Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects expresses concern for Pritzker Prize criteria

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Architect Patrik Schumacher, a company director, partner and senior designer at Zaha Hadid Architects expressed his concern about the  criteria to winning the Pritzker Prize being related to humanitarian work rather than innovation.

Commenting on Shigeru Ban as this year’s Pritzker laureate, Schumacher wrote on Facebook: “I congratulate Shigeru Ban … love his work, especially the Metz project … however, I worry if the criteria of the Pritzker Prize … architecture’s most prestigious prize … are now also being diverted in the direction of political correctness …. I would wish that architectural innovations that upgrade the discipline’s capacity to cope with and facilitate the great urban develpment and restructuring tasks we are facing would dominate choice here … I am afraid that if criteria shift towards political correctness great iconoclast-innovators like Wolf Prix or Peter Eisenman wont ever stand a chance to be recognized here …”

In another post, the architect added: “Does this mean that those who aspire to win the Pritzker – or the Nobel prize in physics – have to add humanitarian charity work into the mix?”

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One Response to Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects expresses concern for Pritzker Prize criteria

  1. Nas says:

    what is he talking about!!!! Innovation is the paper tube structures that are cheap and easily transported to the needy!! that is innovation clearly Patrik doesnt see the good that these structures have brought to people because he hasnt been in a situation where he needed it… and of course coming from Zaha Hadids office which 90% of there projects are dependent on a software that 12 year old kids could use today “grasshopper”…. what a joke

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