house inside city outside house


[Index for the Coming City]

In the corridor of the venue, there is also a display that considers the future of Tokyo, the city in which we live, in a positive light. Seeing the overwhelming destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake underlined the fact that the predominant urban systems, which grew out of an emphasis on efficiency and mass production in the 20th century, are no longer viable. As the city took shape in tandem with the expansion of the market economy, people's lifestyles were also forcibly updated, but this concentration of people has also revealed the fragility of a city in which community ties have weakened and there is an overreliance on a huge infrastructure of communication and transportation networks.

First, we turn our attention to the house, the smallest unit of the city, and present information related to the form of the city as considered from a variety of perspectives in order to discover its latent potential. What is necessary for Tokyo to change into a "city for people"? In this display, we consider the links that are created between people and the form of new communities in the city.

installation view: Japan Pavilion, 12th International Architecture Exhibition
courtesy: The Japan Foundation
photo: Andrea Sarti/CAST1466

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery ARTS SHOWER 2011