Toyo Ito founded his Tokyo-based office in 1971. Among the firm’s main works in Japan are Sendai Mediatheque and Tama Art University Library, Hachioji Campus. His international projects include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (UK), Torres Porta Fira (Spain), Museo Internacional del Barroco (Mexico), and National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan).
After a devastating earthquake struck northeastern Japan in 2011, Ito launched Homes-for-All, an initiative that built 16 gathering places for disaster victims living in temporary housing units. Five years later, in response to earthquakes in the country’s Kumamoto region, he oversaw the building of an additional 100 Homes-for-All.
In 2011 Ito established Ito Juku, an architectural school focused on the future of cities and architecture. Since 2012, he has worked to revitalize the small island of Omishima in southwestern Japan, collaborating with Ito Juku members and the local community. Ito’s lecture will focus on rethinking what he describes as the “Modernist ideology” that has encouraged “the massive development of cities along with the global economic system.” Noting the recent “time-out” imposed by the Covid-19 virus, he asks, “Will the society that is metropolitan-oriented change? Or will we return to where we were?”
The lecture will be followed by a conversation and Q&A moderated by architect Toshiko Mori, founder of New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
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