The field of architecture is beginning to fundamentally change — it’s not about implementing the next technological opportunity, or even the demographic rationalization of a once rarefied profession. Architecture always follows our culture, and I think the basis of all our lives will change dramatically in the next generation, just as the industrial revolution changed everything. And Connecticut could lead the way.
The Nobel Prize for architecture is the Pritzker Prize. Founded in 1979, the winners of the first thirty years were “greatest successes” in architecture – “starchitects” like Richard Meier, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid. The past decade has seen more diversity in demographics, but statistically the award has been safely labeled “modern” and followed the tradition of recognizing architecture that focused on endorsing other architects. This year, the winner was unknown to the public, but more so, the winner was not a “name” for most architects, and the “style” of his work cannot be cataloged as “modern”. Diebedo Francis Kere is from Burkina Faso. Her fully worked and expressive work is both fresh and rich in the human touch of materials, colors and details. The architects were surprised: I was delighted.