When Form Speaks

Post-Bubble Japanese Architects (1995-2020)

SOON

16/10/2020
07/03/2021

The exhibition pays particular attention to the architects whose careers began after the speculative bubble in Japan burst (from 1995), as well as to young emerging talents. It strives to define the expression of a contemporary Japanese architectural form covering all of the island, by presenting 35 architectural agencies (with 13 women architects) including 64 projects with original and creative forms harmoniously integrating diverse environments while remaining attuned to local communities.

Without abandoning the interest in form, architects born after 1960 focus their efforts on a sensitive expression of the environment and the design of an architecture for the community and with a new relationship between public and private.

It is a matter of responding to the abundance of the local natural world, with particular climactic constraints, or to the complex environment of the metropolises and their residential neighbourhoods. This deep reading of the context influences the forms, which strike up a real dialogue with the environment that also interacts with the architecture.

The concept of community plays an important role in the current context of Japanese architecture. Modern architects were already considering that the role allocated to form was that of ‘enlightening’ citizens. Some post-war Japanese architects saw in modernism an expression of democracy. With the transition into the twenty-first century, the organisation of participatory workshops bringing residents and users together spawned an increase in high-calibre public architectural projects. After the major earthquake in eastern Japan in 2011, all eyes were turned to these provincial cities that had been ravaged. Post-disaster architecture became aware of this community dimension that calls for greater complexity. Beyond the search for beautiful spaces, it is a question of creating living areas in which people can come together and spend pleasant moments in each other’s company.

While in the post-war period the individual home was developed in particular and in the second half of the 1970s, introverted homes, closed off to urban space were emerging. There has since been a progressive trend of housing opening up to the city: a home associated with a collective restaurant, a dojo, or a shop, a communal residence… Architects handle the original formulations of these functional and complex programmes. Furthermore, new kinds of public spaces are appearing, accompanying a social transformation and liberated of traditional models – such as, for instance, a complex encouraging intergenerational relationships or a crèche that connects with the local community.

Taro Igarashi, curator of the exhibition, architecture historian, professor at Tohoku university

Productor of the exhibition:
Shuhei Endo

Exhibition under the patronage of the Japan Embassy in France. Organization: Architectural Design Association of Nippon (ADAN) / Shuhei Endo, architect, professor at tthe Kobe University. With the support of: International House of Japan / Sasakawa French-Japan Foundation. In partnership with École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) ; Société Française des Architectes (SFA) ; Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris.


Architects

Alphaville Architects
ARITSUKA Manabu
ASHIZAWA Ryuichi
CHIBA Manabu
Coelacanth K&H Architects
ENDO Katsuhiko
ENDO Shuhei
HATA Tomohiro
HIRATA Akihisa
ICADA
INUI Kumiko
IWASE Ryoko
KOSHIMA Yusuke
Kubo Tsushima Architects
MAEDA Keisuke
MAEDA Shigeki
MIKAN
MIYA Akiko

MIYAMOTO Katsuhiro
MOMOEDA Yu
NAGAYAMA Yuko
NAKAMURA Hiroshi
NISHIZAWA Ryue
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SAITO Ryutaro
SHIMADA Yo
studio velocity
SUGAWARA Daisuke
TANE Tsuyoshi
Tezuka Architects
UNO Susumu
YAMASHITA Yasuhiro
YONEZAWA Takashi
YOSHIMURA Maki


Pratical informations

Exhibition from 16.10.2020 to 07.03.2021
Free entrance