17 Mar Guardian – Pritzker Prize to Lacaton & Vassal
“Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add transform and reuse”.
We are so pleased that the Pritzker prize (the architects’ equivalent of the Nobel prize) went to Lacaton and Vassal, two French architects whose works are perfect examples of what sustainable architecture should be. Their idea of sustainability not only considers the carbon footprint and the economic cost of demolition, but also the quality of life of the residents and neighbours: social justice is essential to be truly sustainable. Their ethics is based on honouring the existing (someone before us has already put a lot of effort and energy in creating something), respecting the material resources (it’s a finite world), and focussing on the real needs. We like this short article by Oliver Wainwright for The Guardian because it captures the principles of their work beautifully