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Make space for people.

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    Riken Yamamoto speaks near a model of a building at his office. He won the Pritzker Architecture Prize this year. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)
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    Children take a tour of the Nishi Fire Station in Japan. They watch fire fighters train. (Tomio Ohashi)
  • 3 Riken Yamamoto Firefighters Tomio Ohashi
    Fire fighters train at the Nishi Fire Station in Hiroshima, Japan. (Tomio Ohashi)
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    Mr. Yamamoto designed the Yokosuka Museum of Art in Japan. People enjoy the views from the path. (Tomio Ohashi/Pritzker Prize /AP)
  • 5 Riken Yamamoto Overhead housing Shinkenchiku Sha
    Mr. Yamamoto designed a housing project. Each house opens to a shared space with a lawn and trees. (Shinkenchiku Sha)
  • 6 Riken Yamamoto Housing Shinkenchiku Sha
    A shared lawn helps neighbors connect with each other. (Shinkenchiku Sha)
  • 1 Riken Yamamoto
  • 2 Riken Yamamoto
  • 3 Riken Yamamoto Firefighters Tomio Ohashi
  • 4 Riken Yamamoto
  • 5 Riken Yamamoto Overhead housing Shinkenchiku Sha
  • 6 Riken Yamamoto Housing Shinkenchiku Sha

Mr. Y. helps people meet.  He makes buildings where folks share space.  He uses lots of glass.  People can see each other.  Students watch fire fighters train in his fire station.

He won a prize!

Pray: Thank God for buildings and spaces that help people connect.

Read More:
Riken Yamamoto is an architect in Japan. He won the Pritzker Architecture Prize this year. He is 78. Mr. Yamamoto grew up in a house that connected work and family life. His mother’s business was out front. The living area was behind it. His buildings help people meet. Builders made one of his housing projects in 1991. All those living there can reach a central area with trees. The building he lives in has shops on the ground floor. It also has rooftop gardens neighbors share.

“Live in harmony with one another.” (Romans 12:16)

For more about designing buildings, see If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen in our Recommended Reading.