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Gallery: Balkrishna Doshi becomes India's first Pritzker Architecture Prize winner

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Balkrishna Doshi was born in Pune, India in 1927
Balkrishna Doshi was born in Pune, India in 1927
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Balkrishna Doshi was born in Pune, India in 1927
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Balkrishna Doshi was born in Pune, India in 1927
The Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Verandah at the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Verandah at the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
View from the museum court of the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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View from the museum court of the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketches for the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketches for the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Upstairs verandah at the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Upstairs verandah at the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketches for the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketches for the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Kamala House, a one-and-a-half-story home in India designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Kamala House, a one-and-a-half-story home in India designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Kamala House, a one-and-a-half-story home in India designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Kamala House, a one-and-a-half-story home in India designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Kamala House, a one-and-a-half-story home in India designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Kamala House, a one-and-a-half-story home in India designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Natural light filters into a studio space at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Natural light filters into a studio space at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Blurring the lines between interior and exterior at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Blurring the lines between interior and exterior at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Funnel-shaped entrance guides the breeze through the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Funnel-shaped entrance guides the breeze through the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Studio space at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Studio space at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Outdoor space at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Outdoor space at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketch of the entranceway to the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketch of the entranceway to the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketches of ventilation and light for the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketches of ventilation and light for the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
"One of my most favourite housing projects is the one I designed for Life Insurance Corporation, at Ahmedabad...Here I knew that the houses would be occupied by several generations of the same family, that they would identify with it, that there will be a strong sense of belonging and that their needs will change, and they may modify parts of it," said Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
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"One of my most favourite housing projects is the one I designed for Life Insurance Corporation, at Ahmedabad...Here I knew that the houses would be occupied by several generations of the same family, that they would identify with it, that there will be a strong sense of belonging and that their needs will change, and they may modify parts of it," said Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
Life Insurance Corporation Housing project, Ahmedabad, India. Designed by Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
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Life Insurance Corporation Housing project, Ahmedabad, India. Designed by Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
Sketches of the Life Insurance Corporation Housing project, Ahmedabad, India. Designed by Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
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Sketches of the Life Insurance Corporation Housing project, Ahmedabad, India. Designed by Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
Sketches of the Life Insurance Corporation Housing project, Ahmedabad, India. Designed by Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
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Sketches of the Life Insurance Corporation Housing project, Ahmedabad, India. Designed by Balkrishna Doshi, winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize
The Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India,  designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India,  designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Entrance to the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India,  designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Entrance to the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India,  designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Natural light filters into the foyer of the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Natural light filters into the foyer of the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Top floor of the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Top floor of the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Staircase inside the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Staircase inside the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Auditorium interior of the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Auditorium interior of the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Entrance to balcony seating in the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Entrance to balcony seating in the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketch of curtain tapestry for the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketch of curtain tapestry for the Premabhai Hall public theater in Ahmedabad, India, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Indian Institute of Management is inspired by the traditional maze-like cities and temples found across India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Indian Institute of Management is inspired by the traditional maze-like cities and temples found across India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Inside the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Inside the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Light and shadows at play in the exterior corridors of the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Light and shadows at play in the exterior corridors of the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Views toward the library at the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Views toward the library at the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketches of the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketches of the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Inside Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Inside Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketch of Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketch of Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Site plan of Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Site plan of Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Inside Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Inside Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketch of Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketch of Sangath Studio in Ahmedabad, India, designed by and home to  2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
“Can we minimize motorized travel and maximize walking and cycling? Can we change the conventional land use patterns and provide for mixed land uses? Can we create opportunities at various scales where everybody can work together? Can we find an optimal transportation network?” 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi ponders these questions with a masterplan for a housing complex
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“Can we minimize motorized travel and maximize walking and cycling? Can we change the conventional land use patterns and provide for mixed land uses? Can we create opportunities at various scales where everybody can work together? Can we find an optimal transportation network?” 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi ponders these questions with a masterplan for a housing complex
The Aranya Low Cost Housing project, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Aranya Low Cost Housing project, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Modeling of the Aranya Low Cost Housing project, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Modeling of the Aranya Low Cost Housing project, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Aranya Low Cost Housing project, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Aranya Low Cost Housing project, designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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The Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Drawing of a street scene in the Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India, which accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Drawing of a street scene in the Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India, which accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketch of the Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketch of the Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Sketch of the Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Sketch of the Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect. An underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect. An underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Inside the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. The space was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect and includes an underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Inside the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. The space was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect and includes an underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Inside the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. The space was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect and includes an underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Inside the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. The space was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect and includes an underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Porcelain mosaic tiles reflect sunlight and mitigate heat gain from the roof of the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Porcelain mosaic tiles reflect sunlight and mitigate heat gain from the roof of the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Construction of the roof of the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Construction of the roof of the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Construction of the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Construction of the Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect. An underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain hides under the undulating roof. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect. An underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain hides under the undulating roof. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect. An underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain hides under the undulating roof. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Amdavad Ni Gufa in Ahmedabad, India was designed to explore collaboration between an artist and architect. An underground gallery housing the works of artist Maqbool Fida Husain hides under the undulating roof. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
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Regarded as the Nobel Prize for architecture, the Pritzker Prize has honored the work of living architects from all over the world since its inception in 1979. This year sees it make its way to India for the first time, going to Balkrishna Doshi who has spent much of his 70-year career dedicated to improving the quality of life in his homeland with a particular focus on lower socio-economic classes. The Pritzker Jury deemed there was no candidate for 2018 that better fit its criteria of having "produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture."

