I-House boasts a building constructed under the collaboration of three prominent modern Japanese architects, and from its inauguration has been receiving guests and members from the field of architecture. To expand this network, I-House launched a new program in 2016, the tenth anniversary of the extensive renovation of the building, inviting speakers from Japan and abroad to think about contemporary issues through architecture.
[Architalk: Seeing the World through Architecture]
Generative Architecture from Asia
- *This program has finished.
- Speaker: Ito Toyo (Architect)
- Moderators: Fujimura Ryuji (Architect), Kobayashi Masami (Vice President, Meiji University)
- Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 pm (reception 8:15-9:00 pm)
- Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
- Language: Japanese (without interpretation)
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- Admission fee: 1,000 yen (IHJ Members/Students: 500 yen)(reservations required)
- *Admission fee includes one drink at the reception.
Modern architecture connected with the global economy is mass-producing an homogenous, synthetic environment. Against this backdrop, Mr. Ito, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, will speak on how we can view architecture from Asia, where architecture is seen as a part of nature.
Ito Toyo (Architect)
Born in 1941. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo, in 1965.
Ito’s major works include Sendai Mediatheque, ‘Minna no Mori’ Gifu Media Cosmos and National Taichung Theater.
He has received numerous awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
He has been dedicated to reconstruction after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. He initiated the project "Home-for-All", which is a communal hut for people affected by the tsunami, to gather and communicate with each other. 16 “Home-for-All”s have been completed by 2017. As commissioner of Kumamoto Artpolis, Ito has been working on "Temporary Housing with Home-for-All" as part of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake relief, over 90 “Home-for-All”s have been built and a few more are still ongoing.
In 2011, Ito established a small private architectural school “Ito Juku,” which organizes various activities for participants to consider the future of cities and architecture.
Fujimura Ryuji (Representative Director, ryuji fujimura architects)
An Associate Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts since 2016. Besides architectural design, education, and criticism, Mr. Fujimura has been working on projects involving the wider society such as city management with public participation, projects complicated by the aging and financial problems of public facilities. His major works include “House of House” and “BUILDING K.”
Kobayashi Masami (Professor/Vice President, Meiji University)
After receiving a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, Dr. Kobayashi joined Kenzo Tange Associates. Prior to his current position, he served as a Lecturer and Associate Professor at Meiji University and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. His main publications include Public Space Design with Citizen Participation (X-Knowledge, 2015). He is a trustee of the International House of Japan.
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