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Architect Jean Nouvel Wins Pritzker Prize

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Jean Nouvel has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, one of architecture's highest accolades, and while Nouvel's win is a newsworthy event in its own right, the prize ($100,000 and a medal ceremony) is particularly timely given that Los Angeles will be getting its very own Nouvel, a 45-story, $400 million residential building at 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard (pictured). But more about the man himself from the Chicago Tribune: "The seven-member Pritzker Prize jury—composed of distinguished figures in the field, including Renzo Piano, the architect of the Art Institute of Chicago’s under-construction Modern Wing—praised Nouvel in its citation for “persistence, imagination, exuberance, and, above all, an insatiable urge for creative experimentation.” Other planned Nouvel projects to watch: The incredible-looking yet controversial 75-story MoMA tower at 53 West 53rd Street in Manhattan, and the insanity that is a museum planned for Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.
· Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to Jean Nouvel [Chicago Tribune]
· Jean Nouvel Planning Green-Fringed Tower For Century City [Curbed LA]