Frei Otto, German architect and structural engineer, passed away on March 9, 2015 at the age of 89.
The next day Otto was posthumously awarded the 2015 Pritzker Prize. Judges chose Otto in recognition for his airy tent-like structures and other inventive feats of engineering. Judges had originally intended to announce the award on March 28, 2015 but in light of his passing, announced early.
Otto is most famous for the tent-like structures he designed for the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany. The judges lauded Otto for his “imaginative, fresh, unprecedented spaces and constructions that he built with a collaborative spirit.”
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