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Toyo Ito de Japon Es El Premio Pritzker de Arquitectura 2013

Toyo Ito de Japon Es El Premio Pritzker de Arquitectura 2013

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Toyo Ito2013 LaureateMedia Kit
All materials are or publication/broadcast on or ater Monday, March 18, 2013.
For more inormation, please visit pritzkerprize.com.© 2013 The Hyatt Foundation
Contents Contact
Press Release Announcing the 2013 Laureate ........2Jury Citation ..................................5Jury Members .................................7Jury Quotes ...................................8Biography ....................................9Fact Summary .................................12Ceremony Venue ..............................21Past Laureates................................23About the Medal ..............................26History othe Prize ............................27Evolution othe Jury ...........................28Ceremonies Through the Years...................29Television Symposium .........................31Exhibitions and Books ..........................32
The Hyatt FoundationMedia Inormation Ofce
 Attn: Keith H. Walker8802 Ashcrot AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90048-2402phone: 310-273-8696 or 310-278-7372ax: 310-273-6134e-mail: khw@jenswalk.compritzkerprize.com
2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Media Kit
Press Release Announcing the 2013 Laureate
Toyo Ito o Japan is the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
For publication on or ater Monday, March 18, 2013For internet release Sunday, March 17, 1200 PDTLos Angeles, CA—Toyo Ito, a 71 year old architect whose architectural practice is based in Tokyo,Japan, will be the recipient o the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. It was announced today by ThomasJ. Pritzker, chairman o The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize. Ito is the sixth Japanesearchitect to become a Pritzker Laureate – the rst ve being the late Kenzo Tange in 1987, FumihikoMaki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995, and the team o Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010.The ormal ceremony or what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highesthonor will be at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts onWednesday, May 29. This marks the rst time the ceremony has been held in Boston, and the locationhas particular signicance because it was designed by another Pritzker Laureate, Ieoh Ming Pei whoreceived the prize in 1983.In making the announcement, Pritzker elaborated, “We are particularly pleased to be holdingour ceremony at the Kennedy Library, and it is even more signicant because the date is John F.Kennedy’s birthday.The purpose o the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which was ounded in 1979 by the late Jay A.Pritzker and his wie, Cindy, is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates acombination o those qualities o talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent andsignicant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art o architecture. Thelaureates receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion.Pritzker Prize jury chairman, The Lord Palumbo, spoke rom his home in the United Kingdom, quotingrom the jury citation that ocuses on the reasons or this year’s choice: “Throughout his career, ToyoIto has been able to produce a body o work that combines conceptual innovation with superblyexecuted buildings. Creating outstanding architecture or more than 40 years, he has successullyundertaken libraries, houses, parks, theaters, shops, oce buildings and pavilions, each time seekingto extend the possibilities o architecture. A proessional o unique talent, he is dedicated to the processo discovery that comes rom seeing the opportunities that lie in each commission and each site.Toyo Ito began working in the rm o Kiyonori Kikutake & Associates ater he graduated rom TokyoUniversity’s Department o Architecture in 1965. In 1971, he ounded his own studio in Tokyo, andnamed it Urban Robot (Urbot). In 1979, he changed the name to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.He has received numerous international awards, including in 2010, the 22nd Praemium Imperiale inHonor o Prince Takamatsu; and in 2006, The Royal Institute o British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal;and in 2002, the Golden Lion or Lietime Achievement or 8th Venice Biennale International Exhibition.Calling him a “creator o timeless buildings,” the Pritzker Jury cites Ito or “inusing his designs with aspiritual dimension and or the poetics that transcend all his works.Toyo Ito made this comment in reaction to winning the prize: “Architecture is bound by various socialconstraints. I have been designing architecture bearing in mind that it would be possible to realizemore comortable spaces i we are reed rom all the restrictions even or a little bit. However, whenone building is completed, I become painully aware o my own inadequacy, and it turns into energy tochallenge the next project. Probably this process must keep repeating itsel in the uture.“Thereore, I will never x my architectural style and never be satised with my works,” he concluded.
