Monday, March 31, 2008

Jean Nouvel wins the Pritzker Prize

Curious that in explaining their choice, as the NYTimes reports, the Pritzker committee explained that in a recent project Nouvel manages to work both with and against a site. Here are photographs I took at two of his most famous projects in Paris in 2006. The first is a detail of the light responsive system of apertures on the facade at the Arab World Institute and the the other is a partial view of the Quai Branly Museum.
My most vital memory concerning Nouvel was a lecture at USC I attended in 1998 during which I witnessed Jalal Toufic (who was teaching at CalArts at the time) subject Nouvel to a scathing, awkward and ultimately productive critique.

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