Many people think that Japanese architecture is uniquely sustainable and in harmony with nature, and has a new potential to become an alternative to modern-era architecture. Is it true? The key is “aesthetics.” Unique perspectives on naturalism by Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Tadao Ando.
Architect Toyo Ito has been on his journey to re-define the purpose of “modern architecture” through his disaster relief efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami that affected Northeastern Japan in 2011. Learn about his efforts through his “Home for All” project and the Venice Biennale 2012 Japan Pavilion: “Architecture. Possible here?”
MUJI house tries to achieve optimal indoor thermal comfort relying on minimum energy. House design (passive design), not just energy efficiency, is the key.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s “Projects in Progress,” his second solo exhibition held in Tokyo in 2017, featured La Seine Musicale, the Tainan Museum, The Watch Company (Swatch + Omega), and some disaster relief projects among many other ongoing projects.
Yoshino Cedar House is a collaboration between Airbnb and Yoshino-cho, a rural Japanese town in Kansai and a producer of high quality cedar. As it struggles to compete in a global market in which prices and efficiency are everything, this project paves new opportunities for true sharing.
Rural areas are distressed. Traditional, heritage-rich industry, culture and communities are disappearing. What are the options for all of us to shine?
What are natural materials and why do we love them? Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori and Kengo Kuma’s peculiar views on natural materials.
For a truly sustainable world, everyone, not just professionals and experts, needs to participate in “designing.” There is so much we can learn from architects, because architecture is at the forefront of designing the nature-human interaction, which can ultimately determine how sustainable and resilient our society is going to be.
In an increasingly resource constrained and crowded world, values cherished by the modern economy may look obsolete. Instead, attributes that we thought were negative, will start revealing their true power. It’s the potential that helps us become resilient and feel satisfied. This may sound peculiar, and may not fall within a conventional sustainable architecture discussion, but is becoming increasingly critical.
Peculiar perspective of sustainable architecture