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SANAA Wins 2010 Pritzer Prize!

Museum in Nagano, Japan.

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are winners of the 2010 Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor. Sejima, one of the most prominent female architects in the world, and partner Nishizawa operate the acclaimed Tokyo firm SANAA. Their buildings, which often pair white interiors with expanses of glass, are known for their ethereal... more Pritzker Prize

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

The Party behind the Pritzer

The veterans debated over which was more memorable: the Versailles din- ner, with fountains and all, for Tadao Ando, or the gilded reception for ar- chitecture’s queen bee, Zaha Hadid, in St. Petersburg. Rem Koolhaas had his shining moment beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, while the Clintons brought... more Arch Daily Wikipedia

The architects Kazuyo Sejima, center, and Ryue Nishizawa, right, receive the Pritzker Prize from Thomas J. Pritzker.

Renzo Piano, standing, jokes with fellow architect Frank Gehry and other partygoers.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlists 19 Projects

The shortlist of 19 nominees for the 2010 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today by the Master Jury. The nominees, which range from a textile factory in Turkey to a school built on a bridge in China, are located in Albania, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Turkey.

The projects shortlisted by the in- dependent Master Jury are now being technically reviewed by a select group of architects, urban planners and en- gineers. The reviews, which empha- size the impact on the quality of life as well as architectural excellence, will be submitted to the Master Jury before the Award recipients are chosen. The final Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar in October 2010.... more

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Ten Years of ArchitectureWeek

Welcome to a kaleidoscopic 10th-anniversary special is- sue of ArchitectureWeek. We have pulled together a cross-section of some of our favorite articles from across the years, and pre- sent them this week com- plete with all their several hundred photographs and drawings... more

An Open Letter to Susan Szenasy re: Frank Gehry

"I publish some fifty articles a year, most of them on architecture. My work re- quires me to view hundreds of projects, and to read about thousands more. So I feel qualified to say that, far too often, LEED gives eco- cred to buildings that, in many cases, shouldn’t have been built. (Some call the process greenwash)... more

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Boston Properties ___   Bows Out

Boston Properties Inc. has dropped its quest to invest in and manage One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, leaving the Dur- st Organization Inc. and Related Cos. vying for the skyscraper rising at the scene of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Given the increasing scale of our own corporate activities and upon reflection, we decided it was best to with... more

Inside the 2010 ICFF

Patricia Urquiola, the Spa- nish designer, was standing beside her new collection of bath fixtures at the Interna- tional Contemporary Furni- ture Fair last Saturday, when she was approached by a trio of women holding clipboards, tiny cameras dangling from their wrists. The three embraced Ms. Urquiola, asking after her children and cooing over her gleaming hardware and decade... more NY Times