O.P.E.N. 2015 Keynote Insight by Toyo Ito
Man and his efforts to build and extend Empires have frequently resulted in the large-scale destruction of land and landmarks. Our Earth is typically left ravaged by humanity, an environmental cost deemed necessary in this age of rapid globalisation and industrialisation.
One of the foremost architects working today, Toyo Ito has been energetically dedicated to reconstruction activity after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. He initiated the project, “Home-for-All”, which is a communal hut for people who have been affected by the tsunami to gather and interact with one another. Twelve “Home-for-All”s have been completed as of February 2015, and three more are being constructed. These “Home-for-All”s have become quite varied in character, and include gathering places for residents of temporary housing, spaces intended to restore communities, areas for children to play, and centres for non-profit organisations that are trying to revive farming and fishing industries.
Join Ito – winner of the illustrious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2013 – for an enlightening and eye-opening evening in which he provides insight into the possibilities and promises of architecture. In a world where we design homes primarily for ourselves, Ito talks about the joys and challenges of creating spaces and platforms where people can meet, bond and create.
"The Golden Lion for the Best National Participation, which captures the spirit of Common Ground, is awarded to the Japanese Pavilion in which leading international architect Toyo Ito collaborated with younger architects and with the local community to address in a practical and imaginative way the design of a new centre for a region devastated by a national disaster.
The presentation and the storytelling in the Pavilion are exceptional and highly accessible to a broad audience. The jury was impressed with the humanity of this project."
2012 Venice Architecture Biennale Jury Report
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