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Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel talks 'clone' architecture with the AJ

Max Thompson caught up with Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel to discuss the French architect's fight against generic designs, and dining with Frank Gehry.

Why did the Pritzker jury pick you?
I won because I have a special profile, I hope. And because, in this world where generic buildings are the obsession, my attitude is to always research ‘specificity’. I create different buildings with different feelings of colour and techniques.

And I always have the same attitude – to research the best building in the right place at
this moment. For me, I have no preferable idea of what I will build – I work with the analysis of a lot of parameters – words, ideas and concept. Not the automatic repetition of habits.

Do you have a favourite building of your own?
No. I have no favourite. For me architects and cities are like people; they have different characters, some are fat, some are thin, some are gentle and some are very angry a lot of time. For me, all buildings are alive.

I like the differences; how do you prefer a social-housing building to a museum or a theatre?

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