2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Media Kit
Press Release Announcing the 2013 Laureate
(continued)One o his rst projects in 1971 was a home in a suburb oTokyo. Called “Aluminum House,” thestructure consisted o wooden rame completely covered in aluminum. Most o his early works wereresidences. In 1976, he produced a home or his sister, who had recently lost her husband. The housewas called “White U” and generated a great deal o interest in Ito’s works. O most o his work inthe 1980’s, Ito explains that he was seeking to erase conventional meaning rom his works throughminimalist tactics, developing lightness in architecture that resembles air and wind.He calls the Sendai Mediatheque, completed in 2001 in Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan, one o the highpoints o his career. In the Phaidon book,
Toyo Ito 
, he explains, “The Mediatheque diers romconventional public buildings in many ways. While the building principally unctions as a library and artgallery, the administration has actively worked to relax divisions between diverse programs, removingxed barriers between various media to progressively evoke an image o how cultural acilities shouldbe rom now on.” The jury commented on this project in their citation, saying, “Ito has said that hestrives or architecture that is fuid and not conned by what he considers to be the limitations omodern architecture. In the Sendai Mediatheque he achieved this by structural tubes,which permitted new interior spatial qualities.Another o Ito’s projects commented on by the jury is the TOD’S Omotesando building in Tokyo,“where the building skin also serves as structure,” to quote the jury citation, and urther, “Innovativeis a word oten used to describe Toyo Ito’s works.” Citing the Municipal Funeral Hall in Giu Preecture,Tokyo’s Tama Art University Library, and London’s 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the jury callsattention to some “o his many inspiring spaces.The distinguished jury that selected the 2013 Pritzker Laureate consists o its chairman, The LordPalumbo, internationally known architectural patron o London, chairman o the trustees, SerpentineGallery, ormer chairman o the Arts Council o Great Britain, ormer chairman o the Tate GalleryFoundation, and ormer trustee o the Mies van der Rohe Archive at The Museum o Modern Art, NewYork; and alphabetically: Alejandro Aravena, architect and executive director o Elemental in Santiago,Chile; Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Washington, D.C.; Yung Ho Chang, architect andeducator, Beijing, The People’s Republic o China; Glenn Murcutt, architect and 2002 Pritzker Laureateo Sydney, Australia; and Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, proessor and author o Helsinki, Finland. MarthaThorne, associate dean or external relations, IE School o Architecture & Design, Madrid, Spain, is theexecutive director o the prize.In addition to the previous laureates already mentioned, the late Philip Johnson was the rst PritzkerLaureate in 1979. The late Luis Barragán o Mexico was named in 1980. The late James Stirling o theUnited Kingdom was elected in 1981, Kevin Roche in 1982, Ieoh Ming Pei in 1983, and Richard Meierin 1984. Hans Hollein o Austria was the 1985 Laureate. Gottried Böhm o Germany received the prizein 1986. Robert Venturi received the honor in 1991, and Alvaro Siza o Portugal in 1992. Christian dePortzamparc o France was elected Pritzker Laureate in 1994. Frank Gehry o the United States wasthe recipient in 1989, the late Aldo Rossi o Italy in 1990. In 1996, Raael Moneo o Spain was theLaureate; in 1997 the late Sverre Fehn o Norway; in 1998 Renzo Piano o Italy, in 1999 Sir NormanFoster o the UK, and in 2000, Rem Koolhaas o the Netherlands. Australian Glenn Murcutt receivedthe prize in 2002. The late Jørn Utzon o Denmark was honored in 2003; Zaha Hadid o the UK in 2004;and Thom Mayne o the United States in 2005. Paulo Mendes da Rocha o Brazil was the Laureate in2006, and Richard Rogers received the prize in 2007. Jean Nouvel o France was the Laureate in 2008.In 2009, Peter Zumthor o Switzerland received the award. In 2010, two Japanese architects werehonored, partners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa o SANAA, Inc. In 2011, Eduardo Souto deMoura o Portugal was the laureate. Last year, Wang Shu o The People’s Republic o China becamethe laureate.

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