Kengo Kuma leads the world of architecture by focusing on offering new ways to connect our delicate body to nature. What is his view on attractive cities?
Kintsugi” is a traditional Japanese technique to repair broken ceramics, but it’s something that will change your definition of “repair.” Using glue and gold or silver powder, Kintsugi “heals” injured ceramics and give them new life, embracing the wound. It is fascinating.
Architect Shigeru Ban has been actively involved in disaster relief projects in many parts of the world, by designing and providing temporary shelters. When he imagined a next generation house, it became tiny, flexible, mobile, temporary, agile, editable and adjustable.
Millennials are not interested in owning extravagant properties but instead are interested in investing in experiences. Their “ideal” house should look very different from older generation whose dream was to own a big house. What Sou Fujimoto imagined at House Vision may be the answer.
Airbnb & Go Hasegawa designed Yoshino Cedar House to re-brand traditional values denied by modern economy. Airbnb helps locals share such values globally.
Zero is next generation sustainability and resilience.
Zero is an answer for mindful satisfaction.
- The Earth’s resources are finite.
- Population keeps growing at an exponential rate.
- Production capacity also keeps growing, but no one knows for sure to what extent it can keep growing.
- Many commodities, notably food-related products and metals/minerals have been showing significant price increases over the last two decades.
- Cheap resources underpinned economic growth for much of the 20th century. The 21st will be different.(Mckinsey Quarterly, 2011)
- Climate change and environmental degradation is already directly damaging our existing assets (e.g. through extreme weather), or indirectly affecting our productivity (e.g. drought or deforestation)
- Global competition intensifies and business environment keeps changing at a fast pace.
- Customer demands for “more for less” intensify even though input prices keep increasing.
- Middle class is disappearing.
- Care about the environment, but don’t want to give up the happiness and comfort delivered by plethora of affordable products and services.
- Life security depends on job security and income, which depends on economic growth.
If you would like to know more about Zero, please start from Zero Intro. There are also various contents on how to find/leverage Zero in our daily lives and in business.
Ito questions modern architecture, especially public infrastructure, which heavily relies on placing something big, hard and sturdy in-between nature and humans. Modern architecture and infrastructure attempts to draw explicit/irreversible boundaries between nature and humans, and that’s how they block the threats of nature from invading humans’ world.
MUJI’s Tanada Terrace Office was developed as an extended office installed in a rural area in order to explore a flexible and organic relationship between urban workers and rural farmers. MUJI employees would work at Tanada Office installed in the outskirt of Tokyo when local farmers need extra hands. Thanks to the technology, we only need a PC and wi-fi connection to perform work.
At House Vision, Toyota and architect Kengo Kuma focuses on the mobility of cars. Toyota’s plug-in hybrid Prius is equipped with solar panels and has quite a substantial battery storage. It’s a mobile energy generator.