PM Modi hails Balakrishna Doshi for his ‘Nobel Prize’

By Across States News Team| March 8, 20180

Congratulating the renowned architect Balkrishna Doshi, the first Indian to win the prestigious ‘Pritzker Prize’, the highest award given to architects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the honour is a fitting recognition of his outstanding work, which has spanned decades and made a notable contribution to society.

His 70 years career as an architect, includes projects such as Tagore Memorial Hall in Ahmedabad and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development, a collection of more than 6,500 residences in the city of Indore, which was announced as the award recipient on Wednesday.

The architect and urban planner, who turned 90 last year, during a phone interview with an international news agency from his Ahmedabad residence, said that the award was “a great surprise. “I think it is very, very significant that this award has come to India. The government, officials, those who take decisions, cities — everyone will start thinking that there is something called ‘good architecture’ (and that) lasting things can happen. (Only) then can we start talking about urbanization and urban design.

In addition to being South Asia’s first Pritzker Prize winner, Doshi diverges from other prize winners by having no overseas milestones to his name. While he has often taught abroad, the vast majority his work has taken place within India, reflecting a commitment to using architecture as a force for public good.
Referring to his own childhood encounters with “extreme poverty,” Doshi expressed hope that, by winning architecture’s most coveted award, he can draw attention to the impact of social housing in India.

found by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy — members of the American family behind the the Hyatt Hotel chain — the annual award is modeled on the Nobel Prize. Doshi will collect a prize of $100,000 and a bronze medallion, which will be presented during a ceremony at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on March 16.

Sanjay M Bhaire

(The author is editor-In-Chief, across State News)

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