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Hiroshi Nakamura: The Latest Architecture and News

The Project in a Small Japanese Village Setting the Standard for Zero-Waste Architecture

Nestled in the steep gorges and river valleys of Japan’s Tokushima prefecture is Kamikatsu - a small town seemingly like any other. But Kamikatsu, unlike its neighbors (or indeed, most towns in the world), is nearly entirely waste-free.

Since 2003 - years before the movement gained widespread popularity - the town has committed to a zero-waste policy. The requirements are demanding: waste must be sorted in more than 30 categories, broken or obsolete items are donated or stripped for parts, unwanted items are left in a store for community exchange. But the residents’ efforts over the years have paid off- nearly 80% of all the village’s waste is recycled.

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The Architectural Review Announces Winners of the 2015 AR Emerging Architecture Awards

The Architectural Review have selected the winners of the 2015 AR Emerging Architecture Awards, billed as “the world's most popular and prestigious prize for up-and-coming architects, giving emerging practices invaluable impetus on their trajectory to wider recognition and success.” Previous award winners include Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Sean Godsell, Jurgen Mayer H. and Li Xiaodong.

The award is given to completed projects, with entries consisting of buildings, interiors, landscaping, refurbishment, urban projects, temporary installations, furniture and product design. For its 17th year, the jury was comprised of architects Odile Decq, David Adjaye and Sir Peter Cook, and together they searched for what they referred to as the most “resistant” design.

Read on to see this year’s Emerging Architecture Award winners and a video with the jury on the selection process.

Khao Mo / Sanitas Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya & Apidon Chaloeypoj Bird’s Nest Atami / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects. Image © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Sayama Forest Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects. Image © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners RE:BUILD / Pilosio Building Peace. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review + 22

Video: Hiroshi Nakamura’s Ribbon Chapel

The latest video by French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht visits Hiroshi Nakamura’s Ribbon Chapel in Onomichi, Japan. Built in 2013, the 80 square meter wedding chapel features two spiraling stairways that wrap around the building, connecting at the top to form a viewpoint. Watch the video above for a closer look at the stunning chapel.