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The Pritzker Prize, Architecture's Oscars, Comes to Miami

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Architect Frei Otto, known for his membranous, lightweight, tensile structures, was announced as the winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture, a day after the architect's death. Frei, who died on Monday, was himself notified earlier this year by Martha Thorne, the prize's executive director. It was also announced that the prize would be awarded posthumously, in Miami Beach, at the New World Center, which was designed by fellow Pritzker laureate Frank Gehry.

Miami, of course, has become a hotbed for work by Pritzker Prize winners lately, of course, with new buildings either coming or already here by eight of them (Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, I. M. Pei, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, and Norman Foster) but the city has also become something of a personal favorite of the Pritzker family itself, which owns the Hyatt and Thompson Hotel chains, both of which are making investments in major new hotels here. Not to mention that Zaha Hadid lives in Miami part time, and Richard Meier, who owns a unit at the Surf Club, soon will too. The ceremony will be held on May 15th.
· Frei Otto Awarded the 2015 Pritzker a Day After His Death [Curbed National]
· Pritzker Architecture Prize to be Bestowed at New World Center [Miami Herald]

New World Center

500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL