Indian architect wins prestigious Pritzker Prize

Balkrishna Doshi of India has won the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is the first from India to win architecture’s highest honor in the prize’s 40-year history.

The award was announced Wednesday by Tom Pritzker of the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation.

Doshi has been an architect, urban planner, and educator for 70 years. The foundation called the 90-year-old’s work “poetic and functional,” and noted his ability to create works that both respect eastern culture and enhance quality of life in India.

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

Reached at home in Ahmedabad, Doshi says his life’s work has been “to empower the have-nots, the people who have nothing.”

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