BALKRISHNA DOSHI WINS THE 2018 PRITZKER PRIZE
Go to our blog and watch Doshi, the documentary Premjit Ramachandran made on the first Indian architect to win one of the world's highest accolades in architecture, in recognition of a career spanning almost 70 years, and the commitment of this former Le Corbusier assistant to using architecture as a force for pubic good.
Mainly known for his pioneering design of low-cost housing and public institutions , the now 90-year old Doshi became one of the most influential architects of post-independence India, fusing international modernist principles with local vernacular traditions. Among his most acclaimed projects are Tagore Memorial Hall in Ahmedabad, where he lives and works, and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development, a collection of more than 6,500 residences in the city of Indore."(In India) we talk of housing, we talk of squatters, we talk of villages, we talk of towns -- everybody talks, but who is going to really do something about it?" he asked CNN, when much to his surprise he learned he had been awarded a prize that has previously faced criticism for its lack of diversity, since to date, more than two-thirds of Pritzker Laureates have come from Europe or North America. "I took the personal decision that I would work for the 'other half' „, he continued, referring to his own childhood encounters with extreme poverty, „ I'd work for them and try to empower them. (...) These people have nothing -- no land, no place, no employment. But if the government gives them a little piece of land, they can get a feeling of, 'I'm going to work hard, and find a way to build my own home.' If you put them together as a community, there's cooperation, there's sharing, there's understanding and there's this whole diffusion of religion, caste, custom and occupation."