"house inside city outside house: Tokyo Metabolizing" Exhibition
This event has ended.
Metabolism, which spread from Japan in the 1960s, was based on the revolutionary concept of cities made to metabolize through the replacement of components in the same way as a machine. The face of Tokyo has greatly changed in the fifty years that followed, but more than anything, those changes tell of the steady progress of the concept of metabolism. In today's Tokyo, people and spaces are becoming increasingly isolated, but architects are suggesting new solutions for forms of housing that can reestablish relationships. This exhibition focuses on the work of architects Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima) and Ryue Nishizawa, together with Venice Biennale Japanese Pavilion commissioner Koh Kitayama, fabricating half-size models of actual architecture to provide a physical scale that attempts to reveal Tokyo's distinctive urban image, one that is centred on daily life.
[Image: Atelier Bow-Wow, "House and Atelier Bow-Wow" (2005) ©Atelier Bow-Wow]
My review of this show appeared in the Japan Times on 15 September 2011.
"The most conceptually innovative aspect of the show is its linking of divergent scales — the micro scale of the private dwelling and the macro scale of the collective urban organism. The aim is, in effect, to perceive Tokyo's universe in a few of its grains of sand."