Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Feb/Mar 2018 - Page 9

NEWSWORTHY ARCHITECTURE ZA FESTIVAL 2018 This year, the Architecture ZA Festival (#AZA18) is inviting all those engaged with the built environment to be part of a call for participatory action around how we shape our cities collectively. As our cities evolve in response to global urbanisation and climate change, new opportunities being created toward cities, improved are compact resource con- sumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, human development and climate change adaptation. Cities need to be sustainable, adaptive and diverse in resilient in order to the face be more of such new scenarios. Under the theme ‘WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience’, the #AZA18 programme will focus on issues 2018 PRITZKER ARCHITECTURE PRIZE LAUREATE Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Archi- tecture Prize Laureate. Doshi is the 45th Pritzker Prize Laureate and the first to hail from India. Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instru- mental in shaping the discourse of archi- tecture throughout India and internationally. Influenced by masters of 20th-century architecture, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, and Louis Khan, Doshi has been able to interpret architecture and transform it into built works that respect eastern culture while enhancing the quality of living in India. His ethical and personal approach to architecture has touched lives of every socio- economic class across a broad spectrum of genres since the 1950s. “My works are an extension of my life, philosophy and dreams trying to create treasury of the architectural spirit. I owe this prestigious prize to my guru, Le Corbusier. His teachings led me to question identity and compelled me to discover new regionally adopted contemporary expression for a sustainable holistic habitat,” comments Doshi. He continues, “with all my humility and gratefulness I want to thank the Pritzker Jury for this deeply touching and rewarding recognition of my work. This reaffirms my belief that, ‘life celebrates when lifestyle and architecture fuse.’” News Watch Doshi’s architecture explores the rela- tionships between fundamental needs of human life, connectivity to self and culture, and understanding of social traditions, within the context of a place and its environment, and through a response to Modernism. Childhood recollections, from the rhythms of the weather to the ringing of temple bells, inform his designs. He describes architecture as an extension of the body, and his ability to attentively address function while regarding climate, landscape, and urbanisation is demonstrated through his choice of materials, overlapping spaces, and utilisation of natural and harmoni- sing elements. The 2018 Jury Citation states, in part: “Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends. With a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture, he has created projects for public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others.” The Jury continues, “Doshi is acutely aware of the context in which his buildings are located. His solutions take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions, and therefore his architecture is totally engaged with sustainability.” of design and practice concerning environmental potential, cultural heritage and human settlement – with South African architectural, urban and sharing spectives cultural experiences with producers and per- cutting-edge international practices. Speakers engage and delegates will around different sce- narios of change as to how we live, interact, and survive both as individuals and as part of a collective, within the urban environment. The programme will centre around ‘Resilience’ as the ability of a system to absorb, or recover from, certain disturbances without losing its ability to function; and ‘Memory’ as the phenomena that imbue a place with meaning. The programme includes keynote presentations, parallel sessions, student design sessions, films, and professional practice sessions. #AZA18 will be held at 012Central in Pretoria from 3-5 May 2018. 9