Listen: Nobel Prize, Pritzker Prize, Japan discussed on Monocle 24: The Monocle Daily
"It's the only truly. Global award given in the field. So while awards such as the rebus terling prize in the UK or the EU me surprise in Europe might be more familiar to local audiences. The Pritzker prize is truly international. So you'll you'll often hear of spoken as the Nobel prize for architecture. That's sort of emblematic of the significance. The award has serving a specific instance routes is a sake clearly an architect of extraordinary renown and many decades of experience is it actually quite weird. He hasn't won before. Yes. Actually, you could say that it is he was really quite popular in the nineteen eighties. And really a very familiar name. Not just in architecture but much more generally back in the eighties. So it is it is a bit strange that it didn't happen earlier. But for to happen now is still a recognition of a career where of groundbreaking work in in fact, in the last twenty thirty years he's actually concluded works that really rival the significance of his early work. So while it's a shame. He wasn't recognized earlier. It's certainly not too late. Don't it's a difficult thing to sell your guests over such a long and such varied career. But does he have a particular signature is there, there's something you see in any one of his designs that that stamps at his? On ably. His. Formerly speaking, visually speaking, I would say, no, actually, I think this is the reason why this prize comes to some as a bit of a surprise. He's not known for singular style or poached, his work. But I actually think that's what makes him exciting as laureate this year. I think it's very easy to rely on formal approaches to architecture as signature while that's very distinguishing especially to a general audience it can sometimes the stifling in the architecture. So to see given to see this prize given to someone who's really dedicated a career to really thinking creatively and really investing in the context in which he builds it's it's very exciting for the price the breemen. If not a consistent visual motif supposed a consistent philosophy. V on the pinning. What he does. I know he's spoken of the effect that his his upbringing opposite or very near the the postal ruins of shame had on him. Yes. I would say that was an incredibly significant influence on both in personally and his work. He's he grew up, of course, in Japan during the war and really began his architecture career in the postwar years of Japan. So his own hometown. He said was burned to the ground. He also was not far away from her Shema. So he he was really coming of age and sort of developing as an architect in a context that architecturally essentially wasn't there on his his set as much. He he said my first experience of architecture was the void of architecture and that began to consider how people might rebuilt their homes in cities. So I think there's there's a relationship to the. The to the city and the lack of city that is really striking in his architecture. You can see in a number of his projects that he will often lift his works from the ground slightly either on penalty, which is Collins that rise from the ground or placing the building buildings on podiums. So there's a relationship to the earth on which it sits that is a little bit separated. Do you think the somewhere in that need to re imagine what Benakka TEK looks like the Japan obviously had following World War Two. Is there an explanation invade you think that out of forty six if I've done my math, right Pritzker prize laureates, we now have nine I think to have come from Japan, which is an extraordinary proportion. Yeah. I think there I think that the post were ten Holt, I suppose in the country really encouraged a creative thinking in a way, that's maybe less urgent in places that do not have to be built themselves. I think there was sort of a very open and creative atmosphere, but also an intense need for new stasis and a need to visualize what the future could look like in how it could be successful.."