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Li Xiaodong wins Canada’s new global award for architecture

Canada’s new global prize for architecture launched with a flash this weekend - turning a spotlight on a modest library in rural China that is also “wondrous to be in.”

The Moriyama RAIC International Prize awarded $100,000 to the Chinese architect Li Xiaodong for the Liyuan Library at a gala for 350 people at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto Saturday. Barry Johns, the head of the prize’s selection jury, called it “a modest yet powerful building that makes architecture from a deep understanding of place, materiality, form and light.”

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