A grand architectural ceremony dedicated for the life and works of Ferri Otto was held earlier in the New World Center, Miami Beach, celebrating the massiveness of his work, and the profusion of his ideas. The ceremony was held by the Pritzker architecture prize, and was attended by some of the finest starchitects of the world, including Patrik Schumacher, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru ban, and several others.
The ceremony featured a tented pavilion designed originally by Ferri Otto as a pavilion for the 1955 federal garden exhibition. Reconstructed by the life-time friend and colleague Shigeru Ban, the tent serves as a physical reminder of the pioneering message “Technology for society”. The pavilion will stay installed in the New World Center before being Permanently relocated to the Miami Design District.
Lord peter palumbo, chair of the Pritzker Prize jury, spoke of Otto and his work to represent ‘an architecture that celebrated the human spirit and the human condition, an architecture that exuded spiritual generosity. This free spirit was able to imbue and inform his architecture with the literature of life in the way that people feel sublimating the self in the interest and for the good of humanity and most especially for the poor and defenseless.’
By: Hazem Raad