Kiesler Prize 2002

Laureate of the 3rd Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2002: CEDRIC PRICE

 

The international jury, chaired by Edelbert Köb (A) and consisting of Günther Domenig (A), Hans-Ulrich Obrist (CH,F), Lisa Phillips (USA), and Deyan Sudjic (GB,I), justifies its decision with Cedric Price’s conceptual work in urbanism, which has an extensive impact on the contemporary discourse in architecture and the arts.

Central features in Price’s theories and work are his strong focus on the human being and his decisive opposition to permanence in architecture. According to Cedric Price, buildings should be flexible enough to allow their users to adapt them according to the needs of the moment. Time – alongside breadth, length and height – is the fourth dimension of design. He therefore keeps pushing against the physical limits of traditional architectural space. Similar to Frederick Kiesler with his multidisciplinary approach, Cedric Price blurres the boundaries between individual genres, providing answers to prevailing socio-political and cultural circumstances with his visionary ideas. This approach, as well as the time-based interventions in urban space (Fun Palace, 1959-61, Generator, 1978-80, Magnet City, 1996), have earned him a heroic status among both contemporary architects and artists.

The Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize 2002 will be presented by the Austrian State Secretary for Art and Media, Franz Morak on December 9, 2002 at 5 pm at the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

 

Kiesler Prize 2002 Award Ceremony

 

Cedric Price Biography

Cedric Price was born in Stone, Staffordshire (GB) in 1934, † 2003.

Artistic education
1955: Master of Architecture at the University of Cambridge
1957: Diploma at the Architectural Association, London
1959: Member RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
1954-1955: President of the Cambridge University Society of Arts
1958-1964: Professor Architectural Association School of Architecture, London
1960: Founding of the practice Cedric Price Architects
1968: Founding member of the London Subterranean Survey Association
1969: Founding of the Lightweight Enclosures Unit together with Frank Newby, London
1970-1978: Chairman of the Quality of Life Committee, Science Policy Foundation Ltd., London
1971: Founding of Polyark – Architectural Schools Network
1992-1993: First Senior Research Fellow, Architectural Association, London

Professional Activities
Member of the Royal Insitute of British Architects
Member of the Architects Registration Council of the UK
Conference speaker on Planning for Diversity and Choice, MIT, 1966
Visitor, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Michigan, 1966
Member of Developing Patterns of Urbanisation Group, Centre of Environmental Studies, London, 1969-70
Chairman, Quality of Life Committee, Science Policy Foundation Ltd. London, 1970-78
Member of Validating Board, Diploma in Higher Education, North East London Polytechnic, 1974-82
Member of National Federation of Demolition Contractors, Sub-Committee on Prestressed Structures
Council Member of London Subterranean Survey Association
Council Member of Society of Underwater Technology
Member of Royal Agricultural Society of England
President of the Hot Stuff Club

A selection of major projects
Aviary (with Lord Snowdon & Frank Newby), London Zoo, 1961
Fun Palace for Joan Littlewood, project, London, 1961
Robert Fraser Gallery, London, 1962
Potteries Thinkbelt, project, Staffordshire (GB), 1964
Hair Tent, Rotterdam, Holland, 1969
Generator, project, Florida (USA), 1976
Westminster Pier Competition, Thames, London, 1979
CP Experimental Aviary, project, London, 1981
South Bank Development, project, London 1983
Transport and Tourist Study for Bremerhaven (D), project, 1993
Magnet City, project, London, 1996