On November 2016, I joined an Architecture session which was about “Hangout Architecture”. It’s an informal session from some senior Japanese architects and they share their thought about hangout architecture for future of architecture.
Hangout Architecture session provides a discussion from 5 architects : Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA), Yasuhiro Yamashita and Astrid Klein & Mark Dytham.
Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham became the MC of this session and they asked Ito san to explain his thought as the first opening session.
Toyo Ito explained his thought of “hangout architecture” which is about connecting some people from different family into one space. It is about his Space Project “Home for All” for the support activities of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.
After the Big Eastern Japan earthquake, some Japanese architect rethink about the essence of architecture. There are many questions come up about what is architecture from now on and how are we supposed to make architecture. Toyo Ito also asking young generation of architects in order to rethink architecture, what can we do now because this is what happening right now.
Yasuhiro Yamashita “hangout” is considered to be a place where people can gently gather, exchange and achieve a purpose. He mentioned about his project The stockpile warehouse which was made using soil from suffered by the Tsunami at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In the process of making 1,500 soil blocks, collaborators gathered from all over the country, local elderly people and children gather and make it together. It is now a place of material and spiritual relaxation area.
Sejima san thought that hangout architecture is about the connection between indoor square and outdoor square. When the both elements connected, the space become one unity and functioned as a square for citizen.
Mark dytham said a human being is a sociable creature that loves to hang out, tend to choose being with someone more than a single person. He mentioned event space Super Deluxe is a place where you can share the idea and passion of people who share the space with the word “Let’s think about good things while drinking”. He also mention about PechaKucha in 20 format x 20 seconds format born from such a place naturally spread to more than 930 cities in the world. It shows that there is no one who dislikes being with interested and inspired by other people.
For Astrid Klein, in order to become a friendly space and pleasant in human-scale architecture, it is important to continue how to give “life” after the construction is completed. Daikanyama T – SITE became a living place and to be loved by the community as a result of establishing a relationship between the people who continue to make the move and those who support it. She also mentioned about the collaboration project with Toyo ito called 相馬こどものみんなの家 , seems that everyone’s house is also a place for hangouts where comfortable air flows like a house as people who support children with circular trees are always moving. The architecture in this space sought to loosen the division. It is important to give less division in order to make everybody become a part of what is happening inside of the building.
相馬こどものみんなの家 credit : http://www.kes.ne.jp
Back to Ito sensei’s first explanation, he mentioned about Home for All. Home for All (Minna no Ie) is a place where people can feel at home, relax, communicate with others, and talk freely about the future of their city. Instead of saying that it is a shelter project for the victim of disaster which is more individuality, he said that it is a place to provide communication between the people who lost their house during the earthquake and give them a breathing space. Home for All spaces focus on bringing people together, serving as important nodes in a society that has little term of public space. This project wish also to rebuild the community spiritually while the restoration of the physical infrastructure is yet to start.
So this Home for All is an official NPO and the boards member are senior architect ( Toyo Ito, Junichi Kano, Riken Yamamoto, Kazuyo Sejima, Yasuhiro Yamashita, Astrid Klein, Mark Dytam) plus some young generation architects.
The whole session was in Japanese and I wish I could understand more for supporting my writing in this article. The session was so interesting and so excited also to have a short talk with them. They gave me their signature also 🙂
Here’s some info about “Home for All” activities : NPO Home For All
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