Saturday, December 19, 2009

Studio Banana TV Interviews Toyo Ito

Studio Banana TV interviews Japanese architect Toyo Ito on the occasion of his lecture at the European University of Madrid. Toyo Ito is one of the world’s most innovative and influential architects. Ito is known for creating extreme concept buildings, in which he seeks to fuse the physical and virtual worlds. Interview realised with the sponsorship of the European University of Madrid.

Toyo Ito (伊東豊雄) is a Japanese architect born in 1941. He graduated from Tokyo University’s Department of Architecture in 1965. His office Toyo Ito & Associates is a world leading exponent of architecture that addresses the contemporary notion of a “simulated” ciy, and has been called “one of the world’s most innovative and influential architects.”

After a brief stint in the Metabolist studio of Kiyonori Kikutake, in 1971 he started his own studio in Tokyo, named Urbot (”Urban Robot”). In 1979, the studio name was changed to Toyo Ito & Associates. Throughout his early career Ito constructed numerous private house projects that expressed aspects of urban life in Japan. His early experiments include the Tower of Winds, the Egg of Winds and the Pao House for nomad women. Later projects include the Yatsushiro Municipal Museum and the Shimosuwa Municipal Museum. More recently he has built the Sendai Mediatheque (2001), the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London (2002), TOD’s Omotesando Building in Tokyo (2004), the World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2008) or the Torre Fira BCN Building in Barcelona (2009).

Ito has defined architecture as “clothing” for urban dwellers, particularly in the contemporary Japanese metropolis. This theme revolves around the equilibrium between the private life and the metropolitan “public” life of an individual. The current architecture of Toyo Ito expands on his work produced during the postmodern period, aggressively exploring the potentials of new forms. In doing so, he seeks to find new spatial conditions that manifest the philosophy of borderless beings.

Special thanks to Eriko Kinoshita from Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Interview by Cornelia Tapparelli. Translation by Yayoi Kawamura.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Between Mission Statement and Parametric Model

click here to check out this great essay by Tim Love dealing the battle between sustainability and parametric design taking place in our universities.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The New Facebook for Architects? Architizer Has Arrived.

It has arrived... The new social network that is specifically devoted to architects known as Architizer has luanched. Marc Kushner and his partner, Matthias Hollwich set out to design a website that would focus on connecting the vast networks of people, firms, and projects surrounding the discipline of architecture.

The main objective for this project was to create a website that would allow unrestricted access for young firms and architects to get there work seen by the masses, not through the traditional blogs and magazines, but rather through an unbiased forum of fellow architects.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rankings of the Best Architectural Firms

Now... I know that rankings are seen as being meaningless in the profession of architecture. But, if you were ever wondering which firms are seen as being the best in the world, check out this ever-changing list by the German magazine BauNetz.