Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena is best known for his social housing projects, which have been praised for offering economic opportunity to the less privileged.
Tonight, the prestigious Pritzker Prize will be awarded in New York - that’s like the Nobel Prize in architecture. Many of the big stars in the field have had this honour: Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano – and the late Zaha Hadid. This year’s laureate: Chilean Alejandro Aravena.
Retro living room suites or flexible interiors? Arts.21 explores home decorating trends. Also on the show: exceptional Chilean architect Aravena and British collective Assemble. Plus: social housing – life, not luxury.
Alejandro Aravena helped rebuild the Chilean city of Constitución after a disastrous earthquake in 2010. Contracted to provide inexpensive housing, he would build half a house, which its residents could complete with their own money and their own ideas. Whole neighborhoods were built this way.
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