"For bringing the poetry of compactness to alternative forms of collective living in a dense urban setting." This is the motivation the international panel of judges cited for awarding the Japanese Pavilion a special mention at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition directed by Alejandro Aravena at the Biennale in Venice.
The Japanese Pavilion (Commissioned by The Japan Foundation) hosts the exhibition "en:art of nexus" curated by Yoshiyuki Yamana. The starting point is the reflection that after the economic boom of the post-war years, Japan finds itself facing a time of deep economic crisis characterised by social inequality and growing poverty.
In the wake of catastrophic events such as the great earthquake of March 2011, this socio-economic situation has raised a series of questions about how architecture should change in this new context. As the curator notes, the exhibition is not intended to convey an all-inclusive slogan, as the Modernist Movement did in the past, but rather to examine a series of projects representing individual responses to today's difficult conditions. The projects exhibited are capable of creating or changing connections, “en”,'so that they can provide the foundations for social change.
Commissioned by: The Japan Foundation
Curator: Yoshiyuki Yamana
Exhibitors: Seiichi Hishikawa, mnm (Mio Tsuneyama), Osamu Nishida+Erika Nakagawa(Osamu Nishida, Erika Nakagawa, Naruse Inokuma Architects (Jun Inokuma, Yuri Naruse), Naka Architects’ Studio (Toshiharu Naka, Yuri Uno), Nousaku Architects (Fuminori Nousaku, Junpei Nousaku), miCo. (Mizuki Imamura, Isao Shinohara), Levi Architecture (Jun Nakagawa), Shingo Masuda+Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects (Shingo Masuda, Katsuhisa Otsubo), Koji Aoki Architects (Koji Aoki), 403architecture [dajiba] (Takuma Tsuji, Takeshi Hashimoto, Toru Yada), BUS (Satoru Ito, Kosuke Bando, Issei Suma), dot architects (Toshikatsu Ienari, Takeshi Shakushiro, Wataru Doi).
Location: Gardens, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice - Italy
Images courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia, photo by Andrea Avezzù, Francesco Galli