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Renzo Piano reflects social change through architecture

Famed Italian architect brings spirit of Genoa to buildings around the world

Architect Renzo Piano was born in Genoa, Italy, and although he now travels to building sites around the world, he spends one week of each month there. (Photo by Masahiko Takeda)

TOKYO -- Renzo Piano was dubbed the "enfant terrible" for his provocative design in 1971 for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, but more than 20 years later he was awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in the world of architecture. He is described as a rare humanist who puts his love for the land, people and history into architecture.

"I've moved forward all of my life, obsessed with my work, but around the age of 60 I started thinking about my roots and what's inside me."

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