Alejandro Aravena named as 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate



This short movie explains the work and philosophy of architect Alejandro Aravena, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2016.

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena was named as the 2016 recipient of the Pritzker, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel prize, ahead of curating this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

Aravena, 48, will be the 41st recipient of the Pritzker Prize, receiving a $100,000 grant and a bronze medal during a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 4 April.

Aravena is best known for his work with “do tank” Elemental, an architecture group that aims to tackle poverty and eliminate slums using a participatory approach that engages local communities in early stages of the design process.

Elemental, of which Aravena is executive director, won international praise for its 2004 “half a house” Quinta Monroy development in Iquique, Chile. The scheme was designed to make the most of a tiny budget by building the frame and the essential spaces for each house, leaving the remainder for residents to complete themselves over time according to their own needs and financial means.

The success of the project has seen the “half a house” concept deployed at a number of locations across Central and South America.

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