Archinect - News 2014-04-24T20:50:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/95872512/toyo-ito-to-receive-2014-thomas-jefferson-foundation-medal-in-architecture Toyo Ito to receive 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture Justine Testado 2014-03-17T15:03:00-04:00 >2014-03-18T09:36:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mh4m34y56kk3vwag.jpg" width="514" height="756" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renowned Japanese architect <a href="http://www.toyo-ito.co.jp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture. Hosted by the <a href="http://www.arch.virginia.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture</a>, the annual award recognizes achievements in fields that Thomas Jefferson -- the 3rd U.S. president, author of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of UVA -- excelled in and highly regarded.</p><p>Ito will formally receive the medal on Friday, April 11, instead of the traditional date of Jefferson's birthday on April 13. He will also be speaking in a translated public talk at 3:30 p.m. in the UVA Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.</p><p>Here's more info about Toyo Ito:</p><p>"After studying architecture at the University of Tokyo, Ito worked in the office of prominent Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake until founding his own Tokyo-based office, Urban Robot, in 1971, later renamed Toyo Ito &amp; Associates. Ito&rsquo;s practice has completed a wide range of projects, from small-scale housing to seminal public works,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81221626/the-building-after-artforum-talks-with-this-year-s-pritzker-prize-winner-toyo-ito The Building After - Artforum talks with this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Toyo Ito Archinect 2013-09-06T16:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:42:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxnxeuyi1gwfaft7.jpg" width="514" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our way of life is still based in twentieth-century ideas, specifically a modernist philosophy that assumes we can use science and technology to conquer nature. So we try to isolate ourselves from nature; our cities are completely segregated from the environment. [...] That kind of modernist thinking has reached its limit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/74259261/toyo-ito-s-pritzker-prize-acceptance-speech Toyo Ito’s Pritzker Prize Acceptance Speech Alexander Walter 2013-05-30T21:18:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T01:09:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jea28tltnrw5jn9.jpg" width="514" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year in March, it was announced that Japanese architect Toyo Ito would join the ranks of the architecture Gods and be honored with the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Last night now at a festive ceremony in Boston's John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, he finally received his coveted medal and $100,000 grant from Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which has sponsored the prize since its founding in 1979.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Following is Ito's full acceptance speech in English:</p> <p> "Good evening ladies and gentlemen! I am thrilled and honored to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in the presence of so many dear friends and distinguished architects from around the world.&nbsp; It is also a special pleasure to be here, in the John F. Kennedy Library, on the birthday of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President. I do believe this is the best day of my life so far!</p> <p> I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude first to the Pritzker Family: Mrs. Cindy Pritzker, Mr. Thomas J. Pritzker, and Mrs. Margaret Pritzker. I also thank the jury members, Lord Peter Palumbo, Mr. Alejandro Aravena, Mr. Juhani Pallasmaa, Mr. Glenn Murcutt, Mr. Stephen Breyer, Mr. Yung Ho Chang, and Ms. Martha Thorne.</p> <p> At the same time, being here in Boston, I cannot help but think of the bombing that happened here last month. Please allow me to offer my condolences to the victims and to all of those whose lives were affected by those horrific events.</p> ... http://archinect.com/news/article/70085698/editor-s-picks-308 Editor's Picks #308 Nam Henderson 2013-03-26T16:23:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T14:50:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t5/t5xthip40fqc7qz6.jpg" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archinect published work from Beyond Prototype, an advanced digital fabrication seminar developed at Columbia University...Nicholas Cecchi was impressed but also offered some criticism "This is amazing student work...However, I would like architecture schools to stop pushing students to contextualize this kind of research-based exploration. Showing these as enclosures (or the one as a gondola) only undermines the amazing generative capacity of this kind of design"</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest edition of the Student Works feature, Archinect published work from <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/65758020/student-works-beyond-prototype" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Prototype, an advanced digital fabrication seminar developed at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation by Jason Ivaliotis and Nicholas Kothari</a>. In the course "<em>Students develop parametrically controlled tessellations and transform them into building component systems that can be built using conventional sheet stock materials. These tessellated systems are extracted from the digital realm and built at full scale</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/54894565/nicholas-cecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Cecchi</a> was impressed but also offered some criticism "<em>This is amazing student work. The craft and quality is great, and the theory behind it is impressive. However, I would like architecture schools to stop pushing students to contextualize this kind of research-based exploration. Showing these as enclosures (or the one as a gondola) only undermines the amazing generative capacity of this kind of design. These should not be taken liter...