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A Little More on ‘French Man’ Jean Nouvel’s Pritzker Win

More bits and piece about the biggest design news story of the week, Jean Nouvel‘s winning of the Pritzker Prize. First comes Slate‘s architecture critic, Witold Rybczynski, asking why we award these Pritzkers to just this one guy when architecture, from concept to completion, is never about just one person, and rarely does it even involve just one company, it’s a whole bunch of people acting together as a team in order to build something. But, his argument continues, unlike things like the Nobel Prize, which awards everyone involved in a process, the Pritzker ignores the more than a hundred people who work in Nouvel’s firm. Personally, we find it easy to agree with Rybczynski’s argument, but we think things like the Nobel Prize is a rarity. With Oscars and Emmys and even political candidates, we give the award to the spokesperson, not the million minds and hands working behind the scenes. And, heck, even when the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared a Nobel win with Al Gore, what did most headlines read but “Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize.”

Also, really quickly and completely unrelated, second on this talk about Nouvel winning, we really think that this, from India’s The Hindu newspaper, is just about the best headline ever:


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