The first fact: frankly, I don't give a flying f*** (maybe a bit), but since my quiet architectural endeavors has been compromised and halted by questions from all sides lingering on the recent announcement of this year's Pritzker Prize recipient, yours truly had to take a breather, give up some of my time and actually decide on where to position myself on the matter.
Like the Nobel, the Pritzker brings out all things awefully interesting in our profession: the Neigh-sayers, the Enthusiastic Bugs (eager beavers) and the rest. For all that wasn't really informed (aka. 99% of the world who does not really give a hoot), the Pritzker Architecture Prize "is awarded annually by the Hyatt Foundation to honor "a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture".
There actually was an information leak just before the actual winner for this year was announced- well , anyways, it was given to the respectable Eduardo Souto de Moura, a Portugese Architect. I further read that this decision has come somewhat of a surprise to the architectural industry (wow) for number of reasons: a. the recipient was barely known outside Portugal, where his practice and works are concentrated, b. that his architecture is really a reflection of tranquility and emotions, this lead to c. it never reflected any innovation and hint of where the architectural progress is heading towards.