gang Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; Courtesy Sally Ryan Photography; Courtesy Frank Hanswijk

This article, by Alexandra Lange, originally appeared on Metropolis Magazine as "Architecture's Lean In Moment."

Palafito del Mar Hotel / Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 July, 2013
Palafito del Mar Hotel / Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos, © Eugenio Ortúzar
© Eugenio Ortúzar

Pedro Montt is a neighborhood on stilts in the city of Castro, Chiloe. It is one of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of the city and of Chile. It takes over the sea, where there are no regulations, only internal codes of a community that has existed for years on the waterfront, over the sea, showcasing a way of living and a culture.

Pritzker Rejects Petition for Denise Scott Brown's Retroactive Award

00:00 - 16 June, 2013
Pritzker Rejects Petition for Denise Scott Brown's Retroactive Award, © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

The Pritzker Prize has finally released their official statement in response to the petition Harvard graduate students Arielle Assouline-Lichten and Caroline James wrote, proposing that Denise Scott Brown retroactively receive recognition for the Pritzker Prize that her husband, Robert Venturi, won in 1991.

Twitterverse responds to Pritzker's Rejection of Denise Scott Brown Petition

00:00 - 16 June, 2013
Twitterverse responds to Pritzker's Rejection of Denise Scott Brown Petition

We have rounded up some of the reactions to this afternoon's news that Denise Scott Brown would not retroactively receive recognition for the Pritzker Prize that her husband, Robert Venturi, won in 1991.

2013 Pritzker Prize Ceremony, Toyo Ito

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
2013 Pritzker Prize Ceremony, Toyo Ito, Thomas Pritzker, Toyo Ito, Lord Palumbo, Martha Thorn
Thomas Pritzker, Toyo Ito, Lord Palumbo, Martha Thorn

Last night we attended the Pritkzer Prize ceremony, where the 2013 laureate Toyo Ito accepted the prestigious award at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize Adds Two New Jurors

00:00 - 24 May, 2013
The Pritzker Architecture Prize Adds Two New Jurors

Thomas J. Pritzker has announced that the Pritzker Architecture Prize has added two deserving jurors to their esteemed panel, stating: “We are delighted to welcome to the jury two individuals of great insight - Kristin Feireiss and Ratan N. Tata. [...] From different countries and backgrounds, they share a commitment to the art of architecture and its social responsibility. Each will be a tremendous asset to the Pritzker Architecture Prize.”

The Scott Brown Petition & Women's Role in Architecture

00:00 - 10 May, 2013
The Scott Brown Petition & Women's Role in Architecture, Denise Scott Brown via Plataforma Arquitectura
Denise Scott Brown via Plataforma Arquitectura

The petition demanding that architect Denise Scott Brown be retroactively acknowledged as a joint recipient of the 1991 Pritzker Prize has surpassed 12,000 signatures. Notable supporters include past Pritzker Prize recipients Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Scott Brown's own husband and partner of 40 years, Robert Venturi. The success of this Change.org campaign, fueled by two young women of the Harvard GSD's Women In Design club, is larger than the one female architect it aims to honor - it is a campaign to rethink the difficult and often unjust position of the woman in architecture.

Pritzker’s Challenge: Recognition in the Age of Creative Partnerships

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
Pritzker’s Challenge: Recognition in the Age of Creative Partnerships, Wang Shu receiving his Pritzker Award in 2012. Oddly, his wife and co-partner, Lu Wenyu, was not acknowledged.
Wang Shu receiving his Pritzker Award in 2012. Oddly, his wife and co-partner, Lu Wenyu, was not acknowledged.

The Pritzker Prize had idealistic beginnings: recognising achievement within architecture, a profession that had long lost its status in public opinion. Pritzker 'seamed' this fragmentation, celebrated the architect and broadcast this stellar contribution to society, as a creative, a singular author whose uniqueness set him/her apart from a field of practitioners.

