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Thursday, March 21, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)

As every architecture enthusiast knows, the Pritzker Prize's is one of the most prestigious honors a building design professional can receive.  The award represents career achievements in the art of architecture and recognizes those who have demonstrated commitment to their craft, while contributing significantly to the the built environment.

This year's laureate was Toyo Ito, best known for his Sendai Mediatheque, the Sendai, Japan library, completed in 2001.  This project was intended to withstand a natural disaster - and it did in 2011.  When the seismic forces shook the ground violently during the Tohoku Earthquake, Ito's building did not collapse.  (A video of the earthquake filmed from inside the Sendai Mediatheque can be found HERE.) 

Check out the infographic below (created by ArchDaily) to learn more about the Pritzker Prize and view its timeline of honorees.

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