|Isolato Sant'Anna, Pier Carlo Bontempi, architect (click images for larger view)|
Chicago, ground central for modernism from Sullivan to Mies to Gang, has also spawned its own counter-reformation. The School of Architecture at University of Notre Dame has become a hotbed of classicists, spurning the dominant architecture of the past century to advocate, in practice and polemics, for a return to traditional modes of design.
Chicago investment manager and philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus, who lovingly restored the former Nickerson Mansion and opened it to the public as the Driehaus Museum, has been a key benefactor of this movement, and each year beginning in 2003 Notre Dame has presented the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, “awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact.”
|Place de Toscane - Val di'Europe, France|
Adds architect Leon Krier, “Bontempi acquired his vast architectural knowledge and versatility by studying the rich fabric of Italy, the cities and landscapes he grew up in. The serenity, robustness, elegance and economy of his considerable built work provide exemplary models for better cities and buildings in the cities and towns of the future.”
The Driehaus's cash prize is $200,000, double that of the Pritzker. In addition to the cash, the Pritzker Laureate receives a bronze medallion based on designs of Louis Sullivan. The Driehaus winner gets a miniature bronze replica of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates in Athens, said to be the first use of the Corinthian Order on a building's exterior.
This year's $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award, presented to a non-architect whose work has supported the “traditional city” will be presented to Ruan Yisan, professor of architecture at Tongji University and a major activist in preserving traditional Chinese architecture from destruction in the country's massive wave of development and new construction.
John B. Murphy Auditorium at 50 East Erie. The ceremony takes place this Saturday, March 29th, at 11:00 a.m.
|Geoffrey Baer, Pier Carlo Bontempi|