Some recent recipients of architecture's highest honor include the likes of Chile's Alejandro Aravena, France's Jean Nouvel and Japan's Shigeru Ban, so as the recipient of the 2018 Pritzker Architecutre Prize, Doshi is certainly joining some esteemed company.

Born in Pune, India in 1927, Doshi studied at the JJ School of Architecture in Mumbai before traveling to Paris to work under France's best-known 20th century architect, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris. Known as Le Corbusier, the iconic figure was a designer, painter and one of the foremost pioneers of modern architecture, and it is he who Doshi credits with a great deal of his success.

"My works are an extension of my life, philosophy and dreams trying to create treasury of the architectural spirit," he says. "I owe this prestigious prize to my guru, Le Corbusier. His teachings led me to question identity and compelled me to discover new regionally adopted contemporary expression for a sustainable holistic habitat. With all my humility and gratefulness I want to thank the Pritzker Jury for this deeply touching and rewarding recognition of my work. This reaffirms my belief that, 'life celebrates when lifestyle and architecture fuse.'"

The Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
The Aranya Low Cost Housing project in Indore, India accommodates more than 80,000 residents. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi

Doshi's approach is perhaps best illustrated through the Aranya Low Cost Housing project, completed in 1989. The cluster of 6,500 houses linked by labyrinthine pathways and communal courtyards range from single-room units to larger homes, and accommodate more than 80,000 low- and middle-income residents.

Another noteworthy creation is the Indian Institute of Management, which is inspired by the traditional maze-like cities and temples found across India. It comprises a collection of interlocking buildings, courts and galleries, and uses grand masonry, giant corridors and greenery to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors.

Views toward the library at the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi
Views toward the library at the Indian Institute of Management. Designed by 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi

"Professor Doshi has said that "design converts shelters into homes, housing into communities, and cities into magnets of opportunities," says Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award. "The life's work of Balkrishna Doshi truly underscores the mission of the Prize – demonstrating the art of architecture and an invaluable service to humanity. I am honored to present the 40th anniversary of this award to an architect who has contributed more than 60 years of service to us all."

Jump on into the gallery to see more of Doshi's acclaimed body of work. He will present a lecture and be officially awarded the Pritzker Prize at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, in May 2018.

Source: Pritzker Prize

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3 comments
ljaques
Cheers, Prof. Doshi. You're the first architect in decades that I haven't taken a near instant dislike to their work. (No, second. I like a few things Zaha did, including her beautiful daughters.) Half your projects would look a whole lot better done in wood/metal/glass rather than concrete, but I like your style. The first building was relaxing. Your house is lively and interesting. The circular floor in the CEPT was interesting. The plantings really set off the walkway in the IIM. The Amdavad is downright alien weird, but in a good sort of way. Congrats on the award. I =finally= agree with some of the judges.
Vernon Miles Kerr
My first impressions are, stark, cold, industrial, reluctantly-hospitible to human habitation, moreover, almost condescending to human habitation. These structures seem to have come from a place of giving up on resisting the march to cover the world with concrete and making a compromise with the god of industry.
Cody Blank
His stuff looks very much mid century/ brutalist with not much in the way of updating the style from where it was in the 50-70's. Not saying that it's a bad thing, they are nice designs in that style/ decade, it's just they already look dated. Also shooting them like they would have be photo'd back then doesn't help that either. But in my mind I don't know if that really deserves a Pritzker. Good stuff...but I guess it's the consistency that counted in this instance.