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69618310/toyo-ito-announced-as-recipient-for-2013-pritzker-prize Toyo Ito announced as recipient for 2013 Pritzker Prize Paul Petrunia 2013-03-17T16:09:00-04:00 >2013-04-01T16:11:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8s9itpyd7eh309iq.jpg" width="514" height="873" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For nearly 40 years, Toyo Ito has pursued excellence. His work has not remained static and has never been predictable. He has been an inspiration and influenced the thinking of younger generations of architects both within his land and abroad.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Contrary to the popular choice of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, in this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/68346683/pritzker-bets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Bets</a> thread in the Archinect forum, <a href="http://archinect.com/toyo_ito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> takes the prestigious award. Credit goes to members jk3hl, miesian and helenakeys for their insightful predictions (or hopes, to be more accurate).</p> <p> Steven Ward says, "Yep, there's def a grudge against Holl..."</p> <p> There's no denying, however, that Toyo Ito is deserving of the Pritzker. Perhaps Holl's year is next.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzpvix8ixte56lok.jpg" title=""><br><em>Tower of Winds, 1986, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan<br> Photo by Tomio Ohashi</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>The 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Ceremony Will Be Held in Boston at the <a href="http://www.jfklibrary.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy Library</a>.</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>Some comments from this year's jurors:</strong></u></p> <p> <em>Toyo Ito, his manner, methodology, and generosity of mind and spirit to the younger generation of architects; as well as the brilliance of the constant innovation and execution of his work throughout his long and distinguished career, are qualities that those younger architects would do well to study. Toyo Ito is, quite simply, a ma...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66113072/toyo-ito-s-flatware-for-alessi Toyo Ito’s Flatware for Alessi Archinect 2013-01-23T20:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-23T20:35:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6j/6jy7ud3akvyoectp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Ito, the Japanese architect whose team won a Golden Lion Award at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale for its concepts for new housing after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, recently designed flatware called Mu. Introduced in Paris by the Italian company Alessi, the pattern complements Ku, the delicate porcelain service Mr. Ito created for Alessi in 2006.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59560583/video-of-toyo-ito-s-lecture-what-was-metabolism-reflections-on-the-life-of-kiyonori-kikutake Video of Toyo Ito's lecture, "What Was Metabolism? Reflections on the Life of Kiyonori Kikutake" Archinect 2012-10-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3eaf599530025ee808c11949bed1f7f9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Metabolist Movement in the 1960s established the foundation from which contemporary architecture in Japan has emerged up to the present. Even today, the visionary architectural and urban projects created by the leading Metabolist Kiyonori Kikutake continue to shine brightly, according to Toyo Ito. In this lecture, he will consider Metabolism&rsquo;s significance today through his rereading of Kikutake's works of that time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59559877/home-for-all-for-rikuzentakata “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata Archinect 2012-10-18T12:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fa388e64a3c893f208bfb89de81d9f3.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Home for All&rdquo; for Rikuzentakata is a gathering place for those who lost their homes in the tsunami-devastated city in Iwate Prefecture. The project was led by architect Toyo Ito, who collaborated with younger Japanese architects, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/18379092/from-the-school-blogs-arigatou-gozaimasu-mohsen-sama From the School Blogs: Arigatou gozaimasu, Mohsen-sama! Archinect 2011-08-27T19:25:22-04:00 >2011-08-29T13:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e32b16d87fd485a77619b5097a2506cb.jpg" width="350" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this semester&rsquo;s Paris studio offering, we have made plans to continue the Study Abroad Program in Tokyo for the Spring 2012 term. Toyo Ito will instruct the studio, focusing on the tsunami-hit area of Japan.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/5780017/sendai-mediatheque-why-one-remained-standing Sendai Mediatheque | Why One Remained Standing Paul Petrunia 2011-05-09T19:21:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T12:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9ba4ewd2hqj3hqt.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture rarely goes viral on the Internet, but a video of Toyo Ito's Mediatheque in Sendai taken at the height of the Japanese earthquake has had an extraordinary run as an eyewitness and vertigo-inducing account of what it was like to be inside a building during the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heh5ITmYbRs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here to view the video</a>, previously <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105152/video-from-toyo-ito-s-mediatheque-during-earthquake-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported and discussed on Archinect</a>.</p>