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Pritzker Prize Laureate Arata Isozaki Passes Away at the Age of 91

2019 Pritzker Prize laureate Arata Isozaki passed away this Thursday, December 29, at the age of 91, as reported by the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.

His prolific and varied career of more than 100 built projects on virtually every continent is now a reminder of his life dedicated to architecture. Considered the first Japanese architect to develop his work on a truly global scale, Isozaki took special care to respond to the specific requirements of each project, expanding the heterogeneity of his work and resulting in a variety of styles ranging from vernacular to high-tech.

Among his best-known works are the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha, the Allianz Tower in Milan, the Himalayan Center in Shanghai, the Centro Cultural Caixa Forum Barcelona in Barcelona, and the Nara Centennial Hall in Japan.

Isozaki's career began under the lessons of Kenzo Tange, the 1987 Pritzker Prize winner. After completing his studies at the University of Tokyo in 1954, Isozaki continued his apprenticeship with Tange for nine years before establishing his own studio, Arata Isozaki & Associates, in 1963.

Other of his contributions to theory are related to writings and proposals on urbanism. In this field, one of his most interesting unbuilt projects was the futuristic master plan known as City in the Air for the Shinjuku neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan.

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