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Indian Architect Balkrishna Doshi Wins the Prestigious Pritzker Prize

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New York: Indian Architect and educator Balkrishna Doshi, best-known for his innovative work designing low-cost housing, has been awarded the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the first Indian to win architecture’s highest honour in its 40-year history. The award was announced Wednesday by Tom Pritzker of the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation.

The foundation praised the 90-year-old’s work as “poetic and functional,” and the prize recognizes the fact that he has created works that both respect Eastern culture and enhance quality of life in India. Doshi has been an architect, urban planner and educator for 70 years; he has established many schools of architecture and design in India.

Doshi said in a statement upon receiving the Pritzker, “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.

Among Doshi’s achievements: the Aranya low-cost housing project in Indore, which accommodates over 80,000 people, many of them poor, through a system of houses, courtyards and internal pathways.

Doshi Born in 1927 in the city of Pune and studied architecture in Mumbai and later worked under Le Corbusier, overseeing his projects in the cities of Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. He was the founding director of Ahmedabad’s School of Architecture and Planning, which is now known as CEPT University. He founded his own practice in 1956, and lives and works in Ahmedabad.

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