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Chinese Architect Wins Pritzker Prize

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Chinese architect Wang Shu has been named the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in international architecture. His buildings include the Library of Senshing College at Suzhou University, the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, the Ningbo History Museum and the Vertical Courtyard Apartments in Hangzhou.

China’s dramatic evolution in the past two decades motivates Wang’s creations. While there has been rapid development, he says much of the collective memory of the country’s history has been lost. ” I really focus on this” he said. Another inspiration is nature. “We really want to coexist with nature”. We design ways that architecture is mixed with nature together. You can not separate it.

Daniel Brostrom