Denise Scott Brown Goes Manga
4. February 2021
Image: Hiroki Otsuka, courtesy of the Vilcek Foundation
The Vilcek Foundation, which "raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences," has partnered with artist Hiroki Otsuka on a series of manga devoted to Vilcek Prize recipients. The first is about architect Denise Scott Brown, recipient of the 2007 Vilcek Prize in Architecture.
To most architects, Denise Scott Brown needs no introduction. Architect, planner, one of the authors of Learning from Las Vegas, Scott Brown is "a pioneer of postmodernist thinking," in the words of the Vilcek Foundation.
Given the diversity of prizes given out by the New York-based foundation — to artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, writers, and scientists, among others — the creation of a manga that serves as a brief and accessible introduction to the architect's life's story is appropriate, and very welcome.
A couple pages from Hiroki Otsuka's manga are shown below, but the whole comic can be read on the Vilcek Foundation's website and downloaded as a PDF.