Designer for poor wins Pritzker

Central Station | 9 Mar 2018

Architect and educator Balkrishna Doshi, best-known for his innovative work designing low-cost housing, has been awarded the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the first Indian to win architecture's highest honor in its 40-year history.

Doshi has been an architect, urban planner and educator for 70 years. Judges called the 90-year-old's work "poetic and functional," and noted his ability to create works that both respect eastern culture and enhance quality of life in India.

Among Doshi's achievements is the Aranya low-cost housing project in Indore, which accommodates more than 80,000 people, many of them poor, through a system of houses, courtyards and internal pathways.

Doshi said at his home in Ahmedabad his life's work has been "to empower the have-nots, the people who have nothing." Born in 1927 in Pune, Doshi studied architecture in Mumbai and later worked under Le Corbusier.

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