Architecture, Urban Design

“Architecture is the evidence of the existence of human beings”

– Toyo Ito, when asked What is Architecture?

In recent archi news, Toyo Ito (wiki) has been awarded the recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.  His work and contribution to the architecture world truly reflects the worth of this distinction.

Tod’s Omotesando Building

He’s always been an activist in creating architecture that incorporates human senses and nature; his creations have a boundless beauty of zen aura that exudes from them. His structures take a life of its own, becoming more than giants that inhabit life forms within. They themselves, speak out to the surrounding and respond, both physically and emotionally, to the conditions and needs of the site. Using innovative building technology in combination structural ingenuity, he designs forms that are infused with a poetic language that delivers aesthetic and functionality. concrete looks light, walls look transparent.

His project “Home-for-All”  in 2012 invites hope into the situation regarding the devastating tsunami that hit the Sendai region of Japan back in 2011. The exhibition invited other architects to collaborate and propose homes for the people in Rikuzentakata. Not only did this movement display the design possibility for new structures, but it portrayed a compassionate side of humanity. It was a display of community and strength.

Toyo Ito’s work speaks of relationships. Room to room, exterior to interior. In another interview he states that “Architecture is the relation between one person and another, something that can make people gather”, more than just a form, a building, a design movement.  He is one of my all time architect role models for this reason. He understands and stresses that significance of designing for humans.

“In contemporary society, I think that 99% of architecture has become the instrument for economical activities, and I am very sorry for that. Because I think that architecture is supposed to be something that links people to other people, architecture has to become a form of cooperation, a co-operational body for people. It should not be something that is controlled by economy, but that creates a relationship of trust among people. This is what architects are supposed to do when they create architecture.”

Congratulations Toyo Ito, and thank you for radiating a compassionate rational in your extraordinary designs.

Serpentine Gallery, London

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Quirk , Vanessa. “Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)” 20 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <;

Basulto , David. “Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion” 30 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <;

Architecture, Urban Design

Moses Arrives


although there is much debate about how feasible this structure actual is, i still find it absolute stunning. its unbelievably fresh, there simply isn’t anything like it. Moses Bridge in Netherlands, by Ro&Ad Architecten is a really a trench built in a moat. of course the name of the bridge comes from the biblical myth of moses separating the red sea. the the wood is accoya wood, treated so that it is waterproof.

walk like moses

there are a number of debates about this structure. some say its unrealistic to maintain. debris will build up inside the structure. another issue that is mentioned is the flooding of the bridge. if water levels rise, wouldn’t it flood?

i kinda sketched out my own rendition of it. perhaps the water could be allowed to flow over the walls and collect and drain out at the bottom of the pathway. maybe the bridge could float too! it’s quite possible I’m sure.


water flowing over the walls and collected



water flows back out from underneath the floating structure

nonetheless, i think its an amazing design. congrats on it being a finalist at the dutch design awards.

source: ArchDaily