Pritzker Responds To Denise Scott Brown Controversy

00:00 - 1 April, 2013
Pritzker Responds To Denise Scott Brown Controversy , © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

An intense gender debate has been making headlines after Denise Scott Brown called for Pritzker to “salute the notion of joint creativity” and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown’s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard’s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi and Hani Rashid, along with MoMA senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli, architecture photographer Iwan Baan, Rice School of Architecture dean Sarah Whiting, and Berkeley College of Environmental Design dean Jennifer Wolch.

Denise Scott Brown Demands Recognition from Pritzker

00:00 - 29 March, 2013
Denise Scott Brown Demands Recognition from Pritzker, © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

During a speech at the AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in London last week, postmodern icon Denise Scott Brown requested to be acknowledged retrospectively for her role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize, describing Pritzker’s inability to acknowledge her involvement as “very sad”.

AD Classics: Odate Dome / Toyo Ito & Associates

01:00 - 22 March, 2013
AD Classics: Odate Dome / Toyo Ito & Associates, © Mikio Kamaya
© Mikio Kamaya

The Odate Dome in the Akita Prefecture of Japan was completed by Toyo Ito in June 1997. The project is another example of the architect's impressive canon, making use of cutting edge technology and bringing architecture closer to people. Seemingly floating a few meters above the ground, the dome leaves space for the people to flow in comfortably, while the use of wood is itself a way of bringing nature into architecture while adopting the latest technological advancements.

AD Classics: Yatsushiro Municipal Museum / Toyo Ito

01:00 - 21 March, 2013
AD Classics: Yatsushiro Municipal Museum / Toyo Ito, © Tomio Ohashi
© Tomio Ohashi

The city of Yatsushiro is known in Japan as a home for exemplary architecture - the legacy at least in part of Artpolis, a plan by the government of the Kumamoto Prefecture to seek out a range of talented architects to design cultural buildings in the cities of the region. Though the Artpolis scheme has been running for the past 22 years, perhaps its most successful building was completed back in 1991, with the construction of Toyo Ito's Yatsushiro Municipal Museum.

Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)

00:00 - 20 March, 2013
Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)
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AD Classics: White U / Toyo Ito

01:00 - 20 March, 2013
AD Classics: White U / Toyo Ito, © Koji Taki
© Koji Taki

Toyo Ito was commissioned for this building by his older sister after her husband sadly lost his battle with cancer in the 1970s. Having lived for a number of years in a high-rise apartment, she and her two young daughters wished to move to a site which had more connection to the ground; as luck would have it, the site next to Ito's own house was being sold at the time.

2013 Pritzker Prize: Toyo Ito

01:00 - 19 March, 2013
2013 Pritzker Prize: Toyo Ito, Portrait of Toyo Ito © Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Portrait of Toyo Ito © Yoshiaki Tsutsui

“Although Mr. Ito has built a great number of buildings in his career, in my view, he has been working on one project all along, -- to push the boundaries of architecture. And to achieve that goal, he is not afraid of letting go what he has accomplished before.” -- Yung Ho Chang, Member of the Pritzker Jury for 2013

AD Classics: Silver Hut / Toyo Ito

01:00 - 19 March, 2013
AD Classics: Silver Hut / Toyo Ito , © Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates
© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates

Known for his conceptual designs, Japanese architect Toyo Ito is arguably one of the world’s most innovative architects. He began his architectural career with a project for his sister in 1976 called “The U House,” located in the center of Tokyo. The U House contained windows on the inside facing a courtyard instead of the typical outward-facing windows. This was Ito’s first experimentation with the ways that light enters buildings, and he expanded this idea to an even greater extent in his next project: the Silver Hut in Nakano, Tokyo.

AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito & Associates

01:00 - 18 March, 2013
AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito & Associates, © Tomio Ohashi
© Tomio Ohashi

The Tower of Winds is a project largely indicative of Toyo Ito's approach to architecture, particularly his belief in the importance of technology and its vital role in the future of architecture. The project not only embraces technology and involves it in a dialogue with the city, but also establishes a direct symbolic relationship between nature and the installation.