in celebration of the new blog system i should be writing something dramatic but am going to use the space to follow up on a previous post.
Over the summer the students in all the programs at keio went off to carry out projects all over the place. a large group went to the congo, some went to myanmar, others went to china. the students i have been working with joined myself and another professor (the good professor ikeda) on a trip to kesennuma to join in a festival there by building a symbolic fish-arch. The intent was to make something that would give the children in kesennuma some sense that they could take part in reconstruction, even if only in a symbolic way to start with.
I'll post some images here because what kind of architect would i be if i didn't offer at least a bit of eye-candy, but since the the story was picked up at inhabitat.com, i will direct you all to take a look at their site instead of reworking it all for here.
check it out here.
keio university's architecture program is probably the best kept secret in the country. Hidden away on a campus an hour from tokyo the curriculum is wide open and connected to a campus-wide project aimed at community-driven innovation. students of economics can take courses in architecture and vice versa but we all are expected to take part in real projects somewhere in the world. there are a few starchitects on the faculty but mostly we are hoping to make a difference.