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Moriyama RAIC Prize Lecture Video Series now online

January 27, 2016
by Canadian Architect

Li Xiaodong

Li Xiaodong

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the RAIC Foundation have launched a video series featuring lectures given by Li Xiaodong, winner of the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize. The lectures are part of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize Illumination Lecture Series.

The new video series features the talks Li gave in Toronto on October 29th and in Montreal on November 2nd. In the lectures, he shares with audiences his views on China’s rapid urbanization as well as his personal path toward “reflexive regionalism” in architecture. He also describes a vision for sustainable development in rural areas to offset the influx into cities.

Li received the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize in 2013 for Liyuan Library, on the outskirts of Beijing, China.

The videos can be viewed at:

Distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, established the Moriyama RAIC International Prize in collaboration with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation. It includes a monetary award of CAD$100,000 and a crystal sculpture by Canadian designer Wei Yew.

One of the most generous architectural prizes in the world, the prize is awarded to a building that is judged to be transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness. It is open to all architects, irrespective of nationality and location. It recognizes a single work of architecture, as opposed to a life’s work, and celebrates buildings in use.

The next prize cycle will be in 2017.

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