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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Cite:

Quirk , Vanessa. “Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)” 20 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <http://www.archdaily.com/347363&gt;

Basulto , David. “Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion” 30 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <http://www.archdaily.com/268426&gt;

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