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Letter: An artistic flop

An artistic flop

Congratulations to Shigeru Ban for being awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his contributions to humanity and the built environment through his design and construction of simple, low-cost, recyclable shelters for disaster victims. The award was certainly not for his design of the Aspen Art Museum, as implied by the museum’s director.

We will never know what directives he was given by the Aspen Art Museum, as we will never know what pressure was brought to bear on the City Council to exempt this massive structure from any form of oversight by the various commissions and codes that govern every other developer in the city of Aspen; but to mistake this building as an award-winner is a joke.

Richie Cohen


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