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Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab / Naruse Inokuma Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab / Naruse Inokuma Architects, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +19

In The Real World: The Consequences of Modernity in Japan at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 9 July, 2014

 “We were sensitive to the way in which society was becoming more consumption-oriented and gave serious thought to how we ought to respond to that change without simply accommodating ourselves to it.” -Toyo Ito
“I was entering a dead world, which would never see the light of the day. I wanted to treat that dead world as if it were alive, or to put it another way, to try to create a different reality.” - Terunobu Fujimori

Under the title of Fundamentals, Koolhaas’ Biennale asked national pavilions to focus on their respective countries’ relationships with modernity, the movement that has, for better or worse, shaped the contemporary city. In the case of Japan, modernity was expressed in a unique way, as architecture was instrumental to the rapid industrialization and growth that the country experienced after World War II. This growth resulted in the first architectural avant-garde outside of the Western world. By the 70s, as this movement reached its peak, local architects, historians, artists and urbanists began to look at modernism in a critical way, questioning its impact.

In “The Real World,” the Japan exhibit at the Biennale, curator Norihito Nakatani unearths how this critical movement expressed itself through Osamu Ishiyama, Toyo Ito, Terunobu Fujimori, and other Japanese masters whose works strove to connect to the human of “the real world” rather than contribute to the failed utopias of modernism. Interviews with this group of architects bring to light the desire that they had to positively impact society, and how they attempted to materialize that desire in their early works. The objects found inside the pavilion articulate the storytelling behind the process, leaving their interpretation open to visitors.

“You’ve got to try to make an impact on the times you live in, and you’ve got to do it through your work, not through words.” - Osamu Ushiyama
“Actual objects continue to possess tremendous energy - much more so than photographs or models.” - Tsutomu Ichiki

More about the "In the Real World" after the break:

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +23

Niigata City Konan Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Niigata City Konan Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design, © Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

© Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Kouichi Satake © Taisuke Ogawa +20

Hikariniwa House / MTKarchitects

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Hikariniwa House / MTKarchitects, © Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Metoki
  • Area

    128.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +14

Kadare Cultural Centre / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 28 June, 2014
Kadare Cultural Centre / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design, © Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

© Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa +31

Aesop Grand Front Osaka / Torafu Architects

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Aesop Grand Front Osaka / Torafu Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ofukacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0011, Japan
  • Area

    48.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +14

Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design, © Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

© Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa +19

House in Kitaoji / Torafu Architects

01:00 - 21 June, 2014
House in Kitaoji  / Torafu Architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +23

Cafe Coutume Aoyama / CUT Architectures

01:00 - 14 June, 2014
Cafe Coutume Aoyama  / CUT Architectures, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel +32

Higashihayashiguchi / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Higashihayashiguchi / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiga, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office +22

Shigeru Ban Designs Temporary Pavilion for the World Cup

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Shigeru Ban Designs Temporary Pavilion for the World Cup, © Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP
© Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

In honor of the World Cup (which starts today), the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, has invited Shigeru Ban, this year's Pritzker Laureate, to build a temporary pavilion.

House K / Yuji Kimura Design

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
House K / Yuji Kimura Design, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +25

House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects, © Asako Yamazaki
© Asako Yamazaki

© Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki +16

KKZ House / I.R.A.

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    International Royal Architecture
  • Design Team

    Akinori Kasegai , Daisuke Tsunakawa
  • Structure design

    Hideyuki Hagiuda
  • Area

    111.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa +53

MoyaMoya / Fumihiko Sano

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
MoyaMoya / Fumihiko Sano, © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc
© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc

© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc +39

KHT House / I.R.A.

01:00 - 7 June, 2014
KHT House / I.R.A., © Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kahoku, Nishimurayama District, Yamagata, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    International Royal Architecture
  • Design Team

    Akinori Kasegai , Daisuke Tsunakawa
  • Structure design

    KAP
  • Area

    197.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa +42

Wing Wall House / Camp Design Inc + Sumosaga Fudosan

01:00 - 7 June, 2014
Wing Wall House / Camp Design Inc + Sumosaga Fudosan, © Masumi Kawamura
© Masumi Kawamura

© Masumi Kawamura © Masumi Kawamura © Masumi Kawamura © Masumi Kawamura +11

En yu-An / Fumihiko Sano

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
En yu-An / Fumihiko Sano, © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc
© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc

© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc +13