March 16, 2018

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Julia Fish

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Balkrishna Doshi Wins the 2018 Pritzker Prize

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Balkrishna Dosh © VSF Architect Balkrishna Doshi was recently awarded the 2018 Pritzker prize, the highest award in Architecture internationally. He is perhaps most known for his 1989 low-cost housing project in Aranya. The project, which houses 80,000 people, is built along a central spine. Homes range from single room …

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Balkrishna Dosh © VSF

Architect Balkrishna Doshi was recently awarded the 2018 Pritzker prize, the highest award in Architecture internationally. He is perhaps most known for his 1989 low-cost housing project in Aranya. The project, which houses 80,000 people, is built along a central spine. Homes range from single room to larger homes. They are designed in in groups of ten around parks and courtyards.

“They are not houses but homes where a happy community lives. That is what finally matters”

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Drawing of Aranya Low Cost Housing ©VSF

Doshi, now 90 years old, was born in Pune, India. He moved to England and then to Paris and studied under Le Corbusier. In 1954, he returned to India to work on several of Corbusier’s projects and began working on the Indian Institute of Management with Louis Kahn. Doshi created his own architectural practice, Vastushilpa Consultants, in 1956. Vestushilpa Consultants has worked on over 100 projects, including the Indian Institute of Management. His works combine aspects of Indian architecture and design with Western architecture. He is focused on creating adaptable spaces that benefit communities.

 

“Doshi’s architecture explores the relationships between fundamental needs of human life, connectivity to self and culture, and understanding of social traditions, within the context of a place and its environment, and through a response to Modernism. “

-Pritzker Prize

Doshi is also a gifted educator. He founded and taught at several schools while holding honorary doctorates at the University of Pennsylvania and McGill. Doshi has taught and lectured at prestigious institutions around the world.

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Aranya Low Cost Housing ©VSF

“Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends. With a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture, he has created projects for public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others.”

-Pritzker Prize Jury

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