Arata Isozaki Pritzker Prize-winning Architect Dies at Age 91

Arata Isozaki, a Japanese architect who won the Pritzker Prize and was known as a “post-modern giant” who combined the cultures and histories of the East and West in his designs, has died. He was 91.

According to Bijutsu Techo, one of Japan’s most respected art magazines, and other news sources, Isozaki died on Wednesday at his home on the southern island of Okinawa.

In 2019, Isozaki won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is the most prestigious award in the world for architecture. Isozaki got his start as an architect by working for Kenzo Tange, a Japanese legend and winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1987.

He did this after studying architecture at the University of Tokyo, Japan’s best school. Isozaki started his own office, Arata Isozaki & Associates, which he called “Atelier” around 1963. At the time, he was working on a public library for his home prefecture of Oita, one of his first projects.

He was one of the first Japanese architects to design buildings outside of Japan that crossed national and cultural boundaries. He was also one of the first people to criticize city planning and design.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona, which was built for the 1992 Summer Olympics, are two of Isozaki’s best-known works. He also made famous buildings like the Team Disney Building and the Walt Disney Company’s headquarters in Florida.

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Born in Oita in 1931, he was 14 years old when the U.S. bombed Hiroshima and Nagaski with atomic bombs in August 1945, killing 210,000 people.

This made him think that buildings are temporary, but they should also be nice to look at. Isozaki had said that his hometown had been bombed and destroyed.

“So I grew up near ground zero. It was in complete ruins, and there was no architecture, no buildings and not even a city,” he said when he received the Pritzker. “So my first experience of architecture was the void of architecture, and I began to consider how people might rebuild their homes and cities.”

Isozaki was also a critic of society and the arts. He had offices in Tokyo, China, Italy and Spain. About five years ago, he moved to Okinawa, which is in the southwestern part of Japan.

He has taught at Columbia, Harvard and Yale universities. He has also written about philosophy and made films and plays… Follow us only on Lee Daily for more news like this.

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